Washington State University (WSU) Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

Thompson Hall at Washington State University
Thompson Hall at Washington State University. Candy29c / Wikimedia Commons

Washington State University had an acceptance rate of 80 percent in 2016, and admission is moderately selective. Accepted students tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are average or better. The admission process is largely not holistic--decisions are based mostly on grades, standardized test scores, and the applicant's high school curriculum. Adequate grades in core academic subjects are essential. Are you on target for admission to WSU? Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

Washington State University Description

Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman rests on 620 acres on the eastern side of Washington State, just a few miles from the University of Idaho. The university offers over 200 areas of study, with about 100 majors for undergraduates. Academics at WSU in Pullman are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and nearly 80 percent of classes have fewer than 50 students. The university has extensive study abroad offerings through more than 1,500 programs in 86 countries. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious ​Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and its overall strengths earned it a spot on my list of top Washington colleges. In recent years the university has been building its online offerings, and its online MBA program has earned national accolades.

Campus life is active. Washington State is a residential campus with roughly 85 percent of students living on campus. About fifteen percent of students belong to sororities or fraternities. Getting involved is easy with over 300 clubs and organizations to choose from. More than 6,000 WSU undergraduates participate in intramural sports including volleyball, tennis, flag football, golf, climbing, and laser tag. In athletics, the Washington State University Cougar's biggest athletic rival is the University of Washington. Both schools compete in the Division I Pacific 12 Conference. The university fields six men's and nine women's intercollegiate sports, and WSU has one of the largest athletic centers in the country.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 30,142 (24,904 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48 percent male / 52 percent female
  • 87 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,041 (in-state); $25,673 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $960 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,356
  • Other Expenses: $3,542
  • Total Cost: $26,899 (in-state); $41,531 (out-of-state)

Washington State University Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 90 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 83 percent
    • Loans: 48 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,368
    • Loans: $6,999

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 41 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 67 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Rowing, Soccer

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Washington State Unversity Mission Statement

"Washington State University is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society. Our mission is threefold:

  1. To advance knowledge through creative research, innovation, and creativity across a wide range of academic disciplines.
  2. To extend knowledge through innovative educational programs in which students and emerging scholars are mentored to realize their highest potential and assume roles of leadership, responsibility, and service to society.
  3. To apply knowledge through local and global engagement that will improve quality of life and enhance the economy of the state, nation, and world."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics