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Whether you’re working toward a bachelor’s degree or focusing on an advanced degree at Washington State University Tri-Cities, you’ll find dynamic and engaging classroom and research experiences with faculty who are invested in your success.

Our mission at WSU Tri-Cities – through instruction, scholarship and research, service and community engagement – is to produce career-ready citizens of the world through a hands-on approach to education. Our students learn while doing as they engage at all levels of real-world projects designed to foster team work, innovation and critical and creative problem solving.

Kate McAteer
Vice Chancellor for Academic
and Student Affairs


As the chief academic officer at WSU Tri-Cities, it is my privilege to lead a talented group of faculty and staff who are committed to guiding all students in gaining a thoughtful understanding of our world. It is a point of pride that we get to know students as individuals as they increase their knowledge and skills in order to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

I encourage you to visit our beautiful riverside campus, talk with our helpful staff, get to know our energetic faculty and participate in our many outstanding cultural events. You’ll find that this is an ideal place for personalized education with a campus community that values quality, innovation, experiential learning, community collaboration and diversity.

Experience WSU Tri-Cities and discover what it means to learn by doing.

Student Success

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is committed to providing a holistic approach (academic, co-curricular learning, student development, career and civic engagement) that fosters the student experience and cultivates an inclusive environment. Academic achievement and comprehensive student success are key components of the Campus Strategic Plan, which provides a clear plan to guide our campus in growth, innovation and quality service to our community and WSU family.



Respected by some of the world’s largest engineering firms and globally-competitive private businesses, we have leveraged the region’s assets and created partnerships that allow students to work directly with – and contribute to – world-changing projects. Research is essential to our land grant mission and is an economic driver for the region and state.


Academic Advising

Academic advising is key to a student’s success. At WSU Tri-Cities, academic advising is mandatory so that students make timely progress toward their degree and build a relationship with their advisor that will last throughout their time on campus. Advisors assist students in navigating the university, planning their educational career, learning the skills needed for academic success, and accessing the resources, services and academic opportunities that will lead to graduation and a career.

Learner Success Lab

Learner Success Lab

WSU Tri-Cities has been selected as one of nine college campuses to participate in the Learner Success Laboratory, hosted by the American Council on Education. ACE’s Learner Success Lab is an inclusive learning community that integrates evidence-based practices for life design, career readiness, and completion to help participating institutions develop a comprehensive strategy for learner success.

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