Western Washington University

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?

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2022 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 348 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is comparative psychology.

Overall Quality

WWU is ranked #373 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

WWU is also ranked #7 out of 58 schools in Washington.

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 )

Learn more about Western Washington University admissions.

Western Washington University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Western Washington University, this rate is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

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

Freshmen Retention Rate

Western Washington University has a freshmen retention rate of 82%. 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  82 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.

Western Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 15,240 undergraduates at WWU with 13,887 being full-time and 1,353 being part-time.

How Much Does Western Washington University Cost?

The overall average net price of WWU is $16,529. 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 +
$9,743 $11,228 $16,398 $21,213 $22,069

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 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from WWU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $45,800 in their early years. 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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Contact details for WWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9008
Phone: 360-650-3000
Website: wwu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/westernwashingtonuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/WWU

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, 3,817 received undergraduate degrees and 241 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 272 $26,700
General Psychology 203 $28,600
Business Administration & Management 155 $44,400
Sociology 145 $27,800
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 133 $23,600
Computer Information Systems 128 $66,700
Writing Studies 122 $20,000
Marketing 115 $38,500
Interdisciplinary Studies 106 $31,800
Political Science & Government 103 $28,500

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 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 2018-2019, 948 students took at least one online class at Western Washington University. This is an increase from the 825 students who took online classes the previous year.

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


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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