10 Reasons to love Western
For 13 years in a row, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Western Washington University as the #1 regional public university in the Pacific Northwest.
With an enrollment of just over 15,000 students, Western Washington University is large enough to offer tremendous choice in academic programs, people to meet, and things to do, yet small enough that you won't get lost in the crowd.
Undergraduates take advantage of unique opportunities to engage in research alongside faculty and showcase their work regionally and nationally–experiences frequently reserved for graduate students at larger institutions.
Faculty come here for the opportunity to work directly with you…so take full advantage! Over 98% of classes at Western are taught by distinguished faculty, faculty who in most cases hold a PhD or the highest degree in their field. You’ll work face-to-face with experts every day.
An inviting first year experience, Honors Program, First-year Interest Groups (FIGs), and vibrant residence hall system help new students feel comfortable at Western by encouraging them to interact with each other and their professors.
Western is committed to creating a community that values a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, identities, and opinions. Diversity contributes to academic quality, and enhances the lives of all students, faculty and staff.
Most students enrich their education through internships, international study abroad, field work, service-learning, and other "hands-on" experiences.
Student satisfaction, graduation, and employment rates are among the highest in the state of Washington. Western graduates are doing amazing things in Washington and around the world.
Connecting with people, cultures, and events across the globe is a high priority. This value may be one reason why Western is ranked 3rd on the U.S. Peace Corps 2011 listing of "Top Producing Colleges and Universities" in the medium-sized schools category.
Western's community is socially and environmentally conscious. Thanks to a student-led initiative, Western is the recipient of a Green Power Leadership Award presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions, and was recently named one of the "greenest" universities in the country according to Princeton Review