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About Western Washington University

Western Washington University is a nationally recognized dynamic, innovative, and challenging public university that welcomes students from around the world. For the past 16 years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Western the #1 regional public university in the Pacific Northwest.

Western Washington University is a nationally recognized dynamic, innovative, and challenging public university that welcomes students from around the world. For the past 16 years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Western the #1 regional public university in the Pacific Northwest.

There are over 160 programs of study at Western Washington University, with both undergraduate and graduate options available. All are of an exceptionally high quality. International students may enroll at Western through general admission, conditional admission, as an exchange student offered through International Student and Scholar Services, or in non-credit English language courses offered through the Intensive English Program in preparation for applying to a degree program.

Many international students transfer to Western after earning an associate degree from a Washington state community college; Western offers conditional admission for students from many community colleges in Washington State.

Western's Graduate School programs also attract a number of international students. Currently, Western's student body includes international students from 35 countries.

Our 15,000 student campus is located in the city of Bellingham, Washington, population 82,000. In addition to our excellent academic reputation, affordable tuition, and welcoming size, our proximity to Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is one of the primary reasons students choose Western. Bellingham offers small town benefits – friendliness, safety, and convenience – as well as many of the cultural opportunities of a larger city. Bellingham is also a hub of outdoor activity, with easy access to snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, hiking and sailing. National magazines such as Forbes, Money, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Organic Style, Paddler, and Mountain Bike have singled Bellingham out as one of the U.S.A.'s best small cities.

Students & Faculty

  • 898Total Faculty
  • 21:1Student/Fac Ratio


total applicants

admitted (7850)

enrolled (2786)

SAT Scores:
25th-75th percentile
ACT Scores:
25th-75th percentile

Note: 25th-75th percentile ranges show the range of scores achieved by the middle 50% of students who were admitted to the school.

Other Requirements:
Admissions Test Scores?
Other Test?
Neither required nor recommended
College Prep?
Neither required nor recommended
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Applied Mathematics, General
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General
Behavioral Sciences
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Canadian Studies
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
Chemistry, General
Child Development
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Communication, General
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Comparative Psychology
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Creative Writing
Curriculum and Instruction
Dance, General
Design and Applied Arts, Other
Design and Visual Communications, General
Developmental and Child Psychology
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Earth Science Teacher Education
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Elementary Education and Teaching
English Language and Literature, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Environmental Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Experimental Psychology
Finance, General
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
German Language and Literature
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
History Teacher Education
History, General
Human Services, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Industrial and Product Design
Industrial Technology/Technician
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Japanese Language and Literature
Japanese Studies
Journalism, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Management Information Systems, General
Manufacturing Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
Molecular Biology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General
Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology/Technician
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Nursing Studies
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
Project Management
Psychology, General
Rehabilitation Science
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Sciences, General
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Urban Studies/Affairs
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

IEP helps students learn English for a variety of purposes, including regular enrollment and degree program study at Western Washington University.

IEP students are able to use all the resources of Western Washington University: the library, gym, student union, health center, outdoor playing fields and the Lakewood boating facility. Our offices and all of our classrooms are on campus, and IEP students are well integrated into university life.

IEP is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). Western Washington University is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Levels of English Level 1: Beginning Level 2: Early Intermediate Level 3: Intermediate Level 4: Early Advanced Level 5: Advanced Level 6: University Prep

We understand how important accurate placement is and we want each student to be in the best learning environment. Each new student goes through level placement assessments upon arrival. IEP students are placed in the levels at the beginning of each quarter and register for a combination of core and support classes.

Western Washington University’s Bridge Program is designed to help international students make a successful transition into WWU classes.

Whether you are a first-year or transfer international student, you will experience a customized quarter of classes that provides extra support from WWU faculty as you take credit-bearing coursework.

Bridge students will also benefit from activities and curriculum that explores language, culture, and transitioning into an American university.

International students and scholars are valued members of the Western community. International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) supports those students and scholars who journey from around the world to study and work at Western.

We provide assistance not only with immigration issues, but also with practical matters, social and cultural adjustment, and other challenges that come with life in a new country. We work to promote cross-cultural exchange throughout the University and invite all members of the Western community with an interest in global issues and identities to take part in our many events and activities.

With programs such as our Cross-Cultural Student Association, the International Buddy Program and International Cooking Classes we ensure that International students have plenty of fun!

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Shout out to the #sehomearboretum and its six miles of trails. It's a beautiful day to be outside.    #wwyou #wwu #bellinghome

Foggy mornings. :thumbsup:

Foggy mornings. :thumbsup:

Rain is lovable in its own way, but these truly are the days for which we endure our long, drizzly winters. Enjoy the sunshine, Vikings. #wwu #wwyou #springatwestern #upperleftusa #bellinghome

Rain is lovable in its own way, but these truly are the days for which we endure our long, drizzly winters. Enjoy the sunshine, Vikings.   #wwu #wwyou #springatwestern #upperleftusa #bellinghome

Western Washington University offers a variety of merit-based scholarships for new and continuing international students.

International Achievement Award (IAA)

This merit scholarship for incoming international freshmen and transfer students is based on strong academic performance. Recipients who meet eligibility criteria for the International Achievement Award will receive an annual reduction of $1,500 or $2,500 in non-resident tuition in the form of partial tuition waivers for two or four years. Selection for this scholarship is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA and evidence of English proficiency. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required and students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 for annual renewal of award.

International Student Scholarship

Each year, Western’s International Students and Scholar Services awards several scholarships to current Western international students. These scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition waivers which may be used during the following academic year.

To be considered, applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student who will attend WWU for at least two quarters; have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application; be an international student with non-immigrant F-1 visa status who has completed at least one quarter at WWU; and must maintain a full-time course of study, as stipulated by the F-1 visa regulations, during each quarter you receive the scholarship.

Conditional undergraduate admission may be offered to applicants who do not yet meet the university's English language requirement or who need more university preparation and English language study before entering a degree program.

Students do not need a TOEFL or IELTS score to apply for conditional admission. Conditional admission students attend the Intensive English Program full-time for a minimum of one quarter.


Our academic quality is widely recognized across disciplines, which is just one reason our graduates are highly attractive to employers and graduate schools. We are the #1 Public Regional University in the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S, and #2 in the entire Western region (U.S. News & World Reports), our College of Business and Economics is among the top 5% in the world to receive international AACSB accreditation, and our Computer Science Department has received ABET accreditation.


Our location in the mid-sized coastal city of Bellingham, Washington (population 82,000) provides easy access to outdoor recreation such as snowboarding, skiing, biking, and sailing while providing the urban amenities you would expect from a small city and close access to the larger international communities of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada.

With mountains, glaciers, rivers, saltwater, and many other natural habitats nearby, Western's location is ideal for fieldwork and outdoor research.


At Western, you can choose from 160 academic programs, 200+ clubs and organizations, and a wealth of campus programs and resources. With 15,000 students and a focus on undergraduates, Western offers accessible faculty and small class sizes while providing the academic choice, resources and diversity of a large university.

Western's student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1, making it easy to build close relationships with professors, and get one-on-one time with faculty.


There's much more about Western we would like to share with you, including the vibrant city of Bellingham, leadership development and hands-on undergraduate research opportunities, the opportunity to join a campus community that's nationally recognized as leader in green thinking and sustainability – the list goes on. It is easy to get involved in student clubs and meet other students. Our international student population is also relatively small, so you will have many opportunities to practice and improve your English.

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