Quick Facts About Western
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 resume and a foundation for lifelong success.
The Western Advantage
Outstanding Faculty Connections
Western professors play an active role in their student’s lives, not just in the classroom. In the laboratory, on study tours, advising student groups, supporting individual student career aspirations, and simply going the extra mile, Western’s faculty is here for you.
Freedom to craft your education differentiates Western from many colleges and universities. Exploring options before declaring a major, supplementing your major with a minor or concentration in a second area of interest, doing an internship, or participating in countless academic enrichment opportunities makes learning exciting. Thoughtful planning is key.
Internationalizing Your Education
Western students participate in a variety of international experiences including study abroad, student teaching, internships, volunteer work, and faculty-led study tours. Many students also add a minor in International Studies, develop fluency in another language, or otherwise enjoy Western’s extensive selection of globally-focused academic options and initiatives coordinated by the Center for International Studies.
The Honors Program offers bright and highly motivated students academic enrichment in the form of exclusive small and interactive classes, a close-knit intellectual learning community, an Honors residence hall cluster, collaborative learning space, and early access to faculty research teams and other scholarly pursuits. Admission is highly selective and the experience is exceptionally rewarding.
Pre-Med, Pre-Law, and other pre-professional programs
Collaborative rather than cut-throat describes the Western culture. High expectations, academic commitment, quality advising, and strong faculty support result in high acceptance rates into medical school, law school, and other selective graduate programs.
At A Glance
2,795 new freshmen
1,045 new transfer students
665 graduate students
90% resident of Washington
10% non-resident, including international students
22% students of color
92% of freshmen live on campus
55% of freshmen enrolled with college credit
78% of transfer students come directly from a state community college, led by Whatcom, Bellevue, Skagit, Everett and Olympic community colleges
160+ academic programs
98% of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
88% of Western's faculty hold the highest degree in their field
19.7:1 student-to-faculty ratio
30 is the average class size
77% of classes have 40 or fewer students
3.29 – 3.80 H.S. GPA
(middle 50% of freshman admits)
2.94 – 3.55 College GPA
(middle 50% of transfer admits)
82.4% retention to 2nd year
69% graduation rate
4.3 years is the average time to degree
110,000+ graduates living and working around the world
80,000 population of Bellingham
90 miles to Seattle
55 miles to Vancouver, B.C.
52 miles to Mt. Baker Ski Area
10 minute walk across campus
15 minute walk to downtown Bellingham
6 miles of forested trails adjacent to campus