Western Washington University

1,910 reviews
  1. Bellingham, WA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Western Washington University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Website

Western Washington University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
85%
SAT Range
1000-1210
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$15,184/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,762/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,908/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,026/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,998/ year
  • $110k+
    $21,681/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.136 responses
38%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.138 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.138 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,050Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 91 responses
Report
  • Outdoorsy
    54%
  • Friendly, adventurous
    37%
  • Committed
    5%
  • Granola cruncher
    2%
  • Studious, non-social
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life.142 responses
Poll
77%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.181 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 86 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    74%
  • Activist
    16%
  • Enganged
    8%
  • Conservative
    1%

After Western Washington University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
73%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.96 responses

Reviews

1,910 reviews
  • Excellent
    299
  • Very Good
    785
  • Average
    700
  • Poor
    82
  • Terrible
    44
When I first applied to Western as a high school senior, it was at the bottom of my list. Having went through just one quarter, I'm glad I chose this school! Super safe environment, great surrounding city and natural features, diversity welcomed and accommodated.
  • Freshman
  • 1 month ago
Western Washington University is a good liberal public school that offers a fairly decent education for a reasonable price. However, there is a major disparity between students' level of intelligence here. Very seldom have i met students here that i found to be intellectually curious individuals, which is concerning and disappointing. Here at Western you will be surrounded by a very diverse community of students, but sadly this includes ne'er-do-wells that got accepted because western literately accepts nearly every student that applies. There are some great professors here that really have peaked my interest in some subjects and there are some professors that definitely lack good lecturing skills. bham is a hippie town so the fact that the typical student smokes weed, majors in psychology or some liberal arts subject, and likes hiking isnt really a surprise to me either. if my whole tuition wasnt waived here i wouldve chosen a different school.
  • Sophomore
  • 1 month ago
Western Washington University is a great college for those looking for a medium-sized university in an urban college setting. That being said, Western has some passionate professors who are willing to work with students one-on-one, incredible landscape, and a few really strong programs offered. While Western does have strong departments, they do not have many. For a medium-sized college I believe that Western does need to introduce more diversity both with their academics and overall student body.
  • Sophomore
  • 13 days ago