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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Webcam view overlooking Red Square

Quick Facts

Enrollment (Fall 2018)
16,121 students
95% undergraduate students
57% female
87% resident of Washington
13% non-resident, including international students
26% students of color
First-Year Students (Fall 2018)
3,147 new first-year students enrolled
29.2% new first-year students enrolled are students of color
3.29-3.83 middle 50% GPAs of admitted first-year students
1100-1300 middle 50% SAT scores (evidence based reading and writing+math) of admitted first-year students
23-29 middle 50% ACT scores of admitted first-year students
64% of first-year students enrolled with college credit
28.8% new first-year students enrolled are first generation students
Transfer (Fall 2018)
1,165 new transfer students enrolled
23.7% new transfer students enrolled are students of color
2.96-3.60 middle 50% GPAs of admitted transfer students
72.8% of enrolled transfer students come directly from a state community college led by Whatcom, Skagit, Bellevue, Everett, and Pierce colleges
40.1% new transfer students enrolled are first generation students
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
89,000 Population of Bellingham, WA
175+ academic programs
99% of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
74% of Western's faculty hold the highest degree in their field
18:1 student to faculty ratio
27 is the average class size
74% of the classes have 30 or fewer students
4.3 years is the average time to degree
115,000+ graduates living and working around the world
81% of the freshman class of 2016 returned in fall 2017
Retention and Graduation Rates
63% of all freshmen students who began at Western in Fall 2012 graduated in 5 years or less
81% of the first-year class of 2017 returned in Fall 2018
Student Life
250+ student clubs organization
88% 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
Undergraduate Degrees
41% College of Humanities and Social Sciences
18% College of Business and Economics
16% College of Science and Engineering
10% Woodring College of Education
5% College of Fine and Performing Arts
8% Huxley College of the Environment
2% Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies
1% General Studies