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Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA


  1. WWU is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the PNW
  2. WWU was named as one of the best public schools in the West for veterans
  3. WWU has one of the most sustainable, “green” campuses in the nation

About This Campus

Western Washington University was founded in 1893 as a Normal School to confer degrees in Education. Overtime, it grew to become what is today Western Washington University--a public, comprehensive, regional university that grants bachelor and masters degrees. Known as "Western" for short, our university's focus on undergraduates makes studying at Western a very special experience for those students. Undergrads are largely taught by professors instead of graduate students for 99% of classes, they are given access to research opportunities and mentoring typically reserved for grad students at larger research universities, and student life is vibrant and active with over 250 students clubs and organizations, sports, and activities. The university has seven colleges on campus, which offer over 175 academic programs. Class sizes are relatively small, with an average class size of 27 students.

Location Information

Bellingham, Washington sits between a sheltered bay opening up to the San Juan islands and Mount Baker. Seattle and Vancouver are both a short drive away. WWU's main campus is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, from time immemorial. We express our deepest respect and gratitude to our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.

Helpful Information

Western Washington University utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar.

2022/2023 Placement

Home Payment

2023/2024 Placement

Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Bellingham
Population | 90,665
Enrollment | 16,140
Language | English
Calendar | Quarter
Canada | Home Payment
Term Dates
Fall | 09/23-12/11
Winter | 1/5-3/19
Spring | 3/30-6/11

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 2%
Asian | 11%
Black | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 10%
Two or more | 1%
White | 69%
Other | 3%
International | 0%


In general, NSE students are allowed to take any courses at WWU. However, there are some limitations to enrollment in the following areas: College of Business courses, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Political Science, Biology, Geology, Physical Education, Kineseology, Health and Recreation, Communications, English, Psychology, and Education. Audition or portfolio is required for admission to some Music and Art classes. Regarding Physical Education classes: Please note that all Physical Education classes are "self-supporting", which means they are not covered under normal tuition. Any student enrolling in a P.E. class will need to pay an additional per credit fee out of pocket regardless of payment plan.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, American Studies, Anthropology... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home Payment Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Quarter are current as of 09/20/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Quarter - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $2989.62.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
  • Host Payment: 18 ($448 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 18 ($448 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

    Use FAFSA CODE: 003802

    Financial Aid - Home Payment
    For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

    Financial Aid - Canada
    Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

    Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter

    Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
    Housing Deposit $200 Year Home Mandatory
    Parking Fee $108 Quarter Home Optional

    Important Notes: Housing Deposit: The housing deposit is mandatory for on-campus housing. For more information, please use the following link: https://housing.wwu.edu/ Parking Fee: There are multiple parking permit options for people wanting on-campus parking. For more information, please use the following link: https://transportation.wwu.edu/student-permits For students on financial aid - Please keep in mind that Western operates on a quarter system. Be sure to discuss with your NSE coordinator such issues as your financial aid release date and requirements for maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

    Room / Meals

    Figures are current as of 09/20/22

    On-Campus Housing Per Quarter
    • On-Campus Housing
    • 7% living on campus
    • Double: $4897 (includes meals)
    • Per quarter unless otherwise noted
    Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
    There are multiple off-campus housing options and rates. For more information, please use the following link: https://offcampusliving.wwu.edu/

    Meal Plans

    Notes About Meal Plans
    There is also an "unlimited meal plan" for $1,828 for fall term. For more information, please use the following link: https://wwu.campusdish.com/MealPlans/MealPlans101


    Figures per Quarter are current as of 09/20/22

    Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
    Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


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