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Leading public research university

WSU Tri-Cities is a leading public research university located along the beautiful Columbia River in the diverse and growing Tri-Cities. With a focus on energy, environment, and agriculture, the campus delivers career-connected learning and innovative research that addresses economic and social challenges.

WSU Tri-Cities is part of the distinguished Washington State University system, which means students have access to big school resources in a personalized, small school environment.

WSU Tri-Cities degree programs

Explore 20 bachelor’s and 33 graduate programs. Not sure what you want to major in? Take the MyMajors quiz to help you decide what could be a great fit.

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Small class sizes

Experience hands-on, project-based learning in a personalized school setting. Learn from professors that know you by name – you are not just another student in the crowd. WSU Tri-Cities professors truly care about you and your success.

The personalized environment is shown to be best for learning, building friendships and truly finding a place to belong.


55% of students pursuing a bachelor’s degree do not pay any out-of-pocket expenses for tuition. Of those that do, the average student debt is $19,000 – the cost of a reasonably-priced new car. Not bad for your future!

WSU Tri-Cities awards more than $275,000 in scholarships each year. We also accept the Washington College Bound Scholarship, Washington State Opportunity Scholarship and many others.

Prime location

In addition to our location along the Columbia River, WSU Tri-Cities is purposefully located in a hub for industry and agriculture.

WSU Tri-Cities is part of the Tri-Cities Research District, which includes the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and an assortment of high-profile companies and organizations. It is centrally located in Washington wine country and near an assortment of production farms and facilities for crops, livestock and food packaging corporations. It is also located directly down the street from the Hanford Nuclear Site.


Direct industry connections

At WSU Tri-Cities, learning isn’t just based in theory. Students apply what they learn through real-world projects and hands-on experiences in partnership with regional companies and organizations.

These partnerships help students connect with internships and real career experiences. It also leads to high job placement rates post-graduation.

Proud to be a First Generation Student

Diverse campus community

More than 47% of students come from diverse multicultural backgrounds. WSU Tri-Cities also serves students from a diverse range of educational levels and other backgrounds – traditional students, transfer students, non-traditional students, international students and more!

Are you the first in your family to attend college? Don’t worry! You will feel right at home. 43% of WSU Tri-Cities students are first-generation college students.


Veteran-friendly campus

WSU Tri-Cities is consistently recognized as a veteran-friendly campus. Our revamped Veterans Center provides a space for veteran students to get the support services and help they need, study, relax and socialize.

WSU Tri-Cities is also home to the Patriots’ Club, which is veterans-focused and provides fun activities for veterans students to participate as a group. The club partners each year with Bombing Range Brewing Company to produce a “GIPA,” an India pale ale where the company donates back to the Veterans Center.


Leading research

WSU Tri-Cities is a leading research university, where both undergraduate and graduate students, alike, are active participants in developing real-world solutions for local, regional and global issues.

WSU Tri-Cities is home to:
– Bioproducts Sciences and Engineering Laboratory
– Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center
– Simulation and Integrated Media for Instruction Assessment and Neurocognition (SIMIAN) Laboratory
– U.S. Transuranium and Uranium Registries
– Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (Prosser)

Running Start

From grade school to college

Through the WSU Tri-Cities Running Start program, high school students with a 3.5 GPA or higher can take courses through WSU Tri-Cities at no cost to them.

WSU Tri-Cities is also home to 21st Century Community Learning Centers, GEAR UP and Upward Bound, all of which help K-12 students in Washington state prepare for college, certificate programs and beyond.

Success after graduation

WSU has the highest graduation rate east of the Cascade Mountains (including community colleges).

NerdWallet ranked the Tri-Cities the seventh-best place in the country for STEM graduates.

Native American Tribes Land Acknowledgement

WSU Tri-Cities is located on shared traditional homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation.