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Recent accomplishments advance Drive to 25


Under the leadership of President Kirk Schulz, the University has made significant progress the last three years toward its goal of becoming one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities. In fact, due to a series of watershed accomplishments in recent years, WSU is poised to enter an era of unprecedented opportunities. Among the most notable milestones:

  • The University enrolled a record 31,478 students system-wide fall semester. Some 30 percent were ethnically diverse, and nearly 34 percent were first generation college students. The freshman class systemwide grew 12 percent from the previous year.
  • Private gift giving topped $145.1 million during FY 2018, making it the third-best fundraising year in WSU history. More than 53,800 donors made gifts.
  • The University achieved record research and development expenditures totaling nearly $357 million last year. WSU faculty rank seventh among 21 peer institutions in total R&D expenditures per tenure-track faculty—outcompeting faculty from Purdue, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, the University of Illinois, and Michigan State University in this metric.
  • Last summer the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities reaffirmed WSU’s accreditation through 2025. The University received six commendations, including commendations for the fostering of a strong esprit de corps and for its approach to assessing student learning outcomes.
  • The Washington legislature demonstrated a vote of confidence in the University during its last session, earmarking $113 million for capital projects—one of the largest state capital appropriations ever to WSU.
  • The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine welcomed its second class of medical students to the Spokane campus fall semester. Women make up 58 percent of the class.