ACTIVE MINDS CHANGING LIVES
Welcome to Where You Belong
From the beautiful natural environment to the welcoming community of individuals inhabiting it, Western is a breath of fresh air and a wonderful place to call home. As the premier undergraduate-focused university in the Pacific Northwest, Western offers the personal attention, small class sizes and support of a small college, along with the academic choice, resources and student life of a large university. A trailblazing spirit has fueled us from our beginnings 125 years ago. Today, students continue to drive us forward, consistently receiving recognition for their commitment to making changeâ€”from developing and marketing solar windows to fighting for positive social and economic transformation. So get ready to collaborate with faculty who are equal parts expert and mentor, have real conversations, make deep connections, and develop innovative solutions to problems that matter.
BY THE NUMBERS 15,915 95% students
new students who begin as transfer students
average class size
classes taught by faculty, not graduate assistants
acres of forest adjacent to campus
student-run clubs and organizations
Western is within 100 miles of two world-class cities: Seattle, WA and Vancouver, B.C.
RECOGNITION Among the nation’s 100 best values in education, combining an outstanding education with economic value
#1 public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest for 19 years in a row U.S. News & World Report
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Among 40 campuses in the world selected as an Ashoka U Changemaker for providing students and faculty with interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial and solution-oriented skills to succeed and make a positive difference in the world
WESTERN’S SEVEN COLLEGES College of Humanities and Social Sciences College of Science and Engineering College of Business and Economics Woodring College of Education College of Fine and Performing Arts Huxley College of the Environment Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Business & Sustainability, BA Business & Sustainability â€“ Energy Studies Concentration, BA
A Accounting, BA American Cultural Studies, BA Anthropology Anthropology, BA * Anthropology/Biology, BA Anthropology/Social Studies, BA Archaeology Concentration, BA Biocultural Concentration, BA Applied Mathematics, BS Art History, BA Art Studio, BA, BFA *
B Behavioral Neuroscience, BS Biochemistry, BS Biology Biology, BA * Biology/Anthropology, BS Biology/Mathematics, BS Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology Emphasis, BS General Emphasis, BS Marine Emphasis, BS Molecular & Cellular Biology Emphasis, BS Business Administration Business Administration, BA Finance Concentration, BA International Business Concentration, BA Management Concentration, BA Management Information Systems Concentration, BA Marketing Concentration, BA Operations Management Concentration, BA
Canadian-American Studies, BA Chemistry, BA, BS * Chinese Language & Culture, BA * Communication Sciences & Disorders, BA Communication Studies, BA Community Health, BS Computer Science, BS Cybersecurity, BS +
D Dance, BA, BFA Design, BA, BFA
E Early Childhood Education, BAE Early Childhood Special Education, BAE Earth Science (Elementary or Secondary), BAE East Asian Studies, BA Economics, BA Economics/Accounting, BA Economics/Environmental Studies, BA Economics/Mathematics, BA Economics/Political Science, BA Economics/Social Studies, BA Elementary Education Professional Program Energy Policy & Management, BA Engineering Electrical Engineering, BS Manufacturing Engineering, BS Plastics & Composites Engineering, BS English Creative Writing Emphasis, BA * Literature Emphasis, BA * Environmental Education, BA Environmental Policy, BA Environmental Science Environmental Science, BS Marine Science Emphasis, BS
Freshwater & Terrestrial Ecology Emphasis, BS Toxicology Emphasis, BS Environmental Studies, BA * Environmental Studies/ Journalism, BA Exceptionality & Disability, BAE
F Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Interdisciplinary Concentration, BA, BAE Interdisciplinary Concentration â€“ Law, Diversity & Justice Emphasis, BA Financial Economics, BA French, BA * French/German, BA French/Spanish, BA
G General Science (Elementary, Middle or Secondary), BAE Geography, BA * Geography/Social Studies, BA Geology, BA, BS Geophysics, BS German, BA * German/Spanish, BA
H History, BA * History/Social Studies, BA Human Services, BA Humanities History of Culture, BA Religion & Culture, BA Humanities & Social Sciences Student/Faculty Designed Major, BA, BS Huxley College of the Environment Student/Faculty Designed Major, BA, BS
I Industrial Design, BS
J Japanese, BA * Journalism News/Editorial, BA Public Relations, BA Visual Journalism, BA
K Kinesiology Health & Fitness Specialization, BS Movement Studies Specialization, BS Sport Psychology Specialization, BS
L Language, Literacy & Cultural Studies, BAE Linguistics, BA
Political Science, BA Political Science/Social Studies, BA Politics/Philosophy/Economics, BA Psychology, BS *
R Recreation, BA
S Science Education, BAE Secondary Education Professional Program Sociology, BA, BS * Sociology/Social Studies, BA Spanish, BA * Special Education, BAE Statistics, BS
Theatre, BA *
Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management, BS Mathematics, BA, BS * Mathematics/Computer Science, BS Multidisciplinary Studies, BA Music Music, BA, BMus Composition Concentration, BMus History & Literature Concentration, BMus Performance Concentration, BMus Music Education P-12, BMus
N Nursing (RN-to-BSN), BSN +
P Philosophy, BA Physical Education & Health P-12, BAE Physics, BS *
Urban Planning & Sustainable Development, BA
W Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, BA
BA = Bachelor of Arts BS = Bachelor of Science BAE = Bachelor of Arts, Education BFA = Bachelor of Fine Arts BMus = Bachelor of Music BSN = Bachelor of Science in Nursing * Related Bachelor of Arts, Education (BAE) degree or teaching endorsement available + Requires specialized transfer degree This list of academic programs is subject to change without advanced notice.
A DDITION A L A CA DEMIC OPPORTU N ITIES In addition to the bachelorâ€™s degrees listed, you can enrich your academic experience through the Honors Program, Distinguished Scholars programs, certificates, & over 90 minors, including these: Arabic & Islamic Studies Arts Enterprise & Cultural Innovation Business Analytics Diversity in Higher Education Embedded Systems Energy Policy Entrepreneurship & Innovation Film Studies Foreign Cultures International Studies Internet Resources Creation & Management Leadership Studies Queer Studies Raza Latina Studies STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) Sustainable Design User Experience (UX) Design Womenâ€™s Literature
PRE- PROFESSION A L PATH WAYS While these are not majors, pre-professional pathways can be incorporated into or taken alongside the 160+ majors offered at Western. Pre-Chiropractic Pre-Dentistry Pre-Law Pre-Medicine Pre-Nutrition Pre-Occupational Therapy Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy Pre-Physical Therapy Pre-Physician Assistant Pre-Veterinary
What’s the Big Idea? Combine Your Interests Western is rife with opportunities to fuse fields you’re interested in. Put your passion for the environment to work writing for The Planet, the nation’s oldest undergraduate environmental journalism magazine. Work with students and faculty from a variety of majors to tackle complex energy challenges through Western’s Institute for Energy Studies. Develop innovative math and science curriculum at SMATE (Science, Math and Technology Education), a national model for K-12 teacher preparation.
Cross Boundaries Pursue a cross-disciplinary major such as Behavioral Neuroscience, Business and Sustainability, Energy Policy and Management, Environmental Studies/Journalism, Language, Literature and Cultural Studies or Politics/ Philosophy/Economics.
Build Your Own Major Through Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, students can design their own majors, called interdisciplinary concentrations. Fairhaven faculty work closely with students through intensive advising and classes of 15-20 students, and curriculum focuses on social and environmental justice and diversity.
Juan Galvez Sociology and Spanish President of Mariachi Bahía Azul and coordinator of Western’s first mariachi conference
Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies’ Upside Down Program Helped build a re-entry program at Skagit Valley College for students who have been incarcerated
In an increasingly complex world, success depends on considering problems from multiple perspectives and engaging across disciplines. Join a community that thrives on collaboration, innovation, and entrepreneurship. At the IDEA Institute, students learn to recognize a need, consider opportunities, link them to innovative solutions, and bring people together to make change happen. The Institute is home to the IDEA Changemaker Fellows, leaders from majors across campus driven by a commitment to their communities and to solving societal problems.
Maria José Palacios Figueroa
Spanish and Linguistics
Business and Sustainability
Developed solutions for valuing and compensating students of color for executing cultural events
Reimagined language education to connect Spanish Heritage Speakers across the Bellingham community
Using workshops and digital tools to inspire individuals and organizations to reduce their trash production
Hugo Sanchez Garcia
“Most Changemaker Fellows don’t self-identify as entrepreneurs and innovators, and that’s important. It speaks to the limits of words. Entrepreneurial and innovative people exist in all disciplines, sectors and communities. IDEA exists to help them build their dreams.”
Danica Kilander Associate Director, IDEA Institute
Victoria Matey Mendoza
Exploring ideas for decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from rental housing and commercial spaces
Challenging inhumane narratives about undocumented immigrants through public speaking
Stephanie Arroyo Kinesiology Created a welcoming, culturallyrelevant fitness program for womxn of color
Lead the Change
The persistence of inequality may fool some of us into believing that we are helpless to fight against it. As individuals, however, we have the power to dismantle structural oppression—this is one of Professor Glenn Tsunokai’s favorite lessons. Tsunokai, a Professor of Sociology, often shares the inspirational story of Charlene Teters, a member of the Spokane tribe. While in graduate school, Charlene carried a sign that read “Indians are human beings” to every sporting event on her campus to protest the use of an artificial Native American chief as the university’s official mascot. Her beliefs and actions became the catalyst for a movement that sought to stop the misappropriation of Native American culture, traditions, and imagery. Charlene’s story serves as a springboard for students to apply their knowledge in class by creating a movement to fight for social issues important to them.
“The overall goal is to make my students realize that anyone can be a powerful social agent for positive change.”
Dr. Glenn Tsunokai Professor of Sociology
For 15 years, Tsunokai has supervised and collaborated with students on research projects, provided guidance to upwards of 60 students completing independent research projects and/ or senior theses, mentored more than 200 student-teaching assistants, and co-authored papers with undergraduates. Much of his current research explores two opposing themes: love and hate. He's looking at interracial dating preferences, as well as the recruitment, ideology, and ritualized behaviors of white supremacists in the 21st century.
Advance critical issues from environmental sustainability and climate change, to human health, economic vitality and cultural diversity.
Create a Sustainable Future Join the community at Westernâ€™s Huxley College of the Environment. Huxley was the first dedicated environmental college in the nation, and is a recognized leader in producing the next generation of environmental professionals and stewards.
Speak Truth to Power With seven student-run campus newspapers, magazines and journals, expect to be heard while getting real experience writing, reporting and editing for award-winning publications. If you prefer the pavement to the pen, join the Associated Students in registering the campus community to vote. Western students received national recognition for the number of people they registered to vote in the 2016 election.
Strengthen Your Cause Increase you knowledge with a minor in American Cultural Studies; Diversity in Higher Education; Education and Social Justice; Energy Policy; Law, Diversity and Justice; Queer Studies; Raza Latina; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and more.
Extended Education For students unable to study in Bellingham, Western’s location programs offer flexible degree completion options throughout the Puget Sound and Central Salish Sea regions and WesternOnline delivers quality degree and certificate programs and courses online. The following bachelor’s degrees are offered at a distance or online: • Business Administration, BA (Poulsbo) • Business and Sustainability, BA (Poulsbo) • Cybersecurity, BS (Poulsbo) • Early Childhood Education, Non Certification BAE (Bremerton, Poulsbo) • Early Childhood Education, P-3 Option BAE (Bremerton, Poulsbo) • Elementary Education Teacher Certification with Major in Education for Inclusive Environments, BAE (Bremerton, Everett) • Environmental Policy, BA (Everett, Port Angeles, Poulsbo) • Environmental Science, BS (Everett, Port Angeles, Poulsbo) • Human Services, BA (Everett, Online) • Multidisciplinary Studies, BA (Bremerton, Port Angeles, Poulsbo) EE.WWU.EDU/DEGREE-PROGRAMS-COURSES
360° Inspiration Live and learn in a location nationally recognized for its breathtaking beauty and endless outdoor possibility. With a vibrant downtown, thriving arts and music scenes, and an easy drive to and from Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., Bellingham is a place students love to call home.
BELLINGHAM Anacortes Port Angeles
Mt. Vernon Everett Seattle
Burien Tacoma Spokane
Olympia Western off-campus locations
89,000 Western was ranked as one of the top 10 colleges with the best perks by Huffington Post Teen, thanks to our student-operated Associated Students Outdoor Center
population of Bellingham, WA
663 inches of annual snowfall at Mount Baker, the most of any ski area in the world
32°F to 72°F typical weather: pleasantly mild and temperate
Research Your World When you do research as an undergraduate student, your lab could be just a lab. Or it could be a coastal research vessel, old growth forest, or mountain top in another country. One of these international research opportunities is offered through Western’s Mountain Environments Research Institute (MERI), an interdisciplinary team with an overall goal of developing the next generation of skilled mountain researchers. Through a MERI student-exchange partnership, Western students are working in the Peruvian Andes, and students from Peru will spend time in the U.S. North Cascades. The exchange project seeks to improve access to study abroad opportunities for underrepresented groups, and will help students gain a greater understanding of the issues facing climate research in the mountain ranges. “These two mountain ranges have so much in common, but more importantly, our students have so much to learn from each other when they go abroad,” said John All, MERI director.
"In the end, that’s what it all really comes down to— getting our students into these places to see for themselves how the Earth’s climate is changing so very quickly; then allowing their data and their experiences to help tell the story. Taking it to the next level—that’s going to be their job.”
Director of MERI and Research Professor of Environmental Science
Study Abroad Earn credit while experiencing other cultures and languages during a quarter, semester or yearlong study abroad trip. STUDYABROAD.WWU.EDU
Study the Sea Experience natural marine habitat while working in sophisticated labs and on a fleet of research vessels at Western's off-campus coastal research facility, the Shannon Point Marine Center. It's the ideal location for marine studies.
Investigate Brains Western’s Behavioral Neuroscience Program integrates elements of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology. Research opportunities for undergraduates include working with world-renowned Huntington’s Disease expert Dr. Jeff Carroll and addiction researcher Dr. Jeff Grimm, who investigates the similarities between drug addiction and the body’s craving for sugar.
Explore Space A Professor of Geology and Astronomy at Western, Dr. Melissa Rice is also part of NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Science Team—a role that provides significant opportunities for collaboration between the Curiosity team and Rice’s undergraduate students.
Home Sweet Home From our 16 residential communities to the Wade King Student Recreation Center, campus is alive with activity. Just decide what you want to explore, and then go for it! Itâ€™s easy to connect and build community through your residence hall, campus clubs and activities. Get ready to try new things, make new friends and learn new skills.
While itâ€™s not required to live on campus, housing is available for all students. You can request to live with a friend, let us assign a compatible roommate, or search for one using our portal.
All residence halls feature nearby dining, free on-site laundry facilities, study lounges, TV and game rooms, and bike storage.
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We also offer significant resources to support the living experience for those students wishing to live off-campus.
Winner of the 2015 Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, recognizing Western as one of the five healthiest schools in the country
Western is home to 200+ student-run clubs and organizations, all supported by the Associated Students (AS). You’ll find clubs for every interest, including academic, service, art, environmental, recreational, and many more. The AS also produces awesome campus concerts, cultural events, and engaging speakers series. Whether you want to join a club, start your own, or run for student-body president, the AS makes it easy to get involved.
The Ethnic Student Center Established in 1991, the Ethnic Student Center (ESC) is home to 19 multicultural clubs, and is often referred to as a “home away from home.” From organizing cultural events on campus to advocating for the creation of a new Multicultural Center, students in the ESC are dedicated to supporting historically underrepresented students.
From kayaking to sailing to paddleboarding, Western’s Lakewood property is water sports central.
Western’s state-of-the-art Wade King Student Recreation Center has a rock climbing wall, a pool, an indoor track, weight rooms, a cardio floor and much more.
The Sehome Arboretum borders campus and offers easy access to 180 acres of woods, six miles of trails and quiet study nooks.
At Western’s Underground Coffeehouse you can hear live music, study with a good cup of coffee or just hang out with friends on comfy couches.
The AS Outdoor Center will outfit you with everything you need for backpacking, hiking, skiing or mountain biking. Resources include equipment rentals, a bike shop, outdoor excursions, educational materials, instructional clinics and an uber-knowledgeable staff.
Join the Crew Western is a fierce NCAA Division II competitor, but when it comes to athletics it’s less about watching the competition and more about getting involved. In addition to 13 D-II sports, Western boasts a wide variety of club sports and a generous number of intramural sports that allow athletes at all levels to compete, including beginners. Of the 23 active club sports, Western’s most popular are baseball, volleyball, rugby, lacrosse, ultimate, and softball. Favorite intramural sports include badminton, dodgeball, flag football, kickball, racquetball, indoor soccer, and tennis.
NCAA Division II Sports: basketball, soccer, cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field, golf, softball, women’s volleyball, and women’s rowing
9 Western teams were represented at the 2017-2018 NCAA Championships
2016-2017 NCAA Division II National Champions: Women’s Soccer and Women’s Rowing (8th title)
One of just 32 NCAA Division II schools to earn the NCAA President’s Award for Academic Excellence during the 20172018 academic year
Art Your Heart Out At Western and in the Bellingham community, youâ€™ll never run out of chances to experience culture, whether itâ€™s music, dance, theatre, galleries, films, or even sidewalk chalk competitions. Bellingham is loaded with art: The Downtown Art Walk, the Commercial Street Night Market, live music nearly every night, dance, three main theatres for live performances, three independent film screens, and museums. Bellingham has one of the highest per capita concentrations of working artists anywhere in the country, and guest artists, teachers and speakers are drawn from the nearby worldclass cities of Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.
300 annual performances and
exhibits of student work
Art on Campus: Western offers 15 arts majors, has three professional art galleries, two smaller galleries dedicated to exhibitions of students, and one of the top 10 outdoor sculpture collections in the country.
27 campus concerts
produced by the Associated Students in 2017
Add to your education with a minor in Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation, Dance, Design Studies; Music; Theatre; or User Experience Design
Build Your Future
Sameen Ahmad graduated from Western with a degree in Computer Science, a robust resume, and a job lined up in Seattle as a technical analyst. Driven by a desire to create products that are sustainable, affordable and helpful, Sameen also wants to break down barriers for groups that may not have resources and support to pursue STEM fields, such as women and students from underrepresented communities. As a student, Sameen was eager to put her passion and skills to work. She began teaching an after-school coding club at a local elementary school. She also found the perfect campus job as a student web developer and analyst. Sameen built analytics reports and was part of a team responsible for developing and maintaining Western’s website. She gained technical knowledge that complemented what she was learning in class, and learned a skill of high importance to employers—collaboration. “I learned a lot from other student employees and fulltime staff at WebTech,” Sameen said. “This position gave me great resources and references when I began looking for jobs after graduation.”
Western students have interned for Microsoft, Boeing, the Washington State Legislature, Merrill Lynch, REI, Swedish Hospital, the Seattle Mariners, the White House, Tesla, NASA, the National Wildlife Federation, the United Nations and K2 Sports, among others
#2 Peace Corps volunteer-producing university among medium-sized schools
Western ranks in the top 10 nationally for grads who go on to earn research doctorates among master’s-granting institutions Survey of Earned Doctorates
Named a top national producer of Fulbright Scholarship winners in 2016-2017
89% of bachelor’s recipients are either employed or continuing their educations within 6 months of graduating 2016-2017 Graduate Outcomes Report
Katie Brown ’00, Cultural Anthropology, Secondary Education
Washington State 2014 Teacher of the Year
’83, Interdisciplinary Studies
’05, Interdisciplinary Studies 2012 Academy Award winner (Undefeated); 2017 Emmy Award winner (LA 92)
Attorney, Former King County judge; first Native American on Seattle City Council
’05, Political Science Former White House Associate Director for Public Engagement; founder and principal consultant at Common Thread Strategies
’12, Graphic Design
Clayton Knight ’12, Physics
Vini Elizabeth Samuel ’84, History and English
Attorney; Montesano, Washington’s first female mayor; first Indian-American woman elected mayor in the country
Andrew James Dumont ’11, Finance and Marketing
Founding partner at Curious Capital; award-winning technology executive
Founders of twotime GRAMMYnominated ODESZA
Photo by Tonje Thilesen
Cost of Attendance Earning a bachelor’s degree is one of the smartest decisions you will make, and at thousands less than private colleges and large research universities, you will find that Western is a great value, and competitive in terms of quality and cost.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID Western is dedicated to helping students save money through a variety of financial aid options, and has a long tradition of making college affordable for students who cannot afford full tuition and expenses. Eligible students have access to: • Scholarships that recognize academic achievement, leadership potential, special talents and multicultural achievement. • Dedicated scholarships for transfer students, including Phi Theta Kappa members and other high-achieving students. • Need-based financial aid and low-interest loans to students whose Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) demonstrates they could not otherwise afford to attend. Washington residents ineligible to complete the FAFSA due to immigration status may apply for state financial aid by completing the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). • Need-based work study (FAFSA dependent) and other on- and off-campus employment opportunities.
One of the 100 best values in the nation among public colleges for combining educational excellence with economic value Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Western disbursed more than $18 million in scholarships during the 2016-2017 academic year
One of the best “Bang for the Buck” schools in the nation, based on graduation rates and low loan default rates Washington Monthly
2018-2019 ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE NON-RESIDENT TUITION
WA RESIDENT TUITION
includes one-time confirmation fee, technology, health services, student recreation center, public transport, etc.
Housing and Meals*
Books and Supplies*
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Costs represent annual expenses for full-time students (10-18 credits) * Not fixed costs; varies depending on student, living arrangements and meal plan
FAFSA priority deadline: January 31
Westernâ€™s school code: 003802
Transfer Planning Resources TRANSFERRING CREDIT YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE ANSWERS.
You’ve worked hard to earn college credits, so naturally you will want to know how previous courses will transfer toward your bachelor’s degree. Credit acceptance is governed by Western’s credit policies, and the majority of students are pleased to learn that most, if not all, of their previous coursework transfers easily to Western. While Western provides transfer credit reports to all students who have earned college credit before they register for their first quarter, why wait for the good news? You can review the following online tools at any time to determine how many credits Western will accept in transfer, and, most importantly, how those credits will apply toward your degree requirements at Western. Western’s Transfer Course Equivalency Guide provides a detailed list of courses from community colleges and most public baccalaureate institutions in Washington state that Western accepts in transfer. If you have earned transfer credit from a college or university outside Washington state, reviewing the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide and Western’s Catalog for similar courses should give you a good idea of how your credits will transfer. You will find our credit awarding policies for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge International exams on our website as well. A summary of our transfer credit policies is available at admissions.wwu.edu/transfer. If you have further questions after taking advantage of the resources listed below, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 650-3440.
APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION ADMISSIONS.WWU.EDU/APPLY TRANSFER COURSE EQUIVALENCY GUIDE ADMISSIONS.WWU.EDU/TCEG
PROGRAMS OF STUDY ADMISSIONS.WWU.EDU/CATALOG TRANSFER STUDENT FAQS ADMISSIONS.WWU.EDU/TRANSFER/FAQS
MAJOR GUIDES WWU.EDU/MAJORS
To facilitate a smooth transition to Western, keep the following in mind. PREPARE FOR YOUR MAJOR Whenever possible, complete prerequisite courses before you transfer. Research the courses Western requires for your academic area, talk with your transfer advisor, and utilize Western’s online resources for transfer students. Gaining related work or volunteer experience helps, too!
DON’T WAIT TO TAKE MATH AND ENGLISH Strive to complete college-level mathematics and English Composition before submitting your application for admission to Western. Doing so strengthens your application by alleviating any concerns we may have about your ability in these fundamental areas.
PLAN AHEAD With careful planning, you can often use the same course for multiple purposes. A course that meets a general education requirement at your current college, for example, might also serve as a necessary prerequisite for your intended major at Western.
APPLICATION DEADLINES Transfer/Post-baccalaureate Fall Quarter
Freshman/Running Start Fall Early Action Deadline
Fall Regular Decision Deadline
The following academic departments require additional information prior to admission to Western: Art, Design, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Human Services, Industrial Design, Music, Secondary Education, Special Education and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).
WRITE A HELPFUL ESSAY You can further strengthen your application by ensuring your essay helps us understand: • Your academic plan and experiences you’ve had that relate to your educational or career goals • Your potential contributions to the Western community such as unique experiences, commitment to diversity, special talent, leadership experience, etc. • Any circumstances that have helped or hindered your academic achievement and your strategies for succeeding at Western
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Office of Admissions Old Main 200, MS 9009 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
Take a 90-minute walking tour of campus led by a current student, see inside a residence hall, and learn all about the exciting opportunities Western has to offer. ÂĄSe ofrecen giras del campus en espaĂąol!
Large open-house style events for prospective students occur in the fall. Check our website for the most up-to-date information regarding special visit opportunities.
TRANSFER DAYS In addition to a campus tour, our Transfer Days program also allows you and your family to get questions answered during an admission presentation, view our residence halls, visit academic department open houses, learn about student support resources, tour the rec center, and more.
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