Welcome to Where You Belong

Western is an energized campus community with nearly 16,000 students and over 160 academic programs. Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college with the academic choice, opportunities for research, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Not so big that you feel like a number; not so small that you have to conform to a mold. Large enough for you to define yourself and small enough that you make a difference.

Making the most of a Western education means opening your mind, learning by doing, enriching the community, and shaping an academic adventure that is uniquely yours. You aren’t just getting an education; you are building a foundation for lifelong success.

From the beautiful natural environment to the welcoming community of individuals inhabiting it, Western is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful place to call home.

College Costs

Western is nationally recognized for providing excellent education at an affordable cost, with Forbes and Kiplinger magazines ranking Western as a top value in education.

Quick Facts

15,915 students
3,114 new freshmen
1,181 new transfer students
728 graduate students

95% undergraduates
57% female
87% resident of Washington
13% non-resident, including international students
25.6% students of color

92% of freshmen live on campus their first year
62% of freshmen enrolled with college credit
70% of enrolled transfer students come directly from a state community college led by Whatcom, Skagit, Bellevue, Everett, and Pierce colleges

160+ academic programs
99% of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
79% of Western's faculty hold the highest degree in their field
18:1 student-to-faculty ratio
28 is the average class size
73% of the classes have 30 or fewer students