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Located in the city of Pullman and home to over 18,000 undergrads and over 2,600 graduate and professional students, Washington State University is known for its friendly, spirited environment and its motivated student body. The WSU school spirit is evident across the campus “with a wave of a flag or a loud ‘Go Cougs!’” “There is no other place that has ever made me feel so invited and generally concerned about my well-being both as a student and as a member of the Coug family,” says a student. Faculty members are constantly doing “world changing research projects” and “love getting students involved”; instructors will often bring in “great information they have found while researching something applicable to your learning.” This makes classes both “challenging and rewarding, offering many additional opportunities throughout the course.” “I’ve never [come] across a WSU professor who was not extremely knowledgeable and prepared,” says a student. Faculty members urge students to ask questions, which lead to “awesome discussions” that take classes “from a one-sided lecture to discussions that have deepened my understanding of material.” The school also offers a university-wide Freshman Focus residential learning community program that allows students to take a general education class with other students who live near them in residence halls. There is a top-notch Junior Writing Portfolio program in place to determine if students’ writing abilities are up to par, “numerous study-abroad opportunities,” and classes that provide “a chance to be innovative while still teaching you the experiences to be a good candidate in prospective fields.” This opens the door for students to receive hands-on experiences by “creating connections to job opportunities, life experiences, and internships.” Academic benefits aside, in the end, Cougar pride trumps all: “Win or lose, we’re die hard Cougs.”

Student Body

Most WSU students are “friendly, and an active member of the community.” A lot of WSU students have jobs and are heavily involved in extracurriculars, and “students typically fit in with others in their department.” “There is a sort of bond between classmates that can lead to friendships and study partners in other classes,” says a student. Most everyone here is “wearing Cougar gear at least three days a week” and “spends some time working out, studying, or hanging out with friends.”

Campus Life

WSU’s location in southeast Washington “makes for a gorgeous campus” and there is a real “college town atmosphere” in Pullman. There are “so many great restaurants” that students frequent. Skiing, hiking, camping, and boating are nearby. Greek life is popular, and students “love giving back to the community”: “In Pullman, we don’t have hello or goodbye—we have GO COUGS.” The campus is “safe to the greatest extent,” but the school “provides free rides to those who do not feel safe.” The student recreation center is known for its undeniable awesomeness: “We have a pool shaped like the state of Washington and a hot tub that can hold fifty people.” The university does an excellent job of providing events, activities and performances to attend, ranging “from movies to restaurants to bowling.” Football games are a must for this crimson and gray sporting group, and good old Netflix watching and socializing in the dorms is always in season.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Wendy Peterson
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: 22,773
Acceptance Rate: 77%
Average HS GPA: 3.39



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