Bellingham, WA
Western Washington University


250 Ratings

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Recent Reviews

Kelly
What is your overall opinion of this school?

WAY OVERPRICED. Here is my disclaimer: I have attended two other highly ranked universities. I have real life and college...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

WAY OVERPRICED. Here is my disclaimer: I have attended two other highly ranked universities. I have real life and college life experience. I am well rounded and NOT studying on mom and dad's dime. I am middle of the road politically and socially. I am a good student, currently matriculating on campus and excelling in all my classes. Here are my thoughts on WWU: If you need to get things done and move on, and have any sort of real life commitments such as a family or work obligations, research your options carefully. Take whatever classes you can from the nearby community colleges for as long as you can. The teaching there is on par if not exceptionally better than at Western, and it will literally cost you half as much. Many professors teaching higher level courses at Western are involved full -time with research, which in my experience, has been a disadvantage to me as a student in terms of their availability or willingness to provide appropriate content for the class. For over 10k per year, I shouldn't be doing 85% of my learning on YouTube. There are online classes available for that sort of thing. If you have the choice to do a class at a community college or WWU, absolutely do it at the community college. If it is a choice between WWU and another university, research the WWU department carefully. Western hides under the splendor of the surrounding Bellingham area and gets away with major short comings in campus amenities and quality of teaching. They are the only 4 year institution in the immediate area so anybody looking for Pre Med and upper level Bio Sciences will experience massive bottle necks in upper level class availability. It has been ranked the #1 politically progressive school on the west coast. Everyone has a special pronoun and is eager to talk about a me too movement, but there aren't the usual mechanisms in place such as cameras in the parking lots or anywhere else on campus. Parents shouldn't fool themselves. Just because this isn't an NCAA Division I athletic school, it doesn't mean there isn't partying happening. The Whatcom County area has one of the largest Methamphetamine drug problems in the U.S. There is a weed shop on every corner. I have attended classes with students who actively use and sell. There is a presence. Western has many attributes that do make it a great choice but it is VERY overrated when taking in to account the cost. I think they ride the coat tails of a previous decade of accolades although the current dynamic has changed greatly.

Teagan
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I think that Western Washington University has provided many amazing opportunities to me, this school is amazing for the envi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I think that Western Washington University has provided many amazing opportunities to me, this school is amazing for the environment and very ahead of most socially. I do think that this school lacks a bit in clubs for my specific interests but i think most everyone can find opportunities here.

Lauren
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It's a great school! The staff members are great, especially in my program (Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management). They'...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a great school! The staff members are great, especially in my program (Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management). They're all super supportive and try their best to set their students up to be successful after they graduate. I have learned / am learning so much there and I don't feel like I have to worry about getting a job once I'm done which is amazing! :)

Isabella
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The campus is absolutely beautiful, there are so many natural places to go and feel at peace around that I never feel stuck. ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The campus is absolutely beautiful, there are so many natural places to go and feel at peace around that I never feel stuck. I love my classes every single one I have taken so far has been incredibly fun, the perfect size for the kind of class it was, and challenging in an interesting way. Plus, I met the love of my life there so I’m not complaining.

Kori
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A very welcoming environment with great teachers. Lots to do on and off-campus! The sports are all so exciting to go to becau...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

A very welcoming environment with great teachers. Lots to do on and off-campus! The sports are all so exciting to go to because everyone has such great school spirit. The food is delicious, and there is a lot of variety. It is fun to go on walks or runs around campus because the trail system is massive, and there are statues everywhere.

M S
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The environment everywhere I go everyone is so nice, accepting and respectful of one another. If you bored there is always so...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The environment everywhere I go everyone is so nice, accepting and respectful of one another. If you bored there is always something to do. Also has a good disabilities department to help students in need and its a pretty simple process to get help.

Lucas
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Western is a beautiful campus with plenty of opportunities. It’s not the easiest to find those opportunities, but once you se...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Western is a beautiful campus with plenty of opportunities. It’s not the easiest to find those opportunities, but once you see it, you have everything you need to take full advantage of it. Professors are kind and genuinely care about your success. The counselors however are not as open. You can leave a meeting with them with more questions than answers. The fellow students are awesome and there are so many life long friends you can make. I thoroughly enjoyed my time overall.

Jady
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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.

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  • 14,592
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $7,653
  • Acceptance rate
  • 83%

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