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If you choose to visit Washington State, you’ll probably take the time to walk around, maybe get lost and then find yourself again. Yes, this may happen – maybe you should just stick with the guided tour. WSU is a larger, public university located near the town of Pullman.

Overview of Washington State University

If you do choose to attend, you’ll be one of a little more than 31,600 students. Population-wise, this is a little bigger than other state universities and the student-to-faculty ratio is somewhat high due to that: 16 to 1. Luckily, WSU offers campus housing, so you can be right in the middle of all the excitement. Around campus you’ll see areas of green interspersed with large buildings and parking lots. Several streets run through the campus which you can use as landmarks to navigate when you first arrive.

While Pullman isn’t a large community, you’ll still be able to find places to eat and shop. When it’s time to go home for the holidays, Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport is over on the northeast side of the community. If you live in a different state, this makes travel home and back easier.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 60%
Year Founded 1890

Student Enrollment

Total Students31,607


Undergraduate Student

Male 12,249
Female 13,813

Graduate Student

Male 2,606
Female 2,939

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Male 8,987
Female 12,447


Male 6,740
Female 9,584

Acceptance Rate76%

Male 75%
Female 77%

Enrollment 4,887

Male 2,146
Female 2,741
Application Fee $50
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline January 31
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Generally, though not always, attending a state or public university costs less than if you were to choose a private school. This is true of Washington State University. The sticker price brings every cost together into one number, which includes in-state or out-of-state tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other charges and fees. The final cost for a recent school year was $27,991.

However, in the 2018-2019 year, the average net price was right around $18,000 - quite a bit lower. The net price is the cost that remains after financial aid has been applied to the sticker price. Financial aid can cover a large amount of the cost of college, especially if you go to the extra effort of getting scholarships or grants. The net price is often tracked by income since that is how you are determined to be eligible for most financial aid. At WSU, families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 paid around $15,500 for a year and families earning less than $30,000 paid only $9,300.

Beginning students qualified for financial aid at a rate of 89%. A slightly smaller percentage (83%) received $9,066 in grants or scholarships and 74% received institutional grants and scholarships averaging $5,553.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $18,002
Average Total Aid $9,066
Students Receiving Financial Aid 89%
Room & Board $11,648

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $11,841
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $26,419
  • Books and Supplies - $960
  • Room & Board - $11,648
  • Other - $3,542


You may have chosen Washington State University knowing exactly what you would be majoring in. Whether you did or not, it can be a good idea to know what the school has to offer just in case you change your mind. WSU offers many degree programs, but the most popular are business, management, marketing and related support services; engineering; social sciences; psychology; and health professions and related programs.

If you attend and decide you’re coming back to WSU for a second year, you’ll join every other student who has been “retained” at the university. The retention rate measures the percentage of first-year students returning to the school and is generally considered to show that students receive everything they need as freshman if the retention rate is high. At WSU it is 79%, which is solid. The 4-year graduation rate is 37% and the 6-year rate is 60%, the first of which is somewhat low but may not reflect the whole truth depending on the transfer rate.

When you choose your classes for each semester, there’s always the chance that you’ll run into time conflicts. If you do, it’s good to know that you have options. Even worse is if the class with a conflict is required for graduation. Luckily, you may have the option to choose an online learning course instead. While this won’t be available for every class, especially as you get into your major courses, it’s good to know you’ll have the option for some flexibility.

Student Population Total

Student Population 31,607

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 1,139 Total Graduates / 20%
Accounting 207 Graduates
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 175 Graduates
Finance, General 172 Graduates
Operations Management and Supervision 146 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 667 Total Graduates / 11%
Mechanical Engineering 270 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 138 Graduates
Civil Engineering, General 135 Graduates
Chemical Engineering 55 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 592 Total Graduates / 10%
Social Sciences, General 372 Graduates
Political Science and Government, General 83 Graduates
Economics, General 59 Graduates
Sociology 43 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 446 Total Graduates / 8%
Psychology, General 446 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 408 Total Graduates / 7%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 366 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 26 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 16 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 44%

Outcome & Salary

All students want to make sure that, once they graduate, they’ll be able to earn a good living. One way to look forward and see if attending a college will be worth it is to consider the standing of the school’s previous graduates. It’s no crystal ball, but graduates of Washington State University earn early-career salaries of $57,200 and mid-career salaries closer to $104,800.

The average 4-year cost of education from WSU is $72,008, which helps us find the next set of figures. WSU graduates have a 10-year salary earning potential of $706,290 and 20-year earnings potential of $1,754,290. If you subtract $72,008 from both dollar totals, you’ll be able to determine their return on investment (ROI). Their 10-year projected ROI is $634,22 and their 20-year ROI is $1,682,282.

On the other hand, some high school graduates decide to go straight to work. Their national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840. As you can see, that’s quite a difference. Not that there aren’t outliers who start a business or learn a trade and make a good living; these are simply statistics. It’s up to you to decide what’s best for your future.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $57,200
College Grads Average Salary $70,629
College Grads Mid Career Salary $104,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $706,290
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,754,290
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $72,008
10 Year Projected ROI $634,282
20 Year Projected ROI $1,682,282
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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