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Western Washington University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Western Washington University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Western Washington University Ranked?

2021 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 95 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

WWU is ranked #368 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 23 colleges in Washington, WWU is ranked at #8.

See all of the rankings for Western Washington University.

Is It Hard to Get Into WWU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Western Washington University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 85%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 82% 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 630.

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

SAT Math Scores for Western Washington University  ( 530 to 630 )
WWU received ACT scores from 31% 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 )

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Western Washington University Faculty

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 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Western Washington University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Western Washington University has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 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 40%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

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

Good Overall Diversity at WWU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 15,170 undergraduates at WWU with 13,893 being full-time and 1,277 being part-time.

WWU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for WWU is 83.03 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  83.03 out of 100
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How Much Does Western Washington University Cost?

The overall average net price of WWU is $16,439. 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 +
$10,060 $11,365 $16,585 $20,780 $21,920

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At WWU, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $6,174 a year. That adds up to $24,696 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WWU is 2.7%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from WWU make around $45,800 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for WWU students since it is 15% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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

Location of Western Washington University

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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Location of Western Washington University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 71 majors graduated from Western Washington University. Of these students, 3,785 received undergraduate degrees and 255 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 248 $26,700
General Psychology 201 $28,600
Sociology 144 $27,800
Business Administration & Management 142 $44,400
Computer Information Systems 125 $66,700
Human Services 124 $28,200
Writing Studies 117 $20,000
Marketing 113 $38,500
Interdisciplinary Studies 109 $31,800
Communication & Media Studies 106 $31,700

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

Online Learning at WWU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 825 students took at least one online class at Western Washington University. This is a decrease from the 899 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 825 133
2016-2017 899 150
2015-2016 949 206
2014-2015 989 154
2013-2014 788 155

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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