WSU Basics

  • Colors: Crimson and gray
  • Nicknames: Cougars, Cougs, Wazzu
  • Mascot: Butch T. Cougar

Pullman Basics

The City of Pullman is part of Whitman County; Colfax is its county seat. The Palouse, as the area is known, is one of the richest wheat and lentil growing areas in the world, thanks, in part, to the research done in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. Pullman’s population is 33,700 people, of which approximately 21,000 are students.

There are many options for travel on campus including the free bus system, Uber, Lyft, local cab companies, and simply walking and biking. Information about rental cars, shuttles, and hotel accommodations can be found on our website. We suggest booking hotels for large events (Mom’s Weekend, Dad’s Weekend, graduation) early as space in hotels is limited.

WSU Pullman Lingo and Acronyms to Know

  • WOW: Also known as Week of Welcome. It is a week’s worth of events before the start of school to help students get acclimated to campus.
  • The Bookie: WSU’s Official Bookstore and where your students can purchase and see which books they need for classes.
  • myWSU: WSU’s student information system. This is where students can see their grades, sign up for classes, etc.
  • The Palouse: The geographic region of the U.S. that Pullman is a part of.
  • CUB: Also known as the Compton Union Building. The main hub of campus that contains the Bookie, places to dine, bank, connect with students, and more.
  • Recruitment: Referred to colloquially as “rush.” This is when students join the Greek community at WSU. Recruitments happens each semester and over the summertime.
  • REC or UREC: Also known as University Recreation. This is where students can work out, join intramural sports, and more.
  • Handshake: WSU’s online student employment resource website.
  • ASCC: Also known as the Academic Success and Career Center. A hub in the Lighty Student Services Building for helping students find tutoring, career and academic development opportunities, and more.
  • CougSync: A place to find service opportunities, clubs, etc.
  • Mom’s Weekend: An annual event held each spring. Each year there are events for students’ and their guests, typically a fashion show, musical performance, etc. The 2020 dates are April 3–5.
  • Dad’s Weekend: An annual event held each fall during a home football weekend. This year’s Dad’s Weekend is November 15–17, 2019 with the WSU versus Stanford game.
  • Westside: The colloquial name for the western part of Washington.
  • Apartment Land: The part of Pullman that is home to thousands of apartments and apartment buildings.
  • Cougar Gold: WSU’s famous cheese made on campus in Ferdinand’s Creamery.
  • Cougar Card: Student’s ID card that will get them into their residence hall, the Rec Center, sporting events (if they have purchased a sports pass), etc.

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