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Rank: 138

Washington State University

Pullman, WAhttps://wsu.edu/
The huge majority of Washington State University students come from within the state, and most will agree that the WSU experience is well worth the cost of admission. WSU's former reputation as a party school appears to be fading. Current students say that classes are challenging and that professors take time to get to know them both inside and outside of the classroom. Particularly ambitious incoming students can apply to WSU's Honors College. The university's sprawling campus and large student body (about 25,000 undergraduates alone) dominate the small town of Pullman. Nightlife may be lacking in the college town, but the scenic Palouse area more than makes up for it with vibrant and beautiful outdoor landscapes to explore. Check out Palouse Falls State Park to see canyons, rivers, and waterfalls. Plus, the school offers a wealth of student activities and organizations. Athletes can take advantage of intramural sports like sand volleyball and golf, while spectators can check out official Cougars basketball and football games. As for WSU's party scene, the fraternity houses are regular hangouts for students under 21, while the bars, such as the Coug, are popular with the 21-and-over crowd.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$28,500
% of students who get any grants
65%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,100
Average price for low-income students
$9,250
admissions
Acceptance rate
73%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1120/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
24,797
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
85%
% of need met
63%
% of students who get merit* grants
18%
Average merit grant
$3,922
student success
Graduation rate
62%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$20,350
Average salary within 3 years
$54,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
33%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 31

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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