Quick Facts

Student Demographics

16,142 Students

96% Undergraduate

26.9% Students of Color

57.5% Female

Residency

Pie chart of Residency
  • 87% Washington Residents
  • 12% Out of State Students
  • 1% International Students

First Year Students (2019)

  • 3,116 new first-year students enrolled

  • 30.8% new first-year students enrolled are students of color

  • 29% new first-year students enrolled are first generation students

  • 3.27-3.84 middle 50% GPAs of admitted first-year students

  • 1090-1300 middle 50% SAT scores (evidence based reading and writing+math) of admitted first-year students

  • 22-29 middle 50% ACT scores of admitted first-year students

  • 64% of first-year students enrolled with college credit

Transfer Students (2019)

  • 1,155 new transfer students enrolled

  • 24.9% new transfer students enrolled are students of color

  • 42.2% new transfer students enrolled are first generation students

  • 2.94-3.63 middle 50% GPAs of admitted transfer students

  • 74.2% of enrolled transfer students come directly from a state community college led by Whatcom, Everett, Skagit, Olympic, and Bellevue colleges

Student Life

  • 250+ student clubs & organization

  • 88% of first-year students live on campus their first year

  • 8 conference championships in the great northwest athletic conference (gnac): women's soccer and volleyball, men's track & field (indoor & outdoor), men's and women's basketball and golf

Academics

  • 175+ academic programs

  • 99% of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants

  • 74% of Western's faculty hold the highest degree in their field

  • 18:1 student to faculty ratio

  • 27 is the average class size

  • 74% of the classes have 30 or fewer students

  • 4.3 years is the average time to degree

  • 115,000+ graduates living and working around the world

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • 82% of the first-year class of 2018 returned in Fall 2019

  • 63% of all first-year students who began at Western in Fall 2013 graduated in 5 years or less

Undergraduate Degrees

Pie chart of Undergraduate Degrees
  • 41% College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 16% College of Business and Economics
  • 16% College of Science and Engineering
  • 10% Woodring College of Education
  • 6% College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • 8% Huxley College of the Environment
  • 2% Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 1% General Studies

Location

Population of Bellingham, WA: 90,665 

A map of the Washington Coast showing Vancouver, BC; Bellingham; and Seattle.

55 miles

south of Vancouver, British Columbia

90 miles

north of Seattle, Washington

0.8 miles

to downtown Bellingham

52 miles

to Mount Baker ski area

Wooden sign with yellow text that says Sehome Hill Arboretum next to stairs that lead into lush ferns and pine trees.

Sehome Hill Arboretum

180 acres of forest and 6 miles of trails adjacent to campus

Estimated Annual Expenses

2019-2020

Washington Residents

Direct Costs


Tuition: $6,543


Fees: $2,080

includes the one-time $280 enrollment confirmation fee


Housing & Meals: $12,036

varies depending on living arrangements and meal plan


Total Direct Costs: $20,659


Additional Expenses


Books & Supplies: $954


Transportation: $1,299


Personal & Miscellaneous: $2,373


Total Cost of Attendance: $25,285


Out-of-State Student

Direct Costs


Tuition: $22,890


Fees: $2,080

includes the one-time $280 enrollment confirmation fee


Housing & Meals: $12,036

varies depending on living arrangements and meal plan


Total Direct Costs: $37,006


Additional Expenses


Books & Supplies: $954


Transportation: $1,299


Personal & Miscellaneous: $2,373


Total Cost of Attendance: $41,632