When Ana Steele first sets eyes on Christian Grey in E L James Fifty Shades of Grey, she is a senior English major at Washington Statue University Vancouver, weeks away from graduation.
On a recent trip to Portland, I decided to cross the Columbia River to check out what the school was all about. Located off Interstate-5, where -- let's face it -- everything in that book seems to be close proximity to, WSUV is about 15 minutes from Portland.
I visited on a Sunday morning in August, so needless to say there was not a lot of activity to see. This was probably for the best. I don't want to seem like a creeper when I'm off on my travels, after all, and I never like disturbing the natural flow of events when I visit any place. But at that time of day and year the university looked beautiful.
If you're like me and enjoy checking out various college campuses, this one is worth the stop. With plenty of trees, mountains and walking trails to surround it, I hope the students who attend can appreciate their good fortune in living somewhere so pretty.
I was surprised by how new everything seemed. Then, I did some research and realized the university itself was established in 1983, and the campus opened in 1996. That explained a few things.
Some quick facts about WSUV from the school's website:
- Enrollment: 2,980 students; 2,357 full-time
- Female: 55 percent, Male: 45 percent
- More than 140 fulltime, Ph.D. faculty
- 351-acre campus
- 10 miles north of the Columbia River
- 13 buildings
City of Vancouver
City of Portland
Washington State University Vancouver
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