Overview

Applicants
9,283
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average HS GPA
3.43

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 610
SAT Math
500 - 600
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
January 31

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18.9:1
Total Faculty
898
with Terminal Degree
632

457
Women
441
Men
80
Minority
37
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
93%
Graduate in 6 years
72%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Bill Wright
First African-American to win a PGA gold event

Ralph Munro
Sec. of State of WA, former

Joyce Taylor
KIRO TV news anchor

William Deitrich
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and novelist

Heidi Grant Murphy
Metropolitan Opera soloist

Ben Gibbard
Lead singer for Grammy-winning band "Death Cab for Cutie"

TJ Martin
Oscar winning documentary filmmaker

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 20

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,603

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,063

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,544

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,520

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,603

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,152
Out of State
9%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

6.71%
Asian
1.53%
African-American
7.47%
Hispanic
74.98%
Caucasian

55% female
45% male
9% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
83

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
200
Number of Honor Societies
4

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
18

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Vikings)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Vikings)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

In 1971, Western Washington University was one of the first institutions of higher education in the United States to introduce a campus recycling program, but with a twist—the WWU Recycling Center is, and always has been, student-run. At last count, the Recycling Center processed 3,800 pounds of recyclable materials daily, and the university’s Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management is “committed to eliminating all recyclable and compostable waste from the WWU waste stream.” Its eventual goal is to have WWU become a zero-waste institution, which means just what it sounds like— no waste, only recycling—as effective a move toward sustainability as one could hope for. The impressive part is they’re remarkably close to achieving zero-waste: in 2011, the university posted an unprecedented 73 percent waste-diversion rate. WWU recently introduced the 10x12 campaign, which has the campus actively working toward a 10 percent reduction in utility consumption by the end of 2012 through conservation, energy efficiency, utility monitoring and audits, and sustainability education. Impressively, and as a result of the student-led Green Power initiative, WWU offsets 100 percent (that’s no typo) of its electrical energy consumption with Renewable Energy Credits. Through Puget Sound Energy’s “Green Power” program, the university has become one of the top twenty buyers of green energy among educational institutions. WWU is a nationally recognized leader in green living through green cleaning—100 percent of cleaning products purchased by Academic Custodial Services are Green Seal-certified, and the school is also looking to expand its pesticide-free garden areas campus-wide.

Green Rating
92
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
200

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Gateway, Dell, Mac

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jeanne Gaffney
Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
Mail Stop 9009
Bellingham, WA 98225-9009

Phone
360-650-2422

Email
jeanne.gaffney@wwu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Viking Union Student Center
Red Square
Performing Arts Center
Sehome Arboretum
Student Recreation Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mt. Baker
Lake Whatcom (Western's Lakewood Facility)
Local businesses and shops
Historic Fairhaven
Chuckanut Drive/Bellingham Bay

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
7:15 a.m. - 8:00 p.m
360-650-2422

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Available most Fridays throughout the year.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
http://wwuvikings.cstv.com/recruiting/wwu-recruiting-contact.html

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Limitations
Overnight dorm stays are not available.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Greyhound Bus, Amtrak, and the San Juan Ferries are all located in the Fairhaven Transportation Center 5 minutes from campus. The city bus also stops in the middle of campus and costs students $25 per quarter. The Bellingham International Airport is located 15 minutes away and offers flight service to Seattle; however, most visitors fly into the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport located 1 hour and 45 minutes away. Most visitors either fly from Seattle to Bellingham or take a shuttle van or drive a rental car to Bellingham.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Interstate 5, take exit 252 and follow signs to Western Washington University. Enter the campus at South College Drive and stop at the Visitors Center to obtain a campus map and parking permit.

Local Accommodations
There are dozens of hotels, motels and B&B's located within 10 minutes of campus. For luxurious lodging, The Hotel Bellwether and The Chrysalis Inn and Spa offer European service with breathtaking Northwest waterfront views. Both hotels are located 5 minutes from campus and rates range from $129-$299 per night. The Best Western Lakeway Inn and Best Western Heritage Inn offer accomodations with moderate pricing. Conference centers, pools, workout facilities, and newer, clean rooms are a frequent choice for visiting families. The Best Western Lakeway Inn is located 5 minutes from campus while the Best Western Heritage Inn is located 10 minutes from campus. Rates range from $59-$89 night. For other accomodations, see Western's web page.
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Key Stats

9,283
Applicants
14,152
Size
85%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists