Washington State University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$9,530

2.21% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$17,885

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

4.11%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

73.1%

22,565 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

30,614

84.4% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

62.4%

2,748 Graduates

About

Washington State University is a higher education institution located in Whitman County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Washington State University were General Psychology (403 degrees awarded), General Social Sciences (373 degrees), and Registered Nursing (366 degrees).

In 2017, 7,807 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Washington State University. 55.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (4,982 degrees), 6.41 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (777 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington State University is $9,530, which is $-16,970 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington State University is $9,530, which is $-16,970 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,885.

In 2017, 65% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 44% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,530

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Washington State University was $9,530. The cost of tuition at Washington State University is $-16,970 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$17,885

2017 Value

0.393%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Washington State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,885. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Washington State University grew by 0.393%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,356

Room and Board

$960

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Washington State University was of $11,356 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $960. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

65%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

44%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

65% of undergraduate students at Washington State University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 65% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

4.11%

2016 Default Rate

247

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Washington State University was 4.11%, which represents 247 out of the 6016 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Washington State University received 22,565 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 2.83% annual decline. Out of those 22,565 applicants, 16,487 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 73.1% acceptance rate.

There were 30,614 students enrolled at Washington State University in 2017, and 78% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Washington State University has an overall enrollment yield of 28%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

73.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

16,487

Accepted Out of 22,565

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Washington State University was 73.1% (16,487 admissions from 22,565 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 72%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -2.83%, while admissions declined by -1.46%.

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SAT Scores

78%

Submission Percentage

3,603

Scores Submitted

78% of enrolled first-time students at Washington State University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Washington State University has a total enrollment of 30,614 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington State University is 25,851 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,763. This means that 84.4% of students enrolled at Washington State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Washington State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.8% White, 13.1% Hispanic or Latino, 6.1% Two or More Races, 5.88% Asian, 3.03% Black or African American, 0.643% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.366% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Washington State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (31.5%), followed by White Male (29.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.59%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (21.2%), followed by White Male (18.1%) and Asian Female (3.31%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

84.4%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Washington State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 30,614 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington State University is 25,851 and the part-time enrollment is 4,763. This means that 84.4% of students enrolled at Washington State University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Washington State University was 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Washington State University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    17,696

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4,016

  3. Two or More Races

    1,868

The enrolled student population at Washington State University is 57.8% White, 13.1% Hispanic or Latino, 6.1% Two or More Races, 5.88% Asian, 3.03% Black or African American, 0.643% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.366% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,804 students (5.89%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 829 more women than men received degrees from Washington State University. The majority of degree recipients at Washington State University are white (4,982 degrees awarded). There were 6.41 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (777 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Washington State University is General Psychology (403 degrees awarded), followed by General Social Sciences (373 degrees) and Registered Nursing (366 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Washington State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Human Sciences (449 degrees awarded), Agriculture (215 degrees), and Communications (495 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Washington State University are Other managers (434,827 people), Software developers (361,170 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (303,079 people), Civil engineers (231,904 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (172,537 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington State University are Human Sciences (449 degrees awarded), Agriculture (215 degrees), Communications (495 degrees), Engineering (779 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (71 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The most specialized majors at Washington State University are Human Sciences (449 degrees awarded), Agriculture (215 degrees), Communications (495 degrees), Engineering (779 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (71 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Washington State University are Architectural, engineering & related services (524,131 people), Computer Systems Design (466,124 people), Construction (322,987 people), Elementary & secondary schools (319,199 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (311,204 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington State University are Human Sciences (449 degrees awarded), Agriculture (215 degrees), Communications (495 degrees), Engineering (779 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (71 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Washington State University.

Most Common

  1. 403 degrees awarded

  2. 373 degrees awarded

  3. 366 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Washington State University was General Psychology with 403 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,489

  2. 4,318

In 2017, 3,489 degrees were awarded to men at Washington State University, which is 0.808 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,318).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 300 degrees were awarded to men at Washington State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.22 times more than the 135 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 350 degrees were awarded to women at Washington State University in Registered Nursing, which is 5.65 times more than the 62 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

38%

100% Completion Time

64%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 38% of students graduating from Washington State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 64% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 67% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (71%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Washington State University is Female and Asian (71% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.24% of graduates (34 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,982 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    777 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races

    467 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Washington State University is white (4,982 degrees awarded). There were 6.41 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (777 degrees).

4.48% of degree recipients (350 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,757 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    2,225 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    481 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Washington State University is white female (2,757 degrees awarded). There were 1.24 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,225 degrees).

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Operations

Washington State University has an endowment valued at nearly $975M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $51.8M (5.32%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Washington State University had a total salary expenditure of $1.47B. Washington State University employs 327 Professors, 299 Associate professors, and 274 No academic ranks. Most academics at Washington State University are Male Professors (241), Male Associate professors(185), and Female No academic ranks (143).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington State University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 768 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 684 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 478 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$975M

2017 Endowment

7.42%

growth from 2016

Washington State University has an endowment valued at about $975M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Washington State University grew 7.42% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $689M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $135M - Federal

  2. $90.5M - State

  3. $21.1M - Local

As of 2017, Washington State University received $135M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $90.5M from state grants and contracts, and $21.1M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$513M

2017 Salaries

3.1%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Washington State University paid a median of $513M in salaries, which represents 35% of their overall expenditure ($1.47B) and a 3.1% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.08% growth from 2015 and a 8.16% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$124M

Instructional Salaries

1,300

Number of Employees

In 2017, Washington State University paid a total of $124M to 1,300 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

327 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

768 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Washington State University were Professor with 327 employees; Associate professor with 299 employees; and Associate professor with 274 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington State University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 768 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 684 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 478 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female No academic rank

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Washington State University was Male Professor with 241 employees, Male Associate professor with 185 employees, and Female No academic rank with 143 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Washington State University.

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