Washington State University Reviews

  • 116 Reviews
  • Pullman (WA)
  • Annual Tuition: $26,419
90% of 116 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 116 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 3/18/2023
  • Degree: Chemical Engineering
"In reviewing WSU, it's important to separate the academic from the administrative. While WSU is a great school academically, it is quite the opposite administratively. While I can separate these aspects in hindsight, however, in the moment of attendance a student experiences both aspects simultaneously and those administrative shortcomings will absolutely undermine your academics. Administrative undermining being the reality, I definitely would not recommend WSU to any student. While I previously acknowledged that WSU is a great school on an academic level, it is not so great that you couldn't get an equal quality education at a great many other universities, and you could do so for substantially less debt and headaches. I am grateful for the education my professors provided me, but as far as the rest of the aspects outside of that direct classroom experience, WSU is an absolute nightmare. Steer clear, you can do better for yourself than this university."
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2022
  • Degree: MBA
"The WSU online MBA program is a very slow program that is not academically rigorous/challenging. The Online MBA program did not prepare me for a financial career and has not opened many doors. The program is set up and mandates that students may only take one course at a time. Unfortunately there is no way to speed up the program/your graduation as courses are offered on a rolling cycle, meaning that many courses are not offered for months/years. Washington State University does not require the GMAT for admittance, but they do require foundational/core courses which can be transferred in (from your Bachelor's program), however if you did not take or pass a foundational course during your undergrad, you are required to take the equivalent foundational course before you can start the MBA program. This is a hidden cost/time waster which was not clearly explained during the admissions process. This can add a semester or even a full year to the program (not to mention additional costs). One trick which would never be explained to you, is that you can take multiple courses at the same time if and only if one of the courses is a foundational course. Courses are 7 weeks long (semesters are 14 weeks), only a single MBA course is offered during each 7 week cycle, as the University has Professors teach multiple different courses throughout the program (as a cost savings initiative), meaning you can take two MBA courses per semester (one at a time) and if you miss a course, you will need to take it when it is next offered (2 years later), but if you have foundational courses that are required on top of the MBA program, you can often take a foundational course and an MBA course simultaneously. Some MBA courses have prerequisites requiring the completion of the foundational course prior to admission into the MBA course, but many MBA courses have no prerequisites, so if there are two courses offered at one (foundational and MBA), you can take both. WSU Academic Advisors are always changing and you will likely have multiple different advisors throughout the program, so definitely double check their work. An academic advisor will creat your "most efficient graduation course schedule", however they do not know which electives you will be taking and or when those electives will be offered, so you will need to plan our your own schedule, taking into account what discipline you'd like to take your electives in/when those courses will next be offered. You may need to take an elective as one of your first courses in the program, even though your "most efficient graduation course schedule " has electives listed during year two of the program. As for academic rigor, most of the program courses utilize Pearson's eLearning portal, where students need to pay for access (for 7 weeks), into the Pearson's course portal in order to access the course textbook and assignments. Person's generates quizzes and homework assignments automatically and most professors do not dare to alter the Pearson's assignments. For the vast majority of courses in the MBA program, you will not need to attend (zoom) an instructors lesson (Professor/Assistant Professor), as nearly all assignments are based solely off of the Pearson's learning material (unaltered). A few Professors alter the assignments a bit, and one Professor (as of 2022), completely creates their own course and requires students to take online Proctored exams (you must record your test taking and your only scratch paper is a white dry erase board, that you must show your work on and erase completely after taking the exam), but for the most part, courses are very cookie cutter. Most courses consist of 7 weekly discussion posts and a final exam. Some courses add a group project to the final exam or in lieu of the final exam. A few courses have weekly homework assignments/quizzes in addition or in lieu of other assignments, but in general the work load is no more than 5 hours per week. Many (all) of the finance courses/accounting courses that utilize Excel, give students the Excel formulas for each assignment and all the students needs to do is to alter the data input to match the current question. If you're looking for very high level introductions into subjects, this program is for you. If you want to become a Master of these subjects, this program is not the program, as the courses barely scratch the surface of any subject it touches. Final Summation- Courses are offered one at a time - You may have gaps/half semester/entire semesters where not a single course that you need is offered. Courses are generally very easy/very high level. The program will likely take 2.5 - 3 years minimum. Most courses are run by the TA/Assistant Professor. Most course work answers are given to students by the Professor before any exam/major assignment. Most course work answers come directly from the text book/online answer bank."
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2022
  • Degree: Anthropology
"Absolutely horrible online experience. I took maybe 3 courses here through their Global Campus and can attest to previous claims that this was probably the worst experience of my educational career. Their platform was completely inept and the teachers had NO idea how to teach an online class. I swear it was like a mousehunt just trying to figure out how to open an assignment. No built in links but tons and tons of hyperlinks that had no relation to each other. I can say that the linguistic course I took was by far the worst conducted course I have ever been enrolled. the first test required knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet and the teacher wanted special marks placed on top of words that nobody's keyboard even can generate. I would be surprised if anyone passed this course. Lack of involvement from staff in the cultural and social anthro department. They are so out of touch with the online platform it is laughable. I immediately left this school and transferred after a semester. It is non-user friendly "global" campus that I would not recommend to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2020
  • Degree: Accounting
"from admissions to financial aid to the classes themselves, transferring to wsu global campus is one of the worst mistakes I've ever made. Many of the courses are literally just an online textbook, homework problems, and exams. And that's the good ones. SO MANY GROUP PROJECTS, and in an online setting the normal problems with that just get magnified. There's no education, you're completely on your own. This is NOT the place to start a new career. I absolutely HATE it."
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2019
  • Degree: Human Services
"Attending Washington State University was the best decision of my life! The spirit and culture found on the Palouse is unmatched. The Human Development department shows that they care about the overall well being of their students. Mental health and work-life balance is emphasized by both peers and faculty. The major sets you up for success by requiring an internship and actually helping you get one that works for you. The courses apply to real world problems and encourage students to deeply understand and think about creative ways to better the world. Go Cougs!"
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2019
  • Degree: Computer Networking
"I would like to that if you want some thing good just you go there it.that why i have select this university to complete my dream.in computer system networking and telecommunication.iam happy to be here because education offered by them is quality and respectful most of education services are high and expensive but here is good for all wishs no one has barrier to come in flying of better future education background."
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"While attending WSU, I felt very accepted and supported. Staff and professors were willing to help students on educational matters. I made great connections and networked while there. The university provides many extracurricular activities for students. Making friends was easy since the student body is made up of open-minded individuals. Educational support programs made the journey of going through school that much easier. WSU is a great place to go to school. The admissions process is typical of other schools. They do value things like grades, recommendation letters and overall GPA's. Getting to know your advisor is something that will help immensely. Also, making connections with your professors will help in the future if you ever need a recommendation letter. You will probably come across the same students in your classes, so I advise you to make friends with them too. Asking questions and seeking assistance is encouraged. I cant speak for other schools, but most of the departments at WSU were very kind, open and inviting. I do think there should be even more opportunities for scholarships and financial assistance. During my time there, I majored in psychology and minored in business. I can only speak for my own experiences, but my journey was very enjoyable. I enjoy quiet places and the school had plenty of those. Everything was close together, so you didnt have to walk too far for classes. Almost all my professors had an open-door policy, meaning you could just stop by to their office and ask them for help. My business professors were very well versed in topics such as entrepreneurship, human resources, and business law. This made the curriculum diverse and interesting. The psychology professors were encouraging when it came to research participation and internships. The university really encouraged students to gain real-world work experience while attending school. I participated in student government and it gave me my first work experience. It was fun to participate in school events and help students. I think that overall WSU is a great school to attend and can provide a great educational experience."
International program INTO.
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2018
  • Degree: Teaching
"I am still a student at Washington State University. I am studying PhD at the College of Education. My experience as graduate is good so far. However, my experience as at the INTO program is horrible. INTO is a program that helps international students get admission to the university after they finish the program. The program didn't teach me anything and failed me twice on purpose so that I pay for two semesters. I talked to the director and the associate director many times about the reasons why I should have passed, but they ignored me. I am so disappointed. All the students at this program are unhappy and some of them moved out to different states. Please do not consider this language program."
INTO wsu
  • Reviewed: 12/24/2018
  • Degree: ESL
"I am an international student from Asia at INTO program at Washington State University. It is a program that prepares international students to enter university without TOEFL requirement. The program is not good and the teachers are not qualified. They say that they are practicing student- centered teaching, but it is teacher centered. All the teachers are in one big office and they do not have their own offices. When I talked to my professor about an admission, she advised me to change school as this language center does not prepare students effectively to start their graduate schools. The place is so old. The town is so boring. Nothing to do in Pullman. I advise international students not to come to this place."
Tammara Bode
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"Attending Washington State University was truly a life changing experience. I finished my B.S. in Psychology and loved every minute of it. The education I received was well rounded and included general education requirements as well as specific psychology classes. Additionally, there was a great deal of opportunity at the school to gain valuable research experience. Moreover, there are several teaching assistance positions that would help people stand out when they applied to graduate school. The counselors and the school system it's self is really set up to help people obtain resource and succeed. The only challenge is that the school is a big party school. However, if you have your priorities in line and a goal in sight for your future you will get finish university just fine. In fact, I would say that many people find out how to establish a healthy work life balance based on their experience at WSU. The school really set me up well for my Master's and Doctoral program. GO COUGS!"
Anna Larson
  • Reviewed: 8/10/2018
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I greatly enjoyed my experience in Washington State University's Elementary Education program. Washington State as a whole was a great school to attend, being a college town really aided in not feeling like just a number. The Elementary program has some strict requirements to get into the program, but once enrolled the program ran smoothly. Each semester was organized and each class fit into our specific degree. The program directors really took student input into account, regarding issues from class load to class instruction smoothly. Overall, I am very pleased with my experience in the Elementary Education Program at Washington State University."
Emily McFadden
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2018
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"As a busy mom of three, and working fulltime, WSU's online platform provided me with the tools to obtain a quality, affordable degree that I am very proud of. It has given me the foundation to pursue my dreams of attending graduate school where I am currently working towards my doctorate in Occupational Therapy."
Jennifer Kerschbaum
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
"WSU has a great undergrad program for psychology, especially for students looking to pursue their degree online. There are a wide variety of courses, and different opportunities to enhance your learning experience through different roles not normally seen in online programs. WSU provides teaching assistant roles, research assistant roles, all of which enhance the learning experience. I was really impressed with my experience with WSU, and would recommend the program to any student, especially those with busy schedules, or children."
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2018
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Global campus online school: If you are a single parent, or have other life responsibilities, don't even try. Yvonne Berliner (Women in Latin American history) is unsympathetic to real life issues arising throughout the semester; She's very condescending as well.Teachers are micro-managers-online studies should be more flexible and accommodating to busy adults. The technology used for assignments is antiquated; I had better quality online classes at Lake Wa Technical College. I'm canceling my enrollment- I deserve better if I'm PAYING to get an education. WSU, step it up!"
just, don't
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2018
  • Degree: Accounting
"Global Campus is AWFUL. No lectures, a lot of busy work. Teachers aren't helpful, instructions aren't clear, just incredibly time consuming and frustrating. A lot of confusing typos, absolutely no thought put into class design... I transferred in and after one year I'm transferring out."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Communications
"College is a good time to discover who you are and what you want to be. Be sure to have fun but also take your studies seriously."
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2017
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"Washington State University Vancouver provided a top notch education opportunity in a smaller setting. Class sizes were small and allowed me to grow connections with the professors. The Public Affairs program prepared me for a career in public service in local government."
Liz Dell
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"WSU is an awesome place to attend school. I love being an alumni and love calling myself a coug. I was an out of state student therefore, tuition was high for me and I was a transfer student, so there were less opportunities for me for receiving aid. I would encourage everyone to apply and attend WSU. I also highly suggest that you pick a major that you love and that you can translate into the working world and one where in which you can obtain a job."
Danielle Jackson
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2017
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"Washington State University is a family. I know many people would say that, but it is an unbreakable bond and fantastic school if you give it a chance. I do not want to give a review that seems like a recitation of a commercial, or some pitch from a recruiter. So what I will tell you is my story. I was an anthro major and got myself involved in clubs and activities that made me some of the best friends I have ever had and continue to have to this day. I engaged in experiences that completely shaped and changed my career path for the better such as undergraduate research in a completely different field of study. I was dead set on being in a specific category within the system, anthropology, but classes and professors showed me that it was possible to be more than just that category, more than just a female student getting a bachelors with 25,000+ other students. I was an anthropologist, a scientist, a researcher, a student, a friend, and part of a family. There is something unexplainable about being a Washington State Cougar. But at Washington State University you are more than just a number or student in a chair. You are forever part of the family, no matter where you go, or what career you pursue, you will have other cougs believing in you. I will leave you with this, Go Cougs."
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Attending Washington state university was a greet experience for me. Going to college on the other side of the state not only allowed me to meet new friends and grow my network but I was able to really mature as an adult. This university creates various opportunities for students to gain leadership experience in educational groups as well as extracurricular groups."