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Reviews 1543 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Western has been good; I have been enjoying pursuing my major and meeting people with my interests. Honestly, Western was the best option for me, personally.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is a liberal school so it give you chance to find your major. However, I don't like the general university requirements because you have to take it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's great to be able to focus on the classes I want to take and the subjects that interest me.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Currently a transfer student going in the fall but have had a great experience staying overnight at the campus and eating there. It's going to be great!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Though I did not enjoy all the classes I have taken so far, I am happy to say that I was able to take something from every class. Every class, whether I like it or not, has something to offer me; whether it's the new study habits I've never tried, working with others, and the general material. I believe one should always look at the most positive outlook for every situation, because with the positive outlook, it helps me to look at a perspective from a broader scale. It allows me to look at what I can take, rather than what I don't like. Also, I've met a lot of people, teachers and students, who have taught me something. I've learned to lose my ego, so I am always open to new possibilities; I learned the importance of integrity and honesty, as well as who I am as a person. I'm constantly trying to improve myself, and with a welcoming environment at Western Washington University, filled with many people of different backgrounds and talents, they inspire me and encourage me, which helps me learn to my best ability. And I believe everyone is able to do so. There are so many possibilities out there, so with an open mind, you can make anything happen.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school is the best because of what it offers the students not just in terms of academics but in lifestyle as well. The academics are outstanding here no doubt, but the school is very accommodating in food options in the cafeteria to Vegans and Vegetarians. And the location of the school is ideal, its not a big city but theres plenty to do. It is quiet and and feels extremely safe. The outdoor life in Bellingham is amazing theres so many activities to do that get you physically active and keep you fit while enjoying all of the natural beauty Washington has to offer us, and with that being said the school as well as the city is VERY environmentally friendly, people here do all they can to save our planet, its just a great place to live.

5 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Pretty average housing, very expensive with the mandatory meal plans. I recommend Birnam Wood for cheap res housing to avoid the meal plan cost.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't think Western is very strict. I have had two classes so far this year (out of eleven) that have cared about attendance, and even then it's for extra credit. Sometimes the RA's will be strict on noise violations, but I think they're just trying to be annoying.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've heard many horror stories of people living off campus, but I've also heard of some really good times too. When I was looking for an apartment I talked to some really rude land lords, but eventually settled with a manager who I would like to make my grandmother. She is so sweet and you can tell she cares about her tenants, however I got pretty lucky getting in there. There's quite a bit of apartments close to campus, and I think they're all around $500 a month, which can be a lot when you're paying for college and only working part time, but it's really the only option unless you want to live half an hour away. Overall I think the housing options are pretty average, not terrible but not fantastic either.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: As someone under 21, if I want to go to a party I have to go to someone's house. House parties can be fun but some of them can get a little weird. If you don't know anyone, it can be hard to find something on a slow weekend, otherwise if you walk down high street on a weekend it's pretty easy to just walk into a party even if you don't know anyone. I also know a lot of drugs can get involved, which can be scary.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Western is a short bus ride to down town Bellingham, where there's tons of restaurants and places to hang out. Many of the restaurants are open after midnight, and the food tastes good and is typically cheap. There's a huge variety of places you can go.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a few scholarships, and I also took out a loan. I had some problems getting my scholarships processed, and I had to call the office and go in a few times. If I had not been on top of things, it probably wouldn't have been taken care of and I would have had to pay late fees. I had to be very demanding in order for anything to get done, but once I contacted the offices enough times they seemed to hurry up the process.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I love that I got dining dollars with my meal plan, I honestly would not have survived without them! I also love going to the atrium in the mornings before class, or stopping at the Miller market. Venders row is also super convenient@ However, I absolutely hate dining hall food. I got the 75 meal plan, and now, with only two weeks left in the quarter, I still have over 50 meals left. The dining hall makes me feel sick, the food is unhealthy, and it seems dirty. It just isn't a place I want to go. I'm sure it's great for some people, but it just isn't my thing.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love my dorm (Gamma on the ridge), however I have friends in other dorms around campus and I know I was pretty lucky. I get my bathroom cleaned and my room is huge, while my boyfriends room is tiny and he has to clean his own bathroom (that six guys share, yuck!). I have bonded really well with the girls in my suite; we hang out all the time and have become life long friends. Overall I've had a great experience in the dorms, but I know not everyone else on campus is as lucky as me.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are options if you are willing to pay more than you would for on-campus, and there are certain areas to definitely avoid if you are concerned with safety, but everything is really close to campus or a bus stop.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of multicultural food options all over Bellingham and Fairhaven, and almost all of these places offer really healthy choices and cater to the organic/vegetarian/vegan community.

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4 College Junior

Administration: The campus security is really great for living in the dorms and walking around campus. There is a system to call the university police to help you walk home late at night if you are worried.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Scholarships: There is a lack of communication between the Financial Aid department and the students as to which options are available. Scholarships that are perfect to apply for, go by without students knowing about them, unless they are constantly monitoring the website.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love going to the gym, but I wish we had more tours/training so I wouldn't feel like I have to watch people to understand what aspects i should use.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live off-campus and I absolutely love it. I pay $645 for a one bedroom, but that includes water and heat. There is hardly any parking though, and it can be quite hard to find a safe place to leave your car.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: I haven't had any interaction with campus security. We get notifications about security breaches that can be useful in planning safe trips home.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Make sure you fulfill all of the requirements immediately. The sooner you get your financial offer, the more time you have to review loans and grants.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a variety of delicious restaurants in the Bellingham area. Diego's and ABCrepes are my favorites.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: I was selected for verification so I'm waiting to get that information in.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I have lived on campus for two years now and it's very handy in getting to class. Overpriced, yes, but the staff does need to be paid. :)

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