Western Washington University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,760
2.48% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$21,105
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.598%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
92.7%
11,864 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
14,747
87.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
65.3%
1,868 Graduates

About

Western Washington University is a higher education institution located in Whatcom County, WA. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Western Washington University were General Psychology (220 degrees awarded), General Computer & Information Sciences (151 degrees), and Creative Writing (136 degrees).

In 2022, 3,831 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Washington University. 60.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,660 degrees), 6.68 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (398 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Washington University is $7,760, which is $−16,236 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Western Washington University is $7,760, which is $−16,236 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,105.

In 2022, 61% of undergraduate students attending Western Washington University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 28% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$7,760
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Western Washington University was $7,760. The cost of tuition at Western Washington University is $−16,236 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$21,105
2022 Value
85.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Western Washington University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,105. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Western Washington University grew by 85.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,080
Room and Board
$1,011
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Washington University was of $13,080 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 4.49% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,011. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.51% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

61%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
28%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

61% of undergraduate students at Western Washington University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 5.17% with respect to 2021, when 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.598%
2019 Default Rate
18
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Western Washington University was 0.598%, which represents 18 out of the 3009 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Western Washington University received 11,864 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 12.1% annual growth. Out of those 11,864 applicants, 10,997 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 92.7% acceptance rate.

There were 14,747 students enrolled at Western Washington University in 2022. 12% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Washington University has an overall enrollment yield of 29.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

92.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
10,997
Accepted Out of 11,864

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Washington University was 92.7% (10,997 admissions from 11,864 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 96.1%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 12.1%, while admissions grew by 8.16%..

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SAT Scores

12%
Submission Percentage (2022)
371
Scores Submitted (2022)

12% of enrolled first-time students at Western Washington University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Washington University had a total enrollment of 14,747 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Western Washington University is 12,938 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,809. This means that 87.7% of students enrolled at Western Washington University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 68.5% White, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 9.22% Two or More Races, 5.89% Asian, 1.98% Black or African American, 0.393% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.183% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Washington University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (39.7%), followed by White Male (28.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.91%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (41.5%), followed by White Male (27.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Washington University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 14,747 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Washington University is 12,938 and the part-time enrollment is 1,809. This means that 87.7% of students enrolled at Western Washington University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Western Washington University was 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Western Washington University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    10,096 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,566 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    1,359 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Western Washington University is 68.5% White, 10.6% Hispanic or Latino, 9.22% Two or More Races, 5.89% Asian, 1.98% Black or African American, 0.393% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.183% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 291 students (1.97%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 801 more women than men received degrees from Western Washington University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Western Washington University is white (2,660 degrees awarded). There were 6.68 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (398 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Washington University is General Psychology (220 degrees awarded), followed by General Computer & Information Sciences (151 degrees) and Creative Writing (136 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Western Washington University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (136 degrees awarded), English (213 degrees), and Physical Sciences (133 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Elementary & middle school teachers (235,719 people), Postsecondary teachers (209,804 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (209,727 people), Other managers (206,581 people), and Secondary school teachers (169,157 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University in 2022 are Language & Linguistics (136 degrees awarded), English (213 degrees), Physical Sciences (133 degrees), History (74 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (261 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Language & Linguistics (136 degrees awarded), English (213 degrees), Physical Sciences (133 degrees), History (74 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (261 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Elementary & secondary schools (566,312 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (413,049 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (224,076 people), Computer Systems Design (181,550 people), and Legal services (171,445 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Language & Linguistics (136 degrees awarded), English (213 degrees), Physical Sciences (133 degrees), History (74 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (261 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Western Washington University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 220 degrees awarded
  2. 151 degrees awarded
  3. 136 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Washington University was General Psychology with 220 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,515
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,316
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,515 degrees were awarded to men at Western Washington University, which is 0.654 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,316).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 122 degrees were awarded to men at Western Washington University in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 2.84 times more than the 43 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 168 degrees were awarded to men at Western Washington University in General Psychology, which is 3.23 times more than the 52 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

38%
100% Completion Time
68%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 38% of students graduating from Western Washington University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 68% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 69% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (70.6%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Western Washington University is Female and White (70.6% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.5% of graduates (28 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,660 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    398 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    318 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Washington University is white (2,660 degrees awarded). There were 6.68 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (398 degrees).

2.19% of degree recipients (84 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    1,599 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,061 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    259 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Western Washington University is white female (1,599 degrees awarded). There were 1.51 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1061 degrees).

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Operations

Western Washington University has an endowment valued at nearly $95.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−0.932%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Western Washington University had a total salary expenditure of 346M. Western Washington University employs 238 Professors, 194 Associate professors and 139 Instructors. Most academics at Western Washington University are Male Professor (148), Male Associate professor (102), and Female Associate professor (92).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Washington University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 406 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 176 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 165 employees.

Endowment

$95.5M
2022 Endowment
14.9%
decline from 2021

Western Washington University has an endowment valued at about $95.5M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Washington University declined 14.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $48.9M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $7.79M - Federal
  2. $26.9M - State
  3. $463k - Local

As of 2022, Western Washington University received $7.79M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $26.9M from state grants and contracts, and $463k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$175M
2022 Salaries
7.27%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Western Washington University paid a median of $175M in salaries, which represents 50.7% of their overall expenditure ($346M) and a 7.27% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$67.7M
Instructional Salaries
682
Number of Employees

In 2022, Western Washington University paid a total of $67.7M to 682 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
238 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
406 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Washington University were Professor with 238 employees, Associate professor with 194 employees, and Instructor with 139 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Washington University were Office and Administrative Support with 406 employees, Business and Financial Operations with 176 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 165 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Washington University was Male Professor with 148 employees, Male Associate professor with 102 employees, and Female Associate professor with 92 employees.

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