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Western Washington University - Bellingham Campus

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School ID: SU10008
Rank: 601
* The Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Applied number: 2

WWU Ranked Third Nationally in Number of Student Fulbright Scholars

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Western Washington University is a major public university located in Washington State.

Located in the city of Bellingham, WWU is 90 miles north of Seattle, and 55 miles south east of Vancouver, the other side of the Canadian border. The campus is situated between the Sehome Hill Arboretum and Bellingham Bay, where locals can catch ferries to several nearby islands, and it is within easy reach of a number of outdoor activities. There are over 40 parks and trails within the 28 square miles that make up Bellingham’s city limits. Its city centre enjoys a buzzing café scene, and is full of markets, bookshops, boardwalks and theatres. The area also enjoys good access to volcano Mount Baker.

WWU was founded as a female-only school in 1893. Known by its current title since 1977, its former names have included New Whatcom Normal School and Western Washington College of Education. Students at WWU can now choose from more than 150 different subjects.

WWU has conferred master’s degrees since 1947, the year it launched its first education MA.

WWU counts Robert Angel, the creator of popular game Pictionary, and Ben Gibbard, lead singer and guitarist of alternative rock group Death Cab for Cutie, among its alumni.

Join a university dedicated to success for all, where you will be supported to engage in your education, develop your independence and thoughtfully plan your future. Located in Bellingham, Washington, Western Washington University is a premier university in the Pacific Northwest, where students can take a leading role in research to change the world and build a brighter future.

Why choose us?


Western is committed to engaging in leading research to answer some of the world’s most complex challenges, including global climate change, social justice and equity and sustainable development.

As a mostly undergraduate university and the highest-ranked public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, students here have unparalleled access to prominent research positions early in their academic career. These opportunities will put you at the center of discovery, while helping you gain practical experience and have a part in changing the world.


Take part in research that interests you, from ecological research in biodiversity and solar energy, to music studies and design techniques. Some of the leading research currently happening at Western includes:


At Western you will receive all the benefits of a small college, with individualized attention and small class sizes, but with all the choice and opportunity a large university can offer. Learning in a supportive environment, you will explore new ideas to become a well-rounded citizen, and broaden your knowledge and skills to graduate ready to seek new opportunities.


Students at Western learn both inside and outside the classroom with experienced faculty who are willing to go the extra mile and support students through every challenge. 99% of all classes are taught by faculty, 74% of which hold the highest degree in their field. Our professors and teachers will play an active role in your education, from collaborative research to advising groups and study tours.


A strong liberal arts tradition means ambitious international students can explore every interest and craft the right education experience. Universities in the USA often offer a liberal arts education, meaning you will focus on your degree while also taking classes to give you a broader knowledge and varied approach to learning, helping you become a well-rounded global citizen. With the freedom to learn a bit of everything, you will thoughtfully choose the right degree for your future aspirations, and you can supplement your education with a second area of interest.


While gaining hands-on experience in your degree, you will be supported by mentors and have access to career services to seek opportunities and grow your network. Students at Western go on to exciting careers for leading, global companies including Amazon, Boeing and Microsoft. You will graduate from Western as a dynamic professional, ready to make a difference.

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Avg Cost of Tuition/Year USD $24,689
Cost of Living/Year USD $12,000
Application Fee USD $0
Estimated Total/Year USD $36,689

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  • Accounting
  • General Science
  • Anthropology


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