Bellingham, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,152 ($8,805)
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Reviews 1145 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I love it at Western! Sure, it's small and the buildings aren't as good looking as UW. But really, the facilities are easily accessible for students and there is always something going on at somewhere.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus isn't too small or big - easy to walk from one side to another. The Sehome Hill is fun area to go hiking once in a while to just get lost and wonder around.

College Sophomore

Parking: Can't really say, cause I don't drive. So no need to pay for parking and gas. HAHA!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Can't really say about it myself since I live on-campus. But from what I've seen and heard, it's easy to find a place and the cost of living is somewhat cheaper than living on-campus, but not by much. Other than that, check out other reviews.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Typical Pacific Northwest girls. Lots of average looking girls, but you'll find a gem or two. But aside from the looks, most girls here are nice and friendly and are up for fun.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you are incoming student, choose Mathes/Nash or Ridge. Friendly community all around, and fun can be found if you look for them. Though your milage may vary.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There really isn't a Greek system. Closest thing would be the Ridge, but even that isn't right.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain or cloud for most part from Thanksgiving to Spring quarter. Though it rarely pours - it's mostly soft showers, which I actually enjoy.

If you know Pacific Northwest weather, expect just that.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There're parties almost every weekends within the walking distance of the campus, which is nice, though sometimes you kinda need to know the people to know where they are at. But if you feel adventurous, go walking down the streets with your friends. You'll soon find drunk people singing and dancing down the street!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus shuttles are nice for getting back to the campus after a night of party.

Public Transportation is provided for free (well, you technically pay for it), and it runs through the heart of the campus, so it's easy to utilize. The only downside is that the schedule for weekends (especially Sundays) is near non-existing.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many students are open to accepting the minorities. There are many active groups and clubs to promote the minorities.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The process is easy and simple - take required beginner classes and get good grades.

Way easier than near-impossible competitiveness at UW.

BTW, this is for Comp. Sci.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Comp. Sci. is great, because you get to meet intuitive people with great problem solving skills.

Most professors are great. Easy going and willing to help their students if they don't understand concepts.

Great overall.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Never really cared for the athletics, but our basket-ball scene is pretty great!

Also lots of intramural opportunities!

5 College Sophomore

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs available (at least one in each residential complex, I believe).

The cost of printing is not too bad (though inconvenient to charge your account), but if you want color printing, bring your own printer!

The network is always up and speed is great except for weekday evenings when everybody is connected.

Even then, you can't beat 10mb/sec wifi!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Bellingham is not too big nor small, but full of charms with friendly locals. Fairhaven is must go.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the campus and the people, the worst thing is there are a few hills but it gets you in some kind of shape and they are that bad. it's a beautiful campus and social and would choose to go here again if i could do it again.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: I can get the wifi basically anywhere on campus which is great, i would recommend a laptop but its not mandatory, its just easier to do your work that way. Laps are easy and there are plenty of them, the speed of the wifi can get slow when everyone is on it but overall not bad. The printers are nice and they give you some prints for free which i dont usually go through

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is not much campus crime except bikes being stolen so make sure you have a really heavy duty lock. It's super safe and always lite when i am walking across campus. I feel very safe walking around by myself. You don't see the police that often but definitely aware they are there.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great for the first year to get a hang of the campus and the town, it's great to meet new friends, it can be kinda small but average for dorms, the ridgeway dorms are nice and i think that mathes is the worst dorms, it's kinda expensive but really convenient and its easy to do

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: I dont know too much about the sports because i dont really participate but they seem really nice and you have plenty of option whether you do varsity sports or intermurals

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: it's definitely cheaper to live off campus but it's nice to live on campus your first year to get the hang of things and meet new people. Off campus is convenient and it's nice and safe it all kinda depends on where you look.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Transportation is great at night except past midnight then it gets kinda tricky, underage nightlife is good, nothing too crazy

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: it's about average and most of the time you don't really notice the campus police. If you aren't being a bother you aren't really caught by the RA's.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everything is about average and you can make relationships no matter what. People are very accepting except on politcs.


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