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Federal Legislative Agenda

117th Congress – Federal Agenda

WSU by the numbers

(2019-2020)

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