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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.
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.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Western Washington University.
227 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.
172 Students rated off-campus housing 3.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
245 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.
250 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
249 Students rated class size 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
250 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.
250 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.
250 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.
121 Students rated Western Washington University
When I first got to WWU I was excited to see what it had to offer. What I should've been prepared for was the overwhelming amount of white people there were on campus. As a black person, I felt very outnumbered, and it was very difficult to find spaces where BIPOC were allowed to flourish without the influence of white people. It was a very polarizing experience, and I could really only find solace in the hiphop club, other clubs involving ethnicity (Black Student Union, African Caribbean Club, and Filipino American Student Association). I wish that there was more diversity that didn't include other subsections of "white". I do appreciate the education I got there, but the social experience really played a role in my overall impression of the school.
I adore Western. I have had almost exclusively positive experiences regarding my academic experience here. Class sizes are small and the university population is large but not overwhelming. There is plenty to do in the evenings and on weekends; I would recommend checking out live music in the area. The physical location is ideal -- there is an arboretum directly behind campus and we overlook the ocean. On-campus housing and dining is not ideal but it's also not required! Off-campus housing is as good as could be hoped for in any college town.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at WWU. It is a beautiful campus, in an amazing town. The community is inviting for all kinds of people. No matter your interests, there is a place for you! The vast majority of the professors I had were fabulous. Especially once you get into your major, your professors want to do everything they can to help you succeed.
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.
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 _____.
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!
My classmates were intestly focused, openminded and extremely competitve.
It's small and in a beautiful location.
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.
Western Washington University is an institution that is accepting of differences, encouraging of scholars, and located in a breathtakingly beautiful area.
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.
Beautiful location. Small and personal class sizes. Competitive programs.
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.
I'm a transfer and it's hard to make friends living off campus.
Nothing it is a very easy school to get use too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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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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.
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