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Washington State University Overview

Washington State University is a public institution located in Pullman, Washington. Pullman is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

What Is Washington State University Known For?

6,044 Undergraduate Awards
$32,299 Avg Cost After Aid
73% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Wazzu is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Wazzu is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 79% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Wazzu with a bachelor's degree make about $50,600 a year. That's 24% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Washington State University Rankings

We have ranked Wazzu as #280 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #3 out of 41 schools in Washington.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Wazzu has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#18 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#91 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#247 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Wazzu.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Agricultural Production Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Human Development & Family Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Management Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Family, Consumer & Human Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Wazzu has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#21 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#41 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#53 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#55 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#59 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual

Where Is Washington State University?

Location of Washington State University

Contact details for Wazzu are given below.

Contact Details
Address: French Administration Building, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
Phone: 509-335-3564
Website: wsu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WSUAdmissions

How Do I Get Into Wazzu?

You can apply to Wazzu online at: admission.wsu.edu/apply/

Admission Requirements for Wazzu

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Wazzu?

73% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 73%, Wazzu may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 72%, and the acceptance rate for women is 74%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to Wazzu submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Washington State University  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Washington State University  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800
Wazzu received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 25. Math scores were between 19 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Washington State University  ( 19 to 25 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Washington State University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Washington State University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Washington State University?

$32,299 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
4.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Wazzu is $32,299. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Wazzu, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $6,724 a year. That adds up to $26,896 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wazzu is 4.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Washington State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

23,092 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 26,062 undergraduate students at Wazzu, with 23,092 being full-time and 2,970 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Wazzu

There are also 5,545 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 23,092 full-time undergraduates at Wazzu, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Wazzu

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Washington State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Wazzu Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,428
Black or African American 661
Hispanic or Latino 3,756
White 13,971
International Students 939
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,337

Geographic Diversity

Washington students aren't the only ones who study at Washington State University. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 101 countries are represented at Wazzu. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Washington State University

3,345 Took All Classes Online
6,282 Took At Least One Class Online
4.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 20 bachelor’s degree and 12 master’s degree programs available online at Wazzu. In 2017-2018, 6,282 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Wazzu has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the most popular in Washington for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Wazzu

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Washington State University was 4.0%. This is the #1,737 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Wazzu regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Wazzu majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agricultural Production 26%
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 5%
Anthropology 18%
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 26%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 2%
Communication & Journalism 3%
Computer Engineering 29%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 9%
Economics 6%
Education 7%
Electrical Engineering 9%
Engineering 5%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 9%
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 14%
General Agriculture 27%
General Biology 20%
General Psychology 12%
General Social Sciences 1%
Gerontology 54%
Health & Physical Education 2%
Health Professions 6%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 8%
Human Development & Family Studies 11%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 5%
Liberal Arts General Studies 5%
Management Information Systems 17%
Marketing 8%
Music 19%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 2%
Psychology 12%
Public Relations & Advertising 26%
Romance Languages 20%
Social Sciences 5%
Sociology 27%
Teacher Education Grade Specific 5%
Writing Studies 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Wazzu ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Wazzu.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology #3
Bioethics/Medical Ethics #6
Agricultural Production #7
Computational Science #7
General Agriculture #11
International Studies #13
Economics #16
Computer Engineering #20
Gerontology #24
Public Relations & Advertising #28
Electrical Engineering #31
General Social Sciences #35
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations #40
Engineering-Related Fields #40
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #41
Homeland Security #52
Writing Studies #54
Management Information Systems #56
Health & Physical Education #76
Communication & Media Studies #81
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #83
Engineering #88
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #90
English Language & Literature #91
Human Development & Family Studies #101
Instructional Media Design #102
Communication & Journalism #119
General Psychology #121
Engineering Technologies #121
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #123
Special Education #152
Social Sciences #162
Psychology #167
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #170
Accounting #211
Teacher Education Grade Specific #213
Criminal Justice & Corrections #321
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #362
Liberal Arts General Studies #401
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #401
Education #500

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Washington State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 187 132 253 10 582
Nursing 0 366 50 13 48 477
General Psychology 0 446 0 10 4 460
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 148 220 68 0 436
General Social Sciences 0 372 0 0 0 372
Mechanical Engineering 0 270 0 18 10 298
Human Development & Family Studies 104 186 0 5 3 298
Accounting 0 207 0 13 0 220
Public Relations & Advertising 0 214 0 0 0 214
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 185 0 9 8 202
Health & Physical Education 0 188 0 10 0 198
General Biology 0 185 0 5 2 192
Computer Science 0 151 0 26 14 191
Electrical Engineering 0 138 0 30 12 180
Hospitality Management 0 175 0 0 0 175
Finance & Financial Management 0 172 0 0 0 172
Civil Engineering 0 135 0 17 7 159
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 1 152 153
Marketing 0 144 0 0 0 144
Management Information Systems 0 138 0 0 0 138
Veterinary Medicine 0 0 0 0 126 126
Geological & Earth Sciences 6 113 0 3 2 124
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 118 1 0 0 119
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 10 106 0 0 0 116
Political Science & Government 0 83 0 4 4 91
Communication & Media Studies 0 27 0 56 6 89
Economics 0 59 0 10 15 84
Animal Science 0 69 0 6 1 76
General English Literature 0 66 0 6 1 73
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 66 0 6 0 72
History 0 59 0 7 2 68
Chemical Engineering 0 55 0 5 6 66
Agricultural Production 0 61 4 0 0 65
General Architecture 0 37 0 25 0 62
Zoology 0 53 0 2 7 62
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 2 36 9 8 6 61
Journalism 0 56 0 0 0 56
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 33 22 0 55
Sociology 0 43 0 6 6 55
International Business 0 51 0 0 0 51
Applied Mathematics 0 33 0 9 9 51
Communication Sciences 0 26 0 24 0 50
Anthropology 0 34 0 12 4 50
Construction Management 0 49 0 0 0 49
Plant Sciences 0 24 0 13 10 47
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 45 0 0 1 46
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 24 0 18 0 42
Chemistry 0 17 0 11 11 39
Materials Engineering 0 25 0 3 9 37
General Agriculture 4 0 0 29 0 33
Biological & Physical Science 0 32 0 0 0 32
Educational Administration 0 0 4 18 9 31
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 23 5 28
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 27 0 0 0 27
Music 0 20 0 7 0 27
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 15 0 1 10 26
Design & Applied Arts 0 20 0 5 0 25
Computer Engineering 0 24 0 0 0 24
Public Policy 0 18 0 6 0 24
General Sales & Marketing 23 0 0 0 0 23
International Studies 23 0 0 0 0 23
Physics 0 15 0 3 5 23
Writing Studies 22 0 0 0 0 22
Fine & Studio Arts 0 14 0 7 0 21
Food Science Technology 0 9 0 8 3 20
Biomedical Engineering 0 20 0 0 0 20
Romance Languages 0 20 0 0 0 20
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 9 8 17
Botany/Plant Biology 0 0 0 3 13 16
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 16 0 0 0 16
Allied Health Professions 0 16 0 0 0 16
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 15 0 15
Ethnic Studies 1 12 0 0 0 13
Gerontology 13 0 0 0 0 13
Horticulture 0 12 0 0 0 12
Statistics 0 0 0 11 1 12
Philosophy 0 12 0 0 0 12
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 4 8 12
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 11 0 11
Educational Assessment 0 0 11 0 0 11
East Asian Languages 0 10 0 0 0 10
General Physical Sciences 0 10 0 0 0 10
Landscape Architecture 0 9 0 0 0 9
Genetics 0 9 0 0 0 9
Computer Information Systems 0 9 0 0 0 9
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 6 3 9
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0 9 9
Special Education 0 0 0 5 3 8
Area Studies 0 4 0 0 4 8
Mathematics 0 8 0 0 0 8
Food Processing 0 7 0 0 0 7
Teaching English or French 4 0 0 3 0 7
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 6 0 0 0 6
Forestry 0 6 0 0 0 6
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0 5 0 5
Soil Sciences 0 0 0 2 2 4
Education Philosophy 0 0 0 0 4 4
Public Health 0 0 4 0 0 4
Computational Science 0 4 0 0 0 4
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 2 0 1 0 0 3
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 3 0 3
General Engineering 0 0 0 3 0 3
Sustainability Science 3 0 0 0 0 3
General Education 0 0 0 2 0 2
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 2 2
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 1 0 0 1
Homeland Security 0 0 1 0 0 1
International Relations & National Security 0 1 0 0 0 1
Agricultural Mechanization 0 0 0 0 0 0
Agricultural Public Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Insurance 0 0 0 0 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 0 0
Real Estate 0 0 0 0 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching Assistants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Construction Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nanotechnology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Construction Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nuclear Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Work & Family Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medicine 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nutrition Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wildlife Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Materials Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Human Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Social Work 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 217 5,827 472 923 585 8,024

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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