Western Washington University

516 High St, Bellingham, WA 98225-9008

School Details

WesternOnline, an Extended Education division of WWU, provides degree and certificate programs, term-based coursework that functions like traditional counterparts, self-paced and independent learning options.


WWU offers two programs which can be completed online: the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, and the TESOL Certificate. Both of these programs feature term-based instruction. Term-based courses may be synchronous or asynchronous, and WWU follows a quarterly calendar. Term-based classes include set assignments and deadlines, along with interaction with faculty and peers. Self-paced courses give students the option to complete programs independently, but students must complete work within six months. There is no required interaction with other students. Students can enroll in a wide range of virtual coursework extending from topics in journalism and economics to studies in anthropology, environmental sciences, dance, and more. 


Founded in 1893, Western Washington University is a public, four-year institution of higher education, located on a 215-acre urban campus in the city of Bellingham, Washington. WWU houses academic programs within eight colleges: College of Business and Economics, College of Fine and Performing Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Sciences and Technology, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Huxley College of the Environment, Woodring College of Education, and Graduate School. 

WWU has received national recognition, including being awarded the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and receiving Community Engagement classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The following is the mission statement of Western Washington University: "Western Washington University serves the people of the State of Washington, the nation and the world by bringing together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities."  


While WWU qualifies for federal financial aid, WesternOnline does not receive funding from the State Legislature, so tuition rates and fees differ from on-campus programs. In addition, Self-Sustaining tuition coursework is not eligible for federal financial aid funding. The online degree programs are term-based, and do qualify for federal financial aid. Financial aid includes federal grants and loans, along with student employment opportunities. WWU also provides scholarships, of which may include, but are not limited to, merit-based, diversity, and departmental awards.


WWU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.





School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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