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516 High St Bellingham, WA 98225
516 High StreetUSWashingtonBellingham98225
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"The staff support is very high."
"...is having a large number of classes being taught by undergraduate students."
"...are also very condescending, and make for a hostile learning environment."
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Tyler Brown
in the last week
This school felt the most homey to me. The trees and wildlife is awesome and beautiful. The people are nicer than at most universities out there. I like how they have a lot of healthy options available to eat. This is my third year there and I can't wait to go back. I like their philosophies on campus as well.
Response from the owner - in the last week
Thank you, Tyler! We're glad you're enjoying it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. If there's ever anything you think of that we can do better, we'd love to hear that, too. See you later this month!
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Michael Yolen
3 months ago
This is on behalf of my son who is trying to finish up here. I agree with the reviewers who said the school ONLY cares about money. They are also very unclear about what courses are required, and totally rip you off if you transfer--even from an in-state school. I can't tell you how pissed off the entire experience has made me. In addition to that, the education is mediocre at best. The campus is definitely the best thing about the school. It gets an F overall. Please don't send your children here or go here yourself!
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Apologies, Michael, but our earlier response was deleted during a merge of pages. We appreciate your taking the time to share your and your son's experiences. We do take all comments to heart and use them to try and improve. If you'd like to share specific ways in which we can do better, please feel free to email us at news@wwu.edu. Thanks again for your time.
Alysen West
3 weeks ago
Loved attending Western, learned a lot, and am happy to say that the career services department is very helpful. Called for help with job transition 6 years after graduating, and customer service is fantastic. Nothing but positive things to say about Western. Great school!
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
We're so glad to hear you had a great experience, Alysen! Thanks for sharing. Hope you're enjoying the new job!
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Gary Yoho
11 months ago
As a graduate of Western, I cannot say enough about this place. The faculty is amazing and challenged me every step of the way intellectually. The campus is without equal -- and Bellingham is a great place to live! WWU is a real gem that is tucked away on a hillside that has gorgeous views of the Sound; it is, simply put, and amazing place to study and grow! My son is now attending Western -- and my daughter will soon. Parents, check this place out as a GREAT value and an outstanding education.
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Hugh John
2 months ago
First off, the education quality here is extremely poor. I've had several professors who just copy and paste text from books and journals into slides and lecture as if they wrote it. (plagiarism!?) Many of the professors contribute very little to the course, making it pointless to attend class. Online classes would be ideal if they didn't cost $500 extra per credit. Many of the professors are also very condescending, and make for a hostile learning environment. Most of the classrooms are over crowded due to the greed of the school taking in more students than it can facilitate. Their solution to more students is having a large number of classes being taught by undergraduate students. I had previously been under the impression that paying for a university education means getting taught by a PROFESSOR, not a fellow student. The fees and rates for just about everything keep on going up. Overall, it's been a very disappointing education experience.
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Response from the owner - 2 months ago
We appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts on how we can improve, Hugh. If you haven't already, we'd recommend sharing those comments with the chairs of the departments in which you've had a bad experience. We will pass them along as well.
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Will Rucker
3 months ago
I'll start with the positive(s): the campus looks nice. Now the negatives: a great majority of the students are pretentious and spoiled, the faculty could care less about you, most students DO NOT graduate on time because of inept advisers and overfilled classrooms, and the weather here is horrendous. It rains a good 65% of your time here. The students here have the most outlandish perceptions of themselves. Buzzwords at the school are victim blaming, rape culture, fetishize, social construction and more. These words are used frequently and often out of context. Anybody with 2 brain cells and an internet connection could receive a better education than this place offers. Avoid this shit-stain of an establishment at all costs.
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Free Dope Downloads
8 months ago
First, know that I had a completely typical experience there and there was no single instance making me go passive aggressive. This institution simply embodies the definition of hypocrisy and cares ONLY about their bottom line, and it's my job as a human to let you know. Now, a list. yay for lists! -They fee you to death and stop being nice the minute you enroll. for example, they make you pay an extra $1000-$1250 bucks to take a course online.... HA! (I can't name the source, but I know that at a meeting, the president said that students "can be looked at as debit cards" in that the only thing you need to do to get money from them is request it.) It does no good to fight any matter of injustice there because if you don't cooperate, they don't let you register or will withhold your degree. -When there was a "riot" at which no students were arrested, they actively searched for students to condemn and expel in the name of saving face instead of trying to help anyone. -Degree and class designs are centered around maximum profit, not preparation for the real world. (This includes using class time (and even entire classes, at times) to sell students on majors they're not in.) The average graduation time there is over 5 years.. this is largely because they loooove making classes which aren't offered year-round pre-requisites, making you take less credits/qtr. -The classes they say they'll accept from other institutions and the ones they actually do accept are entirely different things. If you get stuck here, go to the department heads who don't have as much to gain from you taking more classes than you must. -Like most institutions, they continue to use textbooks despite their out-of-date nature and the department of education's stance that they should no longer be used as they are. The difference here is that western says "sustainability is at the heart of what we do here" and even charges student 5 cents per page to print under this "conviction." -Many, MANY more things (namely everything). I could go on forever about the policies regarding parking, cafeteria, you name it. If you get involved here, you will pay. through. the. nose, and they are anything but upfront. Happy shopping! (oh yeah, and if you're at the point of college consideration, know there are many online schools cropping up that use industry certifications as rather large portions of degree requirements. Conventional universities are on their way out so if you don't have ulterior motives for going there, just don't.)
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William Crow
a year ago
I loved every minute of going to Western! An excellent faculty and beautiful campus with lots of ways to get involved. It's definitely somewhere that people from all backgrounds can feel welcome. It has excellent classes with incredibly supportive professors. The undergraduate classes are small enough that there is a lot of individual attention. I regret nothing about going here!