Western Washington University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Quarter

State: Washington


Founded in 1893, Western Washington University is a highly ranked regional public university located in Bellingham, Washington, a small city is situated about 90 miles north of Seattle and 50 miles south of Vancouver. The university has a 23 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and close to 75% of classes have fewer than 30 students. The university takes pride in the fact that 98% of classes are taught by the faculty, not grad students, and the retention and graduation rates are significantly higher than many comparable universities. In athletics, the WWU Vikings compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Business Administration, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, English, Finance, General Studies, History, Human Services, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 14620
Total Grad Students: 811
Undergraduate Students: 13809
Faculty: 520

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 28:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 27:1

Percent Male: 44%
Percent Female: 56%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 36%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

516 High St
Bellingham Washington 98225

Website: http://www.wwu.edu

Main Email: admit@wwu.edu

Main Phone: 360-650-3430

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Rebecca Butler
(360) 650-7429

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Chris McKenzie
(360) 650-7430

Athletics Contact:
Lynda Goodrich
(360) 650-3109

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Minimum requirements for transfer admission include a 2.00 cumulative transferable GPA and a 2.00 in the quarters prior to application review and enrollment. Some programs have higher GPA requirements.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
In general, credit may be granted for courses taken when a grade of at least a D- has been earned. English 101 must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Credits (Min/Max):
Maximum credits from a two-year institution - 105 quarter credits. Maximum credits from a four-year institution - 135 quarter credits.

Test Scores for Applying:
SAT/ACT scores are required if applying with less than 45 quarter (30 semester) credits.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Not required for general admissions.

Essay(s) required:
Though not required, a personal essay is recommended.

Application Fee:
$50 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
Admission priority is given to Washington state residents who transfer directly from a Washington state community college. Some programs have additional application requirements, including prerequisites and GPA requirements.

Fall Deadline:
April 1 - Closing date

Spring Deadline:
January 15 - Priority date

Summer Deadline:
April 1 - Closing date

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 22 27
English 21 28
Math 21 27
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 500 620
Math 510 610
Writing 490 590

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 1970

Transfers Accepted: 1381

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 70%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 74%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -4%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2007


Books: 1020

Other Expenses: 3177

Room and Board: 8749

Tuition and Fees: 17205

Total Cost: 30151

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 6858

Total Cost – In-State: 19804

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Selection for most transfer scholarships is based on information provided with the admission application and does not require an additional scholarship application. For Financial Aid complete a FAFSA by Feb 15. Contact Financial Aid Office at 360-650-3470.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 5132

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 70%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 45%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 47%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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