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Western Washington University Overview

Western Washington University is a public institution situated in Bellingham, Washington. The location of WWU is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Western Washington University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$33,631 Avg Cost After Aid
96% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at WWU is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at WWU.
  • In <nil>, 69% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, WWU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $59,142 a year. That's about 45% more than their peers at other schools.

Where Is Western Washington University?


Contact details for WWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9008
Phone: 360-650-3000

How Do I Get Into WWU?

You can apply to WWU online at:

Admission Requirements for WWU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WWU?

96% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
16% Submit SAT Scores
Since WWU has an acceptance rate of 96%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 38% of accepted students are men and 62% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 96%, and the acceptance rate for women is 96%.

Average Test Scores

About 16% of students accepted to WWU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 670. Math scores were between 530 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Washington University  ( 560 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Western Washington University  ( 530 to 640 )
WWU received ACT scores from 3% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 29. Math scores were between 21 and 28. Composite scores were between 22 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Western Washington University  ( 21 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for Western Washington University  ( 21 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Western Washington University  ( 22 to 29 )

Can I Afford Western Washington University?

$33,631 Net Price
30% Take Out Loans
0.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WWU is $33,631. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At WWU, approximately 30% of students took out student loans averaging $6,437 a year. That adds up to $25,748 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WWU is 0.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Western Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,447 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,019 undergraduate students at WWU, with 12,447 being full-time and 1,572 being part-time.


There are also 1,106 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 12,447 full-time undergraduates at WWU, 42% are male and 58% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Washington University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 804
Black or African American 237
Hispanic or Latino 1,351
White 8,456
International Students 132
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,467

Geographic Diversity

Washington students aren't the only ones who study at Western Washington University. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 40 countries are represented at WWU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, China, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Western Washington University

225 Took All Classes Online
1,052 Took At Least One Class Online
-3.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at WWU. In 2020-2021, 1,052 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WWU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 7th most popular in Washington for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of WWU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Washington University was -3.0%. This is the #1,892 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WWU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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