Western now has more than 16,000 enrolled students, continues to be the 3rd largest public university in the state
This fall, Western welcomed the largest freshman class in the university’s history, with a total enrollment of 16,121 students. A total of 3,147 freshman students and 1,165 new undergraduate transfer students will join the ranks of Western students in Bellingham and at WWU’s other locations across western Washington, with 28.8 percent of new freshmen and 42.5 percent of transfer students being the first from their families to attend college. WWU’s overall fall enrollment for students of color is also the highest ever at Western at 26 percent.
The leading areas of residence for WWU students include King County, Snohomish County, Pierce County, the Peninsula areas, Southwest Washington and Whatcom County. About 75 percent of transfer students come directly from Washington community college, led by Whatcom, Everett, Skagit, Olympic and Bellevue colleges.