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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

Website: www.wwu.edu/

(57.3%) 8,737 Women
(42.7%) 6,503 Men


Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
90% of 10,513 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Early Decision Offered
Regular Admission Deadline
January 31

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
SAT Math
575 average
520-630 range of middle 50%
595 average
540-650 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
25 average
22-28 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $25,284
Out-of-state: $41,633
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $8,341
Out-of-state: $24,690
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met
Average Freshman Award
Average Indebtedness of 2019 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 8% of classes
10-19 students: 26% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 12% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
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Campus Life

Bellingham Population
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC Canada
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
26% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Not reported
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.3% Asian
1.6% Black/African-American
10.3% Hispanic/Latino
8.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
70.6% White
1.7% Unknown
International Students
0.9% from 47 countries
First-Year Students Returning
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
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