Washington State University

Washington State University

Washington State University, or WSU, is an American public research university located in Pullman, Washington, United States. It was established in 1892. The university offers a variety of degrees and programs in more than 200 fields of study. WSU is ranked among the top half of national universities (tied for 118th position) according to U.S. News. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Architecture
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Sciences
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College

Washington State University's sports teams are nicknamed the Cougars and their official mascot is Butch T. Cougar. The university is a member of the Pacific-10 Conference.

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Washington State University
French Administration Building
Pullman , WA 99164-1009
General Phone: (509) 335-3564

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Washington State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,174American studies, Asian studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Business and Management858business, business management, operations management, accounting, accounting and related services, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, MIS, ...
Education and Teaching750education, educational administration, educational supervision, superintendency and administration, instructional media design, school counseling, elementary school teaching, teacher ed, agricultural teaching, ...
Science414biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, botany, plant pathology, microbiology, zoology, entomology, genetics, ...
Engineering411engineering, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, materials engineering, ...
Media400communication studies, mass communication, digital communications
Nursing and Emergency Medicine378registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling325psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, school psychology
Medicine236gerontology, neuroscience, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences
Family and Social Work196food and nutrition, human nutrition, family studies, child development, family and community services, human development and family studies, public policy analysis
Security and Law Enforcement148criminal justice and administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy135parks and recreation studies, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Hospitality105hospitality management
Architecture and Planning79architecture, landscape architecture
Computer Science and Engineering79computer and info science, computer science, computer engineering
Construction Trades69apparel and textiles
Landscaping and Horticulture63plant sciences, agronomy, horticultural science, soil science
Medical Support and Technology61audiology and speech pathology
Agricultural Science and Management61agriculture, agricultural management, agricultural economics, agricultural mechanization, agricultural journalism, food science
Mathematics52mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Animal Science and Care48animal science
Conservation and Resource Management44conservation, environmental science, wildlife management
Real Estate and Construction Management36real estate, construction management
Art Studies36art studies
Design34interior design
Music31music, music performance, music theory and composition
Religion and Philosophy19philosophy, religion
Fine Arts17fine arts
Medical Administration17health care administration
Drama and Performing Arts15drama

Number of programs and degrees for Washington State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree4,818101
Master's degree72464
Doctor's degree18943
Post-master's certificate645
Postbaccalaureate certificate2744
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years133
Award of less than 1 academic year215
First-professional degree1882

Washington State University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Washington State University had a total enrollment of 24,396 students (22,357 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 14%
First Professional 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 13%
20-21 24%
22-24 30%
25-29 15%
30-34 7%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
State unknown1%

Washington State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %
Part-Time 55 %

Washington State University Room and Board (2007)

Washington State University offers campus housing for 6,454 of its 22,357 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Pullman, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Washington State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490600
SAT Math510620
SAT Writing470580
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT27%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Washington State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,564
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,600
Room and board $ 8,482
Room charge $ 4,134
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,604
Books and supplies $ 936
Other expenses $ 3,542

Financial Aid:
Washington State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 380000)

Washington State University Faculty

Washington State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track179123
Non-tenured and not on tenure track414385

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year86$127,46522$118,085
Associate professorcalendar year38$96,63614$92,946
Assistant professorcalendar year20$85,02614$86,997
Instructorcalendar year4$47,19519$56,164
Lecturercalendar year0*2*
No academic rankcalendar year29$90,75124$84,094
All faculty totalcalendar year177$108,22295$86,994

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year195$104,29752$90,972
Associate professoracademic year138$77,441105$72,647
Assistant professoracademic year139$68,93191$63,710
Instructoracademic year47$43,23979$40,344
Lectureracademic year2*5$47,706
No academic rankacademic year42$63,33448$53,027
All faculty totalacademic year563$80,679380$63,493

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Washington State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball Pacific-10 Conference
Baseball Pacific-10 Conference
Track Pacific-10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports10108118

Washington State University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Communication/Journalism
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Mechanization, General
Agriculture, General
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Superintendency and Educational System Administration
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Community Services
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Human Nutrition
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Plant Sciences, General
Soil Science and Agronomy, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sci, Gen (Cert,MS,PhD)

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Animal Genetics
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology
Genetics, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Optics/Optical Sciences
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Physical Sciences
Physics, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Zoology/Animal Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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