Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA 98225
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOOD
Since its start in 1893, Western Washington University has grown to an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students in 2008. One of six publicly funded four-year schools in Washington, Western offers students the opportunity to study in a stunning natural setting, while taking advantage of all that Bellingham has to offer in the way of jobs, social interaction, and recreational activity. In fact, many graduates decide to work and live in Bellingham long past their graduation ceremony.
Western is large enough to offer incredible choices in academic programs, but small enough to maintain educational quality. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1, students connect easily with professors. Campus culture values diversity and encourages students to engage with the world around them. Environmental consciousness is also a hallmark of WWU’s culture—in 2005 the University became one of the first schools to rely completely on renewable energy sources.
Within the university are seven highly-respected colleges: Business and Economics (16% of enrollment), Education (10%), Environmental Studies (5%), Fairhaven College (4%), Fine and Performing Arts (5%), General Studies (5%), Humanities and Social Sciences (43%), and Sciences and Technology (12%). Western graduates have plenty to be proud of—for 11 years in a row, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Western Washington University as the best regional public university in the Pacific Northwest, and #2 in the Western United States.
Students and Western athletes alike enjoy state-of-the-art facilities at the new Wade King Student Recreation Center. With a six-lane pool, indoor track, 30-foot climbing wall, and plenty of weight machines, free weights, elliptical machines and treadmills, this facility is second-to-none.
The University is a major presence in the community, with well-attended seminars, readings, art shows, and many other opportunities for the larger Bellingham area to interact with campus life and culture. Concerts are also common. Western draws artists from around the world, as well as locals-turned-world-stage-musicians Death Cab for Cutie, of whom the campus is quite proud.
For students and non-students alike, Western Washington University is a large part of Bellingham’s unique atmosphere and thoughtful, fun-loving culture.