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Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA


  1. WWU is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the PNW
  2. WWU was named as one of the best public schools in the West for veterans
  3. WWU has one of the most sustainable, “green” campuses in the nation

About This Campus

Western Washington University is a public institution that was founded in 1893. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar.

Location Information

Bellingham, Washington sits between a sheltered bay opening up to the San Juan islands and Mount Baker. Seattle and Vancouver are both a short drive away. WWU's main campus is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, from time immemorial. We express our deepest respect and gratitude to our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Bellingham
Population | 90,665
Enrollment | 16,140
Language | English
Calendar | Quarter
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 09/23-12/11
Winter | 1/5-3/19
Spring | 3/30-6/11

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 2%
Asian | 11%
Black | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 10%
Two or more | 1%
White | 69%
Other | 3%
International | 0%


  • Priority: N/A
In general, NSE students are allowed to take any courses at WWU. However, there are some limitations to enrollment in the following areas: College of Business courses, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Political Science, Biology, Geology, Physical Education, Kineseology, Health and Recreation, Communications, English, Psychology, and Education. Audition or portfolio is required for admission to some Music and Art classes. Regarding Physical Education classes: Please note that all Physical Education classes are "self-supporting", which means they are not covered under normal tuition. Any student enrolling in a P.E. class will need to pay an additional per credit fee out of pocket regardless of whether they are on plan A or plan B.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Education
  • Business Information Systems
  • Business Management
  • Canadian Studies
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Design
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • History
  • Industrial Design
  • International Business
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Sciences
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Recreation Management
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Statistics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Urban Planning


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, N/A computer or 80.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Quarter are current as of 03/04/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
  • Home Payment: 18 ($448 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $200 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $108 Quarter Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Housing Deposit: The housing deposit is mandatory for on-campus housing. For more information, please use the following link: https://housing.wwu.edu/ Parking Fee: There are multiple parking permit options for people wanting on-campus parking. For more information, please use the following link: https://transportation.wwu.edu/student-permits For students on financial aid - Please keep in mind that Western operates on a quarter system. Be sure to discuss with your NSE coordinator such issues as your financial aid release date and requirements for maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 03/04/21

On-Campus Housing Per Quarter
  • 0% living on campus
  • Double: $4012 (includes meals)
  • Per quarter unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $$1000
  • Proximity to campus: 2
Notes About Housing
There are multiple off-campus housing options and rates. For more information, please use the following link: https://offcampusliving.wwu.edu/

Meal Plans

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
Notes About Meal Plans
There is also an "unlimited meal plan" for $1,828 for fall term. For more information, please use the following link: https://wwu.campusdish.com/MealPlans/MealPlans101


Campus Links


Figures per Quarter are current as of 03/04/21

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


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