There are many things that make WSU a special place for students. Our Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where we encourage students to begin training their very first year, is one of the best equipped in the county. We treat thousands of patients each year including companion animals, horses, livestock, and exotics. Students at the Logan and Bozeman campuses get hands-on experiences at primary care veterinary clinics in the greater Logan and Bozeman areas. Some clinics encourage students to be "on call" for interesting after hours cases. Our highly accomplished faculty on all three campuses work side-by-side with students providing experiential learning right from the beginning. We offer students the tools they need to succeed including courses in surgical skills, ethics, service, leadership, client communication, diagnostic reasoning, and other innovative opportunities.
Student life expands beyond the classroom and hospital. In Pullman and the surrounding area students enjoy the many amenities the region has to offer. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are beautiful local hikes, miles of bike trails, and skiing just a short drive away. Farmer’s markets, local festivals (including the National Lentil Festival), and a diverse music scene from local bands to national acts at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival can be found in the Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho communities. The region also has the cultural richness of bigger city life. Pullman is home to the Washington Idaho Symphony, civic theater groups, and local dance companies. Washington State University also offers a variety of performances both by traveling tours and by faculty and students, and fine art exhibits in the WSU Museum of Art. WSU Cougar Athletics is a proud member of the Pacific-12 (Pac-12) Conference.
The Logan and Bozeman campuses offer a wide variety of student life opportunities as well. In Logan, the majestic mountains provide outstanding all-season outdoor recreation, and there are plenty of historical, musical, and art events, plus numerous dining, lodging, and shopping offerings. The Bozeman area offers amazing hiking and backpacking opportunities in the surrounding mountain ranges, and the skiing and fishing is some of the best in the country. Yellowstone National Park is a short drive to the south, offering year-round recreational activities.