Western Washington University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$6,879

2.18% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$16,117

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

2.73%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

84.8%

11,244 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

15,915

91% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

69%

1,846 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 (169 degrees awarded), General Computer & Information Sciences (154 degrees), and Sociology (141 degrees).

In 2017, 3,977 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Western Washington University. 58.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (2,961 degrees), 9.25 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (320 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Washington University is $6,879, which is $-13,854 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Western Washington University is $6,879, which is $-13,854 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,117.

In 2017, 47% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 42% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,879

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Western Washington University was $6,879. The cost of tuition at Western Washington University is $-13,854 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$16,117

2017 Value

0.788%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Western Washington University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,117. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Western Washington University grew by 0.788%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,437

Room and Board

$906

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Western Washington University was of $10,437 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $906. The cost of room and board increased by 0.928% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 18.8% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

47%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

42%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

47% of undergraduate students at Western Washington University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a decline of 2.08% with respect to 2016, when 48% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

2.73%

2016 Default Rate

80

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Western Washington University was 2.73%, which represents 80 out of the 2934 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 11,244 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 6.89% annual growth. Out of those 11,244 applicants, 9,534 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84.8% acceptance rate.

There were 15,915 students enrolled at Western Washington University in 2017, and 82% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Western Washington University has an overall enrollment yield of 32.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

9,534

Accepted Out of 11,244

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Western Washington University was 84.8% (9,534 admissions from 11,244 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 83.1%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 6.89%, while admissions grew by 9.05%.

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SAT Scores

82%

Submission Percentage

2,548

Scores Submitted

82% of enrolled first-time students at Western Washington University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Western Washington University has a total enrollment of 15,915 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Washington University is 14,483 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,432. This means that 91% of students enrolled at Western Washington University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Western Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 71.7% White, 8.78% Hispanic or Latino, 8.36% Two or More Races, 6.29% Asian, 1.62% Black or African American, 0.396% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.176% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Western Washington University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (40.8%), followed by White Male (30.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.29%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (50.3%), followed by White Male (27.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.24%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

91%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Western Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,915 students. The full-time enrollment at Western Washington University is 14,483 and the part-time enrollment is 1,432. This means that 91% of students enrolled at Western Washington University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%

2017 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 81%. 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

    11,416

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,398

  3. Two or More Races

    1,330

The enrolled student population at Western Washington University is 71.7% White, 8.78% Hispanic or Latino, 8.36% Two or More Races, 6.29% Asian, 1.62% Black or African American, 0.396% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.176% 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 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% 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, 233 students (1.46%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 659 more women than men received degrees from Western Washington University. The majority of degree recipients at Western Washington University are white (2,961 degrees awarded). There were 9.25 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (320 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Western Washington University is General Psychology (169 degrees awarded), followed by General Computer & Information Sciences (154 degrees) and Sociology (141 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 (202 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (146 degrees), and English (213 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 (281,038 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (190,885 people), Other managers (154,556 people), Postsecondary teachers (141,966 people), and Secondary school teachers (96,387 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Natural Resources & Conservation (202 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (146 degrees), English (213 degrees), History (92 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (260 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, Electrical & electronics engineers, Physicians, Dentists, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Natural Resources & Conservation (202 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (146 degrees), English (213 degrees), History (92 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (260 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 (513,463 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (286,034 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (158,889 people), Legal services (155,754 people), and Computer Systems Design (117,896 people).

The most specialized majors at Western Washington University are Natural Resources & Conservation (202 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (146 degrees), English (213 degrees), History (92 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (260 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. 169 degrees awarded

  2. 154 degrees awarded

  3. 141 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Western Washington University was General Psychology with 169 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,659

  2. 2,318

In 2017, 1,659 degrees were awarded to men at Western Washington University, which is 0.716 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,318).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 149 degrees were awarded to men at Western Washington University in General Computer & Information Sciences, which is 4.97 times more than the 30 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 124 degrees were awarded to women at Western Washington University in General Psychology, which is 2.76 times more than the 45 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

40%

100% Completion Time

71%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 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, 71% 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 Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Western Washington University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,961 degrees awarded

  2. Two or More Races

    320 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    298 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Western Washington University is white (2,961 degrees awarded). There were 9.25 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (320 degrees).

0.754% of degree recipients (30 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    1,710 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,251 degrees awarded

  3. Two or More Races Female

    192 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Western Washington University is white female (1,710 degrees awarded). There were 1.37 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,251 degrees).

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Operations

Western Washington University has an endowment valued at nearly $79.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.64M (3.33%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Western Washington University had a total salary expenditure of $313M. Western Washington University employs 217 Professors, 153 Associate professors, and 151 Assistant professors. Most academics at Western Washington University are Male Professors (134), Male Assistant professors(86), and Female Professors (83).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Washington University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 318 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 157 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 151 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$79.1M

2017 Endowment

11.6%

growth from 2016

Western Washington University has an endowment valued at about $79.1M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Western Washington University grew 11.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $46M 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. $6.7M - Federal

  2. $20.2M - State

  3. $362k - Local

As of 2017, Western Washington University received $6.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $20.2M from state grants and contracts, and $362k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$149M

2017 Salaries

5.39%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Western Washington University paid a median of $149M in salaries, which represents 47.7% of their overall expenditure ($313M) and a 5.39% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.76% growth from 2015 and a 7.22% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$52.9M

Instructional Salaries

596

Number of Employees

In 2017, Western Washington University paid a total of $52.9M to 596 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $16.8M (34%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

217 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

318 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Western Washington University were Professor with 217 employees; Associate professor with 153 employees; and Associate professor with 151 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Western Washington University were Office and Administrative Support with 318 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 157 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 151 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Assistant professor

  3. Female Professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Western Washington University was Male Professor with 134 employees, Male Assistant professor with 86 employees, and Female Professor with 83 employees.

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

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