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Western Washington University

  • Bellingham, WA
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 55%45%
    student ratio
  • 14,026
    total students
  • $7,503 | $18,392
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • January 31
    fall application deadline
  • 83%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 550
    sat math
  • 550
    sat reading
  • 530
    sat writing
  • 25
    act composite

Overview

Distinguished by a Sense of Place and Community

Nestled between the North Cascade Mountains and the Puget Sound, Western Washington University brings together academic excellence, outstanding faculty members, and a multitude of opportunities for students to get involved in what they love.

A welcoming campus community, a strong sense of belonging, and a spectacular location additionally distinguish Western from universities across the country.

Engaging Academics

With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on student learning and the access to faculty members of a smaller college along with the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university.

Western's academics emphasize hands-on and real-world learning experiences that will give students a jump start toward pursuing their goals. Undergraduates are actively engaged in research projects with faculty members, and many are able to publish papers and present at professional conferences in their fields. Western also strives to connect its students to top-notch companies and organizations through internships. Students have been placed with groups ranging from local non-profits to industry giants like Boeing, Microsoft and Rolling Stone Magazine.

A student to faculty member ratio of 21:1 means Western's classes are taught by professors, rather than graduate students, and with an average class size of about 30, students will never feel like just faces in the crowd.

Life After Western

Western's reputation for educating creative, well-rounded, and dynamic professionals pays off in the job market. Employers say that Western graduates are unusually innovative, flexible, and forward-thinking.

Yet, a Western degree does not just benefit its holder; the degree benefits the communities and causes that degree holders care about most. Western is proud to educate exceptional citizens as well as outstanding professionals -- individuals who excel in everything they do and feel compelled to give back to others. Western alumni volunteer, mentor, and support initiatives throughout the state and the nation to improve the lives of others.

Western's track record is also outstanding for graduate school preparation. Recent graduates have gained admission to a variety of graduate schools, including Brown, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, New York University, Stanford, University of Washington, University of Pittsburgh, and University of California, Santa Cruz.

An Adventurous Place to Live

Western's 215-acre campus -- which includes the 180 acre Sehome Arboretum and its 6 miles of trails -- lies in the city of Bellingham, about 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Downtown Bellingham is just a 15 minute walk from campus, and has a great community feel with local businesses, restaurants, and music venues. For students with tastes for urban excitement, Vancouver and Seattle are great destinations for a weekend away, and are easily accessible by car, bus, or train.

The City of Bellingham has been ranked among the top 10 communities in the country for outdoor lovers by "Outside" and "National Geographic Adventure" magazines. Western students have mountains, lakes, and Bellingham Bay right at their fingertips. Western's Outdoor Center organizes excursions for students to enjoy the incredible nature surrounding Bellingham. From skiing and boarding on Mt. Baker, to hiking and biking in the Chuckanut Mountains, to kayaking and sailing on Bellingham Bay or one of many nearby lakes, there is always somewhere new to explore.

An Inviting Place to Live and Learn

Western's investment in its students matches their investments in themselves. Students bring the passion, commitment, and imagination; Western provides the foundation, opportunities, and inspiration.

College life is more than just studying and classrooms, and Western students definitely live life to the fullest. The active student body is one of the hallmarks of Western. With one of the largest Student Associations in the country, Western students are provided opportunities to learn real world experiences while earning their degrees.

Western provides a truly supportive environment, rich with diverse opinions and life experiences. Students study together, organize campus-wide events, create student clubs, debate world issues, and challenge each other to succeed. Over and over again students, parents, faculty members, and staff members describe Western as an engaging and inviting community to be a part of. There is truly a sense of belonging and family on Western's campus.

A Record of Excellence

For 14 years in a row, Western has ranked #1 among public, master's degree granting universities in the Pacific Northwest by "US News and World Report." Western is also consistently ranked as a top value in higher education by "Forbes" and "Kiplingers."

Western's Viking Athletics are another engaging part of the campus community. The men's basketball team brought home the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship, and other varsity and club teams are also nationally ranked.


Location & Contact

Western Washington University

516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-5996
USA

Ms.Clara Capron

Asst VP Enroll/Student Svcs, Enrollment & Student Services

Phone: 360-650-2422
Fax: 360-650-7369
Email: admit@wwu.edu

Contact school now

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies (East)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Canadian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Specific Levels and Methods) Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Technology/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • History Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish Language Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education (Specific Subject Areas) Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Automotive Engineering Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Japanese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Foreign Languages Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cell Biology and Histology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Biological and Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics and Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geophysics and Seismology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Optical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Developmental and Child Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Anthropology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Archeology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Product Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Applied Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Drawing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Intermedia/Multimedia
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sculpture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Printmaking
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music History, Literature, and Theory
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Theory and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Community Health Services Counseling
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Operations Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

83% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied9,508
    • Accepted7,958
    • Acceptance Rate83%
    • Enrolled14,026
    • Female Applicants5,666
    • Females Accepted4,858
    • Female Acceptance Rate85%
    • Male Applicants3,842
    • Males Accepted3,100
    • Male Acceptance Rate80%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.42
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 31st April 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer April 1st June 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 550 490 620
    • SAT Math 550 500 600
    • SAT Writing 530 480 590
    • ACT Composite 25 22 28
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$7,503
    • Out-of-state tuition *$18,392
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,359.00
    • Room and board *$9,656.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionMinority Students, Employees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students14,026
    • Male Student Percentage45%
    • Female Student Percentage55%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.79%
    • Black or African American1.55%
    • White or Caucasian75.23%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.43%
    • Asian6.38%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.14%
    • Two or more races7.56%
    • Unknown.93%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout.98% representing 36 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students9% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 29%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations intramurals, Residence Hall Association, Associated Students, Outdoor Center, Ethnic Student Center
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division II
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X No
    • Crew No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badmington Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X No
    • Crew No Division X Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 2 Yes
    • Golf No Division 2 Yes
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track No Division 2 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division 2 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty858
    • Full-time Percentage62%
    • Part-time Percentage38%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio20:1 or 19,651 students to 709 faculty


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