Since its founding in 1890, WSU has forged a rich history from stories of remarkable people-scholars and leaders whose contributions transformed lives nationwide. After a shaky beginning-2 presidents were forced from office in less than 2 years-Enoch Bryan became the University's third president in 1893 and served for 23 years. During his tenure, Washington Agricultural College and School of Science, as it was then called, became the State College of Washington, and the University's journey to become one of the top research universities in the country was begun. Academic programs at WSU span more than 200 fields within 11 colleges. In nearly every discipline, research opportunities challenge inquisitive minds, from freshmen to post-doctoral students.The University's 11 colleges prepare students to become productive citizens, strong civic leaders, and highly skilled professionals whose expertise fuels growth among Washington businesses. Research conducted by the colleges' faculty drives the state's economy and fosters innovations that change lives worldwide. WSU Online is one of the nation's oldest and most-respected online degree programs. WSU professors not only teach the courses, they also help design them. The courses are then offered completely online, so you can study on your own schedule, from wherever you have an Internet connection. The WSU library system is one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest. There are 3 libraries on the Pullman campus, plus libraries at each of the regional campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver, and an Energy Program Library in Olympia dedicated to energy-related research.The University stands among 96 public and private universities in America recognized with the “very high research activity” categorization from Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching places WSU among 119 national universities and colleges that earn the Community Engagement Classification for both curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships with larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the exchange of knowledge and resources.