Washington State University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$9,953
2.4% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$18,002
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
4.62%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
75.8%
21,434 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
31,607
85.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
58.9%
2,520 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 (446 degrees awarded), General Social Sciences (372 degrees), and Registered Nursing (366 degrees).

In 2019, 8,024 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Washington State University. 55.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (4,716 degrees), 5.13 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (919 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington State University is $9,953, which is $−18,547 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Washington State University is $9,953, which is $−18,547 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $18,002.

In 2019, 67% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 41% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,953
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Washington State University was $9,953. The cost of tuition at Washington State University is $−18,547 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$18,002
2019 Value
4.08%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Washington State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $18,002. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Washington State University grew by 4.08%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,398
Room and Board
$960
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Washington State University was of $11,398 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $960. The cost of room and board increased by 0.37% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

67%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
41%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

67% of undergraduate students at Washington State University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 1.47% with respect to 2018, when 68% 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.
4.62%
2017 Default Rate
277
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Washington State University was 4.62%, which represents 277 out of the 5994 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 21,434 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 5.88% annual decline. Out of those 21,434 applicants, 16,247 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.8% acceptance rate.

There were 31,607 students enrolled at Washington State University in 2019, and 85% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Washington State University has an overall enrollment yield of 29.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
16,247
Accepted Out of 21,434

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Washington State University was 75.8% (16,247 admissions from 21,434 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 77.2%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −5.88%, while admissions declined by −7.58%.

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SAT Scores

85%
Submission Percentage
4,106
Scores Submitted

85% of enrolled first-time students at Washington State University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Washington State University has a total enrollment of 31,607 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington State University is 26,967 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,640. This means that 85.3% of students enrolled at Washington State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Washington State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.6% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6.41% Asian, 6.06% Two or More Races, 2.77% Black or African American, 0.557% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.38% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Washington State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.3%), followed by White Male (28.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (9.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (25.5%), followed by White Male (17.8%) and Asian Female (4.9%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Washington State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 31,607 students. The full-time enrollment at Washington State University is 26,967 and the part-time enrollment is 4,640. This means that 85.3% of students enrolled at Washington State University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2019 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 79%. 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
    18,514
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    4,528
  3. Asian
    2,026

The enrolled student population at Washington State University is 58.6% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6.41% Asian, 6.06% Two or More Races, 2.77% Black or African American, 0.557% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.38% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 1,187 students (3.76%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 880 more women than men received degrees from Washington State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Washington State University is white (4,716 degrees awarded). There were 5.13 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (919 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Washington State University is General Psychology (446 degrees awarded), followed by General Social Sciences (372 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 Agriculture (270 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (370 degrees), and Engineering (808 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 Software developers (424,076 people), Other managers (423,372 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (332,624 people), Civil engineers (271,746 people), and Mechanical engineers (201,774 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington State University are Agriculture (270 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (370 degrees), Engineering (808 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (71 degrees), and Communications (475 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Washington State University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Diagnostic medical sonographers

The most specialized majors at Washington State University are Agriculture (270 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (370 degrees), Engineering (808 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (71 degrees), and Communications (475 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 (548,522 people), Computer Systems Design (497,878 people), Construction (352,246 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (316,680 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (316,139 people).

The most specialized majors at Washington State University are Agriculture (270 degrees awarded), Human Sciences (370 degrees), Engineering (808 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (71 degrees), and Communications (475 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. 446 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 372 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 366 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Washington State University was General Psychology with 446 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

3,572
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
4,452
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 3,572 degrees were awarded to men at Washington State University, which is 0.802 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,452).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 276 degrees were awarded to men at Washington State University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.73 times more than the 160 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 376 degrees were awarded to women at Washington State University in General Psychology, which is 4.48 times more than the 84 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

38%
100% Completion Time
62%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 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, 62% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 65% 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.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (65.4%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Washington State University is Female and White (65.4% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.754% of graduates (19 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,716 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    919 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    537 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Washington State University is white (4,716 degrees awarded). There were 5.13 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (919 degrees).

6.69% of degree recipients (537 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    2,619 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,097 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    531 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Washington State University is white female (2,619 degrees awarded). There were 1.25 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,097 degrees).

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Operations

Washington State University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.07B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $64.6M (6.04%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, Washington State University had a total salary expenditure of $1.16B. Washington State University employs 330 Professors, 284 Associate professors, and 272 No academic ranks. Most academics at Washington State University are Male Professors (241), Male Associate professors(174), and Female No academic ranks (138).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington State University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 734 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 730 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 556 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.07B
2019 Endowment
4.34%
growth from 2018

Washington State University has an endowment valued at about $1.07B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Washington State University grew 4.34% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $758M 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. $152M - Federal
  2. $87.9M - State
  3. $23.3M - Local

As of 2019, Washington State University received $152M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $87.9M from state grants and contracts, and $23.3M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$524M
2019 Salaries
0.0715%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Washington State University paid a median of $524M in salaries, which represents 45.1% of their overall expenditure ($1.16B) and a 0.0715% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.11% growth from 2017 and a 3.1% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$123M
Instructional Salaries
1,262
Number of Employees

In 2019, Washington State University paid a total of $123M to 1,262 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
330 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
734 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Washington State University were Professor with 330 employees; Associate professor with 284 employees; and Associate professor with 272 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Washington State University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 734 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 730 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 556 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 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Washington State University was Male Professor with 241 employees, Male Associate professor with 174 employees, and Female No academic rank with 138 employees.

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