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


15,574 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

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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