WWU, Western

Western Washington University

516 High St, Bellingham, United States
All photos (10)
  • Total Documents
    677
  • Class Notes
    493
  • Textbook Notes
    109
  • Study Guides
    75
  • Currently Enrolled
    53
  • Previously Enrolled
    120

Overview of Western Washington University (WWU, Western)

About this school

Western Washington University, founded in 1893, is a public, comprehensive university. It is a dynamic, innovative and challenging public university, among the foremost in the Pacific Northwest. Recognized for excellence in undergraduate education, an increasingly diverse and multicultural learning environment and a strong sense of community, Western is the university of choice for many. Few universities enjoy the geographic diversity of Bellingham, WA. Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands lie directly to the west. The snow-covered peaks of Mt. Baker and the North Cascades Mountains are less than an hour to the east. Seven miles of forested walking trails border Western's campus, and an additional 29 miles of running and mountain-biking trails are nearby. Western's natural setting also provides scientific research opportunities. Among the primary reasons that students choose to attend Western are academic reputation, program selection, location, job placement of graduates and affordable costs. Size is also a positive factor in the decision to attend Western. With a student body of approximately 10,200 undergraduates and 800 graduate students, Western is large enough to offer a wide choice of academic and extracurricular opportunities, yet small enough to allow students to receive personal attention. The university offers nearly 150 undergraduate majors and academic programs and more than 1,400 course sections each quarter. 70 percent of Western classes have fewer than 30 students, and only six percent have more than 75 students. Its 195-acre campus is located in Bellingham, in the northwest corner of the state, 20 miles from Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:14,968
    • Men:6,514 (43.5%)
    • Women:8,454 (56.5%)

Location

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Admission Information (WWU, Western)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Western Washington University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
2
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
January 31
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
Considered if submitted
January 31
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
Not used if submitted
January 31
SAT Subject Tests Only
Not used if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
516 High Street
City, State, Zip
Bellingham, WA  98225-5996
Phone
(360) 650-3440
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 31
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins November 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
Not reported
Early Action Notification
Not reported

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
85% of 11,244 applicants were admitted
Women
86% of 6,761 applicants were admitted
Men
83% of 4,483 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
3,114 (33%) of 9,534 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,831 (31%) of 5,826 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,283 (35%) of 3,708 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.44
375 And Above
22%
3.50 - 3.74
26%
3.25 - 3.49
24%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
10%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
580 average |530-630 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
600 average |550-650 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
25 average |23-28 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
14%
• Score 24 - 29
52%
• Score 18 - 23
31%
• Score 12 - 17
3%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (WWU, Western)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $7,933|Out-of-state: $22,445
  • Room & Board: - $11,400 (72.14733244731346%)
  • Other Expences: - $906 (5.733814315549648%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $3,495 (22.11885323713689%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Western Washington University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline January 31
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 20
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003802
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
2,612 (85.0%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,611 (61.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,598 (99.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
263 (16.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
94%
Average Award
$16,369
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,440 (90.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,830
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,242 (77.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,153
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 108 (6.8%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
89 (2.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,105

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
9,503 (69.4%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
6,847 (72.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
6,781 (99.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,019 (15.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
91%
Average Award
$15,563
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 5,387 (79.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $9,138
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 5,363 (79.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,841
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 271 (4.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
312 (2.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,194

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
51%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$15,663
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
14.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
19.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, Library Science, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership, Memberships
Special Characteristics
Children of Public Servants, Children of Union Members/Company Employees, Ethnic Background, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Previous College Experience, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$4,438

Academics & Instruction (WWU, Western)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Quarter

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


643

Part-Time Faculty


310

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


60%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 8% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 26% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 28% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 15% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 7% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 12% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 4% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 7% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 23% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 47% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 7% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 11% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 5% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,118,689

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
2268
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Western Washington University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


81.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


37.6%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


63.1%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


69.0%

Programs & Majors (WWU, Western)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (112)


  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology, Other
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Archeology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Canadian Studies
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Finance, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Human Services, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Industrial and Product Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Journalism
  • Journalism, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Optics/Optical Sciences
  • Painting
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology, General
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Sculpture
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Social sciences, Interdisciplinary studies

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Professional Accounting, Master of Music, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master in Teaching

Master's Programs of Study (31)


  • Adult Education
  • Anthropology
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Disorders
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Education of the Gifted
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Marine Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Science Education
  • Secondary Education

Campus Life (WWU, Western)

Location & Geography

Population


82,234

Nearest Metropolitan Area


223 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC Canada

Weather


Temperature
35.2 average low in January, 69.9 average high in September
Rain
151 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
90 mile(s) from campus in Seattle
Nearest Bus Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Bellingham
Nearest Train Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Bellingham

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


27% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


73%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Viking
School Colors
Navy blue, silver, and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, golf, racquetball, rock climbing, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Western Washington University offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, intramurals, residence hall association, associated students, outdoor center, ethnic student center

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


13,728

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
14,968
Women
8,454
Men
6,514

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 6.5% Asian
  • 1.7% Black/African-American
  • 9.1% Hispanic/Latino
  • 8.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 72.1% White
  • 1.5% Unknown

International Students


1.1% from 43 countries

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


947

Student Resources (WWU, Western)