14,968
Students
Financial aid thermometer
15,563
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
84
84%
Acceptance Rate
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Overview

Western Washington University is a Comprehensive institution located in Bellingham, WA, in a small town setting.

Location & Contact

Address 516 High Street
Bellingham, WA  98225-5996
United States

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences Checkmark
Cell And Molecular Biology Checkmark
Marine Biology And Biological Oceanography Checkmark
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Business Administration And Management Checkmark
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International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
Management Information Systems Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management Checkmark
Operations Management Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Early Childhood Education Checkmark
Earth Science Education Checkmark
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Elementary Education Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Polymer/plastics Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
Creative Writing Checkmark
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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French Checkmark
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Japanese Checkmark
Linguistics Checkmark
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Communication Sciences And Disorders Checkmark
Community Health Services Counseling Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Biological And Physical Sciences Checkmark
Interdisciplinary Studies Checkmark
Mathematics And Computer Science Checkmark
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Sustainability Studies Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
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Natural Resources Management And Policy Related Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Kinesiology And Exercise Science Checkmark
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Geophysics And Seismology Checkmark
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
Developmental And Child Psychology Checkmark
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Economics Checkmark
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Geography Checkmark
Political Science And Government Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Dance Checkmark
Design And Visual Communications Checkmark
Dramatic/theater Arts Checkmark
Industrial And Product Design Checkmark
Music Checkmark
Music History, Literature, And Theory Checkmark
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

11,244
Applied
9,534
Accepted
14,968
Enrolled
85%
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Female Admissions

6,761
Females Applied
5,826
Females Accepted
86%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

4,483
Males Applied
3,708
Males Accepted
83%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

60
Application Fee
3.44
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Recommended Essay

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 31st November 1st
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer March 1st May 1st Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 600 550 650
SAT Math 580 530 630
ACT Composite 25 23 28

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

7,038
In-state
22,450
Out-of-state
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Fees

1,094
Full-time student fees
11,466
Room & board
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Minorities
Senior Citizens
Employees

Financial Aid

15,563
Avg. Financial Aid Package
16,369
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
3,182
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,486
Avg. Loan Aid
1,194
Avg. Grant Aid
9,138
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
91%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
15%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

14,968
Total undergrad students
1%
International Students
11%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 8.95%
Black or African American 1.67%
White or Caucasian 71.32%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.37%
Asian 6.43%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.19%
Two or more races 8.47%
Other 1.45%

Gender

Male (43.52%)
Female (56.48%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 27%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Fall New Student Convocation, Information Faire and Earth Day

Student Services

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Women's center Checkmark
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Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Intramurals, Residence Hall Association, Associated Students, Outdoor Center and Ethnic Student Center

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Crew Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 2 No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Crew Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sailing Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball No Division 2 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No

Faculty

953
Total Faculty
18:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 643
Part-time - 310
Male - 474
Female - 479