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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B
Western Washington University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Website
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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

Acceptance Rate
83%
Application Deadline
January 31
SAT Range
990-1220
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,245/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,241/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,557/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,270/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,572/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,717/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.136 responses
38%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.144 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.144 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,413Undergrads
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 97 responses
Report
  • Outdoorsy
    54%
  • Friendly, adventurous
    38%
  • Committed
    5%
  • Granola cruncher
    2%
  • Studious, non-social
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life.148 responses
Poll
77%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.187 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 92 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    74%
  • Activist
    16%
  • Enganged
    9%
  • Conservative
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.96 responses
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Western Washington University Reviews

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Western has its pros and cons! The professors, campus and food were excellent for the most part. But the dorms, athletics and diversity could use some attention. Bellingham is an amazing city if you love the outdoors. It is a very liberal school though, so be warned. However, the professors did not seem to push their political views onto students which I respected very much. The weather in Bellingham is a bit depressing, which can really get to you if you are used to seeing the sun often, like I was. For about 6 months out of the year, it rains every single day. They are very supportive of their students and want you to succeed. One more issue I noticed was that it is very difficult to get into the necessary classes for your major! This is a huge problem at Western, which causes many students to stay an extra year. Overall, it's a great school in a great city with great people. I chose WWU over UW and do not regret my choice one bit!
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Western Washington University has a great community established in the university as well as surrounding the university. The people are friendly and caring with some diversity in the student body through students of color and out of state students. The staff at the university ranging from Professors, Teaching Assistants, Custodial Workers, and more are wonderful and very respectful to the university and those who are at the university. Western gives an amazing experience to those who value their education and have fun while doing so!
I love the campus, itself! A ton of neat things to see and do as you walk around between classes, or just for fun. Every season brings beauty to the campus, and you can't beat the breathtaking view of Bellingham Bay, especially at night! My professors have been really great and helpful, for the most part. I've met my best, life-long friends at Western. The people are pretty friendly, in general. The dorms are not terrible--I lived in Nash for my first two years. It's located in a super eccentric city, and Downtown Bellingham is an incredible, quirky place for eating, shopping, and exploring! Overall, I am really going to miss attending school at Western when I graduate!