Explore Western

As an institution, we gain our inspiration from the energy and creativity of our students. Our traditions lay the groundwork for career success and personal happiness; your hard work and willingness to dream will bring those traditions to life.

A standard of excellence…

Western’s reputation for preparing students for graduate school and exciting careers is well known. Seek challenge at Western and experience unique undergraduate opportunities for research and faculty collaboration that are reserved for graduate students at many other institutions.

Inspiring future leaders…

Leadership is about having a vision, empowering others, and making things happen. Whether launching research projects, writing opinion articles, running for office, supporting friends, or presenting at national conferences, leadership will be essential to your development as a confident professional and an empowered citizen.

Eco-conscious campus…

With more than 35 years of environmental leadership under our belt, Western has been dedicated to preserving the environment long before it was the cool thing to do. Sustainable practices across campus, including a student-led initiative to purchase 100% of our power in the form of renewable energy, are why both the Princeton Review and the Sierra Club recently named us one of the “greenest” universities in the nation.

The adventure of learning…

Your education will provide you with many answers, but it will also encourage you to develop questions about the world and your role in it. Follow your passion at Western and graduate feeling inspired to blaze new trails while doing work you love.


Western offers both merit- and need-based assistance to help make your education possible. Our Financial Aid Department is dedicated to helping you and your family create a practical plan to pay for your college education.

More than 60% of students at WWU receive some sort of financial aid. Using grants, scholarships, student employment, and/or loans, Western will help you pay for tuition, books, and educational supplies, housing and food, transportation, and personal expenses.

At A Glance


15,574 students
2,888 new freshmen
1,141 new transfer students
728 graduate students

95% undergraduates
57% female
88% resident of Washington
12% non-resident, including international students
25.3% students of color

90% of freshmen live on campus their first year
62% of freshmen enrolled with college credit
78% of new transfer students come directly from Washington state community colleges, led by Whatcom, Everett, Bellevue, Skagit Valley, and Olympic community colleges


160+ academic programs
99% of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
72.6% of Western's faculty hold the highest degree in their field
18.7:1 student-to-faculty ratio
29 is the average class size
78% of classes have fewer than 40 students

3.27 – 3.80 High School GPA
(middle 50% of freshman admits)

1500-1820 SAT score
(middle 50% of freshman admits)

23-29 ACT score
(middle 50% of freshman admits)

3.00 – 3.61 College GPA
(middle 50% of transfer admits)

82% of the freshman class of 2015 returned in fall 2016
63% of all freshmen students who began at Western in fall 2011 graduated in 5 years or less
70% six-year graduation rate
4.4 years is the average time to degree for freshmen students who began at Western
114,000+ graduates living and working around the world

About Bellingham

85,000 population of Bellingham, Washington
90 miles north of Seattle
55 miles south of Vancouver, B.C.
52 miles to Mt. Baker Ski Area
10 minute walk across campus
15 minute walk to downtown Bellingham
180 acres of forest and 6 miles of forested trails adjacent to campus