Campus life at Washington State University

Studies show that students at residential colleges—like Washington State University—achieve higher grades, complete more credit hours each semester and enjoy more leadership opportunities than their peers at other institutions. The reason is simple: When you live and study in the same place, you have support all around you. Friends, faculty and INTO WSU staff are nearby 24 hours a day.

Something for everyone

The Compton Union Building (CUB) and Chinook Student Center are the centers of student life at Washington State University. Here you will discover a variety of student services in a convenient location, including the International Center, a food court, the student bookstore, coffee shops, gaming stations, a gymnasium, banks, a post office, and plenty of space to hang out with friends.

Go, Cougs!

The moment you step on WSU’s campus, you will feel the Cougar Spirit. Our mascot, Butch T. Cougar, is a focal point for pride, togetherness and friendly competition. Cheer on your fellow Cougs in one of the 17 NCAA Division I sports teams. If you would rather be on the field instead of sitting in the bleachers, sign up for an intramural sports team.

Just want to work up a sweat? Visit the state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center. Swim in the lap pool, take a fitness class or boulder the climbing wall. Add in the two other on-campus gymnasiums, numerous sports fields and other recreation centers and you have endless exercise options.

Religious support

Your religious and cultural beliefs are welcomed at WSU. We pride ourselves in having a multicultural campus. That's why there are a number of religious organizations and cultural centers throughout campus. Whether you need a prayer room or a place to pursue your spiritual practices, we have a space for you to safely worship.

Cultural and convenient dining options

Whatever you are craving, you can find all sorts of food options at WSU. We have 29 restaurants on campus that offer diverse menus from early morning to late at night. Enjoy buffet-style dining at The Cougar Den, grab a quick sandwich from Subway, sip on an espresso from Zoe’s Underground cafe or stock up on provisions at the Towers market. Our dining facilities also offer a great selection of international recipes as well as halal, Kosher, gluten-free and vegetarian options. Head off campus to Pullman or nearby Moscow, Idaho, to enjoy more global fare and local international markets.

Taking care of you

In order to succeed in your studies, you have to feel healthy. WSU’s Health and Wellness Services provide healthcare services Monday through Saturday. You can make a doctor's appointment, fill a prescription, meet with behavioral or nutrition specialists and get your immunizations right on campus. Your healthcare costs are all covered by your student medical insurance. All international students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (iSHIP), so no need to worry about finding coverage.

Aside from staying happy and healthy, your safety is our priority. WSU is committed to keeping its students, faculty, staff and visitors safe on campus. WSU Police patrol campus 24 hours a day, and provide free transportation services for students after dark. There are also emergency phones and well-lit paths throughout campus.