Jul 14, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 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.

Enrollment Management

Old Main 320, 360-650-2346

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. 

Registrar’s Office

Old Main 230, 360-650-3430

See the Registration  section of this catalog for information.

University Residences

Edens Hall 100, 360-650-6565

See the University Residences   section of this catalog.

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 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 

Workplace Posters

  • Employment Laws and Notices

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 (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 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.

Student Success Initiatives

The Student Success Initiatives (SSI) unit’s mission is to maximize student retention, persistence and continued success through strong inclusive outreach and support programs. 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 College of the 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 support coordinators engage students in personalized academic coaching, peer mentoring and specialized programs using a global and multicultural focus to support student persistence and academic achievement. Coordinators 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 access, diversity, equity, inclusion and student success. 

Western Success Scholars

VU 755, 360-650-4133

Western Success Scholars (WSS) is a campus-based supportive program serving unaccompanied homeless and foster youth.  The Program fosters academic success and a sense of community and belonging by providing a place where students can have a voice, support services and resources as they persist towards graduation.

Western Associated Students Bookstore

VU684; 360-650-3655

The Western Associated Students Bookstore (AS 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 AS Bookstore offers a variety of merchandise and services that include:

  • New and used textbooks, including rentals
  • Digital options such as eBooks and inclusive access
  • Book buyback
  • Charge-It: student account purchasing program 
  • WWU logo apparel and gifts
  • School, office, and art supplies
  • Dorm room essentials
  • Trade 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 consists 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 Child Development Center (CDC) offers 58 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 knowledgeable in early childhood education and development. The teachers plan and implement a variety of learning opportunities that build upon the development of meaningful relationships and self-reliance including small group projects, art exploration, field trips, literacy enrichment, 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 Associated Students fee-paying students by date of application. (6 credits or more)
  • Children of employees by date of application regardless of student status.

Where is the Center located?

Within Fairhaven Residence Halls on South College Drive, 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 15/16

*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 (for student parents) 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 through observation, Practicum, and Internship assignments.

Special Extra Activities

  • Field trips into the community
  • 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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) comprised of the Student Health Center and the Counseling and Wellness Center, offers 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 and Wellness Center

Old Main 540/560, 360.650.3164

The Counseling and Wellness Center offers many ways for students to thrive at Western and beyond, from therapy groups and individual counseling services to drop-in wellness outreach programs to self-care resources available through our website. We offer a unique volunteer opportunity through our Wellness Advocates program for students interested in contributing to a safe and healthy campus community, and we also contribute to the mental health professions by serving as a training site for graduate students in psychology and counseling. 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. 

All of our programs and services are available to students enrolled in six or more credits on Western’s campus. Some of our specific offerings include:

Wellness Workshops  

Interactive drop-in workshops, including Wellness Wednesdays, Mindful Self-Compassion, and Outdoor Wellness Breaks, that center your holistic health and well-being.

Community Check-ins

Weekly informal support and consultation spaces to promote emotional and mental well-being and connect students to campus resources, when needed. 

Survivor Advocacy Services

Confidential survivor advocacy, support and referral services for students who have experienced any form of violence during childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Confidential, nonjudgmental support and referral for Western students who want assistance or information regarding their own use or someone else’s use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

Individual Counseling

Individual meetings with a counselor using a brief therapy model designed to help you address concerns such as persistent depression, anxiety, identity issues, trauma, and eating disorders.

Therapy Groups

Counselor-facilitated therapy groups that facilitate connection, promote personal growth and self-understanding, and build resilience with other students experiencing similar issues.

Student Health Center

Campus Services Building 
2nd floor, 2001 Bill McDonald Parkway

The Student Health Center at Western Washington University is a primary care medical clinic specializing in college health. The Student Health Center is staffed by a team of board-certified family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and support staff. We provide an extensive array of services including preventive health care and management of health concerns. We strive to support student success academically, physically, and emotionally.

Primary care medical services include evaluation and treatment of acute illness and injury, chronic disease diagnosis and management, orthopedic/sports medicine care and rehab, sexual health and LGBTQ+ care, medical/mental health emergencies and referrals to specialists as needed.

The Student Health Center also has a dedicated team of behavioral health providers including primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and psychiatrists who provide psychiatric medication management services. We remain accessible for both new and existing patients through confidential and secure virtual visits.

Hours of Service

During the academic year, the Student Health Center is open from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Thursday. All services are closed during weekends, holidays, and breaks. For more details, please see our website.

What Does A Visit Cost?

Nothing! Eligible students who have paid the mandatory, quarterly Counseling, Health and Wellness fee have unlimited access to the Student Health Center, without charge for nearly all office visits. We also provide some free over the counter medications and first aid supplies!

Some charges will be applied for services such as minor surgical procedures, immunizations, lab tests or equipment (braces, splints, etc.).

COVID Vaccine Requirement

Western Washington University policy “Requiring Proof of COVID Vaccination Status” (POL-U1300.02) requires all Western students, faculty, and staff to show proof of immunization with an FDA- or WHO-authorized COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus for fall quarter 2021. This mandate is based on guidance and recommendations of local and state public health officials, the Governor’s Office, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We believe a fully vaccinated campus is the best way to protect the health and safety of our individual and collective communities.

For more information, go to studenthealth.wwu.edu/covid-vaccines.

Measles Immunization Requirement

Western Washington University recognizes that measles is a very contagious respiratory disease that can pose significant health risks to members of our campus community. To ensure the health and safety of all students at Western, proof of measles (rubeola) immunity is required.

For more information, go to studenthealth.wwu.edu/measles-requirement.

Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Western’s commitment to equity and justice is a basic value for the university. We value diverse experiences and perspectives, and strive to create learning, living, and working environments that are accessible, equitable, and inclusive of all students.

Within Western’s Division of Enrollment and Student Services, the Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) Unit provides services and programs centering students with marginalized identities. The ADEI Unit builds learning spaces that foster community, focusing on topics of equity, justice, race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, socio-economic status, and veteran status. The ADEI Unit website will launch soon at ess-adei.wwu.edu. Information about ADEI

Office of Multicultural Student Services

Multicultural Center, Viking Union 7th floor, 360-650-2889

The Office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) creates initiatives and programming to support Western Washington University’s strategic goals in equity, excellence, and inclusion for our students. The MSS strives to create and ensure an inclusive Western community by centering and amplifying the voice of students with underrepresented and marginalized identities. We do this through collaboration, celebration, advocacy, and learning spaces. The Ethnic Student Center and its many cultural clubs, Black Student Coalition, and Blue Resource Center for undocumented students are part of MSS.

LGBTQ+ Western

Multicultural Center, Viking Union 7th floor, 360-650-7583

LGBTQ+ Western works to advance the holistic thriving of diverse LGBTQ+ students by collaboratively engaging the Western community with transformational knowledge, resources, advocacy and celebration. LGBTQ+ Western is committed to learning about and celebrating sexual orientation and gender identity diversity as they intersect with race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, religion, and other aspects of identity and experience. The department provides student support, LGBTQ+ affirming learning opportunities and celebrations, and advocacy for diverse queer and trans spectrum Western students.

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 University experience. 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 may be 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
  • American Sign Language interpreter services
  • Alternative text
  • Housing 
  • Print enlargement
  • Braille
  • Notetaking services
  • Closed captioning and live transcription services (Typewell, real-time captioning)
  • Assistive listening devices
  • Resource referral services

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 community.

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)
  • Financial Aid liaison for veterans and services members
  • Services and events happening in the community surrounding Western Washington University

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 quarterly New Student and Family Orientation which includes live events, curating an array web-based departmental resources, and hosting virtual and in-person outreach and connection events for students and families.
  • Co-coordination with the Academic Advising Center and Registrar’s Office of Advising & Registration sessions for new students to receive academic advising and course registration assistance, meet with faculty, staff, and student academic advisors, and learn about academic resources.
  • Coordination of Family Outreach, including orientation offerings, the annual Fall Family Weekend, the WWU Family Calendar, the WWU Family Connection monthly e-newsletter, and virtual office hours with the Family Outreach Manager.
  • Serving as a resource and referral hub for new students and family to campus and community resources through web-based resources, in-person and virtual support, publication of New Student and Family Handbooks, and presentations.
  • Leadership and employment opportunities for current students (orientation student advisors and student coordinators).

Office of Student Life


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

Student Engagement @ WWU

Executive Director for Student Engagement
VU 545, 360-650-3450

The Student Engagement Unit, led by the Executive Director for Student Engagement, supports Western Washington University’s mission by providing students with robust experiences outside the classroom, whether that be on campus or in the broader community.  The organizations within the Student Engagement Unit include the Department of Campus Recreation and the Wade King Rec Center, the Viking Union Organization, and the Associated Students.

Associated Student of Western Washington University (ASWWU) – Student Government

Viking Union 511-517, 360-650-3460

The AS WWU Student Governance office supports the AS Executive Board and the AS Senate as the two primary student government and representational structures for students at WWU.

The office also helps to coordinate the appointment of students to nearly 150 spots on AS and University Committees as well as support AS Scholarship processes.

ASWWU Executive Board

Viking Union 511-517, 360-650-3460

The AS Executive Board supports and co-leads student representational and governmental affairs for the WWU Associated Students organization and is one of the two primary points of contact for student representation at Western Washington University.  

ASWWU Senate

Viking Union 511-517, 360-650-3460

The AS Student Senate serves as the legislative body of the Associated Students of Western Washington University and is comprised of 21 Senators from the eight Colleges on campus, as well as from the general student population. The Senate is not limited in the scope of issues it covers, and these issues can originate from the AS Executive BOD, other AS offices, University committees, within the Senate itself, or directly from students. The group has the ability to draft, approve, and release resolutions on any issues brought before it. They also approve any changes to the charge and charter of the AS Election Board. The Student Senate is part of a bicameral system in the AS, acting as a separate body from the AS Executive BOD. 

AS Office of Civic Engagement (AS OCE)

Viking Union 505, 360-650-4267

The AS Office of Civic Engagement provide the resources, services, and support necessary to ensure student representation in decisions that impact students at the university, local, state, and federal levels. The programs also promote effective citizenship and civic engagement through services, programs, and collaboration. The AS OCE includes a student AS OCE Director, the AS Elections Coordinator, Legislative Liaison, Local Liaison, Organizing & Outreach Coordinator, and the Western Votes Coordinator.

Campus Recreation

Go to the Campus Recreation Services section for more information.

Viking Union

Viking Union 547, 360-650-3450

Mission Statement

The Viking Union connects a dynamic and diverse campus community, providing welcoming and supportive spaces and activities that advance engagement in leadership, community engagement, service, adventure, and celebration.

As the community center of the campus, the Viking Union plays an integral role in students’ out-of-class experience. The Union houses offices for the Associated Students’ government, services and activities, and the Viking Union/Student Activities administrative office. Also located in the Viking Union is the Multicultural Center, which houses the Ethnic Student Center and the Student Advocacy and Identity Resource Centers (to include the Blue Resource Center, the Disability Outreach Center, the Queer Resource Center, the Womxns Identity Resource Center, and the WHOLE Program).  In addition, the Viking Union houses meeting rooms, lounges, an outdoor equipment rental shop, a bicycle repair facility, several food service areas, a post office, an information center/Lost and Found, two cash machines, an art gallery, Vendors’ Row, KUGS-FM, a Publicity Center, and program areas. Viking Union food service locations include the Viking Union Market, the VU Café, the Underground Coffeehouse, and Vendor’s Row.

Viking Union Facilities & Services

Viking Union Event Services

Viking Union Event Services is the contact point for reserving space in the Viking Union, Lakewood’s Bill MacDonald Lounge, and other outdoor spaces on campus.  Event Services provides Associated Student-led events with support for reservations, planning, and event management throughout campus. Services include the setup, takedown, security, audio and visual event support provided by our student crews.

Lakewood Watersports Facility

2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd, 360-650-2900

The Lakewood Watersports Facility – located approximately 7 miles from Western’s campus at 2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd. – offers sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, and rowing, as well as a sand volleyball court, picnic tables and BBQ’s, and hiking trails. For-credit Extended Education classes and private instruction in sailing are available during the academic year and summer quarter. An informal lounge with a kitchenette and fireplace is also available.

AS Recycle Center


The mission of the Associated Students Recycle Center is to provide the opportunity for faculty, staff and students to recycle on campus, to educate the University community on the recycling process at Western, and to continually increase collection efforts in order to reduce Western’s waste stream. The center also provides student employment opportunities and work experience, specifically in recycling and waste management.

Community Engagement and Leadership Learning (CELL)

Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE)

Viking Union 420, 360-650-4187

VU Leadership and Community Engagement (VU LACE) aims to develop graduates who are well prepared to exercise responsible, ethical, and innovative leadership in their chosen fields and careers, and in their communities. We hope graduates who have experienced VU LACE, and campus life in general, want to continue to critically engage with communities to tackle social, cultural, environmental, economic, health, civic issues while identifying systemic root causes, to transform communities and societies and eliminate those root causes.
We provide leadership development, and service opportunities, to campus students including highly experiential leader learning modules, student leader self-assessment and development, innovative lectures and events. Students can begin to participate in a leadership and community engagement certificate through a developmental learning process, with activities in critical service learning on and off campus that prepare students to be successful leaders now and after they graduate. We advise the WWU chapter of National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS-WWU), the largest club on campus and the 2019 winner of the NSLS Order of Sigma (Top 5% of NSLS Chapters nationwide, in the top 35 chapter of over 700, for completing all core [sustainability] pillars.).

Club Hub/Clubs and Organizations

Viking Union 425, 360-650-6121

More than 200 clubs and organizations exist within the Associated Students, providing a wide range of involvement opportunities for all students. AS clubs come in all varieties, including service, environmental, recreational, academic/departmental, social issues, religious, cultural and ethnic, arts, music and dance, political, gaming, pre-professional and honorary, and special interest areas. Some clubs have long histories at Western; others are brand new. If a student doesn’t find the right club, it is easy to start a new one. Students at Western enjoy being involved in clubs for the opportunities to meet new people, develop new skills, make positive changes in the world, and just have fun. The Club Hub serves as a resource for club leadership and organizational development, as well as event planning and programming. The Club Hub is committed to ensuring that all students can become involved and engaged in their Western Community.

Viking Union - Student Activities 

Viking Union (multiple locations), 360-650-3460

Student activities at Western are designed to provide maximum opportunities for student engagement in a wide range of co-curricular experiences. As an important part of the educational experiences offered by the University, students are encouraged to become involved in some aspect of the activity program since these activities provide leadership and social experiences that build on classroom learning.

Many student activities are initiated and coordinated by students through the Associated Students. Students who participate in the governing bodies of student-administered services, activities, and facilities gain valuable leadership experience while supporting the quality of co-curricular life. 

AS Productions

Viking Union 422

Associated Students Productions (ASP) provides a comprehensive program of student activities and events for all Western students and their community. There are six divisions of ASP: Pop Music, Films, Special Events, Underground Coffee House, Viking Union Gallery, and Marketing. The students that staff these offices work hard to bring top-quality events to campus, including local, regional and national music performances, films, comedians, authors, lecturers, art exhibits, and all kinds of other fun and intellectually stimulating engagements.

AS Review

Viking Union 411, 360-650-6126

The AS Review is an alternative weekly that provides coverage of student interests such has the AS government, activities, and student life. The Review seeks to enhance the student experience by shedding light on underrepresented issues, inclusive coverage, informing readers, and promoting dialogue. The AS Review welcomes reader submissions.

Environmental Center

Viking Union 424, 360-650-6129

The Environmental Center presents lectures, seminars, music events and other programs to educate the campus community about environmental topics and to illustrate the interconnections between environmentalism and other social concerns. The Center maintains a library of current books, newspapers, brochures, videos and magazines and acts as a networking center for campus and community activists.

Outback Outdoor Experiential Learning Program

Viking Union 424, 360-650-2433

The Outback, a joint program of the Associated Students and Fairhaven College, is a 5 acre farm and wetland restoration site. The purpose of the Outback OELP is to coordinate a wide range of opportunities for students to learn about, develop, and implement sustainable land use practices. These opportunities include personal and collaborative events and projects involving habitat restoration, organic gardening, green building, academic partnerships, independent study projects (ISPs), workshops, lectures and classes. The OELP also provides job-related skill building and community networking opportunities for students. These include serving on the Outback Governing Council, volunteering, and participating in work-study, AmeriCorps Students in Service, and salaried employment.

Sustainability, Equity, and Justice Fund (SEJF)

Viking Union 527, 360-650-2491

Want to convert Old Main’s roof to a green roof? Want to establish a bike share program on campus? What about a sustainable film festival? Or hybrid maintenance vehicles? 
Any idea, big or small, is welcome! 

The Sustainability, Equity and Justice Fund (SEJF) is a student-initiated, quarterly fee paid by all Western Washington University students to reduce the campus’ environmental impact and engage the campus community in environmental awareness.

The SEJF Grant Program provides funding to innovative, student-driven projects focused on promoting experiential learning opportunities and sustainable practices at Western Washington University. Students, staff and faculty are all eligible to apply for grant funding. Projects funded through the SEJF Grant Program aim to:

  • Increase Student Involvement and Education
  • Reduce Western Washington University’s Environmental Impact
  • Create an Aware & Engaged Campus Community 

KUGS Radio

Viking Union 7th Floor, 360-650-KUGS (5847)

Operated by the Associated Students, KUGS broadcasts in stereo at 89.3 on the FM dial, online at as.wwu.edu/kugs/, and on Comcast Cable channel 980 on campus and throughout Western Washington. A general manager and student staff coordinate the efforts of 100 volunteers in all facets of station operation. With a complete range of music, news, and educational programming, KUGS offers students opportunities for participation as disc jockeys, newsreaders, producers, and managers.

AS Publicity Center

Viking Union 411

The Publicity Center provides high quality and personalized promotional services, products, and support to the Associated Students organization and students at Western Washington University. They offer excellence in graphic design, print and electronic media, and distribution services while providing unique educational opportunities and leadership experience to student employees.

Viking Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Center

Viking Union 150 (access available from North Garden Street adjacent to VU entrance), 360-650-3112

The Outdoor Center provides a variety of outdoor-related engagement opportunities and activities for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni such as: rafting, biking, hikes, camping, and climbing. Emphasis focuses on developing and refining outdoor skills and responsible environmental practices, fostering diversity, enriching the academic experience, and promoting life-long learning. Resources include a knowledgeable staff, equipment rentals, a bike shop, excursions, educational resources, and instructional clinics. Custom crafted experiences are available for your group or office. Experienced trip consultants will prepare and deliver your experience. We offer co-curricular opportunities for learning outdoor skills and leadership, youth and family programming, employment and instructional opportunities for students.

Outdoor Center Challenge Program

2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd, 360-650-3731

Located at the Lakewood Watersports Facility, the Challenge Program offers teams, clubs, and groups of students, as well as faculty and staff groups, a facilitated opportunity to work on goal setting, leadership, effective communication, problem solving, trust-building, consensus-building, synergy, group roles, confidence and other valuable group and individual skills on our high and low experience ropes course. The program offers a sequence of “Challenge by Choice” activities specifically designed to increase social and individual awareness and appreciation through safe physical and mental challenges, discussion and reflection. We strive to be inclusive of all groups and abilities.

ViQueen Lodge

Sinclair Island, 360-650-6131 (VU Reservations Office) 360-650-3731 (Management)

Viqueen Lodge, located on 13 acres on Sinclair Island and provided by the Associated Students, offers a unique rustic lodge that can accommodate up to 15 people in the middle of paradise. Whales, seals, and eagles are your neighbors when lodging here. The island has a wonderful feel for relaxing groups and plenty of short walks to try while you are here. The property has no traditional bathroom facilities but has running water and a full kitchen. There is wood always available to burn in the cooking pit if you desire. Call us today to book a guided group lodging experience with our talented staff. Opportunities include supervised kayaking, hiking, bird watching, camping, marine science activities, or simply staring at the water and beauty of the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound.

WOOT Program

Viking Union 150 (access available from North Garden Street adjacent to VU entrance), 360-650-3112

WOOT aims to ease, support and enhance the transition into Western for first-year students through outdoor adventure and experiential education. Through establishing a small community of new students in the outdoors, connecting them to Western and their new environment, students will feel more at ease with entering the university setting and will better understand their new role as a college student. Week-long outdoor experiences happen prior to the start of fall quarter.

The Hacherl Research & Writing Studio

Haggard Hall second floor, 360-650-3219

Are you looking for a vibrant and collaborative place to research, read, and write? Drop in at the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio to grab a table and work at your own pace—no appointments necessary! Staff are on-hand to check in and give support on everything from research papers and lab write-ups to resumes and digital media projects. You’ll receive feedback and step-by-step strategies to effectively work on papers or other projects, no matter whether you are getting started, finding sources, or putting the finishing touches on your project. 

  • Don’t know where to start finding articles and books? Learn to navigate the research landscape.
  • Zoned out? Discover how you can read faster and with deeper understanding.
  • Wearing pajamas? You can also chat with the Studio or send in a draft online.
  • Need accommodation? The Studio offers specialized assistance to match your learning needs.

For hours of operation please see the website. Submit draft papers for feedback within 48 hours at any time during the quarter.

Department-Related Activities

Department-related activities provide opportunities for students to participate in a wide range of programs. Although faculty from related departments work closely with these activities, students do not need to be affiliated with the departments in order to participate. In many cases, students may receive academic credit for their involvement. The individual programs are outlined below.

Forensics Program

Communication Facility 295, 360-650-3988

The forensics program houses the Western Debate Union which participates in competitive intercollegiate debate at regional, national, and international levels. The program specializes in evidence-based argumentation, using the skills of research, critical thinking, and communication to solve social problems and promote justice. Students can participate in a variety of debate formats. The Western Debate Union also is committed to engaging communities, participating in a variety of public debates, workshops, and tours. Participation is open to all students and the coaching staff is dedicated to the success of all, regardless of prior experience. Limited scholarships are available. Contact Director of Forensics, Dr. Travis Cram, for information on how to join.

Music Activities

Performing Arts 273, 360-650-3130

All WWU students are welcome and encouraged to participate in music activities through the Department of Music! 

We welcome students from various backgrounds and experiences to join our music ensembles! We enjoy creating music with students from all departments across campus, and placement is determined regardless of major or year in school!  Our large performing ensembles include University Choir, Advanced Treble Choir, Concert Choir, Viking Pep Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, String Sinfonia, Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Big Band I & II. Our small/chamber ensembles include Jazz Combos I-IV, Vocal Jazz, Western Voices, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Flute Choir, NowHearThis!, Collegium Musicum, Composers’ Ensemble, woodwind chamber groups, brass chamber groups, string chamber groups, and many more. 

Ensemble Auditions are held annually in September! While most ensembles will require an ensemble audition, students may enroll in University Choir, MUS 271, any quarter without an audition, as well as participate in our Viking Pep Band without previous placement. Non-Music major/minors may enroll in Symphonic Band, MUS 272, without an audition. All audition requirements, sign-up, and information will be located on our Ensemble and Ensemble Auditions page. All students must enroll in an ensemble to participate, the only exception is Viking Band which is not offered as a course. Each course is repeatable for credit and earned credits may be used towards graduation requirements, including upper-division, elective, and total 180 credits required to graduate.

In addition to performing ensembles, students may enroll and participate in private applied lessons, our annual opera production, and opera scenes. Students who have previous experience on an instrument or voice may contact the department to determine if there is availability in our studios for a non-music major/minor. Please note, some studios may require an audition. For more information, please visit our music website, cfpa.wwu.edu/music.


Communications Facility 230, 360-650-3171

Student publications include The Front, a weekly newspaper; Klipsun, a quarterly magazine; Jeopardy, the annual literary magazine; Occam’s Razor, an annual cross-disciplinary showcase for exceptional academic writing; and The Planet, a quarterly environmental journalism magazine. Student contributions of time and talent are essential to these publications, and new students at all academic levels are encouraged to join their staffs each quarter. Students may receive credit for working on publications through the Journalism Department and the College of the Environment.

Theatre and Dance 

Performing Arts 395, 360-650-3876

The Theatre and Dance Department offers a rich assortment of opportunities to write, act, dance, stage manage, design, teach, produce, and choreograph on and off the stage. The broad range of productions during the academic year includes musicals, dramas, comedies, faculty- and student-choreographed events, dance concerts, and departmental collaborations across campus. The Theatre and Dance Department provides ongoing applied theatre and dance activities for both the beginner and the advanced student. Previous experience is not required for class participation and all students are welcome to audition for departmental productions or volunteer/receive course credit for being on production teams. Students and faculty participate regularly in the American Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), South Eastern Theatre Conference (SETC), The American College Dance Festival (ACDF), The Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).