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Western Washington University (also referred to as WWU or Western) is one of six state-funded four-year universities of higher education in the state of Washington. With 12,000 undergraduates and nearly 1,000 graduate students, the school is large enough to offer many, diverse programs, while still maintaining an intimate atmosphere.

The university is broken up into seven different colleges – Business and Economics, Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Huxley College of the Environment, Science and Technology, Woodring College of Education, and Fairhaven College (where students organize their own major). All are well-respected departments that produce highly qualified graduates, many of whom stay in the Bellingham area.

In addition to the many strong academic programs, Western Washington University also offers hundreds of other activities for students and community members alike. A Division II school, WWU sports teams travel across the nation to compete in sports. Home football games played at Civic Field are always a fun event, as are men's and women's basketball games in Carver Gym. The school also offers golf, softball, soccer, and much more. Western made national news in May 2007 when its Women's Crew (rowing) team won the NCAA Division II title for the third year in a row.

Music lovers will feel right at home at Western Washington University. KUGS, the school's local radio station, features student DJs, news, and a variety of musical genres. The school frequently hosts concerts and shows, ranging from local, student musicians playing in the Underground Coffee House, to more well-known bands such as Death Cab for Cutie, Andrew Byrd, and others.

Whether you intend to enroll in the university or simply live near it, Western Washington University is an incredible resource for the community. It is an integral part of Bellingham's constant growth, progress, and unique culture.
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