With world-renowned faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, a diverse student body, and a setting at once close to vibrant downtown Spokane and the great outdoors, Washington State University Spokane provides an ideal environment to study a number of disciplines.

Nationally recognized academic programs

WSU Spokane offers outstanding academic programs—a number of them ranked among the top in the nation—in education; health sciences; design disciplines; social, behavioral, and policy sciences; and select emerging fields.

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Faculty who care about your success

At WSU Spokane, extraordinary people help you to succeed. Students at WSU Spokane engage with faculty noted for their contributions to science, business, government, and culture, and join these experts on the vanguard of knowledge.

Groundbreaking research

Here you experience the thrill of creating new knowledge as you assist faculty with their research—which wins competitive funding from federal agencies and major foundations—or conduct your own. With faculty guidance, WSU Spokane students present and publish their work even before graduation.

An engaged campus

WSU Spokane furnishes real-world experiences - such as community projects, in-depth lab work, internships, and fieldwork-that help to ensure your career success. Because of these hands-on opportunities, our graduates are in demand by employers and are accepted into top schools when they go on to earn doctoral degrees or study law.

Urban setting—quality of life

Choosing a university means choosing a place to live for several years. Complete with a rich cultural scene, historic neighborhoods, urban appeal, and easy access to four-season outdoor recreation, Spokane supplies a high quality of life.


At WSU Spokane, you’ll study with such scholars as:

George Novan and Matt Layton

George Novan is the associate dean for student affairs and clinical education for the College of Medical Sciences. He’s also a clinical professor who teaches medical students. Matt Layton is an associate professor and researcher. Both have been honored by their students for their teaching abilities.

Layton, a psychiatrist, is involved in research related to addictions and human behavior.

Ruth Bindler

Ruth Bindler is the director of the WSU College of Nursing PhD program. Her own research focuses on making a difference in the health of our children. The quality of her scholarship earned Bindler the distinction of becoming WSU's first Cougar Gold Scholar.

With Kenn Daratha, also of the WSU College of Nursing, Bindler is currently co-investigator of a $1.33 million USDA-funded study on cardiovascular and type 2 diabetes risk factors in children.

Bryan Vila

Bryan Vila is a nationally recognized expert on crime control and human performance issues and a former law enforcement officer.

Before coming to WSU Spokane, Vila directed the Crime Control and Prevention Research Division of the National Institute of Justice—the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.

And these people don't just talk to you from behind a lectern—they help you achieve your professional potential.


With faculty guidance, Washington State University Spokane students present and publish their work even before earning their degrees—an achievement that opens many doors in the academic and professional worlds.

We’re exploring the frontiers of health and biomedical sciences, designing healthy environments and communities, and creating knowledge with practical applications. Federal agencies and major foundations acknowledge the excellence of our faculty’s scholarship by funding their work.

At WSU Spokane, you get the chance to investigate significant problems facing our society, push the boundaries of knowledge, and make a difference—all while you earn your degree.

Find out what our students are doing

Delving into smoking cessation and emergency room usage »

Two medical students spend their summer helping local researchers find out why some who quit smoking don't keep it up for long and who uses hospital emergency rooms.

Testing a novel facial rehabilitation method »

A student in graduate speech and hearing sciences program serves as researcher and subject in a nationally published study that tests a new method for facial rehabilitation through strength training.

Exploring the sexual health of colon cancer survivors »

With the support of a $30K grant from the American Cancer Society, a PhD in nursing student explores the effect of surgery and chemotherapy on the sexual functioning of colon cancer survivors.

Pioneering the use of simulation in endoscopy training »

A student in the MA in speech and hearing sciences program studies the effectivenes of using simulation in training graduate students to perform transnasal endoscopy.


WSU Spokane provides hands-on experiences that put our graduates in demand.

Great connections

To help you connect directly with professionals in your field, many of our programs have advisory boards composed of leaders and mentors; what’s more, our faculty and staff serve in community leadership positions.

WSU attracts top-tier students, a fact extremely important to your career, because much of your learning comes from student peers—future colleagues. With our dynamic mix of traditional students and working professionals, you will do some of your best networking in the classroom.

The beauty of belonging to a university in a metropolitan area is that your connections don't end on campus. WSU Spokane is a key player in the greater Spokane community and our many partnerships open doors for internships, research and service-learning projects, and future employment.

An education woven into the urban fabric

From gaining hands-on experience in the hospitals and clinics of this regional medical center to creating design concepts for Spokane neighborhoods and surrounding towns, our students make important contributions to the Inland Northwest.

And when WSU Spokane students become involved in such projects as creating green designs for Habitat for Humanity, everyone benefits.

Student diversity

Students at WSU Spokane range from full-time, traditional students to working adults balancing family responsibilities and community involvement with their studies. More than 1,400 students from across the nation and around the world choose WSU Spokane.

World-class facilities

The developing WSU Spokane campus features new, state-of-the-art buildings that house professional studios, labs, and clinics with the latest equipment and technologies.


The local scene

Downtown Spokane features an eclectic array of buildings and services—from historic gems such as the luxurious Davenport Hotel and the art deco Fox Theater to the 100-acre Riverfront Park complex—that create an urban experience at once charming and exciting.

Here you can take in live performances of rock, rap, reggae, and beyond at the Knitting Factory Concert House or relish the artistry of the Spokane Symphony. Intimate downtown venues showcase rising local musicians, while live theater and art galleries abound.

And with a premier location along the Spokane River and immediately adjacent to downtown, WSU Spokane is next door to the city's dining, shopping, and entertainment.

As a regional medical center, Spokane boasts excellent health care providers. The school systems are nationally ranked for their high quality. Local neighborhoods contain a variety of housing options, from downtown lofts to historic homes and affordable apartments.  Is there a better place to live?  Not according to RelocateAmerica. Spokane placed among its Top 100 Places to Live for 2010, as well as being named on NBC's Today Show as one of the Five Most Affordable Cities in America.

With everything it has right in town, Spokane is also within an easy drive of Seattle, Portland, British Columbia, and the scenic playgrounds of north Idaho and western Montana.

Near nature, near perfect

Spokane serves as the perfect jumping-off point for first-class, four-season recreation among the region's many clear lakes and rivers, national forests, trails, and ski resorts.

The Spokane River, located in the heart of the city, runs right beside our campus. Bordering the river is the Centennial Trail, which supplies miles of trail for walking, bicycling, and blading; just west of the downtown core is a developing whitewater park.

The fun doesn't stop at the river's edge. Eight golf courses in the county and another six within an easy drive make Spokane a golfer's dream. The city annually hosts Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament in the U.S., and Bloomsday, one of America's largest timed road races. From climbing walls to laser tag to cycling clubs, Spokane has outlets for your energy.


Becki Meehan
Fax: 509-358-7538 spokane.admissions@wsu.edu

Physical Address:                        Academic Center, Suite 130
600 N. Riverpoint Blvd

Mailing Address:                                   PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495