Quick Facts

ENROLLMENT - FALL 2015

  • 15,332
    students
  • 95%
    undergraduate students
  • 56%
    female
  • 88%
    resident of Washington
  • 12%
    non-resident, including international students
  • 24.9%
    students of color

FRESHMAN STATS - FALL 2015

  • 2,809
    new freshman enrolled
  • 29.9%
    new freshman enrolled are students of color
  • 3.28-3.80
    middle 50% GPAs of admitted freshmen
  • 1510-1830
    middle 50% SAT scores (critical reading+math+writing) of admitted freshmen
  • 22-28
    middle 50% ACT scores of admitted freshmen
  • 59%
    of freshmen enrolled with college credit

TRANSFER STATS - FALL 2015

  • 1,161
    new transfer students enrolled
  • 23.5%
    new transfer students enrolled are students of color
  • 2.99-3.60
    middle 50% GPAs of admitted transfer students
  • 73%
    of enrolled transfer students come directly from a state community college led by Whatcom, Bellevue, Skagit, Everett, and Olympic colleges

LOCATION

  • 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
  • 180
    acres of forest and 6 miles of trails adjacent to campus
  • 82,000
    Population of Bellingham, WA

ACADEMICS

  • 160+
    academic programs
  • 99%
    of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
  • 79%
    of western's faculty hold the highest degree in their field
  • 18:1
    student to faculty ratio
  • 28
    is the average class size
  • 73%
    of the classes have 30 or fewer students
  • 4.2
    years is the average time to degree
  • 110,000+
    graduates living and working around the world

RETENTION AND GRADUATION RATES

  • 82%
    of the freshman class of 2014 returned in fall 2015
  • 65%
    of all freshmen students who began at Western in fall 2010 graduated in 5 years or less

STUDENT LIFE

  • 200+
    student clubs & organization
  • 92%
    of freshmen 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

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

  • 45%
    college of humanities and social sciences
  • 17%
    college of business and economics
  • 15%
    college of sciences and technology
  • 9%
    Woodring college of education
  • 6%
    college of fine and performing arts
  • 6%
    Huxley college of the environment
  • 3%
    Fairhaven college of interdisciplinary studies
  • 3%
    general studies

2016-17 estimated cost of attendance

The estimated annual expenses for the 2016-2017 academic year at Western Washington University for full-time undergraduate students are as follows:

 

Washington Residents

Non-Residents

Tuition (10-18 credits per quarter)

$6,116

$20,060

Fees

$1,787

$1,787

Housing & Meals
varies depending on living arrangements and meal plan

$10,524

$10,524

Direct Costs

$18,427

$32,371

Additional Expenses

 

 

Books & Supplies

$906

$906

Transportation

$1,236

$1,236

Personal & Misc.

$2,259

$2,259

Total Cost of Attendance:

$22,828

$36,772