Jul 18, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Enrollment and Student Services

The Division of Enrollment and Student Services engages students to promote healthy development of the whole self and our communities. We envision a university in which every student graduates, prepared for a life of growth and purpose. Working collaboratively with partners across Western and in all the communities in which we are located, Enrollment and Student Services convenes and leads opportunities for active co-curricular learning and reflection in support of student development. Our goals in all that we do are to increase access and persistence to graduation for all students, to pursue justice and equity in our policies, practices, and impacts, to deliver programs and services that engage all students in high-quality learning opportunities, and to cultivate campus and community partnerships that foster growth and promote wellness of our communities through an enriching student experience.

In our work with students, colleagues, and communities, we seek to be centered in student development, inclusive, compassionate, respectful, and optimistic. Enrollment and Student Services is responsible for nearly all our students’ out-of-the-classroom experiences. From application to commencement, and at every point in between, we support the healthy development of all our students, in every aspect of their Western experience. 

Programs and services offered by the division include admissions, registration, academic advising and support, career development services, financial aid, disability resources, dean of students/student assistance services, student engagement, university residences and dining services, new student and family programs, counseling, health and wellness services, recreation programs, veteran’s services, the bookstore, the children’s center, and intercollegiate athletics.

Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services

Old Main 445, 360-650-3839

The Vice President’s Office is the central administrative office for the Division of Enrollment and Student Services. Students with general questions regarding any university policies, procedures, and resources may contact the Vice President’s Office for assistance.

Your Right-to-Know: Disclosure of Consumer Information

Western Washington University is committed to providing full disclosure of all consumer information required by state and federal law to all students, their family members, and members of the campus community. For more information go to www.wwu.edu/your-right-know-disclosure-consumer-information.
A summary of required information is as follows:

Academics, Accreditation, and Transfer Policies

  • Academic Programs
  • Accreditation
  • Policy on Using Copyrighted Materials
  • Study Abroad 
  • Transfer of Credit Policies

Campus Resources, Student Protection, and Student Services

  • Campus Map
  • Constitution Day
  • Directory
  • Diversity at Western 
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Privacy of Student Records
  • Services for Students with Disabilities 
  • Student Conduct Code 
  • Title IX 
  • Voter Registration Information 
  • Withdrawal from the University 

Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid

  • Cost of Attendance
  • FAFSA Tips 
  • Financial Aid Application Process 
  • Financial Aid Eligibility 
  • Financial Aid Services Center 
  • Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy 
  • Financial Literacy 
  • Financial Aid Student Rights and Responsibilities 
  • Net Price Calculator 
  • Service and Activities Fee 
  • Student Loan Management Resources 
  • Textbook Information 
  • Tuition Waivers 
  • Understanding Different Types of Financial Aid 

Health and Safety

  • Annual Security and Fire Safety Report/Clery Act 
  • Measles Immunity Requirement 
  • Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs 
  • Sexual Violence 

Student Outcomes

  • Alumni Employment Rates
  • Athlete Completion Rates 
  • Graduation and Transfer Rates 

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Western recognizes its responsibility to provide timely information to the campus community during emergencies. In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, staff or faculty, the university will use every communication tool at its disposal to share information with the campus community as quickly as possible. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The Western Washington University home page (www.wwu.edu),
  • The Emergency/Storm Hotline (360-650-6500),
  • The WWU Safety and Emergency Information website (emergency.wwu.edu); and/or
  • The Western Alert emergency notification system.

Emergencies may be reported to University Police by dialing 3911 from a campus phone or 360-650-3911 from a non-campus phone or cell phone.

“Western Alert” Emergency Notification System

The Western Alert emergency notification system gives Western the ability to share health and safety-related emergency information with members of the campus community quickly — by desktop notification, text messages and e-mail alerts. Students, faculty, and staff are automatically “opted in” to receive Western Alert text messages if cell numbers are provided. (E-mail alerts will be sent to your official university account automatically).

To update cell phone information, students, faculty, and staff can login to their myWestern account online at www.wwu.edu and click on “Web4U.” Select “Personal Information,” then “Cell Phone — View/Update.” Update your cell phone number, and finish by pressing the “Update” button. Text messaging will only be used to communicate with you in two circumstances: during an emergency and during occasional tests of the Western Alert system.

Associated Students Bookstore

VU684; 360-650-3655

The Western Associated Students Bookstore (Bookstore) is an independent university bookstore serving Western and the broader community since 1910. Our mission is to provide educational resources and merchandise that supports academic success and enriches a sense of community on campus. Our team is committed to keeping prices for required materials as low as possible to the benefit of all students. The Bookstore offers a variety of merchandise and services that include:

  • New and used textbooks
  • Textbook rentals
  • eBooks and digital option
  • Book buyback
  • Charge-It: student account purchasing program 
  • School, office, and art supplies
  • A wide assortment of WWU logo apparel and gifts
  • Dorm room essentials
  • Books: including regional and faculty authors
  • Snacks, beverages, and toiletries
  • Electronic accessories 

Shopping at your local independent Western AS Bookstore keeps dollars on campus supporting student activities at Western.

Visit us in person on the 6th Floor of the Viking Union, WWU logo apparel and gifts along with general merchandise are located on the main floor, course materials and supplies are on the lower floor. Visit us online at bookstore.wwu.edu.

Follow us on social media platforms @asbookstorewwu for key dates, news and events, product offerings, discount days, and more!

AS Child Development Center

FL 1111, 360-650-3021

The program is made up of teachers, students and parents working together to provide high-quality, affordable childcare to the student-parents and working professionals of Western Washington University. The program manager and early childhood specialists who administer this program have many years of education and experience in the field.

The CDC offers 59 spaces for children ages 2-5. Based on their ability and interest, children participate in activities designed to stimulate their development at their level of readiness and interest. Each group has its own classroom and staff experienced in early childhood education and development. The staff plans a variety of classroom activities including small group projects, art projects, field trips, story time, cooking experiences and more.

Breakfast is provided as is a full lunch and mid-afternoon snack. The food program meets U.S.D.A. Child and Adult Care Food Program standards and is based on a menu using whole grain and natural whole food products.

Who does the Center serve?

The Child Development Center admits children with the following priority:

  • Children of A.S. fee-paying students by date of application. (6 credits or more)
  • Children of employees by date of application regardless of student status.
  • Children of alumni by date of application, provided space availability.

Where is the Center located?

Fairhaven College on East College Way, bottom of building 11 and 12 on Western’s South campus.

When does the Center operate?

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, during scheduled sessions of Western Washington University and some inter-sessions.

What are the roles of parents in the program?

Under the guidance of staff, parents are encouraged to volunteer in the classroom. We maintain NAEYC ratios within each classroom, having one lead teacher, one assistant teacher and qualified student assistants or volunteers. Qualified students have received 12 or more credits in ECE or Elementary Education or taken a 30-hour class in ECE. All student employees have also had a background check and fingerprints through the Department of Early Learning as well as an orientation to our program. These ratios, along with parent support, contribute greatly to the quality of care provided at the CDC.

Group  *Teacher: Child Class Size
Age 2 1:6  12
Age 3  1:7 14
Ages 4-5 1:8 16

*Ratios do not include parents or non-qualified students

Our Values, Mission, Mission Statement & Goals:

Child and family centered, inclusive, compassionate, respectful, and optimistic

Our Mission

Every child enrolled in the AS CDC is treated with respect and compassion in an inclusive environment

AS CDC Mission Statement

We engage children while fostering family partnerships that promote the optimal development of the whole child within the community.

Our Goals

Deliver curriculum and services that engage all children and promote resiliency. Actively pursue justice and equity in our policies, practices, and impacts. In partnerships with the university, cultivate a community of educators. Support the diverse needs of individual children and their families.

Student-parents and professionals of the WWU campus community face multiple challenges in meeting the needs of both work and family. The Associated Students Child Development Center seeks to support the campus community in providing for the social, intellectual, and physical needs of their children, enabling students and staff to achieve academic and professional success.

  • Provide quality childcare available on a sliding fee scale in a safe, high-quality, and healthy environment.
  • Support the total growth of children: intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
  • Build a sense of community among all participants in the program, provide family support and inclusion.
  • Offer opportunities for students in Woodring’s Early Childhood program and a variety of academic disciplines to gain an understanding of ECE principles.

Special Extra Activities

  • Field trips into the communit
  • Guests from the community
  • Swimming at Western’s pool
  • Use of Western’s Gym
  • Access to Western’s Science Labs
  • Access to Sehome Arboretum
  • Access to the Outback Gardens


The center meets all State Minimum Day Care Licensing Requirements and participates in the States Early Achievers Quality Rating and Improvement program. 

Counseling, Health and Wellness Services


The transition from home represents a time of exponential development for many college students. Often, it is a time filled with social and academic curiosity and a lot of fun. However, students sometimes experience challenges along the way. As students adjust to living away from home, many for the first time, Western is prepared to support that transformative process. Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHW) has a broad range of services to support healthy development for students physically, psychologically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually. We are committed to ensuring that every student has an opportunity to explore the vast social and academic experiences that will inevitability contribute to many exciting future goals.

As students explore Western’s campus, they will learn that community health and safety is a top priority. CHW Services looks forward to engaging every student in a full range of offerings dedicated to optimizing student health, maintaining overall wellbeing, and engaging students fully in the academic and social experience at Western.

Counseling Center

Old Main 540, 360-650-3164

Western Washington University Counseling Center supports student success and psychological well-being through culturally sensitive clinical services, outreach, and consultation. Our professional staff of psychologists, licensed counselors, social workers, and doctoral interns are available to assist you in dealing with life problems, crisis situations, emotional and mental health concerns, social difficulties, and other issues that may arise while you are a student at Western. 

Students also use the services of the Counseling Center to help improve their lives through healthier relationships, better communication, greater understanding of self and identity, strategies for self-care, and in making choices that are more consistent with their educational and personal goals.

We offer group counseling, short-term individual counseling, and an array of psycho-educational workshops to help students address their concerns and gain the skills to be successful at WWU. We also assist students by referring them to other services on campus and to community resources that can offer longer-term professional support or specialized treatment for mental health concerns. We work closely with the Student Health Center for students seeking behavioral health services or with medical concerns, and coordinate with Prevention and Wellness services such as Alcohol and Drug Consultation and Assessment Services (ADCAS) and Consultation and Sexual Assault Services (CASAS).

During the Covid-19 epidemic, the Counseling Center has a range of Tele-mental health services, including phone consultations, online counseling through videoconferencing, and multiple outreach opportunities focused on self-care and community connections. 

The Counseling Center is committed to equity and inclusion in our services, and supports university efforts to foster an environment that values and respects diversity in our students and community. 

The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, when classes are in session. Students new to our services are often able to consult with a counselor the same day they contact us. We provide crisis support to students through same-day appointments and access to an after-hours counselor when we are closed by calling 360-650-3164.

Western’s Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.

Prevention and Wellness Services

Old Main 560, 360-650-2993

Prevention and Wellness Services (PWS) offers Western students opportunities to get involved in improving their own health and the health of their community. PWS offers health promotion programs to help students achieve optimal well-being and support services to those who may face challenges to their well-being, such as alcohol and drug concerns or sexual assault. Students also have the opportunity to volunteer in our Peer Health Educator program, providing health promotion and risk reduction programs and services to Western students.

Direct services:

  • Alcohol and Drug Support Services (ADCAS)
  • Survivor Advocacy Services (CASAS)

Health and well-being promotion programs:

  • Mental Health Promotion (Men’s Resiliency Program and Suicide Prevention Program)
  • Sexual Health Information Services
  • Sexual Violence Prevention Outreach

ADCAS Alcohol and Drug Support Services

Edens 118 and 123, 360-650-6865 and 360-650-3642

ADCAS is a confidential, professional service for Western students who want assistance or information regarding their own use or someone else’s use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. ADCAS services are designed to assist students in making their own informed choices about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and related risks (personal, physical, social, academic and legal) so they can enjoy their college experience, maximize academic success, and minimize unwanted and unintended consequences. 

Specific individual services include one-to-one discussion of personal use issues; concerns about friends, family members, partners, or roommates; and referral to appropriate campus and community support, counseling, or treatment resources. These services are provided by professional staff specializing in alcohol and drug concerns. In addition, skilled Peer Health Educators facilitate interactive group classes that provide evidence-based information to help Western students make informed choices about alcohol and other drug use, including individualized feedback.

CASAS Survivor Advocacy Services

Old Main 585B, 360-650-3700 (confidential voicemail line)

CASAS is a confidential support service for Western students who have been affected by relationship violence, sexual violence, stalking, harassment, and other forms of violence, either recently or in the past. CASAS serves a diverse student population and honors and affirms students of all backgrounds and identities.

CASAS staff provide survivor-driven and empowerment-based services. CASAS believes survivors are the experts of their own lives, know best how to keep themselves safe, and should have control and choice in their healing process. 

We are a resource that is here to listen, support survivors, and walk beside students as they consider their next step in their healing, whatever that looks like. Staff assist survivors in coping with the impacts of violence and abuse and provide tailored support and resources to each survivor they work with. 

CASAS provides student survivors with:

  • individual emotional support
  • support groups
  • safety planning
  • academic advocacy
  • information and support navigating medical, legal and reporting options
  • connection to resources on and off campus

CASAS is also available to assist friends, partners, and/or family members of students who have experienced violence.

Mental Health Promotion

Men’s Resiliency: VU 751, 360-650-2127
Suicide Prevention: Old Main 565, 360-650-7957

Practicing self-care, building your resiliency, and managing your stress in healthy ways are important life skills for your experiences at Western and beyond. PWS offers programs and workshops to support the emotional/mental health and wellness of Western students. The Men’s Resiliency Program promotes a positive and healthy collegiate experience for male-identified students, striving to increase mental and physical wellness while encouraging a proactive approach to healthier living. The Suicide Prevention Program works to promote “upstream” approaches to emotional wellness and suicide prevention, assist students in developing life skills, strengthening relationships, and improving wellness and academic performance.

Sexual Health Information Services

Old Main 555, 360-650-7557

Sexual Health Information Services offers a variety of resources to support Western students with their sexual health, including educational programs, free condoms and other safe sex supplies, and private consultation about sexual health concerns. These services are judgment free, tailored to fit specific student needs, and free for Western students.

Sexual Violence Prevention Outreach

Old Main 585A, 360-650-2997

Western is deeply committed to creating a campus community that supports healthy relationships and fosters a safe environment for everyone. Our Violence Prevention Outreach provides prevention and education programming designed to help students build stronger skills to identify and intervene in situations where others’ well-being or safety may be in jeopardy, including:

  • mandatory sexual assault prevention online training for all incoming Western students
  • training for athletes that supports the University’s compliance with NCAA policy and Title IX requirements
  • campus-wide awareness and engagement events
  • ongoing peer-led educational programs

Student Health Center

Campus Services Building 2nd floor, 2001 Bill McDonald Parkway, 360-650-3400

The Student Health Center provides students with a broad range of primary care medical services including, but not limited to: evaluation and treatment of acute illnesses, contraceptive services, immunizations, mental health and psychiatry, sports medicine, evaluation and referral for specialized conditions, men’s and women’s health care, monitoring and treatment of chronic illnesses, rapid lab tests (such as strep, influenza, mono and pregnancy tests), sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment and preventive medicine. The center is staffed by a team of board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and support staff.

The Student Health Center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Thursday during the academic year when classes are in session. Please see the website for Summer Quarter hours. When the Student Health Center is closed, a telephone consulting nurse is available at no cost and students are advised to seek clinical services from available after-hour medical facilities in the Bellingham area. NOTE: The University assumes no financial responsibility for care dispensed at other health care facilities. Students who seek treatment at off-campus health facilities must use private funds or their health insurance policy to cover resulting charges.

Please see the website https://studenthealth.wwu.edu/wwu-student-medical-health-insurance-plan for medical insurance plan information. The Student Health Center strongly recommends that all students have some form of health insurance to defray the substantial costs associated with serious accidents and illness.

Measles Immunity Requirement

Western requires all students born after December 31, 1956 to provide medical documentation of immunity to rubeola measles to the Student Health Center before they will be allowed to register for classes or live in on-campus housing. Acceptable options for documentation include:

Provide the dates for two individual doses of measles vaccine (usually referred to as “MMR vaccine”). The doses must have been given: (1) after January 1, 1968, (2) at least 30 days apart, and (3) on or after 12 months of age; or

Provide a copy of evidence of measles immunity by demonstrating high positive antibody levels from a blood test (rubeola titer). A copy of the actual test results is required.

Request a waiver from the immunity requirement for legitimate religious, personal, or medical reasons. To request a waiver, call 360-650-4839 or visit the Health Center website at https://studenthealth.wwu.edu/measles-requirement. The form requires verification from your current health care provider for medical requests. Please note: in the event of a measles outbreak, students with an approved waiver may be excluded from attending classes and living on campus.

Questions about the measles (rubeola) immunity requirement may be directed to the Student Health Center.

Reporting Communicable Diseases

Western is committed to the ongoing health and safety of our campus community. Individuals who know or have reason to believe that they are infected with a communicable disease have an ethical and legal obligation to conduct themselves in ways that minimize exposure in order to protect themselves and others and to inform the appropriate university administrator. Students should contact the Student Health Center or the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services if they have been diagnosed with a communicable disease.

Communicable disease shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • COVID-19
  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Meningitis
  • Mumps
  • Norovirus (viral gastroenteritis)
  • Pertussis
  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Ebola infection

Any employee, student, prospective student, volunteer or visitor who knowingly arrives from a country outside the United States that has been issued a Travel Health Warning by the Centers of Disease Control must contact the Student Health Center for medical clearance before being allowed on campus to attend classes, work or other activities.

Individuals with communicable diseases shall be excluded from enrollment or employment or restricted in their access to university facilities, programs or services if a medically based judgment, in an individual case, establishes that exclusion or restriction is necessary to ensure the health and safety of the infected individual and/or other members of the university community.

For a complete review of this policy, visit the University’s Policy and Procedures website at www.wwu.edu/policies/docs/1000%20University%20Administration/POL-U1000.12%20Reporting%20Communicable%20Diseases.pdf.

Enrollment Management

Enrollment Management includes Admissions, Financial Aid, New Student Services & Family Outreach, the Registrar’s Office, and Veteran’s Services.


Old Main 200, 360-650-3440

See the Undergraduate Admission  section of this Catalog.

Financial Aid

Old Main 265, 360-650-3470

See the Financial Aid  section of this catalog

New Student Services/Family Outreach

Old Main 300, 360-650-3846

New Student Services/Family Outreach fosters student learning and development by supporting new students and family members in their transition to the academic, personal, and social experience of Western, as well as the greater Bellingham community. Programs and services provided include:

  • Coordination of new student programs and services, including quarterly orientation programs, Western Welcome Week, the Out-of-State Student Dinner, and ongoing programs. Orientation provides students an opportunity to receive academic advising and course registration assistance, become familiar with services, meet faculty, staff and current students, and complete placement tests.
  • Coordination of family orientation and outreach, including quarterly orientation programs, Fall Family Weekend, the WWU Family Calendar, and the WWU Family Connection monthly e-newsletter.
  • Online and in-person referral to campus and community resources, and publication of New Student & Family Handbooks.
  • Leadership opportunities for current students (orientation student advisors and student coordinators).

Registrar’s Office

Old Main 230, 360-650-3430

See the Registration  section of this catalog for information.

Veteran Services Office

Wilson Library 165, 360-650-3324

The mission of the Veteran Service Office (VSO) is to support our military-connected student population with resources that foster academic success and financial resources while promoting student development. The VSO also offers education and information on being a military-connected student to the greater Western Community as part of the continuing effort to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment. Western’s military-connected students offer perspectives and experiences from diverse backgrounds and bring a skill set and knowledge which enhances Western’s learning communities.

The VSO also offers a space for students to engage and interact with their peers, as well as a point of reference to have their questions answered around military service, VA educational benefits, and how to get involved with Western veteran’s community.

Services and programs offered through the Veteran Services Office include, but are not limited to:

  • Certification of VA educational benefits
  • Academic Advising before priority registration 
  • Priority registration for veterans and dependents
  • Help navigate National Guard or Reserve obligations with course requirements. More information available at app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=28B.10.270.
  • Information on tuition waivers for eligible military-connected students 
  • Residency form for military-connected students (Washington State Residency Application for Veterans and Family Members)
  • Active Duty Tuition Assistance rates for Outreach and Continuing Education 
  • Financial Aid liaison for veterans and services members
  • Services and events happening in the community surrounding Western Washington University

Intercollegiate Athletics

Carver 130, 360-650-3109

Intercollegiate athletics involves many students as participants and spectators. Men’s sports include basketball, soccer, cross country, golf, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Women’s sports include volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, golf, rowing, and softball. Western’s athletic program is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II, and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. For ticket information, call 650-BLUE (2583).

Students are encouraged to join The Blue Crew, Western’s student sports fan organization. There is no cost to join and free Blue Crew prizes are awarded to all Western students attending Viking athletic events. For further information, contact the Department of Athletics, Carver Gymnasium, at 360-650-3109, or visit Blue Crew on the Athletics Facebook page at facebook.com/wwuathletics or at wwuvikings.com.

Campus Recreation Services

Wade King Student Recreation Center SV138, 360-650-3766

Campus Recreation Services provides each student, faculty, and staff member the opportunity to become actively involved in organized sports and recreation programs. Services provided by Campus Recreation include intramural sports, noncredit fitness classes, faculty/staff wellness, open recreation, nutritionist, athletic trainer, and sport clubs.

Wade King Student Recreation Center

Offering a wide variety of fitness and leisure activities, the Wade King Student Recreation Center (SRC) is designed to meet the recreation needs of the campus community. The SRC offers students, alumni, faculty, and staff a dynamic and inviting place to stay fit. All undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in six or more credits automatically become SRC members by paying the mandatory student recreation center fee. Paid memberships are available for faculty/staff, spouses/dependents/partners, and alumni and affiliates. The center features a climbing wall; a three-court gym; three weight and cardio areas; an indoor jogging track; a multi-activity court for basketball, floor hockey, tennis, volleyball, and soccer; a six-lane lap/leisure pool and 32-person whirlpool; two group exercise rooms; an equipment checkout counter; and the Rock’s Edge Café.

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports are competitive and recreational activities designed to encourage participation by all members of the campus community. Leagues and tournaments are offered in a wide variety of sports and are generally played on campus or at nearby facilities. Various local, regional, and national organizations co-sponsor events and provide opportunities for promotional materials, special prizes, and invitational playoff berths. Intramural sports are structured for different skill levels and conducted in a safe, supervised environment.

Noncredit Fitness Classes

Noncredit fitness classes provide participants an opportunity to develop, grow, and maintain a healthy lifestyle in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Instructional classes include aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, cardio kickboxing, yoga, hip-hop dance, step aerobics, water aerobics, and more. Classes are taught by qualified student and non-student instructors, and are designed with the individual differences of the student population in mind.

Sport Clubs

WWU sport clubs are student organizations formed to promote non-varsity team sports and recreational activities. Sport clubs participate in intercollegiate and extramural competition at the local, regional, and national level while offering opportunities for instruction, skill development, and practice. Some of the sport club programs are co-recreational and allow members to be involved in scheduling and hosting events, arranging transportation and lodging, purchasing equipment and uniforms, and serving on the Sport Club Council. All WWU students, faculty, staff, and alumni are eligible to become sport club members. Current WWU sport clubs include baseball, climbing, cycling, men’s crew, equestrian, fencing, figure skating, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, tennis, ultimate disc, volleyball, water polo, wakeboarding, water skiing and wrestling. Additional information is available online at wp.wwu.edu/campusrec/sportclubs.

Office of Student Life

Viking Union 506, 360-650-3706

The Office of Student Life is dedicated to supporting the learning and development of students, and creating an environment that fosters students success and graduation. Our primary purpose is to ensure the well-being and success of Western students. We work closely with students (and their family members), faculty, and staff, in support of this purpose. We also collaborate with a number of campus departments, including the Counseling Center, Registrar’s Office, Student Health Center, University Police, and University Residences.

Staff members in the office are available to provide general assistance with problem solving and referrals; to support students in crisis; to advise students on university policies and procedures, including the Student Conduct Code; and to process dean’s letters and letters of recommendation.

We can assist students with:

  • Dean’s withdrawal
  • leaves of absence for non-medical emergencies
  • advice on university policies, procedures, and grievances
  • support while experiencing a crisis
  • information on university resources

Disability Access Center

Wilson Library, 360-650-3083 (voice), 360-255-7175 (VP), drs@wwu.edu (email)

The primary mission of the Disability Access Center (DAC) is to identify and remove barriers toward the realization of an inclusive campus University. Disability is an important aspect of diversity at Western, and the DAC staff partners with students who have permanent or temporary disabilities to understand their experience, and determine individualized accommodations for curricular and co-curricular environments. Students are encouraged to reach out early in their WWU experience, and can schedule a consultation appointment at any time to find out more about how the DAC might be of assistance. 

  • Students must complete an application for services and meet with a DAC staff member for an Access Planning Meeting to receive services. (For more information, please visit the DAC Getting Started webpage).
  • Students’ records are treated in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Students are often asked to provide disability documentation. For more information, please visit the DAC Documentation Guidelines webpage.)
  • Not sure whether the DAC is right for you? Please reach out to schedule a consultation appointment. 

Specific academic accommodations and services are determined on an individual basis and are modified to meet the unique needs of students and their academic experience. DAC provides accommodations in compliance with Institutional policy, State, and Federal laws. Once a student becomes eligible for accommodations through DAC, they can request accommodations each term through a secure web-based portal. Services and programs offered through Disability Access Center include, but are not limited to:

  • Exam accommodations
  • Interpreter services
  • Alternative text
  • Print enlargement
  • Braille
  • Peer notetaking services
  • Transcription services (Typewell, real-time captioning)
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Resource referral services

Off-Campus Living

Old Main 240D, 360-650-6863

The mission of Off Campus Living is to support the success of students living off-campus by providing education, resources, and advocacy. The main goals of Off Campus Living are to: 

  • Increase student understanding of renting and adulting through educational programming
  • Increase student connections with peers and neighbors through social programming 
  • Increase student awareness of campus and community resources through strategic communication
  • Decrease obstacles and barriers to success for commuter students through strategic advocacy

Student Success Initiatives

WWU’s Student Success Initiatives (SSI) unit is committed to helping students succeed academically at Western, and to achieve their personal and professional goals. The SSI unit is comprised of four departments: the Academic Advising Center, the Career Services Center, Student Outreach Services, and the Western Success Scholars program. Additional staff in the unit support marketing and technological needs within the unit as well as division-wide coordination for strategic planning and assessment purposes. The services offered within the unit are focused on providing:

  • Accurate and accessible advising to help students, particularly first year students, establish their academic goals and make effective plans to meet graduation requirements
  • Career services to help students relate academic decisions to career goals, gain career-related experience, and transition successfully to graduate/professional education or career employment after completing their studies at Western
  • Learning Assistance programs to help students strengthen their critical thinking skills, work collaboratively to solve problems, and build confidence and self-efficacy to achieve their highest academic and personal potential; and
  • Specialized support for students who are former foster youth and/or unaccompanied homeless youth

Academic Advising Center

Old Main 380, 360-650-3850 

The Academic Advising Center (AAC) is a central advising resource for undergraduate students at Western. The AAC primarily supports first year and transfer students during their initial orientation advising experience yet is also a resource for students throughout their time at Western. AAC advisors support students in a variety of areas, some of which include: 

  • Setting academic goals and developing academic plans that align with graduation requirements. 
  • Understanding academic policies including graduation requirements, General University Requirements (GURs), major declaration processes, scholastic standing and more. 
  • Exploring majors and minors to align with goals, interests and abilities. 
  • Connecting students with academic department advisors as they are exploring and preparing to declare majors and minors. 
  • Assisting students in tracking progress toward graduation, guiding them through Degree Works.
  • Navigating and connecting with campus resources.
  • Supporting students who are experiencing academic difficulties to build a plan for success
  • Providing student outreach and management of the 105 credit hold policy, supporting students toward major declaration and graduation.
  • Advising for students academically dismissed from Western who are interested in petitioning for reinstatement. 

Career Services Center

Old Main 280, 360-650-3240

The Career Services Center provides a full range of services to assist students in all stages of the career development process - from self-assessment and initial academic and career planning to the job search process.

All Western students, regardless of degree or college, are encouraged to seek and use the Career Services Center early in their university experience.

Career Planning Services

Career planning services focus on helping students select academic majors consistent with their interests, abilities, and personal goals. Individual counseling, career assessments, workshops, and resource materials are provided to assist students in:

  • Assessing interests, personality characteristics, skills, and values as they relate to academic and career decision-making
  • Exploring career and job market trends
  • Relating career goals to educational options

Internship Services

Internships provide an opportunity for students to gain valuable career-related experience by expanding their education into the work world. Internships allow students to put classroom theory into practice, test preliminary career choices, and gain valuable experience and contacts to enhance their employment opportunities after graduation.

The Career Services Center provides online listings of internship openings and advises students seeking internship opportunities. The center’s fall internship fair, quarterly career fairs, and on-campus recruiting program provide opportunities for students to connect with employers recruiting for interns.

Job Search Services

  • The Career Services Center offers a variety of services to assist students in identifying job opportunities and developing the skills necessary to conduct an effective job search, including:
  • Individual job search counseling
  • Workshops and online resources on résumé writing, job search correspondence, and interview techniques
  • On-line job listings
  • On-campus interviews
  • Job market and salary information
  • Mock interviews

Special Programs

The Career Services Center offers three career fairs each year during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Other special programs offered annually include: the Health Professional and Graduate School Information Fair, the Community Internship and Volunteer Fair, the Law School Information Fair, the International Opportunities Fair, the Education and Health Career Fair, and the Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair.

Advising for Pre-Healthcare Professions

Pre-healthcare Advisors are available as early as freshman year to support students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other healthcare professions with:

  • Individualized advising
  • Curriculum planning and registration assistance
  • Shadowing and volunteering connections
  • Student club advising
  • Listserv correspondence
  • Professional school application support

A fall Health Professional and Graduate School Fair provides students direct interaction with admission representatives of professional programs of study.

Advising for Students Considering Post-Graduate Study

The Career Services Center provides advising for students planning to pursue graduate or professional studies. Students are assisted in weighing the value of further study, exploring options, and preparing graduate/professional school applications through individual counseling, workshops, resource materials and information fairs.

Students interested in learning more about graduate programs at Western are encouraged to contact the Graduate School, Old Main 530, at 360-650-3170, or visit its website at gradschool.wwu.edu.

Student Outreach Services

Old Main 387, 360-650-7443

Student Outreach Services supports the educational needs of all students, particularly first-generation, non-traditional, and multicultural students. Professional academic advisors engage students in personalized academic coaching, peer mentoring and specialized programs using a global and multicultural focus to support student persistence and academic achievement. Advisors help develop educational plans and provide positive intervention for those in academic risk, including former students interested in returning to Western. Student Outreach Services also serves as a resource to the campus community on issues of diversity and student success. The office is committed to the academic success, retention, and graduation of all students.

Western Success Scholars

VU 755, 360-650-4133
(website coming soon)

Western Success Scholars is a program designed to increase opportunities for former foster youth and unaccompanied homeless youth to connect with one another and with a network of supports, services, workshops, and group building activities aimed at helping these students succeed and graduate.

University Residences

Edens Hall 100, 360-650-6565

See the University Residences   section of this catalog.

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