Anacortes is home to Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC). SPMC supports and promotes:
- instructional and research programs in the marine sciences.
- access to facilities for visiting scientists from around the world.
- supervised, independent research for undergraduates nationwide via federally-funded programs.
- ocean literacy and STEM activities for the general public through targeted youth programs and community education initiatives.
Western is a military friendly university offering special tuition rates for active duty personnel, veteran tuition assistance waivers, credit for military training, and priority registration. Learn more about these services provided through Western’s Veteran Services office.
Western Youth Programs
Western offers youth programming for grades K-8 in Anacortes through partnerships with SPMC and the Anacortes School District throughout the summer and academic year. Learn more about Anacortes youth program offerings on the Youth Programs website.