Western Washington University’s Red Square
Whatcom County’s learning institutions boast 89.8 % graduation rates, low dropout rates and excellent test scores. The academic community exists to promote the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of its students, which in turn, will allow the youth of Whatcom County to be lifelong learners capable of successfully navigating a diverse and changing world. The Bellingham Promise is the Bellingham School District’s new strategic plan. it is designed to represent Bellingham’s collective aspiration for the community’s youth through a “One School House Approach”, “Innovation and Flexibility”, “Early Childhood Education” and “Student, Family and Community Engagement.”
Post-Secondary Educational Institutions:
Bellingham has a multitude of post-secondary educational institutions which provides the county’s businesses with an extensive and intelligent workforce.
Western Washington University (aka Western) is a comprehensive, highly ranked, 4-year liberal arts university that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees. With nearly 15,000 students, Western is the county’s largest employer. The university’s seven colleges which include; The College of Business & Economics, The College of Fine & Performing Arts, The College of Humanities & Social Sciences, The College of Science & Engineering, The Huxley College of the Environment, The Woodring College of Education and the Graduate School together offer more than 140 major fields of study. In addition, the university is home to the Fairhaven College for Interdisciplinary Studies – a liberal arts college within WWU that allows students to design their own degree programs by drawing from the resources at Fairhaven College and the larger institution.