Location
Bellingham, WA
Undergrads
12,860
Tuition (in-state)
$19,152 ($8,805)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 1129 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

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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

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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.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most students are love the outdoors, most look like average students except with the occasional different hair style/color to interesting clothes. Most students seem to have a good social life and are able to balance it between school. There are an average amount of relationships on campus.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: As long as you have a western id car it is easy to get anywhere. It's great and I use the buses all the time. They are very convenient and can take you almost everywhere in bellingham. If you don't have a card it only costs a dollar which is super nice when friends come up.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: most of the time you can't see alcohol around campus but you can smell pot every once in a while and on specific places on campus. It depends on who you are with some do drink and do pot often but others don't do it at all. Depending on the group depends on how much peer pressure you will get. I got a little bit of it but it's not that bad, just a little awkward when everyone else is drunk and your not. The policy is enforced pretty well and it depends on where you are on campus. Some places are more strict than others are.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are quite a bit of different options especially downtown and some can be kinda expensive but cupouns are constantly given on campus so that helps quite a bit. I would definitely check out Zen sushi and bar if you like sushi it is great and not too expensive and the sushi is so fresh and delicious. Bummer's is good too and super close to campus, they have great burgers and fries. its not that expensive and a great place to eat and hang with friends.

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek system at Western, which I like because you don't have to worry about crazy frats.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is really good because Bellingham is a fairly big city with a lot of choices, especially healthy and organic ones.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship, but I am definitely going to at some point and there are many resources available to find ones.

College Freshman

Majors: I am not currently in a program because I have not decided on my major.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computer labs on campus and printers, although it does cost five cents per page to print. The WiFi shuts down sometimes, but for the most part it's fine and a good speed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness isn't too bad as long as you don't flaunt the fact that you are breaking the rules, except academic honesty, which they take very seriously.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a scholarship through the school, which was really nice, based on my academic achievement, so as long as you do well in high school you will get some sort of scholarship.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Bellingham weather is western Washington weather, which is a lot of the time cloudy and cold with some rain, and the biggest issue with the weather at Western is the wind, which can be very strong. We get a lot of really nice and sunny days here too though especially in the spring and summer months, so don't let the weather throw you off.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Rec center is awesome, I go there all the time to work out, and the sports fields are very good quality. They are even building a new field right now.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Western and am really glad I choose to come here. The campus is beautiful and surrounded by trees with an awesome view of the water, and the people are very friendly. I have liked all my professors so far; they are passionate about the subjects they teach and teach them well. Bellingham is an awesome city and fun to explore when you want to get off campus, plus there are many outdoor activities to do including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and hiking.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus isn't bad, and I think it's an important thing to do as a freshman because you meet a lot of people. I really like the atmosphere of the community I live, everyone is nice and welcoming and I have made some friends. The buildings are a little old I guess, it's a bit of a walk from campus but not too bad, and my dorm especially is a little small, but other than that it's good. I love how it's in the woods though and that the floors are coed, plus laundry is free and they clean the bathrooms once a week.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, even walking across campus in the middle of the night. The paths are very well lit, you constantly see cops roaming, and they have police call boxes placed every so often on the paths. There is also a really good system for notifying students if something does happen, including emails and optional text messages.

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