Western Washington University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$6,732

13% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$16,245

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

2.32%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

83.1%

10,519 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

15,574

91.1% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

69.5%

1,891 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 (180 degrees awarded), Environmental Science (127 degrees), and Sociology (112 degrees).

In 2016, 3,881 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Washington University. 57.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,976 degrees), 11.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (262 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Washington University is $6,732, which is $-13,428 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Washington University is $6,732, which is $-13,428 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,245.

In 2016, 48% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 45% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,732

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Western Washington University was $6,732. The cost of tuition at Western Washington University is $-13,428 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$16,245

2016 Value

2.08%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Western Washington University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,245. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Western Washington University grew by 2.08%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,341

Room and Board

$1,116

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Washington University was of $10,341 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,116. The cost of room and board increased by 2.99% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.64% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

48%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

45%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

48% of undergraduate students at Western Washington University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, when 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.32%

2015 Default Rate

69

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Western Washington University was 2.32%, which represents 69 out of the 2978 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Western Washington University received 10,519 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 5.9% annual growth. Out of those 10,519 applicants, 8,743 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 83.1% acceptance rate.

There were 15,574 students enrolled at Western Washington University in 2016, and 83% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Washington University has an overall enrollment yield of 33%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

83.1%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

8,743

Accepted Out of 10,519

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Washington University was 83.1% (8,743 admissions from 10,519 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 82.4%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 5.9%, while admissions grew by 6.84%.

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SAT Scores

83%

Submission Percentage

2,384

Scores Submitted

83% of enrolled first-time students at Western Washington University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Washington University has a total enrollment of 15,574 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Washington University is 14,189 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,385. This means that 91.1% of students enrolled at Western Washington University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 72.4% White, 8.35% Two or More Races, 8.33% Hispanic or Latino, 6.36% Asian, 1.63% Black or African American, 0.392% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.186% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Washington University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (40.6%), followed by White Male (31.1%) and Two or More Races Female (5.05%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (49.6%), followed by White Male (29%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.25%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

91.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,574 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Washington University is 14,189 and the part-time enrollment is 1,385. This means that 91.1% of students enrolled at Western Washington University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

82%

2016 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 (75%), 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

    11,275

  2. Two or More Races

    1,300

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,298

The enrolled student population at Western Washington University is 72.4% White, 8.35% Two or More Races, 8.33% Hispanic or Latino, 6.36% Asian, 1.63% Black or African American, 0.392% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.186% 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 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% 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, 185 students (1.19%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 585 more women than men received degrees from Western Washington University. The majority of degree recipients at Western Washington University are white (2,976 degrees awarded). There were 11.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (262 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Washington University is General Psychology (180 degrees awarded), followed by Environmental Science (127 degrees) and Sociology (112 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 (214 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (127 degrees), and English (211 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 (275,249 people), Miscellaneous managers (177,939 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (173,675 people), Postsecondary teachers (149,049 people), and Secondary school teachers (87,529 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Natural Resources & Conservation (214 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (127 degrees), English (211 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (260 degrees), and History (91 degrees).

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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 Real estate brokers & sales agents, Physicians & surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Credit counselors & loan officers

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Natural Resources & Conservation (214 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (127 degrees), English (211 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (260 degrees), and History (91 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 (484,779 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (299,222 people), Hospitals (177,581 people), Legal services (148,769 people), and Computer Systems Design (107,669 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Natural Resources & Conservation (214 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (127 degrees), English (211 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (260 degrees), and History (91 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 180 degrees awarded

  2. 127 degrees awarded

  3. 112 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Washington University was General Psychology with 180 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,648

  2. 2,233

In 2016, 1,648 degrees were awarded to men at Western Washington University, which is 0.738 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,233).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 105 degrees were awarded to men at Western Washington University in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 4.77 times more than the 22 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 143 degrees were awarded to women at Western Washington University in General Psychology, which is 3.86 times more than the 37 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

40%

100% Completion Time

72%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 40% of students graduating from Western Washington University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 72% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 73% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (83.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Washington University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (83.3% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.74% of graduates (14 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,976 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    262 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    259 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Washington University is white (2,976 degrees awarded). There were 11.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (262 degrees).

1.03% of degree recipients (40 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,693 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,283 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    170 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Washington University is white female (1,693 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,283 degrees).

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Operations

Western Washington University has an endowment valued at nearly $72.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $922k (1.28%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Western Washington University had a total expenditure of $282M. Of that $282M, they spent $138M on salaries and $282M on benefits.

Western Washington University employs 196 Professors, 164 Associate professors, and 137 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Washington University are Male Professors (125), Female Associate professors(83), and Male Associate professors (81).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Washington University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 276 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 163 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 152 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$72.2M

2015 Endowment

21.1%

growth from 2014

Western Washington University has an endowment valued at about $72.2M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Washington University grew 21.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $43.4M 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. $6.91M - Federal

  2. $18.3M - State

  3. $281k - Local

As of 2015, Western Washington University received $6.91M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $18.3M from state grants and contracts, and $281k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$138M

Salary Expenditure

$282M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Western Washington University had a total expenditure of $282M. Of that $282M, they spent $138M on salaries and $282M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Western Washington University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$138M

2015 Salaries

7.22%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Western Washington University paid a median of $138M in salaries, which represents 48.9% of their overall expenditure ($282M) and a 7.22% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.33% growth from 2013 and a 5.41% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$46.9M

Instructional Salaries

598

Number of Employees

In 2015, Western Washington University paid a total of $46.9M to 598 employees working as instructors, which represents 34% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

196 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

276 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Washington University were Professor with 196 employees; Associate professor with 164 employees; and Associate professor with 137 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Washington University were Office and Administrative Support with 276 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 163 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 152 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 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Washington University was Male Professor with 125 employees, Female Associate professor with 83 employees, and Male Associate professor with 81 employees.

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

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