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


Total undergrads: 13,406

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,697

Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,236

Graduate enrollment: 1,214


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

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
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


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 – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Humanities B


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


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: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 16,142
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 69%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 15,194 (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: $8,343
Out-of-state Tuition: $24,690
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 86%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,337

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Western Washington University Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 51
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 72
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 221
Education 1187
Engineering 3
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 22
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7
Health Professions and Related Programs 53
History 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 31
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 15
Natural Resources and Conservation 32
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 121
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 42
Psychology 21
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 182
Visual and Performing Arts 111
Grand total 69828

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,343
Out-of-state $24,690
Books and supplies $954

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,934
Out-of-state $23,559

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,696 86%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,438 78% $6,337
Student loan aid 1,271 41% $6,084

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,812 51% $8,099
Federal student loans 5,768 38% $6,029

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 10,513 4,137 6,376
Percent admitted 100% 89% 91%
Percent admitted who enrolled 30% 31% 29%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
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 2020

Total Enrollment 16,142
Undergraduate enrollment 15,240
Graduate enrollment 902

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
    • 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
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPB) ? Baccalaureate only level programs offered outside a school of public health
  • 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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