Western Washington University | WWU

Western Washington University | WWU

Western Washington University | WWU
Western Washington University

Western Washington University

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.

Subjects taught at Western Washington University

Business & Economics

  • Business & Management
  • Accounting & Finance
  • Economics & Econometrics
Engineering & Technology
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • General Engineering
Social Sciences
  • Geography
  • Communication & Media Studies
  • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Sociology
Education
  • Education
Clinical, Pre-Clinical & Health
  • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Other Health
Arts & humanities
  • Archaeology
  • Art, Performing Arts & Design
  • History, Philosophy & Theology
  • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Life sciences
  • Sport Science
  • Biological Sciences
Physical Sciences
  • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics & Statistics
Psychology
  • Psychology
Computer Science
  • Computer Science
It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,170, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 220 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. 

Western Washington University ranking in the 2020 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities West, #17. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,055; out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,440.

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