Thursday, January 16, 2014

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT]: Washington State University

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Pullman is a quintessential college town. The Pullman campus welcomes international students from nearly 100 countries and fosters interaction among scholars of diverse cultures and perspectives. At its heart is the University, called a “residential campus” because it’s home for thousands of students from 50 states and nearly 100 countries. There are also exceptional resources where students and faculty can access advanced computer labs, high-tech classrooms, and one of the largest library systems in the Pacific Northwest.

What else can you do outside of academics? Walk to Beasley Coliseum to hear lectures from influential visitors, see big-name entertainers, and watch the Cougs square off in Pac-12 basketball. Join the throng of fans at Martin Stadium to cheer on the Cougar football team. Celebrate and learn at cultural events. Stroll through the WSU Museum of Art or grab a bite to eat at the CUB (Compton Union Building).


  • Website:
  • Public, 4-year or above
  • Established: 1892
  • Location: Pullman, Washington

Degrees offered:
  • Less than one year certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Post baccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
  • Doctor's degree - professional practice

Schools and Colleges:
  • Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Honors
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • University College
  • Veterinary Medicine
(Fall 2013)
  • Total enrollment: 27,679
  •  Total undergraduate enrollment: 23,135
  • Total graduate enrollment: 4,544
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
  • Full-Time Faculty: 1,317
Student Body
(Fall 2013)

Total international student population: 1,892 (7%)

  • International: 969
  • Number of countries represented: 100
  • Full-time: 885

Office of International Programs
Washington State University
General: 1-855-219-1317
Undergraduate Admission: 509-335-8117

Student Life

WSU students actively engage in issues to create positive change. They make their mark through civic engagement, or through involvement in more than 300 student clubs and organizations, student government, and multicultural student centers. Many students help others succeed by serving as a mentor or peer tutor in writing, engineering, or other subjects.

Each semester, the WSU international community connects to the greater community beyond the campus borders through a number of educational and social programs as well as service projects and volunteering. These interactions reinforce the mission of the University by fostering engagement in an increasingly interdependent global society. Some of the activities you will find are:

Both students and faculty play in one of the Pac-12's largest intramural sports programs and can choose from a huge menu of recreational activities. Athletics fans cheer on the Cougs, who compete in at the NCAA Division I level in nine women’s and six men’s sports.

Residence Life and Housing Services

Single freshmen under 20 spend their first year living in a campus residence hall or University-recognized fraternity or sorority. In residence halls, living-learning communities keep freshmen focused; they’re proven to help students earn higher grades.

The University offers nice, quiet apartments just for students with families and graduate students. Many students, as well as University faculty and staff, make their homes off campus in the beautiful, tree-lined neighborhoods of Pullman, as well as in surrounding communities.

International Admissions

Undergraduate Application Requirements

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • English Proficiency Test
  • Certificate of Finances
  • Passport
  • Foreign Credential Evaluation

Undergraduate Admissions Criteria

You must complete at least 12 years of elementary through secondary school, culminating in an appropriate secondary certificate or external examination. Your grade point average must be at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Your schooling should reflect adequate preparation in humanities, mathematics, basic sciences, and social sciences. 

International transfer applicants need to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in at least one full year of study at a recognized or accredited post-secondary school.

Graduate Application Requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Grade point average equivalent to a U.S. grade of "B" or better
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores
  • GRE or GMAT scores if required by the prospective department
  • Three letters of recommendation

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Below are some financial aid and scholarship opportunities offered to international students from Washington State University:

Students are not required to apply for the International Freshman and Transfer Academic Awards. Students are automatically awarded these scholarships if they meet the GPA requirements. Scholarship forms for the remaining awards are available on the WSU website.

English Proficiency

To be admitted to the University, you must either prove your English language proficiency or qualify for a waiver of the language proficiency requirement.
  • TOEFL: 550 paper­based, 79 internet­based, 213 computer­based
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • MELAB: 77
  • CPE: Pass (A, B, or C)
  • SAT I: Critical Reading 500
  • GCSE or GCE: O-level pass in English
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Pass in English

If you do not meet the minimum language proficiency requirements, you may be able to attend WSU's Intensive American Language Center (IALC) at the main campus in Pullman, Washington. Once you complete Level 5 of the IALC program with a "B" average, you will have met WSU’s English Proficiency requirement.

There is also the WSU International Bridge Program that is a structured, degree-seeking program with specialized English courses designed to help you satisfy the ELP requirement while earning credits towards your Bachelor's degree.

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