Western Washington University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Western Washington University

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Western Washington University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 88%. Founded in 1893, and located in Bellingham, Washington, Western Washington University is about 90 miles north of Seattle and 50 miles south of Vancouver. The university has an 18-to-1 student / faculty ratio, and an average class size of 27. At WWU, 99% of classes are taught by faculty. The majority of students major in the humanities and social sciences, business and economics, science and engineering, and education. 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.

Considering applying to Western Washington University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Western Washington University had an acceptance rate of 88%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 88 students were admitted, making WWU's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 11,124
Percent Admitted 88%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 32%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Western Washington University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 84% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 650
Math 530 630
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Western Washington's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to WWU scored between 550 and 650, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1280 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Western Washington University.

Requirements

Western Washington University does not require the SAT writing section. Note that WWU participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Western Washington University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 26% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 30
Math 21 27
Composite 22 29

This admissions data tells us that most of Western Washington's admitted students fall within the top 37% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to WWU received a composite ACT score between 22 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 22.

Requirements

Note that Western Washington University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Western Washington does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the middle 50% of Western Washington University's incoming class had high school GPAs between 3.29 and 3.83. 25% had a GPA above 3.83, and 25% had a GPA below 3.29. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Western Washington University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Western Washington University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Western Washington University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Western Washington University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Western Washington University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions process. However, Western Washington also also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside of Western Washington University's average range.

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of students admitted to WWU had GPAs of 3.0 or higher, SAT scores (ERW+M) above 1000, and ACT composite scores of 20 or higher. A significant number of admitted students had grades in the "A" range.

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