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The campus of Washington State University Spokane serves the metropolitan Spokane area, the Inland Northwest, the state, the region and the world. It offers the educational, scientific, economic and cultural benefits that accrue from access to the services and programs of a major public land-grant research institution. WSU Spokane works collaboratively with communities to enhance quality of life through an intentional and sustained effort to create, interpret, apply and disseminate knowledge, thereby serving as a model for a world-class campus in a regional city.

As a destination campus, WSU Spokane offers all students, from those articulating from other campuses to international students, opportunities for advanced studies and research in a variety of targeted program, enriching the fabric of the WSU system. The campus community values diversity and places a high priority on providing all the elements needed for student success. WSU Spokane will continue to take the lead in utilizing flexible and creative approaches to meet needs for lifelong learning with research-based teaching.

The campus’s mission is to build the intellectual, creative, and practical abilities of individuals, communities, and institutions. It does so by actively fostering learning, inquiry, and public service, and by engaging with constituents in enhancing quality of life and economic vitality.


WSU Spokane is an entrepreneurial, health sciences campus, where world-class scholars, health care practitioners, students and community partners collaborate in teams to teach, learn, design and make discoveries that lead to measurably healthier people and communities.


Create national and global standing for WSU’s health sciences campus

  • Lead development of new interprofessional models in health professions education, health sciences research, and clinical care delivery to meet both rural and urban needs.
  • Complementary community/public health, behavorial health, health and design, K-12 health science pipeline programs.

Address growing demand for advanced graduate and professional studies

  • Increase WSU Spokane student enrollment to 3,500-plus students—65 percent graduate and professional; 35 percent undergraduate.
  • Partner with EWU, UW, and CCS to increase overall campus enrollment to 6,000 by 2020.

Enhance WSU’s competitive status as a research university; attract and train world-class scholars

  • Triple faculty size from 200 to 600, with an emphasis on those active in health science related research.
  • Grow external research funding from $14 million to more than $40 million per year in expenditures.
  • Expand application and commercialization of research.

Build a world-class health sciences center and campus that anchors and drives community and economic development

  • Increase the physical plant from 600,000 to more than 1 million square feet of space.
  • Encourage private investments and partnerships that create collaborative opportunities on and near campus and meet student/staff/faculty demand for housing, health and wellness facilities, and other services.