Western Washington University, founded in 1893, is a public, comprehensive university. It is a dynamic, innovative and challenging public university, among the foremost in the Pacific Northwest. Recognized for excellence in undergraduate education, an increasingly diverse and multicultural learning environment and a strong sense of community, Western is the university of choice for many. Few universities enjoy the geographic diversity of Bellingham, WA. Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands lie directly to the west. The snow-covered peaks of Mt. Baker and the North Cascades Mountains are less than an hour to the east. Seven miles of forested walking trails border Western's campus, and an additional 29 miles of running and mountain-biking trails are nearby. Western's natural setting also provides scientific research opportunities. Among the primary reasons that students choose to attend Western are academic reputation, program selection, location, job placement of graduates and affordable costs. Size is also a positive factor in the decision to attend Western. With a student body of approximately 10,200 undergraduates and 800 graduate students, Western is large enough to offer a wide choice of academic and extracurricular opportunities, yet small enough to allow students to receive personal attention. The university offers nearly 150 undergraduate majors and academic programs and more than 1,400 course sections each quarter. 70 percent of Western classes have fewer than 30 students, and only six percent have more than 75 students. Its 195-acre campus is located in Bellingham, in the northwest corner of the state, 20 miles from Vancouver, British Columbia

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
15,240
Undergraduates
6,508
Men - 42.7%
8,733
Women - 57.3%
902
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
90% of 10,513 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 31
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.42
SAT Math
575 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
595 average
540-650 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
25 average
22-28 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $26,061
Out-of-state: $42,819
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $8,463
Out-of-state: $25,221
Room and Board
$12,519
Average Percent of Need Met
79%
Average Freshman Award
$18,180
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$22,466
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Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
665
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
8%
10-19
26%
20-29
28%
30-39
15%
40-49
7%
50-99
12%
Over 100
4%
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Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC Canada Population
82,234
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC Canada
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
26% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Viking
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.4%
Asian
6.3%
Black/African-American
1.6%
Hispanic/Latino
10.3%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
8.9%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.2%
White
70.6%
Unknown
1.7%
International Students
0.9% from 47 countries
First-Year Students Returning
82.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
36.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
15.6%
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