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IPEDS ID: 237011
OPE ID: 00380200
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Western Washington University
516 High Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9008
General information:  (360) 650-3000
Website:  www.wwu.edu
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  15,574 (14,592 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  19 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
5%
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2016Full timePart time
Total faculty619318
Instructional619318
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-232
Instructional-214
Research-18
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees
In-state$8,863$8,965$8,611$7,903-8.2%
Out-of-state$19,752$20,407$20,963$21,8474.2%
Books and supplies$1,080$1,098$1,116$906-18.8%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,656$10,041$10,341$10,3500.1%
Other$3,072$3,117$3,168$3,49510.3%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,656$10,041$10,341$10,5241.8%
Other$3,072$3,117$3,168$3,49510.3%
Off Campus with Family
Other$3,006$3,000$3,048$3,2255.8%
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
In-state
On Campus$22,671$23,221$23,236$22,654-2.5%
Off Campus$22,671$23,221$23,236$22,828-1.8%
Off Campus with Family$12,949$13,063$12,775$12,034-5.8%
Out-of-state
On Campus$33,560$34,663$35,588$36,5982.8%
Off Campus$33,560$34,663$35,588$36,7723.3%
Off Campus with Family$23,838$24,505$25,127$25,9783.4%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2016-2017
In-state tuition$9,582
In-state fees$921
Out-of-state tuition$19,866
Out-of-state fees$921
  • Required fees for first-time entering students includes one-time Student Orientation Fee of $250
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid12,30783%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,98571%$13,363,575$6,732
Federal grants70325%$3,126,045$4,447
Pell grants70025%$2,894,664$4,135
Other federal grants62222%$231,381$372
State/local government grant or scholarships49718%$3,448,766$6,939
Institutional grants or scholarships1,74563%$6,788,764$3,890
Student loan aid1,25545%$7,527,449$5,998
Federal student loans1,23344%$6,544,060$5,307
Other student loans713%$983,389$13,851
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid16,91148%$54,986,851$7,956
Pell grants3,75026%$15,279,294$4,074
Federal student loans6,43145%$40,915,241$6,362
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2013-20142014-20152015-2016
Average net price$15,184$15,914$16,245
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2013-20142014-20152015-2016
$0 – $30,000$8,762$8,489$9,241
$30,001 – $48,000$10,908$10,529$10,557
$48,001 – $75,000$16,026$15,485$15,270
$75,001 – $110,000$20,998$20,744$20,572
$110,001 and more$21,681$21,797$21,717
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2016
Total enrollment15,574
Undergraduate enrollment14,592
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,185
Graduate enrollment982
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 44%
Female: 56%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 6%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 72%
Two or more races: 9%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 92%
25 and over: 8%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 83%
Out-of-state: 16%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2015.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 79%
Part-time: 21%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 5%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 94%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 4%
Enrolled in some distance education: 6%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 89%
Undergraduate application fee (2016-2017): $55
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2016
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants10,5194,2246,295
Percent admitted83%80%85%
Percent admitted who enrolled33%35%32%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2016 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT2,38483%
ACT91832%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading500620
SAT Math490600
ACT Composite2328
ACT English2228
ACT Math2227
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 82%
Part-time students: 58%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2015 and Returned in Fall 2016
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 69 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2016.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 69%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 40%
6-year: 72%
8-year: 73%
[Began in Fall 2010]
4-year: 40%
6-year: 69%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2008 or Fall 2010
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 67%
Female: 71%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 64%
Asian: 68%
Black or African American: 72%
Hispanic/Latino: 66%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 70%
Two or more races: 68%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures provide the 6-year and 8-year award-completion rates after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, subsequently transferred out of the institution, or status unknown. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2008
Award and enrollment rate:
[First-time]
Received award in 6 years: 72%
Received award in 8 years: 73%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 23%
[Non-first-time]
Received award in 6 years: 77%
Received award in 8 years: 78%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 17%
PART-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2008
Award and enrollment rate:
[First-time]
Received award in 6 years: 43%
Received award in 8 years: 43%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 0%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 43%
[Non-first-time]
Received award in 6 years: 62%
Received award in 8 years: 65%
Enrolled at same institution within 8 years: 1%
Enrolled at different institution within 8 years: 28%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization10---
Canadian Studies1---
East Asian Studies6---
Category total17---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry31---
Biology/Biological Sciences, General409--
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology42---
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography11---
Neuroscience35---
Category total1599--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting619--
Business Administration and Management, General9452--
Finance, General42---
International Business/Trade/Commerce27---
Management Information Systems, General29---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General87---
Operations Management and Supervision74---
Category total41461--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Journalism70---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric103---
Category total173---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General100620-
Category total100620-
Education
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching-17--
Art Teacher Education8---
Biology Teacher Education2---
Chemistry Teacher Education0---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-7--
Curriculum and Instruction-8--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching21---
Earth Science Teacher Education0---
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs4---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-5--
Elementary Education and Teaching28---
French Language Teacher Education0---
History Teacher Education1---
Mathematics Teacher Education7---
Music Teacher Education7---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching2---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education813--
Secondary Education and Teaching-52--
Social Science Teacher Education8---
Social Studies Teacher Education1---
Spanish Language Teacher Education1---
Special Education and Teaching, General86---
Speech Teacher Education1---
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor--55d-
Category total18510255d-
Engineering
Electrical and Electronics Engineering9---
Manufacturing Engineering13---
Polymer/Plastics Engineering9---
Category total31---
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician16---
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician5---
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician9---
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician13---
Category total43---
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing8510--
English Language and Literature, General1016--
Category total18616--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature1---
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General0---
French Language and Literature8---
German Language and Literature10---
Japanese Language and Literature8---
Linguistics32---
Spanish Language and Literature39---
Category total98---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General61---
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling25---
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other62---
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor-5--
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies49---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse18---
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-21--
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor-13--
Category total21539--
History
History, General783--
Public/Applied History-7--
Category total7810--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies0---
Humanities/Humanistic Studies7---
Category total7---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General14---
Mathematics, General4311--
Category total5711--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences24---
Historic Preservation and Conservation---7
Mathematics and Computer Science5---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General99---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other103---
Sustainability Studies18---
Category total249--7
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science12714--
Environmental Studies72---
Category total19914--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-0--
Kinesiology and Exercise Science455--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies61---
Category total1065--
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy22---
Category total22---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General4210--
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other13---
Geology/Earth Science, General397--
Geophysics and Seismology11---
Physics, General11---
Category total11617--
Psychology
Comparative Psychology-5--
Developmental and Child Psychology7---
Psychology, General179---
Category total1865--
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General103---
Category total103---
Social Sciences
Anthropology521--
Anthropology, Other10---
Archeology20---
Economics, General39---
Economics, Other34---
Geography32611-
Political Science and Government, General762--
Sociology110---
Category total373911-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation12---
Art/Art Studies, General63---
Dance, General4---
Design and Visual Communications, General38---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General51---
Industrial and Product Design12---
Music History, Literature, and Theory0---
Music Performance, General19---
Music Theory and Composition2---
Music, General174--
Visual and Performing Arts, General0---
Category total2184--
Grand total3,335308867
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2015-2016
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 307
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 10
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 17
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $6,918
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,699
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,172
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 83%
Part-time students: 50%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2015-2016 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II without footballMenWomen
All Track Combined128110
Basketball1811
Golf107
Rowing30
Soccer2928
Softball22
Volleyball18
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities3/1/1921 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs11/1/1983 - 12/31/2006Resigned
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs11/1/1983 -  Accredited
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs2/1/2017 -  Pre-Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels10/29/2014 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language4/9/2017 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
(ARTI) - Single Professional Program Accreditation in Industrial Design(!)10/1/2001 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1980 -  Accredited
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2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations1141
Liquor law violations9130
  • For alcohol, there is a general reduction in alcohol use and referrals by students. For drug abuse, in 2014 there were two incidents where multiple people were arrested. There were five arrested in one incident and three people arrested in a second incident.
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations050
Liquor law violations390
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible3
Rape55
Fondling06
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery001
Aggravated assault311
Burglary1465
Motor vehicle theft220
Arson101
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible3
Rape25
Fondling06
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Incest00
Statutory rape00
Robbery000
Aggravated assault110
Burglary734
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson101
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201420132012
Default rate2.5%2.1%2.9%
Number in default756184
Number in repayment2,9792,8802,809
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)