Washington State University

Washington State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Washington State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Washington State University Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Washington State University was awarded 408 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is plant nursery operations and management.

Overall Quality

Wazzu landed the #369 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Wazzu held the #408 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Wazzu is also ranked #6 out of 58 schools in Washington.

See all of the rankings for Washington State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Wazzu?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Washington State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 73%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to Wazzu submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Washington State University  ( 510 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Washington State University  ( 510 to 610 )
Wazzu received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Washington State University  ( 20 to 26 )

Learn more about Washington State University admissions.

Washington State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Washington State University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Washington State University is 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Washington State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Washington State University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At Wazzu this rate is 38%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  38 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Washington State University.

Washington State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 26,062 undergraduates at Wazzu with 23,092 being full-time and 2,970 being part-time.

How Much Does Washington State University Cost?

The overall average net price of Wazzu is $16,358. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Wazzu

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,334 $11,337 $15,548 $22,090 $23,961

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Wazzu, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Wazzu, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $6,724 a year. That adds up to $26,896 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wazzu is 4.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Wazzu Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Wazzu make around $50,600 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Wazzu students since it is 27% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Washington State University make the most money.

Location of Washington State University

Located in Pullman, Washington, Washington State University is a public institution. Pullman is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

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Contact details for Wazzu are given below.

Contact Details
Address: French Administration Building, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
Phone: 509-335-3564
Website: wsu.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WSUAdmissions

Washington State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 132 majors graduated from Washington State University. Of these students, 6,058 received undergraduate degrees and 1,435 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Psychology 415 $31,100
General Social Sciences 394 $36,500
Nursing 345 $68,400
Mechanical Engineering 294 $61,300
Public Relations & Advertising 288 NA
Accounting 216 $47,800
General Biology 212 $29,100
Finance & Financial Management 198 $46,800
Human Development & Family Studies 196 $30,800
Business Administration & Management 187 $44,400

Learn more about the majors offered at Washington State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Wazzu

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 6,592 students took at least one online class at Washington State University. This is an increase from the 6,282 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 6,592 3,574
2017-2018 6,282 3,345
2016-2017 5,811 3,234
2015-2016 5,092 3,159
2013-2014 4,284 2,863

Learn more about online learning at Washington State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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