WSU is advancing Washington industries …
WSU teams with aviation to develop sustainable aviation biofuels …
WSU partners to develop bioproducts that reduce dependence on petroleum imports …
WSU works with state commodity commissions to conduct needed agricultural research …
WSU developed the technology used for wood-plastic composites used for buildings …
WSU researchers work to improve dairy productivity and reduce disease …
WSU research has made Washington one of the world’s most productive wheat-growing regions …

Cougar Chat, The state of higher education in Washington State

Support and Advocate for WSU? You bet … take a look

Washington State University is Washington’s state university. Through its four campuses, four research centers and WSU extension, WSU is physically present in every county, delivering education, research and core services that benefit Washingtonians in their communities everyday.  Below are some compelling facts and figures concerning performance and innovation at WSU.  Such steady performance, improvements, and commitment to excellence should be considered by policy and law makers as the state enters into the 2013 Legislative session.

Who is attending WSU?

  • WSU enrolls 26,198 full time equivalents.
  • The tuition and fees for resident undergraduates is now $12,300 per student.
  • Sadly, due to the disinvestment by the state of Washington, student debt at graduation is $23,712 (2011 figures). Luckily, this debt figure is below national averages, but certainly something the state could consider reversing. 57% of students graduate with loan debt – an unfathomable outcome a generation ago.
  • WSU has 88.7% of Washington residents as undergraduates. WSU educates Washington’s future leaders, entrepreneurs, community volunteers, and valued, productive citizens.
  • 22.6% Cougs are students of colors, including an impressive 31.1% of freshman. Diversity is a goal at WSU and an enormous benefit to the educational experience for WSU students.
  • Almost 70% of transfer students are offered admission to WSU.
  • WSU is ensuring all students are able to achieve the dream of a college education – 34.5% of students are Pell Grant eligible.

How is WSU performing? What innovations is it applying to support student success?

  • The average time to degree for a WSU student is 4.38 years, proudly beating the national average!
  • The freshman retention rate is 81.5%, which is also better than the national average!
  • WSU Online is now offering 14 degrees, and allows students to access courses on a schedule that best fits their timetable. In addition, two three-week-long online sessions have been created during breaks to help students catch up or get ahead by earning 3 credits in high demand classes.
  • WSU has frozen student tuition for summer sessions to incentivize students to earn needed credits towards graduation.
  • WSU has revised course schedules to reduce conflicting class periods, providing students more flexibility to get the classes they need to graduate on time and with the credits and knowledge they need to succeed!


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