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Reviews 1334 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Majors: The requirements for this major are very doable and the department staff are wonderfully accommodating. There is no real application process, you simply need to have certain general classes in the department with decent passing grades.

3 College Senior

Majors: There are resources for these sorts of programs but they are not often common knowledge among the students.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many cafes and coffee houses to choose from, and fewer restaurants. There are a surprising amount of culturally and ethnically diverse dining options around the city. Many of the businesses in town close fairly early in the evening though.

College Senior

Nightlife: I am not part of the party scene, and I have only rarely noticed it besides the televised riot that happened earlier last year.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: This seems to be more hit or miss. My first off campus experience was decent for cost, space, and accessibility to both the campus and grocery stores, however the landlords were unhelpful and the apartment was mold infested for most of the year. My second experience was difficult in getting the apartment approved as a college student, and the apartment is not very spacious but the proximity to the campus and the price are wonderful. Many students have had poor rental experiences though, and students have made several petition efforts to increase rental safety and liability.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Sports are not a huge part of campus life, but the event I have attended have been full of supporters and school spirit is largely evident. We're proud to be Vikings!

3 College Senior

Academics: The school is great in terms of challenging academics and engaging professors, however many people I've met have difficulty graduating in the usual four year allotment. I almost fell into this trap myself, because the first major I applied for did not have enough room in required classes. I would have had to stay almost a full fifth year because of that one class that didn't have enough open seats. But beyond that, the education quality level is sopt on.

4 College Senior

Academics: The department staff are incredibly helpful, and have many times helped me plan out the appropriate classes to take. The majority of the professors are passionate about their topics and are thorough and engaging throughout their courses.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have had zero problems with campus safety. Crime seems low, the worst thing I've heard of happening is some homeless guy flashed someone once. There's a texting service that lets you know of any relative dangers on or around campus. The health and consoling services are extremely helpful. You should never be without support in a time of need.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: I don't know much about most majors, but I can tell you that we have a solid kinesiology program. I do wish a state school like Western offered more majors.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't applied for any programs yet, but Kinesiology looks promising. I am considering transferring due to the fact that they do not offer Chemical Engineering as a major.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's doable. I can't say anything is particularly delicious, but the food remains convenient and there is a decent amount of variety. I believe the average meal comes out to cost about 7.50, but it feels as if you're not eating a meal that's worth 7.50. Just buy you're own food. You'll save money, eat better and get more variety. I can say that it is positive that the food is bottomless, so you'll never leave hungry.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You're on-campus housing experience is really going to depend on where you are located on campus. North campus is close to most classes and has pretty standard dorms. The Ridge (West campus) has a cool location and a great sense of community, but it's a little bit of a walk to get to class. South campus has probably the nicest dorms (and largest), but you may have to take a bus to campus in the morning. They all share great amenities and have a pretty positive atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Western is a diverse school, but it does seem that international students travel together in cliques. People of different religions and ethnicities seem to mesh really well. As far as political affiliation goes, Western is generally a highly liberal school, but there are a strong reserve of conservatives that are faithful to their political views.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As far as drinking goes, WWU is pretty standard when it comes to enforcement. You can easily get away with drinking in the dorms (even the non-alcoholic one) and if you have an issue with someone partying next door because you're trying to sleep or something, they are usually pretty understanding if you explain your situation. I have gotten 6 parking tickets since I've been at Western though, just because parking enforcement WILL get on your ass as soon as you park illegally, even for just 10 minutes. We had a riot earlier last year. That was pretty exciting. We also have a reputation for smoking weed but I don't really think we do it any more than any other college.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: On average, you're gonna see 7 or 8 outta 10's, and a few 9's and 10's scattered here and there. But I would say that the most attractive feature of the girls at Western is that they generally seem friendly and looking for a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Although I am disappointed in the lack of excitement around varsity sports, Western makes up for it with the great organization of intramural sports and facilities. Wade King Rec Center makes my local gym look like complete garbage. I really enjoy being able to play any competitive sport I like and have a great time regardless of the time of day or what sport I'm playing.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not yet 21. I could tell you about the local party scene (which is great even though there's no greek system), but I can't say much until the clubs until I get in. I have heard that they are plenty of fun and the drink prices are fair, and there are plenty of places to go to. Downtown gets pretty busy with party goers on Friday and Saturday night.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The great thing about downtown Bellingham is that it appears that there is a charter in place that prevents big restaurant chains from taking over the local business. So there are a variety of options that are both unique and delicious. I would recommend Boundary Bay or Bayou by the Bay over most other places, and if your tummy is grumbling late at night, there are great options like AB crepes (check out DrunkWestern.com for a plethora of late night munchie menus.) If you end up missing some of your favorite restaurant chains, head north by Bellis Fair Mall and there is still every option you can think ok (Red Robin, Denny's, Taco Bell, Chipotle etc.) The only negative thing I've seen dining in Bellingham, is that the service at Wasabi Sushi is awful (granted, they still have great food.)

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I honestly did not think I would take much liking to Bellingham, but now I feel as if is more my home than where I actually grew up. There's always something to do, and you are constantly struck by Northwest Washington's natural beauty. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, whether it's hiking, exploring the wilderness, swimming, or playing your favorite sport on the local fields and courts. In my experience, the people are very friendly towards students. Overall, Bellingham is very welcoming. There are all sort of nooks and crannies that remain to be explored.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You will likely have the option of living downtown, near campus, or in a more suburban environment. Generally, most apt's and houses are really nice, but you have to be careful. There are landlords out there that will charge you unreasonable prices for what are basically crap holes.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: it's a nice town and there are a lot of things to do but after you do everything it can get a little boring. You just have to go out and see what new things there are to do.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's great for the first few weeks but after too long it gets a little boring and the food doesn't taste as well as it did. You just have to be careful what you choose to eat.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: When it's nice outside everyone is out and about. Everyone is very friendly if you just start a conversation.


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