Bellingham, WA
Western Washington University


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Recent Reviews

Jady
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Western is a fine school and Bellingham is a sleepy little college town right on the water. It is a truly beautiful place to ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Western is a fine school and Bellingham is a sleepy little college town right on the water. It is a truly beautiful place to go to school if you enjoy the Northwest scenery as well as the sight of deer and other wildlife on campus. These aspects I very much appreciate, but the social aspect of Western is lacking slightly in my opinion. I'm used to there being live music in friends' houses all the time like it is in Seattle, and currently there seems to be very little of this. But...if you enjoy art, come from a small town, and like the homey feel of your place of residence, then Western Washington University might just be the place for you

Kaitlyn
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Western Washington University is a super involved group of diverse students who want the best for the community in which we l...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Western Washington University is a super involved group of diverse students who want the best for the community in which we live, and the world as a whole. I am grateful to be a part of the Western community with great peers, professors, and reliable facilities around me.

Ellie
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I have deeply enjoy living in Bellingham and attending Western Washington University. Western is unlike any other school, wit...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have deeply enjoy living in Bellingham and attending Western Washington University. Western is unlike any other school, with its location and diversity among students. As a student of Huxley College of the Environment, living in the Pacific Northwest while studying the environment has been a great blessing, as my classroom is inside and outside. The beauty of Bellingham is recognized by residents and students, as the outdoors provide not only learning experiences and areas for research, but endless leisure activities. Bellingham Bay is a ten minute walk from campus, Mount Baker is within an hour drive, and the school is surrounded by forests. City life isn’t far either, as Seattle, WA and Vancouver, Canada are within an hour drive. Downtown Bellingham is filled with local-owned shops, delightful eateries, plenty of gift, book and plant stores, and several options to satisfy the exploration craved by college students. Not only is the location a delight, but the education, student life, and staff of Western are unlike any other university. Students who want to feel accepted for who they are, value culture, diversity, different perspectives and backgrounds can find a home easily at Western. There are numerous clubs, a wide range of offered majors, excellent music, art, theatre programs, and sports teams that compete with high levels of success. Opportunities for students to take action towards their passion or work at the local, national and global levels are offered through clubs, studying abroad, volunteer work, and many more. Popular examples of programs where students earn school credit and get these action-based opportunities include Compass to Campus, Engineers without Borders, direct exchanges for study abroad, and work study jobs. Western has several community events to welcome incoming students, kick off the year, and celebrate graduates and alumni. With a beautiful location, welcoming community, and numerous education opportunities, Western Washington University ranks well as an amazing school in its state and highly respected in the nation.

Niki
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Overall, Western is a very good optional that is less expensive than others, but a "great bang for your buck". The professors...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall, Western is a very good optional that is less expensive than others, but a "great bang for your buck". The professors are normally super nice and very intelligent in their subject as well as always available for extra help. The environmental studies department is extremely well-established when compared nationally and globally; personally that is what brought me here. It is sort of a hippie-is community with a fair amount of tree-huggers and some people still like to have fun as at most any college. Nice environment conducive to educating!

Sophie
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My overall opinion of Western Washington University is that it was exactly right for me. I came from a small town with few op...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My overall opinion of Western Washington University is that it was exactly right for me. I came from a small town with few options in thought, food, or activities, feeling stifled and bored. WWU and surrounding Bellingham have lots to do, there is a very wide variety of foods very close off campus, and as the review asks about, there are thought-provoking conversations and friendly debate happens all the time. The campus feels quite safe to me, the overall vibe is inclusive. There have been a few unfortunate incidents of things like racist graffiti, but it is not tolerated, quickly removed, and support is obviously made available to anyone feeling victimized. Nobody seems to rule campus with their thoughts or ideology. If you do have a bad day on campus for some reason, you can easily reach beyond campus life. A bus pass included with tuition gets you to and from Bellingham quite easily for other shopping, restaurants, movies, and other experiences. You can also easily walk to reach several shops and restaurants in town which are located right off campus. For other ‘escape’ needs, you can book the $80 shuttle bus that leaves at intervals from campus to take you to downtown Seattle or to Sea-Tac for flights elsewhere. With regards to academics, classes are in 3 terms, not semesters. A course load is only about 3 classes. The variety of majors seems good. Availability of classes seems good. Wait listing works. You do have to plan ahead on course sequences and prerequisites and research class availability though. Not every class is offered every term. I find that professors get to know me and I feel like I have a voice, even in large group classes, which are about 80 students. So far, all my professors have been easily accessible as well as understandable. I definitely feel challenged by my courses, but I learn a lot and my confidence builds each term. Tough subjects are made easier by the variety of resources you can find for your learning style: tutors, upperclassmen willing to explain, pretty well chosen textbooks, professors’ office hours or appointments, really well-informed and obviously caring advisors, Chegg, Khan Academy, ALEKS, etc. Encouragement is fairly universal. The best part about campus is that if you look for it, you can find plenty of quiet nooks and welcoming places for studying any hour of the day or night, so if academics are very important to you, you can focus. The on-campus experience is right for me. I adore the attention to art on campus. It is literally everywhere. In students’ fashion, to sculptures, architecture, and landscaping on campus, to exhibits and activities. Nature is also everywhere. Both feel rejuvenating and provide a welcome balance to hectic studies. Although we are not BIG sports fanatics, there are a variety of team sports. There is also a nice pool and rock climbing wall and gym. The facility is inviting and has an indoor track to run. There are outdoor tennis courts and soccer fields and tons of places to run and even roller skate. There are a variety of clubs available, but turned out the ones I joined never met and eventually folded. I haven’t had time to join others because I’m in a tough major requiring more focus on my academics, but after familiarizing myself with campus, spring will be when I look around more at that. Casual groups form easily around common interests, study groups, and outdoor activities, making campus feel welcoming, supportive, and fun. There are jobs available on campus and they coordinate with your class schedule, but you have to look and apply quite early. (One weird thing: Old Main building houses payroll and administrative offices and that has to be the most confusing building on campus, with levels and stairs that do not connect.) As far as dorm life goes, you can be as involved as you wish to be. They offer great introductory mixers and de-stressors at mid-terms and finals, like a Paint with Bob Ross feature or other event. Fairhaven is out of the main classroom/bookstore/central hub area and seems the most artsy of on-campus populations--in good weather you can hear a student playing a ukulele or a guitar on a balcony and random bands practicing. My dorm feels secure, outdoor paths and hallways are well-lit. Wi-fi has been mostly reliable. Laundry is free to do on campus. Regarding negatives, the biggest is probably that the campus needs a good updating of its infrastructure. Dorms need better bathroom ventilation, heat isn’t always so hot, and we had a brief hot-water outage. Admin is aware of it and I think such things are scheduled over a few years to be updated. Food in the dining halls is convenient and there are plentiful daily options but it nevertheless gets kind of repetitive. There is also an issue with the dining services and nearby pod markets being closed at the same times—no breakfasts are served on weekends and on academic breaks you have no services anywhere until dining halls decide to resume operations. It would make more sense to staff a pod market to give that as an option whenever dining halls are closed. The bookstore on campus is not very large and can be quite confusing with their billing. For instance, you can only charge to your account for a few days at beginning of term, then you can’t. You may order new or used textbooks, but you never actually know what price you’ll pay for those books until the books actually come in. Weather is a rather unpredictable experience. One day is blowing rain, dark and you want to curl up and sleep all day, but next day can be sunny and warm. We had an unusual few inches of snow and that closed down the entire campus for days--which was new to me, since I come from snow country where feet might only delay school a couple hours. I can’t yet attest to how well WWU prepares you for employment, but my University experience at WWU has been great, and it has been easily affordable.

Kalie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Its great. Fun loud but cool.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Its great. Fun loud but cool.

Mason
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Western is a beautiful school placed in the middle of Bellingham, WA. The school has a huge variety of students, ensuring you...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Western is a beautiful school placed in the middle of Bellingham, WA. The school has a huge variety of students, ensuring you will always find someone to hang out with. We are a tight knit community known to support each other to the fullest extent. Western has many things to keep you busy, beyond just schoolwork. There are hundreds of clubs, and many more informal groups. Sports and games are big and the teams are great. If you’re not into sports there are so many other ways to spend your time as well, there are free concerts every week, and an annual drag show that will blow your socks off. On top of all this, students have access to all the wonders of Bellingham! The city is a perfect mix of arsty and foody, meaning there is always a concert and some good food nearby. The academics are pretty good. Class sizes for 101 classes tend to be around 80 students, but once you get into your major or more specific classes the number of students drops considerably. The professors are all super nice, and love to help. I haven’t had one professor who isn’t willing to sit down and help you learn. Overall, Western is an amazing school for its size and price point. It’s just big enough to always have something to do, but not so big that you can’t get into anything. If you love the pacific northwest and are interested in being part of the Viking spirit, I can’t recommend this school enough.

Alina
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Western is not the best school for balancing out your credits, but there are great outdoor and indoor activities available. A...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Western is not the best school for balancing out your credits, but there are great outdoor and indoor activities available. Although there's a limited selection of classes you can take and sign-up for, there are classes restricted to certain majors and minors, so you're not totally out of luck when it comes to choosing classes. At Western, there's also beautiful scenery, so do it for the scenery if not for the classes.

Spencer
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It's a good school that I would tell someone to visit and the teachers there are great. It's not for everyone though. It's no...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a good school that I would tell someone to visit and the teachers there are great. It's not for everyone though. It's not a very big University like WSU but if you don't mind that fact, the class are good with teachers that care about your grade.

Mad
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Terrible University, would not recommend to anyone, can't get into any of the classes you need and is extremely far behind in...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Terrible University, would not recommend to anyone, can't get into any of the classes you need and is extremely far behind in every way. All this university cares about is keeping you here for as long as possible so they can get as much money out of you as possible. If you care about your education and want to graduate in a timely manor DO NOT go to Western!

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  • $7,653
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