Washington State University – Tri-Cities is an urban campus along the Columbia River in northern Richland, Washington
With upper division and graduate programs, Washington State University – Tri Cities offers 17 baccalaureate, 14 master’s, and 7 doctoral degree programs. The campus added freshman and sophomore courses in fall 2007 to become a true four-year public university, extending the WSU land-grant mission of providing affordable, accessible higher education. WSU Tri-Cities has strong community support and partnerships, particularly with the nearby Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. WSU Tri-Cities also partners with the Miss Tri-CitiesOrganization, offering a $1,000 scholarship to Miss Tri-Cities in 2010.
WSU Tri-Cities welcomed new chancellor, H. Keith Moo-Young, in June 2013. Moo-Young’s desire is to make higher education a reality for all students, and his technical focus and commitment to STEM is complemented by a strong affinity for the arts.
Washington State University Tri-Cities has been involved in wine related research since the 1930s. The university is now more involved than ever; a groundbreaking ceremony took place for a Wine Science Center on September 26, 2013. Among those in attendance were Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and the university’s Chancellor, H. Keith Moo-Young. The center will include a research and teaching winery, research laboratories, classrooms, conference rooms, and a 3,500 bottle wine library; production costs totaling $23 million dollars. Port of Benton and the City of Richland will donate the center to Washington State University upon completion slated for early 2015. No other university in the Pacific Northwest offers such a curricula featuring bachelor and graduate degrees in viticulture and enology, a wine business management program, and a distance education program to earn professional certificates.