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Active Minds Changing Lives
A special mix of academic excellence, a focus on undergraduates, active learning, personal attention to students, respect for diversity, and beautiful surroundings makes Western Washington University one of the top public master's-granting universities in the nation. With an enrollment of 14,500 students and selective admission standards, the academic community is large enough to provide tremendous choice and intellectual challenge while also small enough for students to find support in creating their own path. Words frequently used to describe the campus culture include adventurous, collaborative, distinctive, engaging and inviting.
Located 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Bellingham is a vibrant coastal community of 80,000 and offers outstanding opportunities for entertainment, recreation, faculty research and community involvement.
A special mix of academic excellence, active learning, personal attention to students, residential environment, respect for diversity, and beautiful surroundings makes Western Washington University one of the top public master's-granting universities in the nation. Bellingham offers vibrant urban community with a natural setting, providing outstanding entertainment, recreation and research opportunities.
With easy access to Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia, the North Cascade Mountain Range and the salt waters of the northern Puget Sound, Western’s geographic location offers both academic and personal benefits to students, as it provides easy access to fieldwork, internships, recreation, and the arts. Western’s focus on undergraduate education gives students unique opportunities to engage in research, work closely with faculty, and showcase their work regionally and nationally. Through a campus-wide leadership program, academic departments, campus jobs, student government and clubs, students become responsible leaders who are well-prepared to lead the way in their careers and communities after graduation.
|Total Undergraduate Students||13,783|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||164||1%|
|African American / Black||248||2%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||26||<1%|
|Two or More Races||747||5%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||244||2%|
|Where do WWU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||7%|
|How old are WWU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||8%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||22 - 27|
|Math||21 - 26||500 - 610|
|English||21 - 28|
|Critical Reading||500 - 620|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||52%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||87%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||56%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.46|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||98%|
The cost to attend Western Washington University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||21 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||61%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||84%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||501|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||46%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||13%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||80%|
92% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
29% of all undergraduates live on campus
Safety at Western is everyone’s responsibility. From our residence hall staff to our commissioned police officers, Western puts the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors first. The University Police Department has primary responsibility for law enforcement on campus. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to provide a safe, secure, and accessible educational environment. Blue emergency phones located throughout campus are a direct contact to campus police. Access to campus residence halls is restricted. During the academic year, a student security patrol – known as Greencoats – assists campus police by securing campus buildings and providing safety escorts on campus. Western has a comprehensive emergency response plan that is regularly reviewed and updated, and an emergency notification system that provides health and safety emergency information via e-mail, the web, and cell phone text messaging.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Western Washington University in 2010-11|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2010-11|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities||5%|
|Natural Resources Conservation and Research||5%|
|English Language and Literature, General||4%|
|Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies||4%|
First-time students in Fall 2010 that returned for their second year: 84%
Faculty-driven department and program assessment plans form the foundation of student learning assessment at Western Washington University. Departments and programs establish student learning outcomes (SLOs) derived from their mission and the University’s strategic plan. These SLOs allow each program to measure and analyze student performance relative to programmatic goals, and to make data-informed programmatic improvements. Student learning assessment at Western is continuous in that it is structured as a cycle or iterative feedback process of ongoing program improvement. Support for student learning assessment is provided by each college, the Office of Survey Research, the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment, and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Further information on student learning assessment at Western can be found at http://www.wwu.edu/depts/vpue/assessment/.
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