“WSU Tri-Cities is a hidden gem. We are located in an area that offers great opportunities without a lot of the competition that one might experience at a much larger university. And the people who work here – our faculty, administration, staff and everyone behind the scenes – are here to make sure we all succeed. We, as students, aren’t just a number or another name on the roster.”
-Lian Jaquez, Digital Technology and Culture student

Small class sizes perfect for learning and building friendships

Experience hands-on, project-based learning in a personalized, small school setting, which is ideal for learning and building friendships, all within of one of the nation’s leading public research universities.

Affordable, world-class education

As a state school, students benefit from lower tuition rates. WSU Tri-Cities also awards more than $275,000 in scholarships each year, including our STEM Scholars scholarship, which includes $8,400 per year for up to four academic years toward tuition for those pursuing STEM majors.

Prestigious internships located just up the road

WSU Tri-Cities students often blend coursework with real-world opportunities at prestigious internships just up the road. Located in the Tri-Cities Research District, WSU Tri-Cities students have access to internships and co-op experiences at:

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Hanford Site Contractors (Mission Support Alliance, CH2M, Washington River Protection Solutions, Bechtel, AECOM, Leidos and more)
  • LIGO
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Lourdes Health, Trios Health (and many others)
  • Several TV and print news stations and publications
  • And many more!

We also partner with many of these organizations for research, which provides additional opportunities for students, especially those who are interested in pursuing or are pursuing graduate degree programs (master’s and PhD programs).


Located in the 7th best place for STEM grads in the US


Strong STEM + Arts Programs


Diverse make-up – A university home for everyone


Connections to Prestigious Internships

On-Campus apartments

On-campus apartments at The Brelsford Vineyards are now available, which feature modern appliances, washers & dryers, a private balcony or patio, fitness facility, outdoor basketball court, heat outdoor pool and views of the Columbia River.

Centrally-located, lots of fun to be had

Located in the heart of Washington wine country in eastern Washington state, the Tri-Cities is a mid-sized metropolitan area that consists of three neighboring cities: Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. The Tri-Cities is perfect for those who like the outdoors, surrounded by the joining of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers, and features a variety of shopping, access to cultural activities and more.

university home for everyone 

WSU Tri-Cities has an incredibly diverse population of students, with 41.9 percent of students identifying among minority groups. This diversity allows for rich discussion, the sharing of cultures and more in that we are proud to say grows our students’ world view.


Best place for STEM graduates

NerdWallet also ranked the Tri-Cities the seventh-best area in the country for STEM graduates – there are MANY STEM-based jobs in the Tri-Cities.