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Washington State University Vancouver

Washington State University Vancouver
Photograph of Washington State University Vancouver in September 2012.
WSU Vancouver in September 2012.
Established 1989
Type Public
Chancellor Dr. Mel Netzhammer
President Elson Floyd
Academic staff
160+ doctorate faculty
Students 3,264
Location Vancouver, Washington, USA
Campus Suburb
351 acres (1.42 km²)
Colors Crimson and Gray          
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Mascot Butch T. Cougar

Washington State University Vancouver is the Vancouver, Washington branch of Washington State University. WSU Vancouver's approximately Script error: No such module "convert". Salmon Creek campus is located on the southeast side of Mt. Vista approximately eight miles (13 km) north of the Columbia River and 17 miles north of downtown Portland, Oregon. Degrees offered by WSU Vancouver are conferred by Washington State University. WSU is the only "Research I" (RU/VH) institution in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Previously an undergraduate transfer college, WSU Vancouver expanded to a full four-year university in 2006.[1]

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WSU Vancouver in January 2014.


  • Enrollment (2014/2015): 3,264 students
  • Female: 54.2%
  • Male: 45.8%
  • Students of color represent 20.8% of total enrollment
  • More than 160 doctorate faculty
  • 14:1 student:faculty ratio
  • More than 11,000 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

The Script error: No such module "convert". 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

WSU Vancouver offers 20 bachelor's degrees, eight master's degrees, eight 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.

WSU Vancouver offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as part of Washington State University’s Carson College of Business, which is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In 2013 the Carson College of Business was ranked number one for its online MBA program by US News and World Report.[5] The on-campus Master of Business Administration (MBA) at WSU Vancouver was ranked number 76 out of 600 schools considered in a study by the Aspen Institute in 2007 for social and environmental responsibility taught as part of its core curriculum.[6]

Student life

The opening of the Firstenburg Student Commons (FSC) in the Fall of 2007 marked a change in student life on the Vancouver campus.[7] 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, and video game consoles.

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.[8]

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

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 14 October 2014
  3. ^ WSU Vancouver Majors and Programs [2] Retrieved on 14 October 2014
  4. ^ "Washington State University - Graduate Studies". Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
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  7. ^ History of the WSU Vancouver campus [3] Retrieved on 24 February 2014
  8. ^ WSU Vancouver. "Salmon Creek Journal". WSU Vancouver. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 

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