Washington State University Vancouver

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Washington State University Vancouver
Photograph of Washington State University Vancouver in September 2012.
WSU Vancouver in September 2012.
Established 1989
Type Public
Endowment $354 million
Chancellor Dr. Mel Netzhammer
President Elson Floyd
Academic staff 150+ (full-time Ph.D.)
Students 3,062
Location Vancouver, Washington, USA
Campus Suburb
351 acres (1.42 km²)
Colors Crimson and Gray          
Nickname Cougars
Website www.vancouver.wsu.edu

Washington State University Vancouver (WSUV) is the Vancouver, Washington branch of Washington State University. WSU Vancouver's approximately 351-acre (1.42 km2) Salmon Creek campus is located on the southeast side of Mt. Vista approximately eight miles (13 km) north of the Columbia River. WSU Vancouver expanded to a full four-year university in 2006.[1]

WSU Vancouver in January 2014.


  • Enrollment (2013/2014): 3,062 students; 2,410 FTE (full-time equivalent)
  • Female: 53.8%, Male: 46.2%
  • Students of color represent 19.75% of total enrollment
  • More than 150 full-time, Ph.D. faculty
  • More than 10,000 WSU Vancouver alumni, 75% of whom remain in the area
  • More than 18,000 area WSU alumni
  • More than 186,000 alumni worldwide[2]


Washington State University began offering courses in Southwest Washington in 1983 as part of the Southwest Washington Joint Center for Education. In 1989, the University in Pullman formally established Washington State University Vancouver as a branch campus of the state's land-grant institution. The current Salmon Creek campus opened in 1996. In Fall 2006, WSU Vancouver admitted freshmen and sophomores for the first time and began offering lower-division courses.

Campus resources[edit]

The 351-acre (1.42 km2) campus has many computing and research laboratories, including student computing labs, fabrication labs, science research labs, group instruction labs, fine arts labs, a circuits and microprocessors lab, computer-aided drafting lab and a writing center. The science resources and instrumentation possessed by the campus consist of GC/MS, HPLC (UVvis), DNA sequencer, TOC/N, RT-PCR, Flame ionization detector, and a new (2013) confocal microscope, along with supporting equipment.

WSU Vancouver's library has more than 800 journals in hardcopy and over 9,000 full-text online journals and newspapers, a core collection of more than 30,000 books and access to more than 100 major bibliographic databases. The library participates in several local and regional library consortia, including the Portland Area Library System and ORBIS/CASCADE (the Oregon and Washington Cooperative Library Project). It also houses the Environmental Information Cooperative Library.

Academic programs[edit]

WSU Vancouver offers 20 bachelor's degrees, eight master's degrees, three doctorate degrees in more than 38 fields of study.[3] Students may also be enrolled in science graduate study programs in the School of Biological Sciences in Pullman and pursue their entire degree at WSU Vancouver; greatly enhancing the number of degrees available at the master's and doctoral level by proxy.[4]

WSU Vancouver has a co-admission program with Clark College and Lower Columbia College for students who intend to start their studies at the community college and transfer to WSU Vancouver their junior year. Applicants who meet all requirements may be granted co-admission to WSU Vancouver as early as the start of their freshman year.

Student life[edit]

The opening of the Firstenburg Student Commons (FSC) in the Fall of 2007 marked a change in student life on the Vancouver campus.[5] The FSC gives the campus a central place for students to congregate. It is equipped with a pool table, two ping pong tables, three 52-inch LCD TVs, two Xbox 360s and a Nintendo Wii.

Though there is currently no on-campus housing, WSU Vancouver offers many activities and events for students. For example, there are many student-run organizations such as a History Club, Cougar Pride LGBT club and KOUG radio. KOUG Radio is a student-run radio station that occasionally features radio shows broadcast by DJs, most of whom are students at the university. Another student-run organization is the Salmon Creek Journal, a visual arts and literary magazine created by students, alumni and faculty.[6]

The 2,340-square-foot Fitness Center offers access to cardio equipment, weight-training equipment and fitness classes. Day-use lockers and shower facilities are available.

Popular culture[edit]

In the novel Fifty Shades of Grey, the main character, Anastasia Steele, attends and graduates from WSU Vancouver.


  1. ^ Durbin, Kathie (May 15, 2010). "WSUV’s first four-year class receives degrees". The Columbian. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  2. ^ About WSU Vancouver [1] Retrieved on 25 February 2014
  3. ^ WSU Vancouver Majors and Programs [2] Retrieved on 3 March 2014
  4. ^ "Washington State University - Graduate Studies". Sbs.wsu.edu. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  5. ^ History of the WSU Vancouver campus [3] Retrieved on 24 February 2014
  6. ^ WSU Vancouver. "Salmon Creek Journal". WSU Vancouver. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 

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Coordinates: 45°43′52″N 122°38′13″W / 45.73111°N 122.63694°W / 45.73111; -122.63694