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Washington State Acceptance Rate

So, you’re thinking about applying to Washington State University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.

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SAT Score: 1600
GPA: 4

Percent change to get into :100 percent

With an acceptance rate of 80%, admission to Washington State is mildly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1100, or an ACT score of around 23.

Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Washington State admission statistics.


Washington State Admissions Statistics

Washington State’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 80%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 19,766 applicants, Washington State admitted about 15,742. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.31, the average ACT score was 23, and the average SAT score was 1110.

For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 20, and the 75th percentile score was 26.

For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1010. The 75th percentile score was 1220.


If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.

Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.

As we said, admission to Washington State is very competitive. Even if Washington State is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.

Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.

OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Washington State’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.


Washington State Application Requirements

To apply to Washington State, you’ll need to fill out the WSU Online Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, pay the $50 application fee, and submit your high school transcript. Everything should be submitted by January 31st for Early Action.

Here’s a full list of application requirements:

  • Fill out the WSU Online Application
  • Submit an ACT score or SAT score (writing score optional)
  • Pay the $50 application fee
  • Submit your high school transcript

The application deadline is January 31st for Early Action. January 31st is the financial aid application deadline.

Have you been admitted to Washington State? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.


Washington State Admitted Students Profile

If you matriculate at Washington State, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.

Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:

  • Roughly 51% are male and 49% are female
  • 5.3% of students are international

Washington State has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:

  • International: 5.3%
  • Underrepresented minority: 1.5%
  • Two or more races: 8.3%
  • White: 63.7%

What do these admitted students plan to study? Washington State offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:


  • Engineering
  • Communication
  • Journalism

Now, how are you going to pay for this?

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Washington State Tuition Figures

At $41,531, Washington State’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $10,478.

Here’s a fuller look at Cal Tech tuition and financial aid in 2017:

  • Total budget: $41,531
  • Average financial aid package: $10,478
  • The average student debt of a Washington State graduate is $25,874

Now, what is life like at Washington State? Let’s take a look.


Washington State Location

The main campus is located in Pullman, Washington, in the state’s Palouse region.

Remember, you’re going to Washington State for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.


Washington State Academics

Washington State has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:

  • Agricultural Business Technology
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Crop Production
  • Digital Communication and Media
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Food Science
  • Genetics
  • Human Nutrition
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Organizational Communication
  • Mechanical Engineering

Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Washington State.


Student Life at Washington State

Cal Tech has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.

Here’s a sampling of Cal Tech’s student activities:

  • Art Club
  • Choral Company
  • Jazz Society
  • Photography Club
  • Pyromaniacs Clay Club
  • Wazzu Films
  • Digital Media Club
  • History Club
  • Astronomy and Physics Club
  • Environmental Science Club
  • Geology Club
  • Anthropology Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Sociology Club

Are you an athlete? Washington State’s got plenty of options for you.


Washington State Athletics

Washington State offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.

Washington State’s sports include:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Track & Field

Who might you become with a Washington State degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:


Notable Alums

Washington State has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.

Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:

  • Author Sherman Alexie
  • Artist Edward Kienholz
  • Cartoonist Gary Larson
  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen
  • Boeing CEO Scott E. Carson

And this is only a partial list!


Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.

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Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Written by Dr. Shaan Patel MD MBA

Prep Expert Founder & CEO

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