President's Welcome

Welcome to Western Washington University. I invite you to visit us any time—in person, or through this website—and explore the life of our campus.

I chose to come to Western because it is clearly a very special place. Our outstanding faculty are not only excellent teachers and scholars, they are dedicated to providing a uniquely engaging, collaborative, hands-on learning experience. In many ways, the “Western Experience” combines the best of a large research institution with an intimate liberal arts college education: research and learning opportunities with highly accomplished faculty, on an interactive scale that inspires students to achieve their individual potential. And, across the campus, there is an uncommonly powerful commitment to living a purposed life. Students choose Western because they want to put their higher education to higher purposes—active minds changing lives—and everyone at Western is eager to help them learn and live well. 

President ShepardOf course, the best way to experience Western's vibrant learning environment is to visit our state-of-the-art facilities in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains on the Puget Sound, between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. After you’ve taken in our beautiful setting and activities—it’s possible to play in the mountains in the morning and the ocean in the afternoon—I encourage you to visit a classroom or research laboratory. Attend a lecture or a performance. Cheer on Viking athletes at a sporting event. Tour our nationally-recognized Outdoor Sculpture Collection. Take a hike in the Arboretum. And, above all, talk with the many talented people, both in and outside the classrooms, who make this such an exceptional institution. Then, compare Western to other universities in the nation through a new system of accountability for higher education, College Portraits.org. You'll find that we measure up to and perhaps even surpass your expectations!

Again, welcome to Western! When you see me on campus, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself. My friends call me Bruce, and I look forward to counting you among them here at Western.

President Bruce Shepard