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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
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
About Western Washington University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
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
85%
SAT Range
1080-1280
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$16,117/ 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
$6,500/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
81%

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
38%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.147 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.147 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,728Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,240
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 100 responses
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  • Outdoorsy
    53%
  • Friendly, adventurous
    39%
  • 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.151 responses
Poll
76%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.190 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 95 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    73%
  • Activist
    16%
  • Enganged
    9%
  • Conservative
    1%
  • Home away from home
    1%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $45,800/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    69%
    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
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    So far WWU has been an amazing experience, I truly cannot imagine myself going anywhere else. Bellingham is a beautiful and lively city and the campus is a fun and cool place to explore and hang out at (check out the rock collection in the basement of Artzen! ) My classes and professers have been so kind and passionate for the most part, and have seriously enjoyed going to class. The only problems I’ve experienced here is with the transfer of IB credits (especially with math and science) and difficulty getting into needed classes for my degree. But overall a fantastic school!
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    I really enjoyed my time at WWU. I was a little older when starting college, but loved every minute of it! I wish the school had more diversity and school spirit, though. The professors were great and I loved all of my classes. Bellingham is a great town if you're looking for somewhere not too big. Western is great about sustainability, recycling, and is surrounded by beautiful nature. You'll walk to class right next to a deer and watch black squirrels running all over the place. Go to WWU if you love nature, a smaller town, want to be close to Canada, and want a great liberal arts education.
    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!