Western Washington University

516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9008
(360) 650-3440
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Western Washington University was founded in 1893 in Bellingham, Wash. Nearly 14,000 students attend the public school. The school is considered among the best in its area, ranking 27th on the U.S. News & World Report‘s list of regional universities in the West. It is also ranked third on the publication’s list of the top public schools. Its alumni include musicians in the bands Death Cab for Cutie and Sleater-Kinney, and the creator of the game Pictionary.

Programs Offered

Western Washington University offers undergraduate programs through its colleges of Business and Economics, Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environment, and Education. It also offers master’s degrees in teaching, arts, business administration, education, music, professional accounting, and science through its graduate school. The university’s extended education department offers a limited number of degree programs online through a hybrid model, in which coursework is completed both on-campus and online. These include an RN-BSN program in which will launch in fall 2013. Students can also take online and correspondence courses at the undergraduate level through the school’s Independent learning division.


Western Washington University has been regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1921.


Application procedures will vary based on whether you’re a freshman, transfer, international, returning, or postbaccalaureate student. Applicants must submit an application, application fee of $55, high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, an essay, and an activities list. For freshman applicants, the essay should delve into any or all of these topics: what you’re looking for in a university and why Western is a good fit; any special circumstances or hurdles you’ve overcome; or a meaningful family or multicultural experience that has enriched your life. For transfer students, the essay requires that applicants discuss their educational and/or professional goals. Postbaccalaureate students must also submit a statement of purpose that addresses why they are pursuing further studies.

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