Life at WSU

Small town feel, big college experience!

At WSU, you’ll forge lifelong friendships, build bridges between cultures, and serve your community through life-changing research.

Cougs thrive on coffee, Cougar Gold cheese, Ferdinand’s ice cream, free movies at the Compton Union Building (CUB), and the uniqueness of two college towns connected by an 8-mile bike path between Pullman and Moscow, Idaho. Pullman’s small-town charm and our close-knit campus community feels like home as soon as you step foot on campus.

And every Cougar game day is a town-wide celebration where spirited students, alumni, and community members come together to cheer on the Cougs!

16,760 undergraduates
19,114 total students in Pullman
33,974 population of Pullman, 56% are students
25th safest college town in America (SafeWise, 2021)

Top 10 best college towns in the Western U.S. (Sunset Magazine)

Top 25 for quality of life (

Every Coug experience is unique

Cougs come from all over the United States and the world, bringing with them their unique perspectives and experiences. We welcome them all! Our ten student centers and 300+ student clubs make it easy to settle into your new home at WSU.

Cougs by the numbers

48U.S. states represented
101Countries represented
36%of students are multicultural
34%of students are first in their families to attend college
Top 40Universities nationally for policies supportive of LGBTQ+ students (Campus Pride Index, 2021)

Cougs get involved

70+Intramural and club sports
40+Culture-based clubs
60+Fraternities and sororities
20+Faith-based organizations

Eat, sleep, and live better – on campus

Imagine being surrounded by other Cougs, all filled with the same excitement to meet new people, cheering on our athletic teams, and building a new home away from home. This is life living in a residence hall – an unparalleled experience that forms friendships that last a lifetime. And studies show that students who live on campus have higher GPAs than students who don’t, which is why we require all first-years students to live on campus.

Life on campus

16Residence halls
3Dining halls
3Campus markets
5Espresso bars
22%Students involved in Greek Life

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