About Washington State University


POSTED: Tuesday, September 08, 2009

WSU opened its doors in 1892 as the Washington Agricultural College and School of Science with 13 collegiate and 46 preparatory students. It was founded in Pullman in 1890 and is a land-grant university that conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to more than 25,000 students statewide. The university's statewide system includes campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland) and Vancouver as well as regional learning centers.









































































Campus locations, enrollment


» Pullman: 17,753
» Spokane: 1,329
» Tri-Cities: 1,337
» Vancouver: 2,806
» Distance degree: 3,093




» Men: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and field
» Women: Basketball, cross country, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball
» Colors: Crimson and Gray » Nickname: Cougars >> Football stadium: Martin Stadium (Capacity 35,117, smallest in the Pac-10. Note: Tomorrow's game will be played at Qwest Field in Seattle).


Notable alumni (Source: Wikipedia)


» Paul Allen, 1977 (1973-75), co-founder of Microsoft, owner of Vulcan Enterprises, owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers and philanthropist. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999.
» Drew Bledsoe, 1993 B.A. educ. Former NFL quarterback with the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.
» The Game, Rapper, real name, Jayceon Terrell Taylor. He attended briefly on a basketball scholarship before being expelled for drug allegations.
» Jason Hanson, 1993 B.S. Zoo., kicker for the Detroit Lions. Has made 406 out of 494 field goals. Two-time Pro Bowl selection.
» Keith Jackson, 1954 B.A. Sp. Comm., ABC-TV sports commentator. Received the WSU Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1978.
» Timothy Leary, 1946 M.S. Psych. An icon of 1960s counterculture, Leary is most famous as a proponent of the therapeutic, spiritual and emotional benefits of LSD. He coined and popularized the catch phrase “;Turn on, tune in, drop out.”;
» Dolph Lundgren, Swedish actor, director and karateka. Notable roles, Ivan Drago (Rocky IV, 1985), He Man (Masters of the Universe, 1987).
>> Edward R. Murrow, 1930 B.A. Speech, father of television news broadcasting, WWII radio correspondent, “;Hear It Now”; radio program host, “;See It Now”; television program host.
» Roy Orbison, American singer/songwriter, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While at WSU he studied English and history.
» Mark Rypien, former NFL quarterback, Super Bowl XXVI MVP with the Washington Redskins.
» Marcus Trufant, 2003, Washington State's highest pick ever in NFL Draft at No. 11. Currently a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks. Pro Bowl selection in 2007.