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Rank: 149

Washington State University

Pullman, WAwsu.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 the 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 (24,000 undergraduates alone) dominate the small town of Pullman. Although students say there isn't much to do in Pullman itself, 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 Cave, are popular with the 21-and-over crowd.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$27,900
% of students who get any grants
65%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,100
Average price for low-income students
$10,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
72%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1050/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
27,917
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
86%
% of need met
64%
% of students who get merit* grants
14%
Average merit grant
$3,935
student success
Graduation rate
67%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$20,400
Average salary within 3 years
$52,400
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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