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 Western Washington University

Western Washington University - Bellingham, WA

516 High Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9008

General information:(360)650-3000
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:City: Small
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:14,842(13,783 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:21 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for student's children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $6,159 $6,858 $7,756 -12%
Out-of-state $17,190 $17,205 $18,103 -5%
Books and supplies $1,020 $1,020 $1,020 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $8,394 $8,749 $9,100 -4%
Other $3,177 $3,177 $2,913 9%
Off Campus
Room and board $8,394 $8,749 $9,100 -4%
Other $3,177 $3,177 $2,913 8%
Off Campus with Family
Other $3,051 $3,051 $2,850 7%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $18,750 $19,804 $20,789 -5%
Off Campus $18,750 $19,804 $20,789 -5%
Off Campus with Family $10,230 $10,929 $11,626 -9%
On Campus $29,781 $30,151 $31,136 -3%
Off Campus $29,781 $30,151 $31,136 -3%
Off Campus with Family $21,261 $21,276 $21,973 0%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $6,973
In-state fees $783
Out-of-state tuition $17,320
Out-of-state fees $783
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $7,445
In-state fee $783
Out-of-state tuition $17,125
Out-of-state fees $783
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 1,976 73% --
Grant or scholarship aid 1,337 49% $8,833,627 $6,607
Federal grants 630 23% $3,036,870 $4,820
Pell grants 624 23% $2,457,645 $3,939
Other federal grants 582 21% $579,225 $995
State/local government grant or scholarships 420 15% $2,020,571 $4,811
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,137 42% $3,776,186 $3,321
Student loan aid 1,309 48% $7,065,842 $5,398
Federal student loans 1,295 48% $6,461,530 $4,990
Other student loans 58 2% $604,312 $10,419
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 5,736 42% $40,254,455 $7,018
Pell grants 3,391 25% $13,450,701 $3,967
Federal student loans 6,348 46% $39,550,205 $6,230


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $11,978 $12,596 $13,086
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $7,045 $7,403 $8,042
$30,001 - $48,000 $8,664 $9,192 $9,654
$48,001 - $75,000 $12,420 $13,217 $13,742
$75,001 - $110,000 $15,726 $17,394 $18,400
$110,001 and more $16,437 $18,221 $19,199

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 14,842
Undergraduate enrollment 13,783
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 949
Graduate enrollment 1,059

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$55

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$60

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 9,083 3,704 5,379
Percent admitted 78% 76% 80%
Percent admitted who enrolled 76% 31% 29%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank X
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) X
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 2457 91%
ACT 771 29%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 500 620
SAT Math 500 610
SAT Writing 490 600
ACT Composite 22 27
ACT English 21 28
ACT Math 21 26
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 72 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


NCAA Division II (without football)MenWomen
All Track Combined 9055
Basketball 1715
Golf 107
Rowing -34
Soccer 2725
Softball -21
Volleyball -16


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities03/01/1921 Accredited


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs

11/01/1983 - 12/31/2006Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-Language Pathology (SP) - Graduate degree programs

11/01/1983 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation

(ARTI) - Single Professional Program Accreditation in Industrial Design

10/01/2001 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1980 Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

01/01/1954 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession102
Drug law violations1412 38
Liquor law violations274456
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 100
Drug law violations 550
Liquor law violations 61116
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 102
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 101
Aggravated assault 002
Burglary 181912
Motor vehicle theft 307
Arson 100
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 101
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 000
Burglary 885
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 100
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate2.7%
Number in default68
Number in repayment2,495

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00380200

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMBachelor's degree Master's degree
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
American/United States Studies/Civilization2-
Canadian Studies0-
East Asian Studies3-
Category total24-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General256
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology25-
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology16-
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography11-
Category total1136
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Business Administration and Management, General156
Finance, General5-
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General1-
International Business/Trade/Commerce1-
Management Information Systems, General3-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General0-
Operations Management and Supervision0-
Category total42363
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Journalism, Other1-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric11-
Category total143-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer and Information Sciences, General02
Category total452
Education Colleges
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-16
Art Teacher Education0-
Biology Teacher Education5-
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services-9
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-6
Curriculum and Instruction-0
Drama and Dance Teacher Education1-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching11-
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-11
Elementary Education and Teaching10
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship-0
English/Language Arts Teacher Education0-
History Teacher Education0-
Mathematics Teacher Education7-
Music Teacher Education1-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching13-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education623
Secondary Education and Teaching-54
Secondary School Administration/Principalship-0
Social Science Teacher Education3-
Social Studies Teacher Education1-
Spanish Language Teacher Education0-
Special Education and Teaching, General961
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other1-
Category total182120
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician12-
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician12-
Industrial Technology/Technician20-
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician21-
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician0-
Category total74-
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
Creative Writing3-
English Language and Literature, General620
Category total24820
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Child Development0-
Category total0-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General1-
French Language and Literature9-
German Language and Literature5-
Japanese Language and Literature1-
Spanish Language and Literature17-
Category total140-
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist1-
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling19-
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other0-
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-6
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies40-
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-20
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor-15
Category total12041
History Colleges
History, General43
Public/Applied History-3
Category total796
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
General Studies143-
Humanities/Humanistic Studies2-
Category total157-
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Applied Mathematics, General0-
Mathematics, General49
Category total489
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Accounting and Computer Science0-
Biological and Physical Sciences18-
Mathematics and Computer Science1-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other3-
Category total104-
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Environmental Science777
Environmental Studies2-
Category total1447
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General414
Kinesiology and Exercise Science30-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies1-
Category total9314
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Category total9-
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemistry, General15
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other13-
Geology/Earth Science, General08
Geophysics and Seismology8-
Physics, General2-
Category total9313
Psychology Colleges
Comparative Psychology-5
Counseling Psychology-0
Developmental and Child Psychology0-
Psychology, General10-
Category total1965
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Human Services, General1-
Category total100-
Social Sciences Colleges
Anthropology, Other0-
Economics, General3-
Economics, Other0-
Political Science and Government, General115
Category total39811
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art History, Criticism and Conservation1-
Art/Art Studies, General0-
Dance, General7-
Design and Applied Arts, Other0-
Design and Visual Communications, General0-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General00
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts0-
Industrial and Product Design12-
Music History, Literature, and Theory0-
Music Performance, General0-
Music Theory and Composition0-
Music, General14
Visual and Performing Arts, General0-
Category total1994
Grand total140321