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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
From Western Washington University

Welcome to where you belong. From the beautiful natural environment to the welcoming community, Western is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful place to call home. Get ready to make deep connections and have the real conversations needed to create a better future.

Western Washington University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 31
Acceptance Rate
88%
SAT Range
1080-1280
ACT Range
22-29
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$17,403/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,127/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.136 responses
39%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.153 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.153 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
1
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    4%
  • On Campus
    95%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,893Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,277
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 106 responses
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  • Outdoorsy
    52%
  • Friendly, adventurous
    39%
  • Committed
    5%
  • Granola cruncher
    3%
  • cliquey
    1%
  • Studious, non-social
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life.157 responses
Poll
76%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.196 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 91 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    79%
  • Activist
    16%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Conservative
    1%
  • Strict
    1%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $45,800/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    68%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    73%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.96 responses

    Western Washington University Reviews

    2,149 reviews
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    Very great school with diverse students. Classes and class schedule is usually very easy to work around. The advisors are there to help you! They want the students to succeed. Many of the teachers are friendly and have good office hours. Campus life is fun and it is very close to the heart of downtown, about a 10-15 minute walk.
    One thing I really like about this campus is that lots of students gather in Red Square to promote political issues, clubs and activities, concerts, speeches, etc. and have the freedom to do so. Lots of art exhibits and displays from professional artists and student artists alike.
    The info fair at the beginning of the year lasts 2 days and showcases a variety of activities and clubs to partake in on campus and around Bellingham. This is very much a college town, but not so overbearing. The rest of the city's population are easy to get along with and very open-minded. There are many hang out spots. The campus also does a good job with emergencies on campus.
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    The reason I originally came to Western and the reason I loved being here was all the same, I just felt connected to the vibe of campus and the people here. As I am graduating soon, I now have the chance to look back on the three years I spent here. The main reason I grew to love Bellingham and Western more over the years was through the connections I made with the people. Founding my own student club, being a part of many other clubs, working on campus, and calling a small Chinese learning department my home, I was able to develop a close-knit community. Western is the kind of place people call Belling HOME. Besides that, if you like the outdoors and want to be surrounded by chill yet motivated individuals, I recommend that you attend! Western may not be the most prestigious school, but it is through the smallness that one finds opportunities and growth. In addition, whatever major or department you choose will completely change your experience.
    It's a beautiful campus overall, with cherry blossoms and lots of greenery. The fall is also exquisite, the bright orange leaves and cool air is astonishing. However, winter at times is an absolute nightmare. The campus grounds are not flat, there are constant hills of various material and when the snow and ice comes, good luck! You're going to need traction, and if you don't have it, say goodbye to your knees and butt, because you'll be slipping every few steps. Granted the school does a decent job putting salt on the main roads, but that only applies to that. So if you need to walk out of campus, you're out of luck. Still though, that's only certain parts of winter, usually late December to January.