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Washington State University Data & Information Overview

435 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
86% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Washington State University Ranked?

#175 Best Colleges in Nation
#4 Best Colleges in WA
Teacher Education Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 435 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Wazzu as #175 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Wazzu held the #195 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Wazzu is also ranked #4 out of 51 schools in Washington.

See all of the rankings for Washington State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Wazzu?

86% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 86%, some consider Wazzu to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Learn more about Washington State University admissions.

Washington State University Faculty

15 to 1 Student to Faculty
78% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 15 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

81% Freshmen Retention
37% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% 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  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from Wazzu have a four-year graduation rate of 37%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

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

Washington State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

22,315 Full-Time Undergraduates
33.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.3% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 25,470 undergraduates at Wazzu with 22,315 being full-time and 3,155 being part-time.

How Much Does Washington State University Cost?

$15,300 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
$25,948 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Wazzu is $15,300. 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 +

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 29% of students took out student loans averaging $6,487 a year. That adds up to $25,948 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Wazzu is 3.3%. 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?

$61,080 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Wazzu make around $61,080 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Wazzu graduates since it is 44% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Washington State University

Washington State
22,315 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
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

Washington State University Majors

129 Majors With Completions
5,822 Undergraduate Degrees
1,470 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 129 majors graduated from Washington State University. Of these students, 5,822 received undergraduate degrees and 1,470 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 MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
General Psychology486$30,834
Soil Sciences348NA
Public Relations & Advertising300$39,530
Mechanical Engineering279$64,194
General Biology256$29,289
Business Administration & Management204$51,507
Finance & Financial Management188$50,289

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

Online Learning at Wazzu

29% Take At Least One Class Online
16% Take All Classes Online

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 2020-2021, 8,756 students took at least one online class at Washington State University. This is a decrease from the 30,839 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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.


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