Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA 98225

Western Washington University is one of the 35 public 4-year colleges in Washington. Its campus is medium in size and located in Bellingham. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 3,114 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 2,522 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 81%).

Every year 69% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Western Washington State College's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $6,879, and fees were $1,304. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $21,391 and $1,304 respectively.


Campus LocaleSmall City
Campus SizeMedium
Student to Faculty Ratio18:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 1 35

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Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
03/01/1921 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
06/11/2015 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1080 to 1280
ACT22 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $100

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$229/credit
In State Students$229/credit
Out of State Students$713/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$330/credit
In State Students$330/credit
Out of State Students$685/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $10,305 $10,305 $32,085
ADN 70 $16,030 $16,030 $49,910
BSN 125 $28,625 $28,625 $89,125
FNP 50 $16,500 $16,500 $34,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 81% of Western Washington University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 22% $4,147
Other Federal Grant 20% $363
State Grant & Scholarships 16% $6,276
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 60% $3,932
Federal Student Loans 41% $5,437
Private Loans 3% $12,427


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$9,226
$30,001 to $48,000$10,708
$48,001 to $75,000$15,342
$75,001 to $110,000$20,493
Over $110,000$21,222

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Washington state board of nursing.

Western Washington University
516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

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