Welcome to Where You Belong

Western is an energized campus community with nearly 16,000 students and over 160 academic programs. Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college with the academic choice, opportunities for research, 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.

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 foundation for lifelong success.

From the beautiful natural environment to the welcoming community of individuals inhabiting it, Western is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful place to call home.

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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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Quick Facts


15,915 students
95% undergraduate students
57% female
87% resident of Washington
13% non-resident, including international students
25.6% students of color


3,114 new freshman enrolled
27.8% new freshman enrolled are students of color
3.27-3.81 middle 50% GPAs of admitted freshmen
1100-1290 middle 50% SAT scores (evidence based reading and writing+math) of admitted freshmen
23-29 middle 50% ACT scores of admitted freshmen
62% of freshmen enrolled with college credit


1,181 new transfer students enrolled
23.9% new transfer students enrolled are students of color
2.96-3.60 middle 50% GPAs of admitted transfer students
70% of enrolled transfer students come directly from a state community college led by Whatcom, Skagit, Bellevue, Everett, and Pierce colleges


55 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia
90 miles north of Seattle, Washington
0.8 miles to downtown Bellingham
52 miles to Mount Baker ski area
180 acres of forest and 6 miles of trails adjacent to campus
82,000 Population of Bellingham, WA


160+ academic programs
99% of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
79% of western's faculty hold the highest degree in their field
18:1 student to faculty ratio
28 is the average class size
73% of the classes have 30 or fewer students
4.2 years is the average time to degree
110,000+ graduates living and working around the world


81% of the freshman class of 2016 returned in fall 2017
64% of all freshmen students who began at Western in fall 2012 graduated in 5 years or less


200+ student clubs organization
92% of freshmen live on campus their first year
8 conference championships in the great northwest athletic conference (gnac): women's soccer and volleyball, men's track field (indoor outdoor), men's and women's basketball and golf


45% college of humanities and social sciences
17% college of business and economics
15% college of sciences and technology
9% Woodring college of education
6% college of fine and performing arts
6% Huxley college of the environment
3% Fairhaven college of interdisciplinary studies
3% general studies