Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Western’s physical environment is rich in artistic diversity. The campus features the Western Gallery, two student operated galleries and an internationally acclaimed Sculpture Collection including the works of Fred Wilson, Sarah Sze, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Anthony Caro, Mark di Suvero, Lloyd Hamrol, Donald Judd, Robert Maki, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Isamu Noguchi, Tom Otterness, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra, George Trakas, and Do Ho Suh.
About Bellingham and the Region: The WWU campus is located on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the Lummi Nation and ...Nooksack Tribe, overlooking the town of Bellingham (pop. 96,014). It is on the northern shores of the Salish Sea, whose 450 islands, fishing, tourism, and recreation are an important part of the regional economy, which is also rich in agriculture and forest products. Bellingham has easy access to the snowcapped peaks of the Cascade Mountains, and innumerable mountain lakes. Bellingham has a low population density of less than 3,468 per square mile. ?It is very bike friendly and has many recreational spaces and parks in town and throughout Whatcom County. Bellingham is located between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia and can be easily reached by car, bus, train, or air.