Overview

Applicants
11,244
Acceptance Rate
85%
Average HS GPA
3.44

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 630
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 31


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18.4:1
Total Faculty
953
with Terminal Degree
694

479
Women
474
Men
132
Minority
52
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
38%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Canadian Studies.
  • East Asian Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Operations Management and Supervision.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Journalism, Other.
  • Journalism.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching.
  • Art Teacher Education.
  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Earth Science Teacher Education.
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • French Language Teacher Education.
  • German Language Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Social Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other.
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering.
  • Polymer/Plastics Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Chinese Language and Literature.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling.
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biological and Physical Sciences.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Sustainability Studies.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Geophysics and Seismology.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Comparative Psychology.
  • Developmental and Child Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Human Services, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology, Other.
  • Anthropology.
  • Archeology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Economics, Other.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Dance, General.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Industrial and Product Design.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

Ralph Munro
Sec. of State of WA, former

Eowyn Ivey
Pulitzer Prize Finalist Author

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
38%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 20

Required Forms

School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,830

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,138

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,486

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
51%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$15,663

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$6,500

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 Methodology
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

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,968
Foreign Countries Represented
41

Demographics

6.45%
Asian
1.67%
African-American
9.00%
Hispanic
71.54%
Caucasian
1.11%
Unknown
1.15%
International

56% female
44% male
11% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
27%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
89%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
David Brunnemer

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
230
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
17

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Vikings)
7 Sports

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

Basketball
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.

91/99
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
13%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
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 March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Mac

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 and select Saturdays in fall and spring.

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
groupvisit@wwu.edu

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
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, B&B's and AirBnB'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 accommodations, see Western's web page.


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