Washington State University or WSU is a public research university located in Pullman, Washington. It was founded in 1890 by the Washington legislature a few months after Washington was declared a state. It is the largest land-grant university in Washington and it operates branch campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver all of which were founded in 1989. It also maintains regional learning centers, extension offices in every county, and distance learning programs via its WSU Online which is accessible to students worldwide.
Aside from being a university with a high research activity, WSU also offers world-class education to over 25,000 students statewide and confers bachelor’s, master’s, professional and doctoral degrees. The university’s most well-known programs are in veterinary medicine, agriculture, animal science, food science, plant science, architecture, neuroscience, criminal justice and communications. It is also well-regarded for its atmospheric, biological chemistry, shock physics, sleep and wood materials research laboratories.
Aside from its on-campus degree programs, WSU also offers distance education to busy working students who are interested to pursue their education but are unable to attend regular day classes. Degrees and certificates available through WSU Online include undergraduate degree programs in Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Human Development; Humanities; and Social Sciences and online graduate programs and professional development certificates.
Cost of tuition varies and depends on such factors as residency status, number of credits enrolled in and degree program chosen. Financial aid is extended to both on-campus and online students in the form of loans and scholarships to those who are qualified.
The U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 rankings has classified WSU as among the top 60 public research universities in the United States.