Western Washington University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

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Western Washington University had an acceptance rate of 83 percent in 2016, and the great majority of accepted students have grades and standardized test scores that are average or better. Interested students will need to submit an application that includes include scores from the SAT or ACT and official high school transcripts. Success in AP, IB and other challenging courses are a big plus. The admissions process is holistic, and your application essay and activities list can play a meaningful role, especially if your grades and test scores aren't ideal.

Be sure to visit the Western Washington University admissions website for more information.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Western Washington University Description:

Founded in 1893, Western Washington University is a highly ranked regional public university located in Bellingham, Washington, a small city is situated about 90 miles north of Seattle and 50 miles south of Vancouver, with a population of around 80,000. The university has a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and close to 75% of classes have fewer than 30 students.

The university takes pride in the fact that 98% of classes are taught by the faculty, not grad students, and the retention and graduation rates are significantly higher than many comparable universities. Top majors for undergraduates include business, history, creative writing, and marketing. In athletics, the WWU Vikings compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Popular sports include soccer, basketball, track and field, and cross country.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 15,574 (14,592 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $7,903 (in-state); $21,847 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $906 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,350
  • Other Expenses: $3,495
  • Total Cost: $22,654 (in-state); $36,598 (out-of-state)

Western Washington University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 83 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 71 percent
    • Loans: 45 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,732
    • Loans: $5,998

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 82 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 40 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 69 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Golf, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Softball, Soccer, Volleyball, Golf, Basketball, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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