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Federal Legislative Agenda

117th Congress – Federal Agenda

WSU by the numbers


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

  • Enrollment: 28,777 full time equivalents
  • Graduate student enrollment: 4,262
  • Tuition and fees: $11,841 with fees for resident undergraduate
  • Student debt at graduation (2011): $25,899*
    • 57 percent graduate with loan debt*
    • 76.7 percent of students are Washington residents (80.9% of undergrads)
    • 30.5 percent are students of color, including 35.0 percent of freshmen
    • 76.1 percent of transfer applicants offered admission
    • 29.4 percent of students are Pell Grant eligible

Performance and innovation

  • $386.94 millions in total research and development expenditures, of which $174.7 million are federal in 2018.
  • $200.2 millions in federal research and development expenditures for federal fiscal year 2020
  • 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 WSU’s ROAR program 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 hundreds of 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 Airline, Spokane International Airport and the Ports of Seattle and Portland, to develop an 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.  Including apples, the states number one export.
  • WSU’s response to the need for innovative research in the wine industry supports
    $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.
  • Average time to degree: 4.2 years
  • WSU Online now offering 21 degrees. Online degrees no longer tied to traditional academic calendar allowing students to access courses on a schedule that best fits their timetable
  • Two three-week-long online sessions created during breaks to help students catch up or get ahead by earning 3 credits in high demand classes
  • Student tuition frozen for summer session to drive more students to earn needed credits toward graduation