WSU Tri-Cities

Why WSU Tri-Cities


WSU Tri-Cities is committed to providing quality education, research, and service to the Columbia Basin region.

WSU Tri-Cities

  • Gives students an opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from a premier research university
  • Prepares an increasingly diverse work force for changing technologies, benefiting economic diversification and employee recruitment, retention, and advancement efforts
  • Attracts grants and research projects to the region that only a research university can, infusing the local economy
  • Assists the agricultural community through research and extension activities, course offerings, and a close relationship with Prosser's Agricultural Research Station.

We’re WSU!

More bachelor’s degrees available!

Incoming freshmen to WSU Tri-Cities have even more choices for four-year degrees. Freshmen will be able to take all the classes needed on the WSU Tri-Cities campus for the following accredited programs:

  • Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts
  • Computer Science, Bachelor of Science
  • Computer Science, Bachelor of Arts
  • Digital Technology & Culture, Bachelor of Arts
  • Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Science
  • Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts
  • English, Bachelor of Arts
  • History, Bachelor of Arts
  • Humanities/Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts
  • Psychology, Bachelor of Science

WSU Tri-Cities has a special relationship with regional community colleges. Program guides list courses that should be taken prior to transferring to WSU Tri-Cities. Call the Admissions Office at 509-372-7250 or send an e-mail to

Access to WSU

WSU Tri-Cities brings to the communities it serves a gateway to Washington State University, a premier research university. Located on the banks of the Columbia River in north Richland and close to the cities of Pasco and Kennewick and near West Richland and Prosser, the campus is part of WSU’s multi-campus system.

WSU Tri-Cities provides access to a college education for students who cannot relocate because of family or job responsibilities.

Students can complete their bachelor’s degree or earn a master’s degree from WSU at the Tri-Cities campus. WSU Tri-Cities offers an array of programs, from business to science, nursing to agriculture, humanities to engineering, education to environmental science.

Students in the Yakima area also have access to the WSU Yakima Academic Center in the Deccio Higher Education Center Building, Yakima Valley Community College.

Students and Faculty

WSU Tri-Cities students are a diverse group. Many work full time and have family commitments. Others transfer from community colleges and attend full time.

The 1,500 students who take classes at the Richland campus are served by over 50 full-time and more than 350 adjunct faculty, drawn from the area’s “brain trust” of highly qualified professionals.

Opening New Doors

WSU Tri-Cities helps you open new doors to your future, whether you seek an advanced degree or just a few courses to brush up your skills. You don't have to pursue a degree to take advantage of our regular courses or special continuing education programs.

As a part of the WSU community, students receive the benefits of a research institution: research, internship, and scholarship opportunities, plus classes taught by outstanding faculty.

WSU Tri-Cities provides the same prestige students have received for more than a century in Pullman. In addition, classes are small, so students get to know their instructors. Faculty understands the dual demands of work and family. The Student Services Office helps students overcome barriers to pursuing an education. In addition, the Multicultural Services Office also supports and advises students.

Most classes are offered during evening hours to accommodate working adults. It's possible to schedule a full course load in just two or three evenings per week.

If you enroll in six or more credit hours, you may be eligible to receive financial aid or scholarships to help pay for your education.

Call Student Services at 509-372-7250 or send an e-mail to for more information.

Reaching Out to You

WSU Tri-Cities is home to a number of programs that serve the community.

The Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory (BSEL) is complete. The $24.8 million, 57,000-square-foot facility was built at WSU Tri-Cities in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The Food and Environmental Quality Laboratory and the Washington State Pest Management Resource Service have three full-time scientists supported by research and technical staff who conduct research and disseminate information on agricultural and urban pests, including the effectiveness of traditional and non-chemical pest controls and the effect of those controls on human health and the environment

Consolidated Information Center (CIC) includes the Consolidated Library, which includes the WSU Tri-Cities Max Benitz Memorial Library  and the Hanford Technical Library, managed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for the U.S. Dept. of Energy, linking the public with a world of information. The CIC also houses a business assistance program called WSU Tri-Cities Business LINKS.

The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program helps young Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, and women achieve their potential by encouraging them to participate in special educational activities at middle schools and high schools, tour college campuses and interact with role models.

WSU Extension is a partnership among the U.S. Department of Agriculture, WSU, and counties. County agents provide information through such programs as 4-H, foods and nutrition, and family finance.

Northwest Public Radio - Television has studios located on campus for KFAE-FM affiliated with National Public Radio, and KTNW-TV (PBS).

The campus also has a Natural History Museum in the Consolidated Information Center containing collections that include fossil wood, the flora and fauna from this area, an extensive rock and minerals collection as well as the widely recognized, and on-line accessible, Archerd Shell Collection.

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