Since its founding in 1890, Washington State University has forged a rich history of scholarship and achievement. The University is characterized by renowned professors, extraordinary students, and a community that bridges cultures and perspectives. WSU welcomes international students and scholars. Students from nearly every U.S. state and nearly 100 other countries live side-by-side, most of them on or near campus.
WSU is a comprehensive research university with a balanced arts and sciences curriculum. The University has particular strengths in agriculture, engineering, and related scientific fields. The groundbreaking research at WSU improves lives and has garnered top rankings and recognition.
Pullman is located in the state of Washington, 280 miles (450 km) east of Seattle and 78 miles (125 km) south of Spokane, among the gently rolling hills of one of North America’s most productive agricultural regions. The fields of wheat, canola, peas, and lentils bring the phrase “middle of nowhere” to mind. But once students arrive, they find themselves at the center of everything. The small town location makes it a good place to experience college life to the fullest. Besides offering excellent education, people in the community are friendly and caring.
Pullman is a classic college town—a community that is built around its university and its students. University students make up 65% of the population. Faculty, staff, local professionals, and families round out the population, forging a vibrant community of friends, scholars, and fellow “Cougs.” In fact, MSN.com ranks Pullman #6 in its list of the nation’s quintessential college towns. Here, students experience backyard barbeques, formal dances, hall Olympics, open-mic nights, educational forums, special dinners, and other student-focused events.