History, Affiliations and Rankings
Earlier established as an Agricultural College, Washington State University has cemented its name amongst the renowned institutions of research, innovation and diversity. The university was established in 1890. In order to increase its presence in other locations, the university established its campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Everett and a Global Online campus, with Everett campus being the latest addition. A top research University in the United States, WSU has made impactful advances locally and globally, in Health, Food Production, Economic Opportunity, Security and Clean Energy. The university has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The Atomic Energy Commission Grants has largely funded the development of the university and its faculties. WSU is also one of the members of the prestigious land-grant group of US universities. The Medical school of the university is one of the best and one of the only 3 medical schools in Washington. The university is governed by a Board of Regents with currently 10 members on the board.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Being the oldest and main campus of WSU, Pullman has the highest number of faculty members close to 1,500 out of a total of around 2,300, employed across the different campuses. There are two herbariums and several museums of Art, Anthropology, Entomology and Natural History at the campus. Washington State University Pullman’s endeavor of providing world-class educational amenities to facilitate research can be gauged from the fact that it houses the state-of-the-art State of Washington Water Research Center, the Peter Hooper GeoAnalytical Lab and the Nuclear Science Center. Washington State University follows the semester system and offers 150 Graduate, 200+ Undergraduate programs and Research programs that are imparted through its several schools. These include, College of Education, College of Business and College of Engineering. To provide a holistic learning experience to its students, Washington State University has over 300 student clubs and organizations along with several fraternities and sororities.
Accomplishments and Alumni
In the Carnegie Classification 2018, Washington State University was named among 131 institutions out of 4300+ US universities, as the doctoral universities with a “very high research activity.” Further, WSU also emerged as #1 in the US Department of Agriculture research and development expenditures with the highest expenditure of $38.1 million. WSU has a global network of 179,700+ alumni members worldwide. The Alumni Association of this university has nearly 35,000 members. Some of the notable alumni of Washington State University include Judith A. Bense (President of University of West Florida); Paul Allen (Co-founder of Microsoft) and Spend Auken (Danish Politician and Minister of Environmental Affairs).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The main Pullman campus experiences enrollment of close to 21,022 students out of a total of more than 31,000 students across its Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional courses. There are a total of 1,934 international students at the Washington State University - Pullman campus, who hail from 106+ countries worldwide. It has a vibrant and multi-ethnic community with more than 30% of students belonging to diverse and cross-cultural backgrounds. Students get recruited in the domains of Sales and Business Development, Consulting, Accounting in Professional services, R&D, Pharmaceuticals and Biotech, Finance Control and Strategy and Marketing, Product and Communications. Graduates from the Carson College of Business at WSU get hired by corporations such as, Marriott, Bank of America, Hitachi Data Systems, MGM Resorts International. The Boeing Company, Lowe Graham Jones, Nordstrom, Hyatt, Intel and more.