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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?

3,853 Undergraduate Awards
$32,752 Avg Cost After Aid
85% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at WWU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at WWU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, WWU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $45,800 a year. That's about 12% more than their peers at other schools.

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Western Washington University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

WWU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#143 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WWU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#9 Most Popular Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#49 Most Popular History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WWU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#14 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Special Education College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies College Factual
#23 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#33 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#45 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is Western Washington University?

Location of Western Washington University

Contact details for WWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9008
Phone: 360-650-3000
Website: www.wwu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/westernwashingtonuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WWU

How Do I Get Into WWU?

You can apply to WWU online at: www.admissions.wwu.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for WWU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WWU?

85% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
82% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Western Washington University is 85%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 86%.

Average Test Scores

About 82% 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 550 and 650. Math scores were between 530 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Washington University  ( 550 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Western Washington University  ( 530 to 630 )
200
800
WWU received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 29. Math scores were between 20 and 27. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Western Washington University  ( 22 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Western Washington University  ( 20 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Western Washington University  ( 22 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Western Washington University?

$32,752 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WWU is $32,752. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WWU, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $6,174 a year. That adds up to $24,696 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WWU is 2.7%. 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

13,887 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,240 undergraduate students at WWU, with 13,887 being full-time and 1,353 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WWU

There are also 902 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 13,887 full-time undergraduates at WWU, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WWU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WWU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 872
Black or African American 222
Hispanic or Latino 1,433
White 9,622
International Students 171
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,567

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

133 Took All Classes Online
825 Took At Least One Class Online
-1.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 825 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.

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This school is the 24th most popular in Washington for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WWU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Washington University was -1.3%. This is the #2,296 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WWU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WWU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Educational Administration 36%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WWU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WWU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Teaching English or French #55
Educational Administration #250

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%.

Western Washington University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Natural Resources Conservation 0 248 0 13 261
General Psychology 0 201 0 0 201
Business Administration & Management 0 142 0 20 162
Computer Information Systems 7 125 0 13 145
Sociology 0 144 0 0 144
Human Services 0 124 0 0 124
Writing Studies 0 117 0 6 123
Marketing 0 113 0 0 113
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 109 0 0 109
General English Literature 0 99 0 9 108
Communication & Media Studies 0 106 0 0 106
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 43 0 57 100
Political Science & Government 0 100 0 0 100
Economics 0 97 0 0 97
History 0 88 0 7 95
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 93 0 0 93
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 73 0 19 92
Accounting 0 81 0 5 86
Anthropology 0 83 0 2 85
Fine & Studio Arts 0 83 0 0 83
Special Education 0 81 0 0 81
Romance Languages 0 78 0 0 78
Finance & Financial Management 0 74 0 0 74
Journalism 0 72 0 0 72
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 66 0 0 66
Management Information Systems 0 62 0 0 62
Design & Applied Arts 0 62 0 0 62
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 58 0 0 58
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 53 0 5 58
General Biology 0 49 0 6 55
Health & Physical Education 0 48 0 7 55
Mathematics 0 41 0 11 52
Communication Sciences 0 34 0 17 51
Geography & Cartography 19 32 0 0 51
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 50 0 0 50
Drama & Theater Arts 0 50 0 0 50
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 48 0 0 48
Chemistry 0 36 0 6 42
Teaching English or French 39 0 0 0 39
International Business 0 37 0 0 37
Nursing 0 37 0 0 37
Sustainability Science 0 34 0 0 34
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 28 0 0 28
Area Studies 0 28 0 0 28
Mental & Social Health Services 0 22 0 6 28
Biological & Physical Science 0 28 0 0 28
Electrical Engineering 0 26 0 0 26
Manufacturing Engineering 0 25 0 0 25
Physics 0 25 0 0 25
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 23 0 0 23
Educational Administration 0 0 0 22 22
Music 0 18 0 4 22
East Asian Languages 0 20 0 0 20
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 17 0 0 17
Philosophy 0 17 0 0 17
Archeology 0 17 0 0 17
Polymer & Plastics Engineering 0 16 0 0 16
Applied Mathematics 0 15 0 0 15
Information Technology 2 11 0 0 13
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 13 0 0 13
Natural Resource Management 0 13 0 0 13
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 12 12
Child Development & Psychology 0 10 0 2 12
Mechanical Engineering Technology 0 10 0 0 10
Statistics 0 9 0 0 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 7 0 0 7
Dance 0 7 0 0 7
Student Counseling 0 0 0 6 6
Germanic Languages 0 6 0 0 6
Historic Preservation 0 0 6 0 6
Ethnic Studies 0 3 0 0 3
Outdoor Education 1 0 0 0 1
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 68 3,785 6 255 4,114

References

*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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