Western Washington University is one of six state funded four-year universities of higher education in the state of Washington. WWU has an enrollment of around 12,900 students. The University is known for its excellence and for 10 straight years it has been ranked 2nd among the top public master's-granting universities in the West, according to the 2007 U.S. News & World Report.
Western's campus is located in the central part of Bellingham near downtown and Bellingham Bay. The 215-acre campus and part of the adjacent Sehome Hill Arboretum make up the WWU Neighborhood.
There is no privately owned property in the neighborhood.
About one-third (4,000) of Western's student population live on-campus in student housing. Many other students live off-campus in the adjacent Happy Valley, Sehome, South Hill and York neighborhoods.
Western is known for its premier Outdoor Sculpture Collection located throughout the campus. WWU's Sculpture Collection was recently named one of the 10 best on-campus public art collections in the country. The first sculpture was installed back in 1960 and the works represent sculpture from 1960 to the present. "Stadium Piece" (left) by Bruce Numan can be found on the south side of campus.
Western Washington University has 16 varsity sports and is a member of NCAA Division II. Students, faculty and members of the community can watch the Viking athletes compete in home competitions throughout the year. Carver Gym (right) is host to many men's and women's baskeball games.
Wade King Recreation Center is a new student reacreation facility that includes a rock climbing wall, three weight and cardio areas, three court gym, pool and wellness room and more.
The Sehome Hill Arboretum is a 180 acre natural forest habitat managed joinly by the City of Bellingham and Western Washington University. The Arboretum is a natural habitat with native plants and animals and several miles of trails that are open to the public. A lookout tower at the top of Sehome Hill provides views of Bellingham and Whatcom County.
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