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Rank: 213

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WAwww.wwu.edu
With about 16,000 students, Western Washington University is medium-sized but offers some of the same advantages as smaller colleges, such as the strong likelihood that all your classes will be taught by faculty members. The campus also has a mix of student-types: more than half of freshmen enroll with some college credit and nearly three-quarters of transfer students come from a state community college. The college is near the northern border of Washington in Bellingham. Set between an arboretum and a bay, the campus is near plenty of natural resources, including six miles of hiking trails and a ski area about 50 miles away. It should come as little surprise, then, that sustainability is a major fabric of campus life. The university founded a college devoted to environmental science back in 1969; it is one of eight distinct colleges within the university, including one for education and another for performing and fine arts. Students in the arts program -- or just curious about its subject matter -- can enjoy the dozens of contemporary outdoor sculptures that dot the campus. Western Washington launched a degree program in energy policy recently and has been using all renewable energy for over a decade, after students voted to pay an annual fee to do so. The university consistently ranks as one of the top producers of Peace Corps volunteers.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$24,600
% of students who get any grants
47%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,200
Average price for low-income students
$9,230
admissions
Acceptance rate
85%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/25
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
14,876
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
79%
% of need met
91%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$1,194
student success
Graduation rate
69%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$19,330
Average salary within 3 years
$53,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
33%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Jan 31

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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