Not too big, not too small…

With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, 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.

Washington Monthly Magazine lists Western as the top public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest

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

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.

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