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Washington State University at Pullman

Pullman, Washington

Located in the southeast corner of Washington State, WSU prides itself on being a diverse, PAC 10, residential university. Nationally and internationally, the university is recognized for its faculty and research programs. WSU offers 110 undergraduate, 60 master's and 42 doctoral degree programs.

In addition to the 600-acre main campus at Pullman, the university maintains branch campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities area and Vancouver, as well as several thousand acres of agricultural research land throughout the state. WSU's research centers include the International Marketing Program for Agricultural Commodities and Trade, the State of Washington Water Research Center, the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, James Entomological Collection, the Owenbey Herbarium, the Jewett Observatory, the Electron Microscopy Center, and the University Library, which is qualified for membership in the Association of Research Libraries.

The Department of Sociology's doctoral program ranks in the top 15 nationally, according to the Conference Board of the Associated Research Councils. The broadcasting sequence of the Department of Communications is one of the top five in the nation; among its alumni is the broadcast pioneer Edward Murrow.

Housing is available in residence halls, on-campus single and family apartments and fraternities and sororities. The university is the largest residential university west of the Mississippi, with over half of its student body living on campus.

There are approximately 16,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students. Of these, minorities make up 12% and Hispanics 2% of the total. Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1890
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 19,554
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $351,162,212
Admissions Address

French Administration Building
Pullman, WA 99164



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.5
Send application by: Rolling
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Ms. Wendy Peterson
Admissions office telephone: (888) 468-6978
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: Rolling
Decision sent by: Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? No
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
http://www.wsu.edu/future-students/admission/apply.html Tuition deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $200 (Refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 2
Lab 1 1
Foreign language 2 2
Social studies 2 2
History 1 1
Academic electives 1 1
Total academic units 15 16

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 31
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Important
Class rank: Not considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Not considered
Character/personal qualities: Not considered
First generation: Not considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Not considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Not considered
Volunteer work: Not considered
Work experience: Not considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 77%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 77%
Total applicants: 9,314
Total acceptances: 7,177
Total freshman enrollment: 2,856
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.

Male applicants: 4,496
Male acceptances: 3,389
Male freshman enrollment: 1,411
Female applicants: 4,818
Female acceptances: 3,788
Female freshman enrollment: 1,445
Out-of-state freshmen: 9%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 0
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 0
Students enrolled from waiting list: 0

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 38%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 62%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 91%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 51%
Average high school GPA: 3.5
First-year students submitting GPA: 95%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 95%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 490 – 590
Math: 510 – 620
Combined: 1000 – 1210

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 3.3% 4.3%
600-699 21.7% 29.4%
500-599 46.5% 45.1%
400-499 26.4% 19.8%
300-399 2.1% 1.5%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 31%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 21 – 26

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 5.3% N/A N/A
24-29 41.1% N/A N/A
18-23 48.1% N/A N/A
12-17 5.6% N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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