The main campus of Washington State University is located in Pullman, though there are also regional locations throughout the state in Spokane and the Tri-Cities, as well as in Vancouver. The Pullman campus of Washington State University is 2.5 km2 and is located in the Palouse region.
The Palouse is defined by its unique rolling hills that were created by wind-blown soil, which supports one of the world's most productive dry-land agricultural regions. The main crops are wheat, peas, barley, and lentils. Evenings are often highlighted by a spectacular blue-pink sunset, which the first Board of Regents decided to use as the college's colors (later changed to the current crimson and gray colors). Perched atop College Hill (one of the four main hills in Pullman), the campus overlooks downtown Pullman.
Student life on WSU's Pullman campus is influenced by a variety of student organizations and their committees. The school has a sizeable Greek community that recruits about 20 percent of the student population. In addition to fraternities and sororities, there are about 300 other student clubs and organizations to check out.
As Pullman is not a huge city it is cleaner and easier to get around and there is still so much to do. From the REC center, to parks across the town, and even just driving or walking through campus makes it all worthwhile.
Freshmen must live on campus, unless they're older than 20 or are married. Students with children or who are enrolled in graduate school may apply to live in university-owned apartments.
WSU is a residential campus. Many freshmen live in residence halls, while some live in fraternity and sorority houses or in off-campus housing. After their first year, many students move to apartments, several owned by WSU. Most apartments are less than 0.8 km from campus. Off-campus housing is broken into two sections that are commonly known by students; College Hill and Apartment Land.
A number of the residence halls are co-ed but there are single-gender living environments as well as a variety of other living options that include age-restricted housing, a mix of domestic and international students and a global learning community.
Each hall has its own government which organizes events, manages its budget, and acts as a forum for student involvement.
The university career center offers a number of services to assist students in their personal development. It provides:
This university is located in Pullman, Washington, a city with about 31,000 residents. Spokane, WA, the closest major city, is 75 miles away. It is also the closest city that contains an airport.
It is also 11 km west of the Idaho border and Moscow, home of the University of Idaho, also a land-grant institution. The university communities are connected by Highway 270 and the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail.