Federal Legislative Agenda

117th Congress – Federal Agenda

WSU by the numbers


Classified among the nation’s top 96 leading public and private universities for “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

  • Enrollment: 28,025 full time equivalents
  • Graduate student enrollment: 4,360
  • Tuition and fees: $12,170 with fees for resident undergraduate
  • Average time to degree: 4.2 years
  • Student debt at graduation (FY2020): $26,576*
    • 56 percent graduate with loan debt*
      • 77 percent of students are Washington residents (81.3% of undergrads)
      • 31.5 percent are students of color, including 35 percent of freshmen
      • 76.1 percent of transfer applicants offered admission
      • 28.3 percent of students are Pell Grant eligible

Performance and innovation

  • $360.52 million in total research and development expenditures, of which $151.13 million are federal in FY 2018.
  • WSU’s groundbreaking ROAR program is one of seven fully inclusive post-secondary education programs in the U.S. (only one in the Pacific Northwest), Roar is a two-year program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities It has been awarded a $2.3 million grant to continue its work helping students with intellectual or developmental disabilities have a fully integrated, on-campus experience.
  • The Federal Communications Commission honored a Washington State University-initiated partnership’s work to create drive-up broadband access at more than 600 locations statewide, among nationwide efforts to close the digital divide.
  • Further refining our relationship with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory by developing the WSU / PNNL Institutes
  • Working closely with industry leaders, including The Boeing Company, Alaska Airlines, Spokane International Airport and the Ports of Seattle and Portland, to develop and commercialize sustainable aviation biofuels
  • Partnering with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service to develop sustainable alternative biofuels
  • Tree fruit research at WSU supports Washington state’s $6 billion tree fruit industry, which is the state’s number one export.
  • WSU’s response to the need for innovative research in the wine industry supports an $8.4 billion a year grape and wine industry in Washington state.
  • Agricultural research at WSU supports a $46 billion industry that employs 164,000 people across the state.
  • WSU Online is now offering 21 degrees. Online degrees are no longer tied to the traditional academic calendar allowing students to access courses on a schedule that best fits their timetable