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

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
82%
Application Deadline
January 31
SAT Range
1000-1220
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Western Washington University

Cost

Net Price
$15,914/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,489/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,529/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,485/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,744/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,797/ year

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.141 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.141 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,247Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 94 responses
Report
  • Outdoorsy
    53%
  • 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.145 responses
Poll
77%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.184 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 89 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    74%
  • Activist
    17%
  • Enganged
    8%
  • Conservative
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
48%
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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I loved everything about Western Washington University! I graduated with two undergraduate degrees- Spanish and Communication, and I minored in Psychology. My Spanish professor was the best teacher I have had to this day; she even encouraged and helped me study abroad in Spain for a semester. Studying abroad was a life changing experience, and I am so grateful that Western helps make dreams to study and travel abroad into a reality. I love the surrounding area, Bellingham, as it boasts tons of hiking, running and biking trails. There are mountains close by for backpacking and skiing and tons of awesome camping spots. There are beaches, lakes, and water activities. There are amazing restaurants, breweries, shopping, and live music scene. I would recommend this college and surrounding city to anyone!
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I never would have thought I would be attending Western Washington University, but I have not regretted it. I toured the campus when I was a Senior in high school with little expectations. However, when we arrived to Western, I understood the beauty of Bellingham- it's surrounded by mountains and trees and views- oh my! When we got on campus, everyone was extremely helpful and very easy going which put me at ease. I remember telling my mom, "Western stole our hearts." Everyone told me I would fit in so well at Western, and they were right. They have my favorite activity- Swing Dancing, several times a week, beautiful places to hike to, and an overall welcoming community. Each student and teacher I talk to are all so nice and understanding. I feel as though I got very lucky with my classes and the friends I've made, but I also believe that's just what Western is about. Everyone is welcoming of each other, and that's what we need in this world.
This college has so much to offer no matter where you see yourself in the future. There are so many unique programs that cater to all types of specialized content, and if there isn't something general that you can find you can design your own program through Fairhaven College. They have so many resources for students that I just assume there is a person to help me with anything - and it's true! Bike flat tire, academic scheduling, confidential counseling...it's all here and it's all offered to me on campus! The only downsides are a *slight* lack of diversity and a smaller accessibility to different sports.