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Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington, United States
Western is committed to providing a welcoming, equitable and inclusive campus community for all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age, veteran status, and financial background.

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About

History

Western is a university of the environment. Sustainability is at the heart of what we do here. Our Huxley College of the Environment was innovative at its birth in 1969, and today those ideals have spread to every corner of campus.

Education

  • 175+ academic programs
  • 99% of classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
  • 74% of Western's faculty hold the highest degree in their field
  • 18:1 student to faculty ratio
  • 27 is the average class size
  • 74% of the classes have 30 or fewer students

Research

Western’s focus on undergraduate research means students don't have to wait until they're a graduate student to work directly with professors to get involved, solve real-world problems, and present and publish their work. Western’s students do cutting-edge research, take renewable energy to the next level, design race cars, make art, create apps, and turn recycled waste into useful objects.

Services

Student services

The Student Business Office is a division of Business and Financial Affairs at Western Washington University. The Student Business Office is responsible for the financial administration of all student billing related to tuition and fees, room and board, and for the processing of refunds as well as providing support and advice to students to aid in understanding their student account with the university.

Housing services

Apartment living for non-freshman is offered in Birnam Wood where 130 units accommodate 520 students. Most units are all male or all female, but a few units are gender inclusive. Each apartment is furnished for four students and includes two double-occupancy bedrooms, full kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, and balcony. Quarterly cost includes wireless Internet, digital cable, utilities, and use of the laundry facilities. Residents have access to the community building, front desk, computer lab, bike storage, and permit parking.

Library services

Western Libraries is committed to a culture of strategic planning rooted in rigorous assessment practices. We strive to make the collection and use of data a tool for decision making as well as the refinement and improvement of our internal processes through which we strive to align the Libraries’ activities and initiatives with the strategic goals of the university. 

Medical services

The Student Health Center is excited to announce that it has implemented a new electronic medical record system (EMR) called Point and Click.  Unlike many EMRs that focus on hospital or private practice clinics, Point and Click specializes in college health.  Over 200 colleges and universities across the country already use Point and Click daily.

Student Life

Campus life

Every residence hall is coeducational and most are open to students of all agesand class standings. Double occupancy rooms are the campus standard, but some hallsalso offer triples and a few singles. Each community has a front desk, laundry facilities,community kitchens, study areas, computer lab, TV lounge, piano, game room,

bike storage and limited permit parking. See page 7 for student apartments.

  • Edens Hall 
  • Mathes Hall 
  • Ridgeway Gamma

Sports facilities

The mission of the Sport Clubs program at Western Washington University is to promote individual leadership through group participation. Campus Recreation Services is committed to providing resources to campus community members as they strive to attain their goals both academically and through their sport club involvement.

Student clubs

An organization designed and run by Western students, the Associated Students (AS) seeks to ensure a fulfilling college and academic experience for all university students through the many services, facilities and programs it offers. Whether interested in testing your skills as a DJ for campus radio station KUGS, craving a weekend in the mountains on an Outdoor Center excursion, or just curious about getting involved in student government or one of our two hundred clubs, the AS has the resources to assist you.

Accreditation

Western Washington University is proud to be a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), an organization made up of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems across the nation.

Bellingham, Washington, United States

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