Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225-9008


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Quarter
Total enrollment 15,574
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 5%
Student to faculty ratio 19:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 4,050 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Western Washington University is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 10,519 applications and 8,743 students were granted admission. Western Washington University is at the #81 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 32% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 83% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT990 to 1220
ACT23 to 28

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Western Washington University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $20,676 and in-state students paid $6,732.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 83% of Western Washington University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 25% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,135 (which is 6.7% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Western Washington University in 2016-2017, was 1,233, which is 44% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,307 (which is 0.1% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Western Washington University has enrolled a total of 15,574 students (14,189 students full-time and 1,385 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 15,574 students, 1,185 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 43% men and 57% women and 14,592 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 982 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 206 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 72%

Two or more races: 8%

Hispanic: 8%

Asian: 6%

Black/African American: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Non-resident alien: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Western Washington University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 14% 160 0
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 11% 125
Social Sciences 8% 89
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 7% 86
Engineering 5% 62
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 5% 58
Health Professions And Related Programs 4% 41
English Language And Literature/letters 3% 34
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3% 29
Visual And Performing Arts 2% 28

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Western Washington University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Western Washington University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $17,200. Last year, out of the total 3,580 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 2,828 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,610 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,931 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $17,200 $24,200
Employment Rate 79% 74%
Total Graduates 3,580 2,610

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Western Washington University.

Northwest Indian College
7.1 mile away
Skagit Valley College
22.2 mile away
Peninsula College
61.1 mile away
Cascadia College
68.8 mile away
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72 mile away
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