See what students say:


With six campuses across the state and $358 million in annual research expenditures, Washington State University is a public-school powerhouse, offering 95 majors and study abroad opportunities in 70 countries, and a library that’s one of the largest in the entire Pacific Northwest. Here, there are “ample opportunities to explore interests” and research opportunities and associated funding are available at all levels. The state-of-the-art classrooms have “all-inclusive presentation screens for everyone to see,” and The Spark (on the main Pullman campus) is an “academic innovation hub” that uses formal and informal learning to encourage collaboration between faculty and students. The administration also “provides some amazing resources and prioritizes mental health,” and “makes students feel included and provide a great education.”

The school’s creativity and compassion extends to the professors, who provide ways to “learn in different forms” and bring in “guest speakers from the industry” to shake things up. Moreover, the “smaller student-to-faculty ratio has increased the amount of in-class discussion we do rather than sitting and listening.” It also yields professors who are “extremely approachable and…always trying to help [us] find research opportunities.” Those extra steps of encouragement, of teachers “eager to help students participate and build their resume” are what lead students to declare things like “More than a university, WSU is a community,” says a student.

Student Body

Students at WSU “come from everywhere,” are “intelligent and creative,” and “ask inquisitive questions and engage in class.” The school’s numerous extracurriculars give this “wide variety of students from various backgrounds” ample opportunity to show off their “many unique hobbies and values,” and ultimately, “everyone is able to find a place where they feel they belong.” An oft-spoken motto at WSU is “Cougs help Cougs,” meaning “the student body supports and uplifts each other both academically and socially.” As one student says: “Whenever I wear my WSU gear in public, whether at the airport or even at a beach in Hawaii, people will say ‘Go Cougs.’” This is a group that is “like-minded in pursuing success and professional and academic development” all “with the desire to connect with others and learn from each other.”

Campus Life

“There is never a day that an event is not happening” at WSU, and “people find things to do on campus constantly.” Whether students have a good old-fashioned “hang with friends” or get involved with the 350 clubs and student organizations, “there are so many ways to explore interests and find opportunities.” The Student Entertainment Board is always putting on “up-all-night events or concerts,” and “skiing, backpacking, [and] hiking” are common activities here, as are the wildly popular intramural programs (“The gym is also very accessible”). Greek life and multicultural organizations are big on campus, and students also enjoy taking part in “local community projects” and completing meaningful work.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Andrew Brewick
Director of Admissions

Office of Admissions
PO Box 641067
Pullman, WA 99164-1067



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Compton Union Building (CUB)
Terrell Friendship Mall
Student Recreation Center
Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum
Martin Stadium
The CUB stands at the heart of student leadership, engagement, and culture on campus. It is home to offices for student government and many student services. The building houses a selection of food vendors, the campus bookstore, banks, CougTech, and post office. Both wired and wireless internet services serve students and faculty. Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and a surround-sound auditorium host a variety of events. A passage through the CUB gives students 24-hour access to the library. The whole student body comes together on Glenn Terrell Friendship Mall. Located at the heart of campus, the Mall is where culture, ideas, and lively dialogue are exchanged daily. It is the site of many outdoor events, including frequent live performances by student musicians. Students gather here as they walk to and from the library, the Compton Union Building (student union), and academic buildings, often staking out favorite spots to talk, relax, study, or catch a bite to eat. The 160,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center features the largest student weight and cardio center in the country, basketball and volleyball courts, indoor soccer, a four-lane indoor track, racquetball and squash courts, roller hockey, badminton, and much more. Swimmers enjoy the five-lane lap pool, leisure pool, and 53-person spa. Big crowds pack Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum for Pac-12 Cougar men's and women's basketball games and for big name entertainment for Dad's and Mom's Weekends. WSU students turn out for entertainment as varied as pop music concerts, ballet, and wresting. Located in the center of campus, Martin Stadium is home to the Pac-12 WSU Cougars. Recent stadium renovations include a north-side concourse, additional concession and restroom areas, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard. The addition of club seats and premium seating took place in the fall of 2012. The 75,000 square-foot football operations building was completed in 2014, featuring locker, training, and weight rooms, coaches offices, and meeting and recruiting rooms. Also featured is the WSU Football heritage area, which is open to the public.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Sunnyside Park
Village Centre Cinemas
Bill Chipman Palouse Trail
The Palouse Mall
Zeppoz Bowling Alley/Restaurant/Casino
State Parks: Chief Timothy, Kamiak Butte, Steptoe Butte, Hells Gate (Snake River), and Palouse Falls.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday & posted Saturday schedule
M-F 7am-5pm; occasionally Sat. 9am-noon

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:00am or 1:00pm, and by appt.
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus and taxi transportation is available throughout town and campus. The Pullman-Moscow airport is just two miles from campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Seattle: Travel east on Interstate-90 over Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage. Cross the bridge over the Columbia River and take exit #137 to Highway 26. Take Highway 26 approx. 130 miles to Colfax. At Colfax, turn right onto Main St. (Highway 195). Continue on Highway 195 to Pullman. Turn left at signs to Pullman, and then right on Davis Way (Highway 270). Follow Davis Way until it intersects with N. Grand Ave. in downtown Pullman. From Spokane take Interstate 90 to Colfax/Pullman exit (#279) to highway 195. Take 195 south through Colfax to Pullman. Turn left at the Pullman exit then right onto highway 270 (Davis Way). Follow 270 to N. Grand Avenue in downtown Pullman.

Local Accommodations
Within a 10 mile radius: Pullman: Residence Inn by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn Paradise Creek, Hilltop Inn, Nendel's, Cougar Land Motel, American Travel Inn, Wesson Bunkhouse, The State Inn Moscow: Best Western Plus University Inn, LaQuinta Inn and Suites, Super 8, Motel 6


Applicants: 19,401
Acceptance Rate: 83%
Average HS GPA: 3.50



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