November 1

Fall First-Year Early Action Application Deadline

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January 31

Western's FAFSA and WASFA Priority Deadline

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March 1

Fall Transfer Application Deadline

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Virtual Fall Preview

Explore Event Content Anytime

While Virtual Fall Preview Day has passed, there's a whole lot of helpful content to explore. From recorded Q&As and an essay writing workshop, to student videos and a virtual tour, visit the event page to learn more about the Western experience.


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Students receive a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences before choosing from our 175+ academic programs. So whether you know exactly which major you want to pursue or have no idea, you’ll have time to explore your options—or you can design one yourself.


Find a Major

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Students walking on campus in the fall.

Explore Campus

You're invited to experience Western from wherever you are. Explore visit options to see why students love to call this place home!


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Tuition & Aid

We understand that paying for a college education is a big investment and are committed to keeping tuition low and academic quality high.

Fewer students are taking out loans

53% of 2018 bachelor’s recipients incurred educational debt, compared with the national average of 69%.

Western's average student debt is lower

Of those with debt, Western’s average student loan debt was $22,466, compared with a national average of $29,800.

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Home Sweet Home

Bellingham, Washington sits perfectly between a sheltered bay opening up to the spectacular San Juan islands and Mount Baker, the crown-jewel of the Northern Cascades. With Seattle and Vancouver both a short drive away, it’s the ideal place to study, work, recreate, and relax.


Explore Bellingham


BoltBus routes to other PNW cities


wooded acres right next to campus at Sehome Arboretum

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Find your Community

Western students work hard, play hard, and create their own community. With 200+ student-run clubs and organizations and 9 residential communities, it’s easy to find your squad, get involved, and feel at home. And with 13 NCAA Division II sports and 23 club sports to choose from, there are many ways to get active or cheer on your fellow Vikings.


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