Western is committed to engaging in leading research to answer some of the world’s most complex challenges, including global climate change, social justice and equity and sustainable development.
At Western you will receive all the benefits of a small college, with individualized attention and small class sizes, but with all the choice and opportunity a large university can offer. Learning in a supportive environment, you will explore new ideas to become a well-rounded citizen, and broaden your knowledge and skills to graduate ready to seek new opportunities.
Students at Western learn both inside and outside the classroom with experienced faculty who are willing to go the extra mile and support students through every challenge. 99% of all classes are taught by faculty, 74% of which hold the highest degree in their field. Our professors and teachers will play an active role in your education, from collaborative research to advising groups and study tours.
A strong liberal arts tradition means ambitious international students can explore every interest and craft the right education experience. Universities in the USA often offer a liberal arts education, meaning you will focus on your degree while also taking classes to give you a broader knowledge and varied approach to learning, helping you become a well-rounded global citizen. With the freedom to learn a bit of everything, you will thoughtfully choose the right degree for your future aspirations, and you can supplement your education with a second area of interest.
When you choose Western, you choose to put your education first. With the freedom to explore your interests, we will support you to develop your independence, seek opportunity and thoughtfully plan your future. Your studies will put you at the center of leading research and inspiring discussion. Together, we will discover the future.
Western Washington University was founded in 1893 as New Whatcom State Normal (teacher training) School. Instruction did not begin until 1899. The school began granting degrees in 1933, and in 1937 it became one of Washington’s three colleges of education. It became a state college in 1961 and a university in 1977.
Our experienced teachers will support you to adjust to life in the U.S. while introducing you to the many opportunities at Western. During your program you will live and learn on campus with access to the University’s facilities, services and student organizations. It won’t take long for you to become an active part of the community.
From the moment you arrive you will be a part of a community committed to world-leading research. As a mostly undergraduate university, you will have access to research positions where you will gain practical experience in your field.
While gaining hands-on experience in your degree, you will be supported by mentors and have access to career services to seek opportunities and grow your network. Students at Western go on to exciting careers for leading, global companies including Amazon, Boeing and Microsoft. You will graduate from Western as a dynamic professional, ready to make a difference.
While at Western you can live on a 215-acre campus in one of 16 residence halls, each with its own unique community. There are residences to suit all lifestyles with options for corridor-style or suite-style rooms. You can live with students who share your academic interests, or personal interests.
Western Libraries are integral to student success at Western Washington University. We serve students, faculty, and staff by providing top notch information resources, high quality library services, and technologically enabled spaces to support learning and scholarship.
Libraries are continually redefining who they are and changing to meet the needs of their users. Students today have different expectations than in years past.
Western is proud to host modern technologies supporting both academic and co-curricular activities. Accessible computer labs, laptop checkouts, cloud-based storage and communication tools are all in common use. Advanced scientific instrumentation, prototyping and design systems, as well as creative tools for media production are available in many courses.
The Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services at Western are dedicated to promoting a healthy balance between emotional and physical health and achieving a balanced lifestyle. There are many services available to all students from academic support to physical wellbeing.
You will love living on a green campus, surrounded by fresh air and great scenery. The Associated Students also oversee the on-campus Recycle Center and Lakewood, a 4,000-square-foot log facility for student events on Lake Whatcom.
Everyone is encouraged to get involved in the student community on campus. There are over 200 student-led clubs, including sports, music, art, language, social services, and much more. You are sure to easily find a group of people with similar interests, but if you can’t find the club you are looking for, then you can think about starting your own club. There are also 30 intramural sports on campus, a debate team, comedy troupe, and many more academic and professional societies.
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