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Washington State University

Pullman, WA, USA

Washington State University

Washington State University is a public research university dedicated to improving lives by serving the public good. For more than 130 years, we have strived to unlock possibilities by empowering students, faculty, and others to create a world where all people can thrive.

In that spirit, our community welcomes scholars from around the globe and prioritizes equitable opportunities for all.


Washington State University is a public land-grant research university with its flagship, and oldest, campus in Pullman, Washington. Founded in 1890, WSU is also one of the oldest land-grant universities in the American West1 WSU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,278 and a total student enrollment of 31,471 as of fall 20212 It is classified among “R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity”1

Mission and Vision

WSU’s mission is to improve lives, unlock possibilities for students, and serve the public good. WSU’s vision is to be a leading public research university that advances knowledge, fosters creativity, and promotes innovation for the benefit of society3

Academic Programs

WSU offers more than 200 undergraduate majors and minors, as well as over 140 graduate and professional degrees. WSU has 11 academic colleges: Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Business; Communication; Education; Engineering and Architecture; Honors; Medicine; Nursing; Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and Veterinary Medicine. WSU also has extension offices in all 39 Washington counties and four research and extension centers1

Research Excellence

WSU is a top research university that conducts cutting-edge research in various fields such as health, clean energy, food production, economic opportunity, and security. WSU received $358 million in annual research funding in fiscal year 2021. WSU has more than 60 research centers and institutes, including the Institute for Shock Physics, the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach, and the Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology. WSU also partners with other institutions such as Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture31

Campus Life

WSU has six campuses across Washington: Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett, and Global Campus (online). Each campus has its own distinctive features and academic programs. WSU students enjoy a vibrant campus life with various opportunities for civic engagement, cultural diversity, leadership development, recreation, and wellness. WSU also has a strong tradition of athletics and spirit. WSU’s athletic teams are called the Cougars and compete in NCAA Division I in the Pac-12 Conference. WSU’s mascot is Butch T. Cougar and the school colors are crimson and gray312