PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has the highest alumni giving rate of all public universities in the country, according to the annual U.S. News and World Report “Best Colleges 1998” edition.
Some 35 percent of alumni who received an undergraduate degree from WSU gave to the University during the 1995 and 1996 academic years, the time period upon which the rankings were based. The report, which ranks the nation’s 400 top universities in a variety of categories, called this measure “a proxy of alumni satisfaction.”
“This verifies what we have always known — that Cougars are exceedingly proud of their high-quality education at WSU, and they are extremely generous,” said Connie Kravas, president of the WSU Foundation and vice president for University Advancement.
The report comes on the heels of the successful completion of Campaign WSU, the university’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign to which donors gave more than $275.4 million. More than 137,100 donors and 55 percent of WSU’s alumni participated in that multi-year effort.
According to the magazine’s data, WSU also ranked highest in the state of Washington in the proportion of freshman who placed in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class – 40 percent. That ranking correlates with increasing enrollments in WSU’s highly selective Honors Program over the past three years. More than 1,000 students are enrolled in Honors this year. The new class of Honors freshmen is expected to have an average high school GPA of 3.8 and SAT scores averaging 1200.