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Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

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

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students14,592
   Women8,199 (56.2%)
   Men6,393 (43.8%)
Graduate Students982


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate83% of 10,519 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 31
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.41
SAT Math547 average
490-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading562 average
500-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing529 average
470-590 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite25 average
23-28 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $22,217
Out-of-state: $36,161
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,652
Out-of-state: $21,596
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met86%
Average Freshman Award$13,714
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemQuarter
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 25% of classes
20-29 students: 29% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 12% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes


Bellingham Population82,234
Nearest Metropolitan AreaSeattle, WA and Vancouver, BC Canada
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 90% of freshmen, 27% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division II


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.6% Asian
1.7% Black/African-American
8.6% Hispanic/Latino
8.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.0% White
0.8% Unknown
International Students1.1% from 37 countries
First-Year Students Returning82.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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Average 3.55 3.85 626 627 27
Low 2.55 3.00 420 540 19
High 4.00 4.75 760 700 32
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• WWU is the northernmost college in the continental U.S.

• WWU's campus includes part of the 180-acre Sehome Hill Arboretum, a natural forest with several miles of trails and an observation tower.

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