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Rank: 158

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WAhttps://www.wwu.edu
With more than 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Most courses will be online during WWU's fall quarter. About 10% of classes, primarily subjects that require lab work or research, will include in-person meetings. All in-person courses will end after the Thanksgiving break.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$24,700
% of students who get any grants
51%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$18,200
Average price for low-income students
$10,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
88%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/26
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
15,070
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
79%
% of need met
93%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$1,850
student success
Graduation rate
68%
Average time to a degree
4.5 years
Average student debt
$19,000
Average salary within 5 years
$51,800
% earning more than $28,000
77%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Most courses will be online during WWU's fall quarter. About 10% of classes, primarily subjects that require lab work or research, will include in-person meetings. All in-person courses will end after the Thanksgiving break.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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