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The Fairhaven Difference

Our commitment to transformative, creative, inquiry-based learning empowers students to pursue social, economic, and environmental justice.

Accepting Applications for Winter Quarter 2022

Fairhaven College is Now Accepting Applications for Winter Quarter 2022.

Fairhaven College admits students at all levels:

  • High School Students
  • Transfer Students
  • Current WWU Students.

Fairhaven College admits students on a quarterly basis. As a small college within WWU, we can have a selective admissions process.

World Issues November 3rd

Alumni Stories

Kylie Glover "Comfort Measures"

 Kylie Glover sitting at a trail head getting a red corgi dog ready for a hike

We gather around a man on a gurney, dressed in yellow isolation gowns and N95 masks, listening to the story the ambulance crew tells us about John, 76-year-old male, transported from Garden Villa. He tested COVID positive three days ago, staff called 911 because his oxygen saturations were low. History of a stroke, documentation of a do not resuscitate order, comfort measures. Pretty much comatose. Medics and I slide him from their gurney to our stretcher, connect him to oxygen, blood pressure cuff, cardiac monitoring.

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Christopher ‘Caskey’ Russell Named New Dean of Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Christopher ‘Caskey’ Russell has been named the new dean of the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.

Russell, hired following a national search, will start in his new job at Western on Aug. 16. He succeeds John Bower, a Fairhaven College faculty member, who served a one-year, fixed term appointment as Fairhaven College dean.

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Fairhaven College Spotify Playlist

Music is bonding and exciting, so let’s unify around it! Join us as we collaboratively create a playlist commemorating our process, growth, and community. Share songs that helped you survive, feel, and exist throughout this extraordinary year! We will collect these songs from the Fairhaven community to then make a playlist on Spotify that is open for all to listen and engage with. Please send any questions to Avry Richter, Kailey Droz , or Dr. Villicana. Suggestions are welcome from all Fairhaven community members and can be made at the following link: Fairhaven Playlist Suggestions

This is the Fairhaven Playlist thus far! We'll continue adding songs as they come in. 






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Outback Farm

World Issues Forum

Adventure Learning Grant

Fairhaven College nurtures engaged learning, fostering social justice through innovative programs. 

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Fairhaven College is committed to Solving Local & Global Problems. Our students and faculty are actively engaged in community activism and research at local, national, and international levels.

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Niall Ó Murchú and Rachel Malia Newkirk

Hilary Schwandt, Bethany Sparkle and Moriah Post-Kinney

Fairhaven’s interdisciplinarity fosters collaboration within the College and across campus. Check out some of our exciting collaborations.


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Our students, staff, and faculty have followed many unique paths to get where we are today.



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Fairhaven's Commitments to the World

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University cultivates student responsibility for designing and assessing learning through interdisciplinary inquiry, creativity, and scholarship

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A Collaborative Living and Learning Community committed to Social, Economic, Racial, and Environmental Justice.

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