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Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington, United States
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Not so big that you feel like a number; not so small that you have to conform to a mold. Large enough for you to define yourself and small enough that you make a difference.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)



Western is a university of the environment. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do here. Our Huxley College of the Environment was innovative at its birth in 1969, and today those ideals have spread to every corner of campus.


At Western Washington University, undergraduate students have unparalleled access to top-flight research with their professors, allowing them to connect, engage, explore and work to change the world around them.

Whether studying ocean acidification, the ecological effects of dam removal, solar energy, getting a better understanding of how our brains react to addiction, or composing new pieces of music, the research of Western’s students and their faculty mentors make the University one of the highest rated public universities of its kind in the West.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Student services

The Student Business Office is a division of Business and Financial Affairs at Western Washington University. The Student Business Office is responsible for the financial administration of all student billing related to tuition and fees, room and board, and for the processing of refunds as well as providing support and advice to students to aid in understanding their student account with the university.

Housing services

With a population of 87,500, Bellingham is a welcoming and safe community offering the advantages of a larger city and charm of a coastal town. Western students call Bellingham an adventure, a breath of fresh air, and a great place to call home.

Library services

The Western Libraries is committed to a culture of strategic planning rooted in rigorous assessment practices.

We strive to make the collection and use of data a tool for decision making as well as the refinement and improvement of our internal processes through which we strive to align the Libraries’ activities and initiatives with the strategic goals of the university.

ICT services

The university’s wireless network offers excellent coverage throughout campus, including outside areas near the Viking Union and Red Square on north campus through Haskell Plaza and the Student Rec Center on south campus.

Medical services

The Student Health Center at Western Washington University is a primary care medical clinic specializing in college health.  The Center is staffed by a team of board certified family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and support staff.  We provide an extensive array of services including preventive health care and management of health concerns, illnesses and injuries. 

Student Life

Campus life

Every residence hall is coeducational and most are open to students of all agesand class standings. Double occupancy rooms are the campus standard, but some hallsalso offer triples and a few singles. Each community has a front desk, laundry facilities,community kitchens, study areas, computer lab, TV lounge, piano, game room,

bike storage and limited permit parking. See page 7 for student apartments.

  • Edens Hall 
  • Mathes Hall 
  • Ridgeway Gamma
For more information, please visit the program website.

Sports facilities

The mission of the Sport Clubs program at Western Washington University is to promote individual leadership through group participation. Campus Recreation Services is committed to providing resources to campus community members as they strive to attain their goals both academically and through their sport club involvement.

Student clubs

An organization designed and run by Western students, the Associated Students seeks to ensure a fulfilling college and academic experience for all university students through the many services, facilities and programs it offers. Whether interested in testing your skills as a DJ for campus radio station KUGS, craving a weekend in the mountains on an Outdoor Center excursion, or just curious about getting involved in student government or one of our two hundred clubs, the AS has the resources to assist you. By providing Western students with enjoyable networking and leadership opportunities, the AS attempts to help students define themselves, find allies in the community and engage in their university surroundings.


Western Washington University is proud to be a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), an organization made up of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems across the nation.

Student Reviews

I’m probably biased.
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

I never wanted to go to college so school is difficult. The school itself is okay, it’s known for some programs better than others (such as Woodring college of education). General university requirements suck up about two years and are just money leeches.

Leap out of your comfort zone!
Erika Bro rated 4 out of 5 stars

Even though I grew up for the most part in the Pacific Northwest, when I first chose a university I selected a school in the Midwest. I quickly realized that the school was not the right fit for me, and now I firmly believe that transferring to Western Washington University (WWU) was one of the best decisions I have made in my life├óÔé¼ÔÇØsecond only, perhaps, to...

Bellingham, Washington, United States

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