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December 11, 2013 at 10:50 AM
The University of Washington ranked 13th, and Western Washington University ranked 93rd, on Kiplinger’s annual list of 100 public colleges that offer the best value for the money.
Both schools have regularly appeared on Kiplinger’s list. The UW was 18th last year, and WWU was 74th.
Kiplinger’s noted that the rate of tuition increases is slowing nationwide; in Washington, tuition at all state colleges has been frozen for this academic year and the next one. Nationwide, in-state tuition and fees rose only 2.9% in 2012–13, the lowest increase in more than 30 years, according to the College Board.
The total cost of a year of college at the UW, including room and board, is $24,355, Kiplinger’s reported. But for in-state students, when financial aid is taken into account, the price of a year at the UW for a student who qualifies for aid drops to $10, 355. The UW has an especially generous financial aid program for those who qualify.
At Western, the cost including room and board is $20,920, but when financial aid is taken into account for those who qualify, the price drops to $12,089.
For the 13th year in a row, Kiplinger’s ranked the University of North Carolina no. 1 in the nation for what it described as “a combination of stellar academics, low cost and rich financial aid.”
October 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM
The University of Washington has started the academic year with the largest freshman class in its history with 6,255 students, 67 percent of whom are from Washington.
The UW had a record number of applicants for the year — more than 30,000 — and as a result, the admission rate declined from 59 percent in 2012 to 55 percent this year.
But the acceptance rate for Washington residents was higher. Of the nearly 11,000 Washington high-school students who applied for admission, about 64 percent were accepted.
The average grade-point average for entering freshmen is 3.76; their average composite SAT score is 1,830. The high school with the largest number of entering freshmen is Skyline, with 93 students, followed by Newport with 88 and Inglemoor with 83.
International students make up nearly 16 percent of the entering class. The top three countries for freshmen international students are: China, with 687 students; South Korea, with 75; and Taiwan, with 70.
Elsewhere in the state:
- Washington State University saw a slight decline in the number of freshmen this year, but the university’s overall enrollment at its Pullman campus is the second-highest in the university’s history. WSU has seen an increase in the diversity of its enrollment, with one in four students now identifying themselves as students of color.
- Western Washington University’s freshmen enrollment increased by 107 students, and total enrollment for the year also grew, by about 100 students, to 14,950. It’s the largest and most culturally diverse enrollment in the university’s history, with minority students making up about a quarter of the freshman class.
- Central Washington University saw freshmen enrollment increase by 70 students, or about 5 percent higher than last year. The total enrollment dropped by 211 students, from 10,715 in fall 2012 to 10,504 in fall 2013. CWU officials say it’s the first decline in many years, and they attribute the drop to strict new rules for State Need Grant eligibility that caused 200 students to lose financial aid.
- Eastern Washington University set an enrollment record, for the fifth consecutive year, with a total headcount of 12,791 — about 200 more students than it had at the same time last year. University officials say they’re retaining more juniors and seniors, in part because they have increased academic support services and institutional aid.
- The Evergreen State College saw a slight decline from last year’s overall enrollment of new students — it’s down about 3 percent, from 1,344 in 2012-13 to 1,308 this year. New undergraduate enrollment includes both transfer students, who make up 60 percent of new students, and freshmen. Evergreen’s total enrollment this year is 4,424.
October 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM
The body found last weekend in a Bellingham park was a 19-year-old former Western Washington University student, Bellingham police and WWU officials say.
The man’s body was found Saturday morning in Franklin Park, but had no identification, police said. Officers checked his fingerprints but could not match them with any in a law-enforcement database.
On Sunday, police received a call from someone who believed the dead man could be his missing roommate, which was confirmed by police.
The man has been identified as William Viktor Litvin, who was from Chelan, police said. According to WWU officials, Litvin last attended the university during spring quarter, and was not enrolled at WWU during the current fall quarter.
An autopsy Monday did not identify the cause of death but did indicate the presence of illegal drugs in his system, police said. The complete toxicology report will not be known for several days.
August 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM
A retired Microsoft executive has given $500,000 to Western Washington University, enabling the school to hire its first professor of entrepreneurship and create a minor in the subject, the university announced Thursday.
The gift is from former Microsoft vice president David Cole and his wife, Denise, both of whom graduated from Western. The new position will be part of Western’s College of Business and Economics, and will provide leadership for students who want to minor in entrepreneurship – a new offering at the university.
The program’s goal is to increase the number of graduates who can launch and run their own organizations and create jobs.
Business college dean Brian Burton said the gift will allow the school to create a baseline set of courses in entrepreneurship, as well as courses to help students with specialized interest areas, such as social entrepreneurship, technology and lean start-ups.
August 16, 2013 at 5:37 PM
BELLINGHAM — Bellingham police say a Western Washington University student died Friday after accidentally shooting himself in the head while playing with a gun he thought was unloaded.
The Bellingham Herald reports 22-year-old Justin Small died after being taken to St. Joseph Medical Center. Roommates told police the semi-automatic handgun had been locked in a safe that belonged to a roommate who had recently moved out. The others had been drinking when one of them found the key and opened it.
The Bellingham Herald said Small was from the Seattle area.
Police say the roommates had been taking pictures with another weapon and Small had been playing with the handgun. One roommate said he warned Small several times to check whether the gun was loaded. Sgt. Shawn Aiumu said police are investigating the incident but they are labeling it an accident.
May 16, 2013 at 3:21 PM
Eight students and alumni from Western Washington University have received Fulbright Scholarships this spring, breaking the school’s previous record and likely making it one of the top master’s degree-granting institutions in the country with such a large number of Fulbright scholars.
In 2012, no master’s granting university in the nation had more than six Fulbright Fellowship award winners, the university said. The University of Washington, whose undergraduate enrollment is several times larger, has received word of 10 Fulbright winners so far.
Four of Western’s winners are majoring in, or majored in, German, underscoring Western’s strong German language program. Earlier this year, Western’s German program was honored as one of two schools in the country designated a German Center of Excellence by the American Association of Teachers of German.
The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. government and allows students, scholars, professionals and teachers to travel abroad and undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
December 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Two Washington universities — one public, one private — have made a list of schools that offer a high quality education for a low price per student.
Both Western Washington University and Gonzaga University are among five regional universities that made the list, published Monday by U.S. News & World Report.
The magazine explains: “The new list is based on operating efficiency, defined as a school’s 2011 fiscal year financial resources per student divided by its overall score…in the 2013 Best Colleges rankings. This calculation reveals how much each school is spending to achieve one point in the overall score and its position in the rankings.”
WWU spends $12,547 in financial resources per student; Gonzaga spends $21,794 per student.
How much a school spends per student is a different measure than the price of tuition.
The magazine notes: “Schools that are featured on this list are doing a good job in managing their financial resources relative to other schools that may have larger state funding, higher tuition, or larger endowments. Many of these schools are likely to be more affordable in terms of tuition relative to others in their ranking category, since almost all of them are public universities.”
April 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM
The Bellingham Herald reports a Western Washington University student has died after falling from a window at Nash Hall this morning.
The 18-year-old student landed on concrete in the tennis court area behind the dormitory shortly before 10 a.m. He died at the scene.
University Police are investigating the death as a possible suicide.
March 25, 2012 at 9:42 AM
Weather: Could it get any better? In fact, no. Not today. So hurry and get outside, because later today, gray, ultimately wet reality returns — supposedly lasting much of the week. The National Weather Service forecast.
Congratulations: The Western Washington men’s basketball team won the Division II championship Saturday, defeating Montevallo of Alabama. The victors are expected back home today on a charter flight scheduled to land at Bellingham International Airport at 2 p.m.
A march and vigil in support of the family of Trayvon Martin will be held at 4 p.m. today in Seattle. This weekend, marches and rallies are being organized around the country as many question why no arrest has been made in the case of the teen’s fatal shooting by a neighborhood-watch volunteer in Florida. Martin, who was wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles and iced tea, was unarmed. The Seattle march will go from Greater Mount Baker Baptist Church, 2425 South Jackson St., to the MLK Memorial south of the church. March participants plan to wear hoodies, and carry Skittles and iced tea.
Vegfest 2012 concludes today: The annual vegetarian festival, featuring lots of food as well as health checks, books and more is at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall. Adults get in for $8, kids 12 and under are admitted free. Details.
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March 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM
Western Washington University has reached an agreement with its former admissions director, Karen Copetas, concluding that Copetas did not intentionally violate any statutes or university policies while she worked for the university.
The agreement also allows Copetas, who was in charge of admissions at WWU for 22 years, to resign.
Copetas was suspended from her job last fall after a finding by the school’s Equal Opportunity Office that she retaliated against an employee for filing a discrimination complaint. In December, she was fired after the university also found she awarded scholarship money in exchange for work and influenced the award of scholarships to relatives.
Copetas appealed the decision, saying she believed the university treated her unfairly. A decision had not been reached on the appeal, and it will now be dropped, said WWU spokesman Paul Cocke.
Under the agreement, Copetas will resign on June 30 of this year, collecting her salary until that time and working on assigned projects from an off-campus location. She makes $96,420 a year.
She’ll also be allowed to cash out her vacation and sick leave, and WWU will not oppose her application for unemployment insurance benefits, if she chooses to apply for them. WWU will pay Copetas and her counsel, Beth Terrell, $45,000. WWU will also pay for mediation costs charged by Teresa Wakeen, but Cocke said that under the terms of the agreement, he could not say how much that amount was or name the amount of her vacation and sick leave.
Under the agreement, WWU will describe Copetas as having “served with distinction.”
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