PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University is among the nation’s top tier of doctoral/research universities, according to a new classification of higher education institutions by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

WSU is one of 152 universities in the “Doctoral/Research Extensive” group. In the Northwest, WSU joins the Universities of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, and Oregon State University. There are no DRE institutions in Alaska or Montana.

The 2000 Carnegie classification ranks 3,941 colleges and universities in the United States that are degree-granting and accredited by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

WSU Provost Ron Hopkins said WSU is “pleased to be in this classification. It’s a wonderful reflection on our university’s dedicated faculty and the quality education WSU offers its students.”

Doctoral/Research Extensive institutions, as defined by the foundation, are those that awarded 50 or more doctoral degrees a year across at least 15 disciplines from 1995-96 through 1997-98.

Doctoral/Research Intensive universities grant at least 10 doctorates a year in at least three disciplines or 20 doctorates overall. The group includes the Universities of Alaska Fairbanks and Montana, and Idaho State, Montana State, and Portland State universities.