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Western Washington University Data & Information Overview

663 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
94% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Western Washington University Ranked?

#299 Best Colleges in Nation
#7 Best Colleges in WA
Data Science, Other Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Western Washington University was awarded 663 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is data science, other.

Overall Quality

WWU landed the #299 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when WWU held the #373 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

WWU also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Washington ranking.

See all of the rankings for Western Washington University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WWU?

94% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
83% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 94%, WWU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 83% of students accepted to WWU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 650. Math scores were between 530 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Washington University  ( 550 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Western Washington University  ( 530 to 620 )
WWU received ACT scores from 22% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Western Washington University  ( 22 to 28 )

Learn more about Western Washington University admissions.

Western Washington University Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
69% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, Western Washington University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Western Washington University is 69%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  69 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Washington University

79% Freshmen Retention
39% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Western Washington University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At WWU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 39%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  39 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Western Washington University.

Western Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,622 Full-Time Undergraduates
29.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,194 undergraduates at WWU with 12,622 being full-time and 1,572 being part-time.

How Much Does Western Washington University Cost?

$17,070 Net Price
40% Take Out Loans
$26,056 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of WWU is $17,070. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for WWU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,979 $11,357 $16,819 $21,763 $23,101

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of WWU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WWU, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $6,514 a year. That adds up to $26,056 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WWU is 1.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do WWU Graduates Make?

$54,976 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from WWU make about $54,976 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for WWU students since it is 29% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Western Washington University make the most money.

Location of Western Washington University

Washington State
12,622 Full-Time Undergraduates
Small City Campus Setting
Western Washington University is a public institution located in Bellingham, Washington. The city atmosphere of Bellingham makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for WWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9008
Phone: 360-650-3000

Western Washington University Majors

76 Majors With Completions
3,630 Undergraduate Degrees
277 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 76 majors graduated from Western Washington University. Of these students, 3,630 received undergraduate degrees and 277 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Natural Resources Conservation 234 $25,380
General Psychology 224 $27,918
Business Administration & Management 158 $42,166
Sociology 138 $26,202
Computer Information Systems 123 $69,837
Writing Studies 114 $22,536
Marketing 108 $40,450
Human Services 106 $33,003
Communication & Media Studies 105 $32,487
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 103 $22,773

Learn more about the majors offered at Western Washington University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at WWU

6% Take At Least One Class Online
1% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 903 students took at least one online class at Western Washington University. This is a decrease from the 948 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 903 142
2018-2019 948 212
2017-2018 825 133
2016-2017 899 150
2015-2016 949 206

Learn more about online learning at Western Washington University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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