Quick Facts

Student Demographics

15,197 Students

93% Undergraduate

28.6% Students of Color

57% Female

Residency

Pie chart of Residency
  • 87% Washington Residents
  • 13% Out of State Students, including International Students

First Year Students (2021)

  • 2,492 new first-year students enrolled

  • 32.1% new first-year students enrolled are students of color

  • 28.8% new first-year students enrolled are first generation students

  • 3.26-3.86 middle 50% GPAs of admitted first-year students

  • 59% of first-year students enrolled with college credit

Transfer Students (2021)

  • 1,014 new transfer students enrolled

  • 27.5% new transfer students enrolled are students of color

  • 39.8% new transfer students enrolled are first generation students

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

  • 79.2% of enrolled transfer students come directly from a state community college led by Whatcom, Everett, Skagit, Olympic, and Bellevue colleges

Student Life

  • 250+ total student-run clubs & organizations

  • 88% of first-year students and 25% of transfer students live on campus their first year

  • Numerous conference championships (GNAC) in volleyball, men's and women’s soccer, track & field and cross country, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf.

Academics

  • 200+ academic programs

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

  • 76% of Western's faculty hold the highest degree in their field

  • 19:1 student to faculty ratio

  • 26 is the average class size

  • 74% of the classes have 30 or fewer students

  • 4.56 years is the average time to degree

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

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • 79% of first-year students beginning in Fall 2019 returned in Fall 2020

  • Western's six-year graduation rate is 68%...based on data from the 2013 cohort.

Undergraduate Degrees

Pie chart of Undergraduate Degrees
  • 40% College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 17% College of Business and Economics
  • 18% College of Science and Engineering
  • 8% Woodring College of Education
  • 5% College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • 8% Huxley College of the Environment
  • 4% Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Location

Population of Bellingham, WA: 91,610 

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

The Sehome Hill Arboretum borders campus and offers easy access to 180 acres of woods, six miles of trails, and quiet study nooks.

Estimated Annual Expenses

2021-2022

Washington Residents

Direct Costs


Tuition: $6,893


Fees: $2,110

includes the one-time $300 enrollment confirmation fee


Housing & Meals: $13,080

varies depending on living arrangements and meal plan


Total Direct Costs: $22,083


Additional Expenses


Books & Supplies: $1,011


Transportation: $1,359


Personal & Miscellaneous: $2,481


Total Cost of Attendance: $26,934


Out-of-State Student

Direct Costs


Tuition: $24,120


Fees: $2,110

includes the one-time $300 enrollment confirmation fee


Housing & Meals: $13,080

varies depending on living arrangements and meal plan


Total Direct Costs: $39,310


Additional Expenses


Books & Supplies: $1,011


Transportation: $1,359


Personal & Miscellaneous: $2,481

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Total Cost of Attendance: $44,161