Western Washington University was established in 1899 as a normal school. The University is located on a picturesque campus in Bellingham, Washington – a Pacific Rim city of over 76,000 persons and nationally recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship. With two major urban centers, Seattle and Vancouver, BC, located within 90 miles, Bellingham residents also h...ave easy access to urban attractions. Western enrolls almost 15,000 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs. Consistently highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Western was named the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest in 2013. Western strives to fulfill a mission supported by the core values of excellence, engagement, diversity, community service, integrity, and innovation.