Tuition & Fees

$8,132

$23,544

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
8%
600-699
44%
500-599
41%
400-499
7%
700-800
5%
600-699
33%
500-599
51%
400-499
10%
300-399
1%
700-800
2%
600-699
19%
500-599
45%
400-499
29%
300-399
5%
30-36
19%
24-29
40%
18-23
34%
12-17
7%
30-36
7%
24-29
52%
18-23
33%
12-17
8%
30-36
14%
24-29
49%
18-23
34%
12-17
3%
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undergraduateRatios

44%

male

56%

female

1

teacher

18

students

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Moderately Selective

84%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,534
Declined + 1,710
Total Received 11,244
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Public

14,968

undergraduate students

947

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Psychology
  2. Communication Studies
  3. Sociology
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Codes

SAT 4947
ACT 4490

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Location

School Facts

Western Washington University, founded in 1893, is a public, comprehensive university. Its 223-acre campus is located in Bellingham, Washington.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 15,915
Established in 1893
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NRPA (National Recreation and Park Association)
•  NWCCU (Northwest Comm. on Colleges and Universities)

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Bellingham, WA

223-acre campus in Bellingham (population: 87,574), 60 miles from Vancouver and 90 miles from Seattle; branch campuses in Bremerton, Everett, Oak Harbor, Port Angeles, and Seattle. Served by air, bus, and train. Public transportation serves campus.

Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
27%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
89%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
22%
Top 1/4
53%
Top 1/2
88%
Bottom 1/2
12%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
8%
600-699
44%
500-599
41%
400-499
7%
700-800
5%
600-699
33%
500-599
51%
400-499
10%
300-399
1%
700-800
2%
600-699
19%
500-599
45%
400-499
29%
300-399
5%
30-36
19%
24-29
40%
18-23
34%
12-17
7%
30-36
7%
24-29
52%
18-23
33%
12-17
8%
30-36
14%
24-29
49%
18-23
34%
12-17
3%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $60
Common application accepted no
Application deadline January 31
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 1
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Required of some
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Not used
SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

84%

acceptance rate

Accepted 9,534
Declined + 1,710
Total Received 11,244

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Important

Essay
Standardized test scores

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Geographical residence
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
State residency
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Interview
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment

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Admissions Contact

Cezar Mesquita
Director of Admissions
P: 360 650-3440
F: 360 650-7369
admit@wwu.edu

Financial Aid

91%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$15,563

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $7,038
Room & board $11,466
Additional fees $1,094
Books & supplies $924
Total $20,522
Average Financial Aid - $15,563
Total with Avg. Aid $4,959

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $18,139,870
State $17,424,114
Institutional $5,179,441
Other external $1,920,467
Total $42,663,892

Non-need-based

Federal $28,299
State $99,004
Institutional $735,722
Other external $1,195,877
Total $2,058,902
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Institution's own financial aid form

Financial Aid Office

P: 360 650-3470
F: 360 650-7291
financialaid@wwu.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Clara Capron
Assistant Vice President, Enrollment/Student Services
clara.capron@wwu.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
basketball
crew
cross-country
golf
soccer
softball
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Club Sports - Men's

Baseball, Equestrian Sports, Fencing, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Skiing, Wrestling

Club Sports - Women's

Equestrian Sports, Fencing, Lacrosse, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water Polo, Water Skiing, Wrestling

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Basketball, Flag Football, Golf, Pickleball, Racquetball, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball

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Athletic Directors

Steve Card (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Carmen Dolfo (women's)
Swa
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Mascot
Mr. Viking
School colors
navy blue and white

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
American Cultural Studies
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Archaeology
Art Education
Art History
Art Studies
Audiology
Automotive Engineering
Biochemistry
Biology
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Mathematics
Business Administration
Canadian-American Studies
Cellular/Molecular Biology
Chemistry
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry/Mathematics
Chinese Language/Literature
Communication
Communication Sciences/Disorders
Community Health
Comparative Literature
Computer Information Systems/Security
Computer Science
Continuing Education
Counselor Education
Creative Writing
Curriculum/Instruction
Dance
Design/Visual Communications
Developmental/Child Psychology
Drama
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Special Education
Earth Science Teacher Education
East Asian Studies
Economics
Economics/Mathematics
Educational Leadership
Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education
English
Environmental Science
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Exceptional Child Education
Financial Economics
Foreign Language/Literature
French
French Language Teacher Education
General Studies
General Teacher Education
Geography
Geology
Geophysics
German
German Language Teacher
History
History Archival Administration
History Teacher Education
Human Services
Humanities
Individualized Program
Industrial Design
International Business/Trade
Japanese Language
Journalism
Kinesiology
Linguistics
Management Information Systems
Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing/Supply Chain Management
Marine Biology
Marketing
Mathematics
Mathematics Teacher
Mathematics/Computer Science
Mathematics/Statistics
Mental Health/Counseling
Music
Music Education
Music History
Music Theory/Composition
Natural Resources Management/Policy
Neuroscience
Operations Management
Parks/Recreation Studies
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physical Therapy Studies
Physics
Planning/Environmental Policy
Plastics Engineering
Political Science
Psychology
Registered Nursing
Rehabilitation Counseling
School Administration
School Counselor
Science Education
Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Sociology
Spanish
Special Education
Speech/Language Pathology
Student Designed Major
Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education
Student-/Faculty-Designed Major
Studio Art
Sustainability Studies
Technology Education
Theatre Arts
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Psychology
  2. Communication Studies
  3. Sociology

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-pharmacy

15,915

total students

88%

in-state

12%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

94%

14,968
students

Female
56%
8,454

Male
44%
6,514

6%

947
students

Female
64%
608

Male
36%
339

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

91%

13,728
students

Female
58%
7,839

Male
42%
5,889

9%

1,240
students

Female
50%
615

Male
50%
625

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Student Break-down

1%
Nonresident aliens
2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Hispanic/Latino
71%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
8%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

71%

Transfer applicants accepted

60%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Recommended of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: March 1

Winter: September 15

Spring: January 1

Summer: March 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

135

quarter hours

Minimum transfers must complete

45

quarter hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Personal
  • Psychological

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Other
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

100%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 38
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Japan
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Casey B. Egger
International and Transfer Student Admissions Counselor
360 650-4764
casey.egger@wwu.edu

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