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The Statewide System: Serving the Region’s Needs

 Washington State University’s statewide educational enterprise has expanded in recent years to meet the needs of Washington’s growing economy and its increasing population.

The Pullman campus, founded in 1890, features world-class facilities for teaching, research, the arts, and Pacific-12 Conference athletics. The campus is located on more than 620 acres among the rolling hills of southeastern Washington in a geographic region known as the Palouse.

Three additional campuses, created in 1989, are located in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. WSU North Puget Sound at Everett, established in 2014, currently is located on the campus of Everett Community College. The Global Campus, founded in 2012, offers degrees worldwide in an online environment.

WSU and Bellevue College officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding in spring 2015 in which the institutions mutually agreed to continue a conversation about partnering to create WSU-Bellevue College, an open-access institution offering both two- and four-year degrees. The partnership would operate from the Bellevue College campus, located on the east side of Lake Washington, near Seattle.

In addition, the University serves citizens statewide through a network of extension offices (one in each county), research and extension centers, and small business development centers.


WSU includes 11 colleges and the Graduate School:

  • Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Carson College of Business
  • Edward R. Murrow College of Communication
  • Education
  • Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
  • Honors
  • Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine

WSU has successfully recruited an increasingly diverse and accomplished faculty in recent years. Eight professors are members of National Academies and several are Fulbright Fellows. Many others have received national and international honors in their fields or been listed among the most cited researchers in the world. The University prides itself on faculty who are highly accessible to students—evidenced by a student-to-faculty ratio of about 15 to 1.

Enrollment, Fall 2015

Tri-Cities 1,593
Global Campus 3,113
WSU North Puget Sound at Everett150

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