Admissions

Quick Facts

ENROLLMENT - FALL 2018

  • 16,121
    students
  • 95%
    undergraduate students
  • 57%
    female
  • 87%
    resident of Washington
  • 13%
    non-resident, including international students
  • 26%
    students of color

FRESHMAN STATS - FALL 2018

  • 3,147
    new freshman enrolled
  • 29.2%
    new freshman enrolled are students of color
  • 28.8%
    new freshmen enrolled are first generation students
  • 3.29-3.83
    middle 50% GPAs of admitted freshmen
  • 1100-1300
    middle 50% SAT scores (evidence based reading and writing+math) of admitted freshmen
  • 23-29
    middle 50% ACT scores of admitted freshmen
  • 64%
    of freshmen enrolled with college credit

TRANSFER STATS - FALL 2018

  • 1,165
    new transfer students enrolled
  • 23.7%
    new transfer students enrolled are students of color
  • 40.1%
    new transfer students enrolled are first generation students
  • 2.96-3.60
    middle 50% GPAs of admitted transfer students
  • 72.8%
    of enrolled transfer students come directly from a state community college led by Whatcom, Skagit, Bellevue, Everett, and Pierce 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
  • 89,000
    Population of Bellingham, WA

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

  • 81%
    of the freshman class of 2017 returned in Fall 2018
  • 63%
    of all freshmen students who began at Western in Fall 2012 graduated in 5 years or less

STUDENT LIFE

  • 200+
    student clubs & organization
  • 88%
    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

  • 41%
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 18%
    College of Business and Economics
  • 16%
    College of Science and Engineering
  • 10%
    Woodring College of Education
  • 5%
    College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • 8%
    Huxley College of the Environment
  • 2%
    Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 1%
    General Studies

Estimated Annual Expenses for 2018-2019

Washington Residents

Direct Costs

 
Tuition
$6,387
Fees

includes the one-time $280 enrollment confirmation fee

$2,014
Housing & Meals

varies depending on living arrangements and meal plan

$11,466
Total Direct Costs
$19,867

Additional Expenses

 
Books & Supplies
$924
Transportation
$1,260
Personal & Misc.
$2,301

Total Cost of Attendance

$24,352

Out-Of-State Students

Direct Costs

 
Tuition
$21,801
Fees

includes the one-time $280 enrollment confirmation fee

$2,014
Housing & Meals

varies depending on living arrangements and meal plan

$11,466
Total Direct Costs
$35,281

Additional Expenses

 
Books & Supplies
$924
Transportation
$1,260
Personal & Misc.
$2,301

Total Cost of Attendance

$39,766