Western Washington University

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Western Washington University, commonly referred to as WWU or just "Western", is a four-year university located in Bellingham, Washington. WWU is one of six public universities in Washington and offers a large selection of bachelor's and master's degree programs.

WWU offers Bachelors of Arts (B.A.), Bachelors of Science (B.S.), Masters of Arts (M.A.), and Masters of Science (M.S.) in several disciplines. The university also offers Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Music , and Master of Professional Accounting programs. WWU programs and courses are offered through the following academic schools and colleges:

  • College of Business and Economics – offers programs in Accounting, Decision Sciences, Economics, Management, and Finance and Marketing.
  • College of Science and Technology – offers programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Technology, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy.
  • College of Fine and Performing Arts – offers Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance programs.
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences – offers programs in Anthropology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, English, Physical Education, Health and Recreation, History, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Modern and Classical Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies -offers programs in American Cultural Studies, Law, Diversity and Justice.
  • Huxley College of the Environment -offers programs in Environmental Sciences and Studies.
  • Woodring College of Education -Educational Leadership, Human Services and Rehabilitation, and Teacher Education.

WWU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The university and its individual colleges and/or programs are individually accredited by the National Recreation and Parks Association, Computing Sciences Accreditation Board, American Speech and Hearing Association, National Association of Schools of Music, American Chemical Society, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs, and the Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business.

The WWU mascot is the Viking.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

WWU offers loans, grants/scholarships and federal work-study opportunities to help students defray the cost of attendance. All applicants must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Library System

The Western Libraries are led by Collection Services Manager and Assessment Coordinator Frank Haulgren. All libraries use the OneSearch database program.

Student Housing

Eight residential communities are made up by 16 residence halls. Each community is adjacent to a dining commons and is supervised by a full-time resident director as well as several resident advisors.

General Information

Admission Office

516 High Street

Bellingham, WA 98225-9009

(360) 650-3440

Fax: (360) 650-7369



Contact: Clara Capron

Director of Admissions and Enrollment Planning
Main Address

516 High Street

Bellingham, WA 98225-9009

(360) 650-3000

www.wwu.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 13,406

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,697

Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,236

Graduate enrollment: 1,214

Setting

Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 71%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $5,291 $5,535 $6,159 $6,858 +11.35%
Books and Supplies $963 $969 $1,020 $1,020 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,152 $7,446 $8,394 $8,749 +4.23%
Other $3,003 $2,973 $3,177 $3,177 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,152 $7,446 $8,394 $8,749 +4.23%
Other $3,003 $2,973 $3,177 $3,177 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $16,409 $16,923 $18,750 $19,804 +5.62%
In-state Off Campus $16,409 $16,923 $18,750 $19,804 +5.62%
In-state with Family $6,254 $6,504 $7,179 $7,878 +9.74%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $6,567
In-state Student Fees $777
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $16,242
Out-of-state Fees $777

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,828 69%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,155 43% $5,757,251 $4,985
– Federal grants 395 15% $1,611,406 $4,080
– Pell grants 378 14% $1,207,838 $3,195
– Other federal grants 354 13% $403,568 $1,140
State/local government grant or scholarships 408 15% $1,507,846 $3,696
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,016 38% $2,637,999 $2,596
Student loan aid 1,106 41% $4,972,149 $4,496
– Federal student loans 1,094 41% $4,443,921 $4,062
– Other student loans 56 2% $528,228 $9,433
Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources included above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
Grant or scholarship aid 5,261 39% $31,246,640 $5,939
– Pell grants 2,328 17% $7,312,854 $3,141
– Federal student loans 5,626 42% $34,710,386 $6,170

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3050 330
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 27
American/united States Studies/civilization 10
Canadian Studies 4
East Asian Studies 13
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 102 9
Biochemistry 18
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 35 9
Cell/cellular and Molecular Biology 17
Cell/cellular Biology and Histology 21
Ecology
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 6
Neuroscience 5
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 471 52
Accounting 91 11
Business Administration and Management 78 41
Finance 81
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration 15
International Business/trade/commerce 41
Management Information Systems 35
Marketing/marketing Management 100
Operations Management and Supervision 30
Communication and Journalism Programs 146
Journalism 50
Journalism, Other 7
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 89
Computing and Information Sciences 42 7
Computer and Information Sciences 42 7
Education 179 138
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 21
Art Teacher Education 4
Biology Teacher Education 2
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 15
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 6
Curriculum and Instruction 11
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 9
Educational Leadership and Administration 13
Elementary and Middle School Administration/principalship
Elementary Education and Teaching 27
English/language Arts Teacher Education 12
History Teacher Education 6
Mathematics Teacher Education 9
Music Teacher Education 9
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 10
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 6 20
Secondary Education and Teaching 50
Secondary School Administration/principalship
Social Science Teacher Education 3
Social Studies Teacher Education 1
Spanish Language Teacher Education 4
Special Education and Teaching 77 2
Engineering Technology 80
Automotive Engineering Technology/technician 11
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 14
Industrial Technology/technician 23
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/technician 17
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/technician 15
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 224 21
Creative Writing 109
English Language and Literature 115 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 149
Foreign Languages and Literatures 3
French Language and Literature 26
German Language and Literature 8
Japanese Language and Literature 3
Linguistics 40
Spanish Language and Literature 69
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 103 40
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 29
Community Health Services/liaison/counseling 20
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other 19
Mental Health Counseling/counselor 4
Pre-physical Therapy Studies 35
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 23
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/counselor 13
History 99 7
History 99 5
Public/applied History 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 162
General Studies 144
Humanities/humanistic Studies 18
Mathematics and Statistics 37 8
Applied Mathematics 2
Mathematics 35 8
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 122
Accounting and Computer Science 3
Biological and Physical Sciences 16
Mathematics and Computer Science 3
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 100
Natural Resources and Conservation 124 8
Environmental Science 59 8
Environmental Studies 65
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 89 4
Health and Physical Education/fitness 18 4
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 29
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 42
Physical Sciences 93 8
Chemistry 35 4
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other 11
Geology and Earth Science 20 4
Geophysics and Seismology 8
Physics 19
Psychology 169 8
Comparative Psychology 8
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology 6
Psychology 163
Social Sciences 439 15
Anthropology 79 4
Anthropology, Other 11
Archeology 13
Economics 62
Economics, Other 48
Geography 25 3
Political Science and Government 102 8
Sociology 99
Visual and Performing Arts 193 5
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 12
Art/art Studies 19
Dance 9
Design and Applied Arts, Other 45
Design and Visual Communications 2
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 44
Drawing 2
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts 1
Industrial and Product Design 9
Intermedia/multimedia 2
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance 16
Music Theory and Composition 4
Music 17 5
Painting 5
Photography 5
Sculpture 1
Visual and Performing Arts
Work and Family Studies
Child Development
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B
Canadian Studies B
East Asian Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Graphic Design B
Industrial Design B
Multimedia B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Cellular/Molecular Biology B
Ecology B
Evolutionary Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Education

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B

Engineering Technologies

Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B
Plastics B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Linguistics B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Community Health Services B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Humanities B

Mathematics

Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Accounting/Computer Science B
Biological/Physical Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
GeophysicsSeismology B
Physics B

Psychology

Developmental and child psychology B
Developmental/Child Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Human Services B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Western Washington University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(360) 650-3000
Website:www.wwu.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:www.admissions.wwu.edu/apply
Address:516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9008
Setting:Not available
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:15,574
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):69%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:14,625 (94% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,903
Out-of-state Tuition:$21,847
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:83%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$6,732

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Western Washington University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Western Washington University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences51
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services72
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services111
Education1186
Engineering3
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields4
English Language and Literature/Letters22
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics7
Health Professions and Related Programs53
History12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities2
Mathematics and Statistics21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies15
Natural Resources and Conservation21
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies22
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences52
Psychology21
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences183
Visual and Performing Arts111
Grand total49928

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Western Washington University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Education1
Grand total1

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Western Washington University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$7,903
Out-of-state$21,847
Books and supplies$906

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$10,503
Out-of-state$20,787

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,30783%
Grant or scholarship aid1,98571%$6,732
Student loan aid1,25545%$5,998

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid6,91148%$7,956
Federal student loans6,43145%$6,362

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Western Washington University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Western Washington University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants10,5194,2246,295
Percent admitted100%80%85%
Percent admitted who enrolled27%28%27%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Western Washington University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment15,574
Undergraduate enrollment14,592
Graduate enrollment982

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Western Washington University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • (ARTI) - Single Professional Program Accreditation in Industrial Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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