Western Washington University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$7,215
2.56% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$17,728
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.76%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
90.4%
10,513 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
16,142
90.3% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
68.5%
1,822 Graduates

About

Western Washington University is a higher education institution located in Whatcom County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Western Washington University were General Psychology (201 degrees awarded), Sociology (144 degrees), and Environmental Science (137 degrees).

In 2019, 4,114 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Washington University. 58.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,989 degrees), 8.52 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (351 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Washington University is $7,215, which is $−14,811 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Washington University is $7,215, which is $−14,811 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,728.

In 2019, 51% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 38% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$7,215
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Western Washington University was $7,215. The cost of tuition at Western Washington University is $−14,811 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$17,728
2019 Value
1.87%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Western Washington University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,728. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Western Washington University grew by 1.87%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,466
Room and Board
$924
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Washington University was of $11,466 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $924. The cost of room and board increased by 4.51% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.99% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

51%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
38%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

51% of undergraduate students at Western Washington University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 51% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.76%
2017 Default Rate
84
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Western Washington University was 2.76%, which represents 84 out of the 3038 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Western Washington University received 10,513 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 5.49% annual decline. Out of those 10,513 applicants, 9,502 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 90.4% acceptance rate.

There were 16,142 students enrolled at Western Washington University in 2019, and 85% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Washington University has an overall enrollment yield of 32.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

90.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
9,502
Accepted Out of 10,513

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Washington University was 90.4% (9,502 admissions from 10,513 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 87.7%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −5.49%, while admissions declined by −2.55%.

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SAT Scores

85%
Submission Percentage
2,644
Scores Submitted

85% of enrolled first-time students at Western Washington University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Washington University has a total enrollment of 16,142 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Washington University is 14,574 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,568. This means that 90.3% of students enrolled at Western Washington University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 69.7% White, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 8.62% Two or More Races, 6.11% Asian, 1.59% Black or African American, 0.39% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.173% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Washington University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.2%), followed by White Male (29.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.34%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (45.6%), followed by White Male (27.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.66%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

90.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 16,142 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Washington University is 14,574 and the part-time enrollment is 1,568. This means that 90.3% of students enrolled at Western Washington University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

82%
2019 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 82%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Western Washington University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    11,249
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,617
  3. Two or More Races
    1,391

The enrolled student population at Western Washington University is 69.7% White, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 8.62% Two or More Races, 6.11% Asian, 1.59% Black or African American, 0.39% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.173% 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% 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, 352 students (2.18%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 718 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 (2,989 degrees awarded). There were 8.52 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (351 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Washington University is General Psychology (201 degrees awarded), followed by Sociology (144 degrees) and Environmental Science (137 degrees).

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 Natural Resources & Conservation (274 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (152 degrees), and English (231 degrees).

Workforce

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 (198,636 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (192,213 people), Other managers (171,092 people), Secondary school teachers (147,511 people), and Postsecondary teachers (143,001 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Natural Resources & Conservation (274 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (152 degrees), English (231 degrees), History (95 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (283 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Surgeons, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Dentists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Natural Resources & Conservation (274 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (152 degrees), English (231 degrees), History (95 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (283 degrees).

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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 (495,055 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (302,324 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (156,889 people), Legal services (154,712 people), and Computer Systems Design (123,558 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Natural Resources & Conservation (274 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (152 degrees), English (231 degrees), History (95 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (283 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 201 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 144 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 137 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Washington University was General Psychology with 201 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,698
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
2,416
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,698 degrees were awarded to men at Western Washington University, which is 0.703 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,416).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 116 degrees were awarded to men at Western Washington University in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 4 times more than the 29 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 154 degrees were awarded to women at Western Washington University in General Psychology, which is 3.28 times more than the 47 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

38%
100% Completion Time
69%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 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, 69% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 71% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (73.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Washington University is Female and Two or More Races (73.2% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.329% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,989 degrees awarded
  2. Two or More Races
    351 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    320 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Washington University is white (2,989 degrees awarded). There were 8.52 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (351 degrees).

1.36% of degree recipients (56 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,736 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,253 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    213 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Washington University is white female (1,736 degrees awarded). There were 1.39 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,253 degrees).

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Operations

Western Washington University has an endowment valued at nearly $91.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.13M (3.44%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Western Washington University had a total salary expenditure of $343M. Western Washington University employs 215 Professors, 168 Associate professors, and 159 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Washington University are Male Professors (138), Female Associate professors(85), and Male Associate professors (83).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Washington University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 400 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 175 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 161 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$91.1M
2019 Endowment
6.87%
growth from 2018

Western Washington University has an endowment valued at about $91.1M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Washington University grew 6.87% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $52.6M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $5.14M - Federal
  2. $22.1M - State
  3. $484k - Local

As of 2019, Western Washington University received $5.14M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $22.1M from state grants and contracts, and $484k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$159M
2019 Salaries
4.02%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Western Washington University paid a median of $159M in salaries, which represents 46.4% of their overall expenditure ($343M) and a 4.02% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.34% growth from 2017 and a 5.39% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$61.2M
Instructional Salaries
661
Number of Employees

In 2019, Western Washington University paid a total of $61.2M to 661 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
215 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
400 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Washington University were Professor with 215 employees; Associate professor with 168 employees; and Associate professor with 159 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Washington University were Office and Administrative Support with 400 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 175 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 161 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Washington University was Male Professor with 138 employees, Female Associate professor with 85 employees, and Male Associate professor with 83 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Western Washington University.

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