Welcome to Where You Belong
From the beautiful natural environment to the welcoming community, Western Washington University is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful place to call home. Get ready to make deep connections and have the real conversations needed to create a better future.
Located in northwestern Washington State between the mountains and the bay, this area offers an ideal environment for field work and countless ways to connect with causes that are important to you. It’s also nationally recognized for breathtaking beauty, endless outdoor opportunities, and having a vibrant downtown with thriving arts and music scenes.
29 average class size
99% of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
180 acres of forest adjacent to campus
200+ student clubs and
13 NCAA Division II sports, including 2016–2017 women’s soccer and women’s rowing champions
160+ academic programs
Most popular: Biology, Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering & Design, Environmental Science, Marine Biology, Pre-med, and Psychology
Among the nation’s 100 best values combining an outstanding education with economic value
— Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
In the top 10 nationally for grads who go on to earn research doctorates among master’s-granting institutions
— Survey of Earned Doctorates
Western is among 40 campuses in the world selected as an Ashoka U Changemaker for providing students and faculty with interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial, and solution-oriented skills to succeed and make a positive difference in the world.
Western students have interned for Microsoft, Boeing, the Seattle Mariners, the White House, Tesla, NASA, the National Wildlife Federation, the United Nation, the Washington State Legislature, REI, Swedish Hospital, K2 Sports, and many more.
89% of bachelor’s recipients are either employed or continuing their educations within six months of graduating.
— 2016–2017 WWU Graduate Outcomes Report
Bring your ideas to life
Our focus on undergraduates means you won’t have to waituntil graduate school to do cutting-edge research with world-renownedfaculty such as Huntington’s disease expert Dr. Jeff Carroll, Mars Curiosity rover science team member Dr. Melissa Rice, and environmental disaster expert Dr. Rebekah Paci-Green. Leaveyour mark on science while preparing for your future.
Even before earning their degrees, Western students have developed tiny homes to address affordable housing and environmental sustainability needs, created one of the nation’s first campus recycling programs, launchedone of the first residence hall compost programs in the country, developed the first completely transparent solar window, brought electricity-producing bicycles to their recreation center, andstarted nonprofits to support their communities.
Change the world with grit, smarts, and heart
Our students and graduates are consistently recognized for their commitment to making change in their communities and around the world.
Western student Citlaly Ramirezshares her story of going from studying English as her second language to taking Honors Program courses togetting an internship coding alongside other software developers. Asshe courageously shares her experience of navigating life as an undocumented student, she creates understanding and inspires others.
You deserve a well-rounded education that teaches you to think critically and prepares you for jobs of the future that don’t exist yet. That’swhy we have an Honors Program Instructor whose classes explore the ethics of medical trials, Business faculty who don’t just consider profits but people and the planet too, Communication Studies faculty whose courses heavily emphasize empathy, and Education professors whoteach about social justice. They’llteach you what the box looks like—and how to think outside it.