For students who want a West Coast college experience near the sea, Western Washington University offers strong academic programs, reasonable prices and a scenic location near Puget Sound.
Western Washington University has very well-respected business programs, and academically is a very well-rounded college. Like many West coast universities, there is a prevailing climate of political correctness, which may not be comfortable for some students, while others may enjoy the company of like-minded individuals.
Western Washington University offers more than 130 majors. The school’s programs are organized into eight colleges, the College of Business and Economics, Fairhaven College, the College of Fine and Performing Arts, Graduate School, the Huxley College of the Enivronment, the Woodring College of Education, the College of Sciences and Technology and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The university’s master’s programs are well regarded, and are ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report among western universities. The graduate school offers graduate degrees in teaching, the arts, business administration, education, accounting and science. The university does not offer doctoral programs at this time.
The student faculty ratio at Western Washington University is 19 to 1, and about a third of the classes at the university have fewer than 20 students. The university prides itself on having full-time faculty teach classes, instead of pawning the work off on graduate students.
The most popular majors at Western Washington University include business management, marketing, communications, psychology, social sciences and art-related majors. One well-regarded degree program is the university’s bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, which is modeled after a similar program at the University of Oxford. Western started out as a teacher’s school, and its education program remains a strong component of the university’s overall mission.
The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which accredits colleges and universities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. More than 150 colleges and universities are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
The university is well-reviewed by college ranking publications. U.S. News and World Report’s most recent college rankings list Western Washington University as the No. 21 regional university in the West.
Western Washington University is very involved in research, having 16 research institutes and laboratories devoted to advancing knowledge in a number of fields. The university’s Vehicle Research Institute recently developed a car known as the Viking that runs on electricity, gasoline, biomethane and compressed natural gas as part of a competition to develop vehicles that get 100 mpg cars.