Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington

#385 National Colleges

90.38% Admission Rate
Least Selective

15,098 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Public
  • Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential
Western Washington University (WWU or Western) is a public university in Bellingham, Washington. The northernmost university in the contiguous United States, WWU was founded in 1893 as the state-funded New Whatcom Normal School, succeeding a private school of teaching for women founded in 1886. In 1977, the university adopted its present name.

WWU offers a variety of bachelor's and master's degrees. In 2019, there were 16,142 students, 15,240 of whom were undergraduate students, and 664 full time faculty. Its athletic teams are known as the Vikings, which compete in division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The main campus is located on 215 acres in Bellingham, Washington. Branch campuses are located in Anacortes and Lakewood, Washington. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Additional accreditation is held by individual colleges.

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Bellingham, Washington

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City: Small (population less than 100,000)

Far West (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 12.9%
Social Sciences 12.6%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 7.5%
Natural Resources And Conservation 7.0%
Education 6.4%
Psychology 5.7%
English Language And Literature/Letters 5.6%
Visual And Performing Arts 5.5%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 4.6%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4.5%
Health Professions And Related Programs 4.3%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3.9%
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 3.3%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 3.2%
Physical Sciences 3.0%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 2.9%
History 2.2%
Engineering 1.8%
Mathematics And Statistics 1.6%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 0.7%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.4%
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields 0.3%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 0.2%


In State Tuition

Out of State Tuition

Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1181 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 630 575 520
Verbal 650 595 540

ACT Scores

25 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 27 24 20
English 30 26 21