About Western Washington University

Founded in 1893, Western Washington University. is a Public college. Located in Washington, which is a city setting in Washington, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 14,592 full time undergraduate students, and 982 full time graduate students.

The Western Washington University Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 19:1. There are 574 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Western Washington University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate83%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range990-1220
ACT Range23-28

Admissions at WWU are considered Less Selective, with ,100% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 27 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

89% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 55% were in the top quarter, and 23% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Western Washington University.

1%
“We”re apathetic”
6%
“We know about current events and vote”
51%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
42%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
22%
“Sometimes, but not often”
55%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
51%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
44%
“I feel extremely safe”
71%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
23%
“We bought the gear”
6%
“We live for the big game”
1%
“It”s not really our thing”
6%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
52%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
41%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
80%
“They keep regular office hours”
18%
“They”re always available”
92%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
6%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
2%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
27%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
50%
“We only party on weekends”
21%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
2%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
38%
“There might be people who do”
46%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
13%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
1%
“We”re apathetic”
6%
“We know about current events and vote”
51%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
42%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
22%
“Sometimes, but not often”
55%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
1%
“I”m always terrified”
4%
“I only go out in groups”
51%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
44%
“I feel extremely safe”
71%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
23%
“We bought the gear”
6%
“We live for the big game”
1%
“It”s not really our thing”
6%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
52%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
41%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
2%
“Available in class”
80%
“They keep regular office hours”
18%
“They”re always available”
92%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
6%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
2%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
2%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
27%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
50%
“We only party on weekends”
21%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
2%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
38%
“There might be people who do”
46%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
13%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Western Washington University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    227 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    172 Students rated off-campus housing 3.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    245 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    250 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    249 Students rated class size 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    250 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    250 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    250 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Western Washington University?

118 Students rated Western Washington University

Natalye - 09/28/2022

I really like it here at Western Washington. I am currently a sophomore and really enjoyed my Freshman year. I play lacrosse for the school and work at the dining hall as well. I like all of my courses and have a bunch of friends to hang out with. I feel welcomed and safe at this school and wouldn't have it any other way.

Erin - 12/28/2021

Nestled between Seattle, the Pacific Ocean, and Canada is the little town of Bellingham, also know as the City of Subdued Excitement. Bellingham is an important part of the Western Washington vibe. There is a vibrant art community at Western. There is an environment of inclusivity and exploration of diverse worldviews. My one piece of advice for anyone wanting to attend college is that you realize the YOU are a big factor in the type of experience you will have. Ask yourself, are you seeking a college experience of inebriation or are you seeking to enrich your life with an emersion into self discovery or are you simply seeking a career? My regret is that I didn't take advantage of my professors' office hours. I wish I had spent more time getting to know professors and gleaning from their wisdom and research.

Kat - 09/14/2020

Western is a good school if you want a close knit community and to have access to several opportunities. There are many avenues to express yourself, and the view of the water is gorgeous. The access to downtown is immense and filled with interesting activities to occupy your time. The library is full of helpful information over several topics and a great place to study. There's a place on campus for everyone. Most of the faculty are very accommodating and willing to help you if you have a problem.

Alee - 08/13/2020

Western is a very good university to start your four year at, especially if you would like to explore you options in life. Western is open to many things and the student government is also open to hearing the student voices. There are many interesting clubs with many students who are open to trying new things. I fell like everyone is friendly and open to accepting. It depends on who you talk to, really. But overall, Western is a good school to attend.

Western Washington University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Western Washington University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Western Washington University is 83%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Apply sooner! I realize WWU was/is your last choice, but there's really only one place that is 'the' place to be for on-campus housing: the Nash/Mathes complex! People everywhere are nice, but applying later is going to get you put in your last choice for housing, and in your case, that did not turn out to be the optimum housing/first-year experience! Also, give clubs more of a chance that just one or two meetings...that is not enough time to really get to know people for who they really are to be able to fully enjoy the club experience! Be sure to participate in language classes more than you think is necessary, too, because the professors are extremely harsh in that area of grading. All in all, just use common sense and get involved; everyone in Bellingham is friendly. Oh, and if you decide to go to Warm Cookie Night (or a special meal), make sure to arrive atleast 15 minutes early at the dining hall to line up!

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates were intestly focused, openminded and extremely competitve.

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  4. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    It's small and in a beautiful location.

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  5. What's unique about your campus?

    The community is the best thing about WWU. Everyone is extremely friendly, inviting, and open-minded. It is the best possible atmosphere to be in if you want to get to know yourself a little more, while still getting to know new people.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Western Washington University is an institution that is accepting of differences, encouraging of scholars, and located in a breathtakingly beautiful area.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I think the worst thing about WWU is that it is difficult for students to get into classes needed to complete undergraduate requirements and prerequisites for majors. I am hoping to major in Chemistry, yet I have only been able to complete the lowest level class due to the lack of availability. Also, my good friend is debating whether she wants to complete her degree at WWU because of the estimated time it takes to finish her degree.

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  8. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Beautiful location. Small and personal class sizes. Competitive programs.

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The type of person who should attend Western Washington University is a dedicated friendly person. It takes hard work to do well in the challenging academic atmosphere Western has to offer. The other students at Western are very friendly, outgoing, and fun to be around. The accepting student body makes western fun and very interesting place to be.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I'm a transfer and it's hard to make friends living off campus.

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  11. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Nothing it is a very easy school to get use too.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Not sure. I believe that it is well known in Washington for being a fairly small state school. Some departments have good reputations outside of Washington.

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  13. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A conservative individual who is not interested in having their beliefs and personal standards challenged should not attend this school. This is a liberal school where a closed minded individual, if not willing to see broader perspecitives, would get lost. Asking for help is important at this school. If a person needs a lot of hand-holding through the financial aid process, this is not the right school for you.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Overall, I think Western Washington University is a great school. Although they aren't the largest, I think they have many programs to choose from to study as well as to help you figure out what to study. Bellingham is a great place to live with many recreational opportunities. I am happier here than I ever thought I would be.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    My major is Behavioral Neuroscience. I am really excited to pursue this program because it is sometime I am really interested and because it gives me multiple opportunities. Many students in my program either start their career right after graduation or go on to graduate school to further their education. I feel that many of the departments give students a chance to begin a career in their field right away if they can't or would rather not continue on to graduate school. Also, the majority of my professors have been very helpful and friendly, enabling to learn the most I can in my classes. I have only had a couple professors I didn't make the connection with in the classroom.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Many outsiders think Western students are hippies- wrong! In fact, many students are "normal" just like you. Most people do not walk around without shoes or eat berries off of campus bushes. However, this can be seen on a weekly basis, especially when the weather permits.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The groups I hear about the most at Western is the LGBT group and sports. I am involved in Western women's club lacrosse team and I love it. There are a lot of parties around campus on the weekends, but not as many of them involve drinking as you would think in a college town. Many times people have get togethers that involve going to the bowling alley and just having a good time. There is no greek system at Western.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    that they are all pot heads, have dreds, are really laid back and chill, don't judge others, dont fake tan or wear much makeup

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  19. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    The library is my favorite place to get some work done! If you're in the mood for a louder location, the bottom floor in Zoe's Bagels is the place to be, or if you want peace and quiet the upstairs with a view of Bellingham Bay is my favorite study spot!

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  20. Describe the dorms.

    The dorms are segregated into 3 areas on campus: North, Central (The Ridge), and South (Fairhaven). North and south campus dorms are pretty laid back, whereas The Ridge seems to be party central.

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  21. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    umm some are, not everyone smokes (me as an example) but a lot do. it is a very granola place, no one really judges people too much, but it still has some girl drama (can't ever get away from it all), no cliques really

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Student Body

Students

56%

female

44%

male

14,592

Total Undergrad Enrollment

982

Total Grad Students

16%

Out-Of-State

83%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

220

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

27%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
6%
% Black or African-American
2%
% Hispanic/Latino
8%
% White or Caucasian
72%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

83% of students attending Western Washington University receive some sort of financial aid. 25% were awarded federal grants. While 44% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$21,567

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$906

Books and Supplies

$10,350

Room and Board

32,823

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$9,241
$30 - $48K
$10,557
$48 - $75K
$15,270
$75 - $110K
$20,572
$110K & UP
$21,717

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