Washington State University: Narrative Description

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Pullman, WA 99164
Tel: (509)335-3564; 888-468-6978
Admissions: (509)335-5586
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wsu.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1890. Setting: 620-acre rural campus. Endowment: $574.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $109.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7241 per student. Total enrollment: 23,240. Faculty: 1,297 (1,093 full-time, 204 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 9,508 applied, 75% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 59% from top quarter, 90% from top half. Full-time: 16,545 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 2,735 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 65 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 20% 25 or older, 37% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Idaho, Education Abroad, National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: 3 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Notification: 12/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $38. State resident tuition: $4745 full-time, $258 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $13,163 full-time, $679 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $613 full-time. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $6450. College room only: $3622. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 225 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 17% of eligible men and 16% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Sigma Iota Hospitality Association, Student Alumni Connection, K-House, Fellowship for Student Athletes, Black Woman's Caucus. Major annual events: Up All Night, Homecoming, Cougfest. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 6,021 college housing spaces available; 5,777 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Holland Library plus 5 others with 2.2 million books, 3.9 million microform titles, 30,789 serials, 365,812 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $13.4 million. 2,400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Pullman is located 7 miles west of the Idaho border. The summer temperature averages in the 80s and the winter temperature averages around 30 degrees. The area is accessible by airlines and bus lines. There are 30 churches, a public library, and various civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations serving the community. Local recreation includes four parks, baseball diamonds, swimming pools, theaters, bowling alleys, a golf course, tennis courts and nearby lakes and rivers offering swimming, boating and skating.

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