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Tuition & Aid

We understand that paying for a college education is a big investment and are committed to keeping tuition low and academic quality high.

Apply for Financial Aid at Anytime

Western's priority deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is January 31, but you can apply for the FAFSA at anytime. Washington State also offers financial aid programs to students who cannot file, or do not wish to file, a FAFSA for various reasons through the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

Admitted for Fall 2024?

While the priority financial aid deadline has passed, you can still submit your FAFSA or WASFA!

Learn more about submitting the FAFSA or WASFA

Western grads have less educational debt

53% of 2018 bachelor’s recipients incurred educational debt, compared with the national average of 69%.

Western's average student debt is lower

Of those with debt, Western’s average student loan debt was $22,466, compared with a national average of $29,800.



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Students receive a solid foundation in the liberal arts and sciences before choosing from our 200+ academic programs. So whether you know exactly which major you want to pursue or have no idea, you’ll have time to explore your options—or you can design one yourself.

Research, Create, Design


Do cutting-edge research, take renewable energy to the next level, make art, create an app, or turn recycled waste into useful objects. Create the future you want to see. Our primary focus on undergraduates means you won't have to wait until you're a graduate student to work on important projects or get published.

Internships, Study Abroad, and Helping Others

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Earn credit toward your degree while getting real-world experience—participate in internships that build on your education, study abroad, and give back to the community by helping others.

Honors College

Edens Hall in the fall. The Honors College is housed here.

Looking for more than a major? If you value curiosity and self-discovery, Western's Honors College may be for you! Honors College classes allow students to complete General University Requirements in an Honors setting, which means small classes and sought-after professors. Honors College courses focus on writing, discussion and problem-solving.


Home Sweet Home

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Bellingham, Washington sits perfectly between a sheltered bay opening up to the spectacular San Juan islands and Mount Baker, the crown-jewel of the Northern Cascades. With Seattle and Vancouver both a short drive away, it’s the ideal place to study, work, recreate, and relax.

Explore Bellingham

Get to Know Western

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You're invited to experience Western from wherever you are. Explore visit options to see why students love to call this place home!

Have questions?

Let us help.

Connect with an Admissions Counselor

Find your Community

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Western students work hard, play hard, and create their own community. With 200+ student-run clubs and organizations and 9 residential communities, it’s easy to find your squad, get involved, and feel at home. And with 13 NCAA Division II sports and 23 club sports to choose from, there are many ways to get active or cheer on your fellow Vikings.


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