Western Washington University

discover tomorrow together

Discover tomorrow together

Your studies

Western Washington University is the #2 Top Public School in Regional Universities West, U.S. News & World Report, 2018. The University was founded in 1893, in the Pacific north-western city of Bellingham. With the Puget Sound region and the North Cascades mountains close by, you are never far from beautiful scenery and adventure. And when you want to discover big city sights and experiences, it is easy to get to Vancouver or Seattle.

Western students receive the personal attention of a small college with the choice and opportunity of a large university. The University offers top programs in business, engineering and environmental studies. The Global Pathway Programs at Western Washington University are Intensive English, International Year and Pre-Master’s - taught at The International Study Center on campus. Upon completing the International Year, you can choose one of over 100 different majors to study at Western. Students in the Pre-Master’s Program can progress to the Masters of Business Administration.

The University is made up of 95% undergraduate students. This means that you will have access to research opportunities normally reserved for graduate students. The University is a place where you can learn more about the world around you, and prepare to take a leading role in shaping a brighter future.

Life on campus

At Western, you can develop your independence and make a difference. Collaboration between students and teachers is encouraged within the small classes, and on-campus accommodation is set up to help students make meaningful friendships. With a strong liberal arts tradition, here you can explore all your areas of interest in your studies.

The 215-acre campus in Bellingham has plenty of green spaces with sculptures for you to enjoy. For great coffee, food and live music on campus, students meet in the Underground Coffeehouse. Concerts are held in the campus’s Red Square.

Take the short trip to downtown Bellingham to find a thriving arts scene. Those who enjoy a challenge can take part in the annual Ski to Sea race.

Benefit from the support of a small college with the opportunities of a big university.

Find out more about Western Washington University.

Undergraduate majors


Graduate programs


Academic entry requirements
  • Application for admission
  • Official academic transcripts from all colleges, universities and/or secondary schools attended
  • Statement of Financial Responsibility
  • Verification of financial resources
English Language requirements

Evidence of English language proficiency, including one of the following*:

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT/550 paper
  • Minimum IELTS score of 6.5
  • "B" or higher grades in two English composition courses, if earning a transferable associate degree from a Washington state community college

*If you don't meet these requirements, you may still be eligible for conditional admission. Conditional Admission students begin their studies in our high-caliber Intensive English Program before moving on to their undergraduate degree program.

Graduate admissions tests

All international applicants must submit program-specific admissions test scores.

The Graduate School must receive the GRE or GMAT score reports directly from the Educational Testing Service, and receive the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score reports directly from the Psychological Corporation.

Test scores must be on file prior to any admission decision.

Some programs do not require an admissions test if the applicant holds an advanced degree equivalent to the USA (master’s, Ph.D, M.D., J.D., etc.).

Most popular majors

Business, Engineering, Environmental Science, Industrial Design, and Industrial Technology in Vehicle Design

Institution type

Regional University (Public)


#2 Top Public School: U.S. News & World Report ‘Regional Universities West’ 2018

Highest-ranked public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest: U.S. News & World Report, 2018

Top 100 Best Value in Public Colleges & Universities: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2017

Specialized accreditations


Average class size


Student-to-faculty ratio


Student population

15,574 – 95% undergraduate

International student population


Countries represented


Number of alumni



Bellingham, Washington State

Campus setting

Urban – small city

Campus size

215 acres

Nearest big city

Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington

Student clubs and organizations

200 student-led clubs, 30 intramural sports, debate team, comedy troupe, academic, community services, arts and professional societies


Social life

Western students are encouraged to become part of the vibrant campus community and to try new things. There is plenty to choose from, with more than 200 student-led clubs and organizations. You can join in with one of 30 intramural sports, the debate team and the comedy troupe. There are other societies, too, with an academic, community service, arts or professional focus.

Home life

Surrounded by natural beauty and fresh air, Western is one of the first environmental colleges in the USA. Every year, students vote to maintain the 100% renewable energy program on campus. With a zero-waste policy in the dining halls, this ‘green’ university is committed to sustainability.

At Western, 90% of first-year students live in residence halls. Here, they offer more than just a place to sleep. Each of the 16 halls is set up to nurture great friendships among the students who call it home. They include alcohol-free areas and options to live alongside students who share your academic interests.

Learn more about student life at Western. http://international.wwu.edu/


In the safe and clean city of Bellingham, you will find a strong sense of community, a thriving arts scene and a range of options for outdoor adventure. The city is surrounded by the great scenery of the Puget Sound region and the Northern Cascades mountains.

It is located between the world-class cities of Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington. Both are easily accessible by car or train. Sightseeing highlights in Seattle include Space Needle and Pike Place Market. If you decide to take the trip over the border into Canada, you can take in spectacular views of Vancouver from the gondola on Grouse Mountain, or visit the world renowned Stanley Park.

Degree programs
Tuition & Fees

International Year

Tuition - per year: $21,800

Student fees - per year: $1,930

Room and board - per year: $10,971

Pre-Master's Program

Tuition - per year: $28,000

Student fees - per year: $1,682.85

Next start dates

Summer Semester 2018

Classes Start: September 2018

Application deadline

Summer Semester 2018

Undergraduate Application Deadline

August 01, 2018

"One of the places that I love to spend time studying or handing out with friends in the Viking Union café. Nothing beats great coffee and a comfortable place to quietly study or chat with friends. The Western community has helped me so much and made me feel comfortable in my ‘home away from home"

Tina from Japan
Studying Early Childhood Education

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