Western Washington University

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Western Washington University can be found in Bellingham, WA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Nearly 18,000 students are enrolled at Western Washington University.

Many of the students getting into this school got an SAT score between 1060 - 1280, or got accepted with an ACT score within the range of 22 - 28. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Western Washington University average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.52 for accepted students. 90% of all students that apply are accepted to Western Washington University, from which 33 percent choose to enroll. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Western Washington University acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 82%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at admissions.wwu.edu.

Overall Western Washington University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Western Washington University was reported as 90.4% in Fall 2020 with over 10,500 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 22 - 28
  • Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Western Washington University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Western Washington University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Western Washington University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 83.1%
  • 2017-2018: 84.8%
  • 2018-2019: 87.7%
  • 2019-2020: 90.4%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 81.5%

How Does Western Washington University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Western Washington University is fifty-nine percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Washington-Bothell Campus74.1%
Seattle University78.5%
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus87.3%
Central Washington University84.9%
Concordia University-Portland57.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Western Washington University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 650
Math520 - 630
Total Score1060 - 1280
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 30
Math20 - 27
Composite Score22 - 28
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