- WWU is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the PNW
- WWU was named as one of the best public schools in the West for veterans
- WWU has one of the most sustainable, “green” campuses in the nation
About This CampusWestern 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 InformationBellingham, 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 InformationWestern Washington University utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar.