Make Waves at Western

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The WWU student experience goes beyond academics, providing opportunities for personal and professional growth that will set you on your own unique and extraordinary course. 

Western is a launchpad for students like Caitlyn Blair, who channeled her lifelong passion for whales into her self-designed major in marine ecology with an environmental and social justice lens. Since graduating in 2022, Caitlyn has been devoting her skills and passions to her role as program coordinator for the Northwest Straits Commission.

At Western, your voyage is not just an adventure; it's an opportunity waiting to unfold. Take a closer look.

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At Western, we have everything from more traditional subjects to majors you design yourself. Choose from 200+ academic programs and enjoy the full support of faculty who are equal parts teacher, scholar and mentor.

200+ Academic Programs


Get to know WWU first-hand! Located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, WWU is part of a welcoming and safe community. Sign up for an in-person tour, or choose your own adventure with a virtual tour option.

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Applying to Western

Our application for Fall 2024 is now open. You can apply to Western using the WWU Application or the Common App. Both applications receive full consideration for admission and scholarships so that you can choose the best option for you. Please only submit one application.

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We’ll help you afford the cost of college.

We recognize that college is a big investment and at Western, there is a range of resources available to you and your family to help pay for college. Explore detailed cost estimates, a net price calculator, and budget worksheets to help navigate the cost of your education.

Don’t miss out on financial aid.

We encourage all students to apply for financial aid, even if they don’t think they will qualify. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) is the first step to accessing scholarships, grants, and other types of aid. Last year, WWU students received more than $8 million in scholarships.

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Our faculty bring student ideas to life.

Get ready to collaborate with faculty, make lasting connections, and develop innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Western’s focus on undergraduate research means that you don't have to wait until graduate school to work directly with professors to get involved, solve real-world problems, and present and publish your work. At Western, you can participate in cutting-edge research, take renewable energy to the next level, design race cars, make art, create apps or turn recycled waste into useful objects.

We bring together those who want to change the world with the people who are changing it.

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There’s something for everyone at Western.

There's always something exciting happening on campus. WWU is home to 250+ passionate student organizations and a variety of immersive study abroad opportunities. At Western, you'll form friendships that last a lifetime.

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