Quick Facts

ENROLLMENT - FALL 2017

  • 15,915
    students
  • 95%
    undergraduate students
  • 57%
    female
  • 87%
    resident of Washington
  • 13%
    non-resident, including international students
  • 25.6
    students of color

FRESHMAN STATS - FALL 2017

  • 3,114
    new freshman enrolled
  • 27.8%
    new freshman enrolled are students of color
  • 3.27-3.81
    middle 50% GPAs of admitted freshmen
  • 1100-1290
    middle 50% SAT scores (evidence based reading and writing+math) of admitted freshmen
  • 23-29
    middle 50% ACT scores of admitted freshmen
  • 62%
    of freshmen enrolled with college credit

TRANSFER STATS - FALL 2017

  • 1,181
    new transfer students enrolled
  • 23.9%
    new transfer students enrolled are students of color
  • 2.96-3.60
    middle 50% GPAs of admitted transfer students
  • 70%
    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
  • 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

  • 81%
    of the freshman class of 2016 returned in fall 2017
  • 64%
    of all freshmen students who began at Western in fall 2012 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

2017-18 estimated cost of attendance

The estimated annual expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year at Western Washington University for full-time undergraduate students are as follows:

 

Washington Residents

Non-Residents

Tuition (10-18 credits per quarter)

$6,249

$20,760

Fees

$1,930

$1,930

Housing & Meals
varies depending on living arrangements and meal plan

$10,971

$10,971

Direct Costs

$19,150

$33,661

Additional Expenses

 

 

Books & Supplies

$906

$906

Transportation

$1,236

$1,236

Personal & Misc.

$2,259

$2,259

Total Cost of Attendance:

$23,551

$38,062