Washington State University Tri-Cities

About WSU Tri-Cities

WSU Tri-Cities was founded in 1989 and is one of the four campuses in the WSU system. The main campus in Pullman was founded in 1890 and is Washington’s original land-grant university with a mission of improving quality of life. The other two urban campuses are located in Spokane and Vancouver.

The Tri-Cities campus began as the Joint Center for Graduate Study in July 1958 as a collaborative effort among WSU, the University of Washington and Oregon State University. In 1967, the Richland School District donated 84 acres to provide a permanent home for the facility. Construction began on the East Building in July 1967. The building was finished in one year, and in the fall of 1968, the first classes were taught by 79 adjunct faculty members to 380 students.


WSU Tri-Cities strives to offer opportunities for dynamic student engagement, dynamic research experiences, and dynamic community engagement. Our campus values quality, innovation, experiential learning, community collaborations and a facility rich in diversity. We offer personalized undergraduate and graduate education with faculty, staff and students engaged in research, outreach and community service commensurate with the University’s land-grant mission.


Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young


FALL 2013

Headcount: 1,336
Full-Time Equivalent: 1,077 (212 over the state-funded level of 865 FTE)
Ethnic Diversity: 30.5%
Average Age: 26 years
Female 53%, Male 47%
Part-Time Students: 28%
First Generation: 50%
Low Income: 40%
Veterans: 8%
Faculty: 90
Adjunct Faculty: 200+
Academic/Adminstrative Staff: 85
Early Outreach Staff: 225
More than 5,500 Tri-Cities campus alumni since 1989

Student to faculty ratio

Approximately 15 to 1

Academic Areas

WSU Tri-Cities currently offers 18 bachelor’s degrees, 10 master’s degrees, and six doctoral degrees. See the breakdown by program over at tricity.wsu.edu/academics

  • Agriculture (Viticulture & Enology)
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
    • Civil
    • Electrical
    • Mechanical
  • Liberal Arts
    • Digital Technology & Culture (DTC)
    • English
    • History
    • Humanities
    • Psychology
    • Social Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Sciences

Estimated costs for WSU Tri-Cities undergraduate students, 2013-14

Direct Costs
Tuition* (10 to 18 credits)$11,386
Books and supplies$960
Mandatory fees$512

* Full-time undergraduate tuition for Washington state residents.
Non-resident full-time undergraduate tuition is $24,468/year.

For further information on undergraduate tution and fees, non-resident rates, and graduate student tution rates, see tricity.wsu.edu/studentaccounts/tuition.

Learn more about residency requirements at tricity.wsu.edu/admission/requirements/residency.

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