Western Washington University

Western Washington University

Western Washington University, or WWU, is one of the state-funded, four-year universities of higher education in Washington, United States. The US News (2007 edition) ranked Western Washington University 2nd in the public, master's universities (west) category and 18th in the west (both public and private). The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Sciences and Technology
  • Fairhaven College
  • Graduate School
  • Huxley College of the Environment
  • Woodring College of Education

WWU's sports teams are nicknamed the Vikings. The university's mascot is the Viking. WWU is a NCAA Division II member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. They won the first three GNAC All-Sports Championships and are ranked 31st among the 225 NCAA II schools in the United States.

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Western Washington University
516 High St
Bellingham , WA 98225-9008
General Phone: (360) 650-3430

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Western Washington University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,064American studies, East Asian studies, Canadian studies, foreign language and literature, linguistics, Japanese language, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Business and Management495accounting and computer science, business management, operations management, accounting, finance, human resources, international business, MIS, marketing ...
Education and Teaching243curriculum and instruction, educational administration, elementary/middle school admin, secondary school administration, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, adult education, elementary school teaching, ...
Science232biology, biochemistry, botany, cell biology, call and molecular biology, zoology, ecology, marine biology, evolutionary biology, ...
Family and Social Work229child development, human services
Therapy and Counseling216psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, psychobiology, community health services
Media154communication studies, journalism, journalism courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy149parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, vocational counseling
Conservation and Resource Management119environmental studies, environmental science
Design71design and visual communication, industrial design, graphic design, design and applied arts
Engineering Technician69electronics tech, plastics engineering tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech, automotive tech
Medical Support and Technology58speech pathology, audiology and speech pathology
Computer Science and Engineering52computer and info science
Mathematics50mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Drama and Performing Arts40dance, drama
Fine Arts36art history and criticism, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textile arts
Music29music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition
Photography and Commercial Art25photography, drawing, multimedia, printmaking
Medicine10neuroscience, medical preparatory
Religion and Philosophy10philosophy
Art Studies4visual and performing arts, art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Western Washington University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,079115
Master's degree29635

Western Washington University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Western Washington University had a total enrollment of 14,276 students (13,498 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 90%
Graduate 10%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 76%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 8%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 33%
22-24 21%
25-29 7%
30-34 2%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Western Washington University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %
Part-Time 77 %

Western Washington University Room and Board (2007)

Western Washington University offers campus housing for 3,962 of its 13,498 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bellingham, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 29 meals per week.

Western Washington University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500620
SAT Math500610
SAT Writing490590
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math2126
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT26%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Western Washington University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,535
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,166
Room and board $ 7,712
Room charge $ 4,912
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,800
Books and supplies $ 969
Other expenses $ 2,973

Financial Aid:
Western Washington University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 380200)

Western Washington University Faculty

Western Washington University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year4$66,8699$69,660
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$66,86911$66,858

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year116$83,59959$75,806
Associate professoracademic year93$63,24766$64,501
Assistant professoracademic year71$57,02665$52,748
Instructoracademic year21$43,24320$46,597
All faculty totalacademic year301$68,227210$62,334

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Western Washington University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Track Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports146680

Western Washington University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Accounting and Computer Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Design and Applied Arts, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General
Graphic Design
Industrial Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
German Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education


Engineering Technician
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Plastics Engineering Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Human Services, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Anthropology, Other
Canadian Studies
Creative Writing
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Public/Applied History and Archival Administration
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Journalism, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Evolutionary Biology
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Physics, General
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General

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checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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