Washington State University conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Founded in 1890 in Pullman, it is Washington’s original land-grant university, with a mission of improving quality of life. As one of the nation’s top public research institutions, WSU stands among 96 U.S. public and private universities with very high research activity, according to The Carnegie Foundation classification. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the University among the top 60 public universities. Many academic programs win recognition for excellence. In addition to the Pullman campus, WSU has campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver, extension offices in every county, and online degree programs accessible worldwide.