Western Washington University

2014 Quick Stats
516 High Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

Phone: (360) 650-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Jan. 31
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#22 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Western Washington University is a public institution that was founded in 1893. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,902, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 215 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Western Washington University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 22. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,862 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,752 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

A special mix of academic excellence, active learning, personal attention to students, residential environment, respect for diversity, and beautiful surroundings makes Western Washington University one of the top public master's-granting universities in the nation. Now in its 119th year, the university has received national recognition for its commitment to student-faculty collaboration in the teaching and learning process, for providing outstanding access to academic technology, and for the exceptionally high degree of attention students receive from faculty. Undergraduate research in sciences and the humanities is encouraged as is community service and service learning.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1893
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $44,975,413


When applying to Western Washington University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 31. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Western Washington University is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.7 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.7%
Application deadline January 31
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Western Washington University is 21:1, and the school has 31.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Western Washington University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Education; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 35%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Social Sciences 14%
Education 6%
English Language and Literature/Letters 6%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Western Washington University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,902, with a gender distribution of 45 percent male students and 55 percent female students. Western Washington University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 14,833
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Western Washington University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Western Washington University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Western Washington University, 19 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Western Washington University.

Students who have cars on campus 19%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Western Washington University, 48.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,831.

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In-state tuition and fees $8,862 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,752 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,290 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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