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Western Washington University Demographics & Diversity

Bellingham, Washington

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Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at Western Washington University are mostly White with a small Multiracial population. The school has low racial diversity. 27% percent of students are minorities or people of color (BIPOC). The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Western Washington University students
Race Percent of Students
White 73%
Black 2%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 7%
American Indian / Alaskan 0%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 9%
International 1%
Race Unknown 1%

Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 37% more female students than male students enrolled at Western Washington University with a gender ratio of 58% women to 42% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, Western Washington University has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is slightly less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Western Washington University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 42%
Women 58%
Enrollment by gender for Western Washington University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 6,376
Women 8,749

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity
Very Low

Western Washington University serves a very low number of students outside of Washington, with 86 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Western Washington University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 86%
Out of State 14%
Foreign 0%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$66,707 per year

23% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 8%
Part time Undergrads 7.7%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=237011 IPEDS survey data for Western Washington University.