Appendix I: More about Washington State University

Established by the Legislature in 1890, shortly after Washington achieved statehood, the Agricultural College, Experiment Station, and School of Science of the State of Washington opened its doors to 47 students in January 1892. As President Enoch Bryan told the regents in 1894, the land-grant college must provide “collegiate work that is advanced scientific and technical work, and a liberal education.” Since then, that small college has expanded to become Washington State University, an internationally respected university system serving more than 30,000 students on five campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities,
Vancouver, and Everett, along with a Global Campus and WSU Extension offices in each of Washington’s 39 counties that deliver research-based educational programs and services to individuals, businesses, and communities. Additionally, WSU has established Research and Extension centers on both sides of the
Cascades, in Lind, Long Beach, Mount Vernon, Othello, Prosser, Pullman, Puyallup, and Wenatchee.


The flagship campus for the University, the 1,742-acre Pullman campus serves as home to about 21,000 students, as well as the University administration. WSU Pullman is a hub for most of the University’s student organizations, including its athletic teams, as well as galleries, performance venues, and museums dedicated to art, anthropology, zoology, and other topics. The Pullman campus is largely residential; 46 percent of students live in residence halls, University-owned apartments, or fraternity and sorority houses

Student profile, fall 2019

  • Total enrollment: 20,976
    • Undergraduate: 18,346
    • Graduate: 2,173
    •  Professional: 457
  • % minority: 29.7
  •  % international: 9.1
  • % women: 50.5
  • % first generation: 31.0

WSU Health Sciences Spokane

Located about 75 miles north of Pullman, WSU Health Sciences Spokane is the University’s urban health sciences campus, which prepares the state’s future generations of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. The 48-acre campus is home to several modern facilities, such as the Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences building, which houses the latest in health science laboratories and classroom technology. The campus also houses programs offered by Eastern Washington University and is located just across the Spokane River from Gonzaga University. Fittingly, this area of Spokane is referred to as the University District, or U-District.

Student profile, fall 2019

  • Total enrollment: 1,685
    • Undergraduate: 534
    •  Graduate: 325
    • Professional: 826
  • % minority: 31.9
  • % international: 2.3
  • % women: 71.6
  • % first generation: 30.4

WSU Vancouver

Situated on 351 scenic acres in Southwest Washington with stunning views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood, WSU Vancouver offers 22 bachelor’s, eight master’s, and three doctoral degrees. The campus’s state-of-the-art facilities support signature programs including creative media and digital culture, environmental science, mechanical engineering, psychology, and public affairs. WSU Vancouver is well-known in its community for the award-winning Business Growth Mentor and Analysis Program, a student-run consultancy managed by the Carson College of Business. As a commuter campus, more than 3,500 students attend WSU Vancouver and participate in a variety of clubs, organizations, events, and recreational opportunities. WSU Vancouver is part of the Portland metro area, and 95% of graduates stay in the region.

Student profile, fall 2019

  • Total enrollment: 3,585
    • Undergraduate: 3,170
    • Graduate: 415
  • % minority: 29.1
  • % international: 2.6
  • % women: 54.4
  • % first generation: 43.4

WSU Tri-Cities

WSU Tri-Cities is located on 200 acres along the banks of the Columbia River in the southeastern part of the state. The campus serves more than 1,800 students by offering 50-plus undergraduate and graduate degree programs. WSU Tri-Cities is home to the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center and the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory, built in partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Student profile, fall 2019

  • Total enrollment: 1,813
    • Undergraduate: 1,603
    • Graduate: 210
  • % minority: 42.4
  • % international: 2.2
  • % women: 56.1
  • % first generation: 41.8

WSU Everett

The University’s newest campus, WSU Everett offers industry-aligned undergraduate programs with an interdisciplinary focus to the Puget Sound region to prepare students to compete globally from the local economy. Students complete their upper-division requirements in fields such as data analytics, engineering, hospitality business management, and integrated strategic communication at WSU Everett.  The campus is located near the waterfront in downtown Everett, about 30 miles north of Seattle.

Student profile, fall 2019

  • Total enrollment: 283
    • Undergraduate: 283
  • % minority: 34.6
  • % international: 5.7
  •  % women: 27.9
  • % first generation: 41.7

WSU Global Campus

In addition to serving students through its brick-and-mortar campuses, the University also reaches out to the residents of Washington and beyond through the WSU Global Campus, which delivers degrees online, and Professional Education (PE), which includes a range of non-credit continuing education programs, such as seminars, workshops, conferences, trade expositions, and online certificates. Several of these programs have earned national acclaim. The WSU Global Campus serves more than 3,000 students through its online offerings. With programs in fields including accounting, management and operation, management information systems, economics, data analytics, criminal justice, human development, humanities, social sciences, integrated strategic communications, and psychology, students around the world have access to WSU’s world-class faculty and academic programs regardless of geography.

Student profile, fall 2019

  • Total enrollment: 3,265
    • Undergraduate: 2,126
    • Graduate: 1,139
  • % minority: 29.2
  • % international: 5.2
  • % women: 60.1
  • % first generation: 29.4