When students and faculty return to Washington State University campuses after the summer, there is a simple joy in embarking on the new year, meeting friends and colleagues, and joining together in events that bring the university alive. This fall, in particular, has a special feeling as the COVID-19 pandemic eases and Cougs return to classrooms, labs, gyms, and dining halls.

“For the first time since 2019, we are starting fall classes without any restrictions on our campuses,” WSU President Kirk Schulz wrote to the university community at the beginning of the academic year. “It’s an exciting return to normalcy, and the beginning of a new chapter for WSU.”

students push carts into residence hall
Residents move into Global Scholars Hall on the Washington State University Pullman campus.
(Photo Robert Hubner)