Washington State University was founded in 1892 as the Washington Agricultural College and School of Science. Just 13 students enrolled that first year. Since then, WSU has grown into one of the nation’s 60 best research universities. This large public state school maintains an annual enrollment of around 25,000 students. Most of its students come from Washington State. WSU’s primary campus is located in Pullman, Washington, close to the Idaho border, and WSU has branch campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online.
Since the university is so large, the breadth of extracurricular opportunities is equal to the size of the student population. WSU has 11 athletic teams belonging to the Pacific-12 Athletic Conference. Football, basketball, soccer, swimming, and rowing are among the most popular. Students can also choose to participate in approximately 75 intramural activities. WSU is also home to at least 30 clubs, many of them related to fields of study, like horticulture club, the biological systems food engineering club, and the landscape architecture club.
WSU offers a breadth of educational options at every level of post-secondary education. Undergraduate students may choose between 95 majors, and graduate students may apply for one of 66 Master’s degree programs and 47 Ph.D. programs. Two professional degree programs, in pharmacy and veterinary medicine, are also available. These touch on diverse fields of study, from research science and mathematics to humanities and literature to fine arts and music. WSU students may also choose to enrich their educational experiences by participating in one of 1,200 study abroad opportunities in 70 countries made possible by the school.
Through its online Global Campus, WSU provides a wealth of distance learning opportunities to students the world over. The five pillars of Washington State University online are global connections, elearning services, conference management, the digital academy (for non-credit classes), and Washington State University online degrees. The eight undergraduate programs available through the Global Campus include accounting, criminal justice, human development, and social sciences. Eight graduate programs include master’s degrees in molecular bioscience, agriculture, business administration, and engineering and technology management. Eight non-degree and certificate options offer undergraduate-level professional writing and gerontology (among others) and graduate-level bioethics, engineering and technology management, and molecular biosciences. All online courses are delivered via the Angel learning system, which allows students to chat online with instructors and peers, receive personalized assistance, and view course materials at their leisure.