Western Washington University

1,903 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

1,903 reviews
  • Excellent
    296
  • Very Good
    783
  • Average
    698
  • Poor
    82
  • Terrible
    44
I would definitely recommend living on-campus freshman year, particularly on the Ridge or on north campus (Mathes specifically). The Ridge is super central to everything, including the gym and most classes. There are a set of stairs that lead straight to Red Square, right by Bond Hall, and a separate pathway that leads to the Chem and Bio buildings, by Parks Hall and Arntzen. I've heard good and bad things about Fairhaven, but I personally would recommend hall-style dorms more than suite style! It's a great way to meet people. And if you're worried about the bathrooms, don't be! They're cleaned multiple times daily and I've never had to wait for a shower.
  • College Freshman
  • Mar 13 2015
I think that Western has many activities and groups to be in on campus. There is the REC Center with many basketball quarts, exercise equipment, rock walls, volleyball nets, swimming, among other exercise-based activities. I have heard of many clubs to join from friends. I personally go to the group CCF (Christian Campus Fellowship), of which I would highly recommend. It is very welcoming and inclusive. On campus is usually filled with people walking, talking, supporting/advertising for different clubs or causes; there is a lot of activity going on!
  • College Sophomore
  • June 16 2014
Campus food is exactly what you expect it to be. Definitely no shockers! While it's definitely not your mom's cooking or as good as any of the restaurants downtown, it really isn't bad. And the best part about it is how convenient it is. You can roll out of bed and put on some slippers on the weekend and head to the dining hall for brunch and not have to do anything. They have sriracha (thank god) and pretty much every condiment you could want, plus the soups are actually good and there's a lot of variety, but they do keep a couple on steady rotation. Salad bar is solid, but there is definitely no arugula or feta cheese. Cereal, soup, salad, burgers, and pizza are always available, the rest of the food tends to be a meat of some sort, potatoes or veggies, and maybe rice or a pasta. All in all, it's not bad.
  • College Freshman
  • Mar 13 2015