Student Life

Explore Fairhaven

Fairhaven College creates an environment where students are encouraged to show their passion and curiosity for learning about the world around them:

  • Our students have the unique opportunity to design their own education through our Interdisciplinary Concentration process where they create their own major.
  • We host the weekly World Issues Forum to raise awareness about current events and engage in dialogue.
  • Fairhaven College faculty actively engage students in critical thinking while sharing their expertise in a variety of academic disciplines.

Student Support

Fairhaven College students benefit from intensive advising and support from both faculty and staff. For more information about financial support opportunities, information about our narrative evaluation process, study abroad and international opportunities, and our graduation process, visit our Student Resources page.

Campus Life

Fairhaven College students are consistently involved in campus and community activities. They can be found writing for Western’s student run newspaper the Western Front, deejaying on KUGS-FM, competing in intercollegiate athletics, writing and editing literary publications, serving as Resident Advisers, participating in Residence Hall leadership programs, and acting, singing and dancing in musical and dramatic productions.  Every year any number of Fairhaven students coordinate, work for and hold leadership positions in many Associated Students organizations.

Here's a tiny sampling of things you can do on campus:

The Associated StudentsKUGS-FM Radio | Western FrontAthletics | Resident Advisors

Making a Difference

Students contribute to the vitality, vision and operation of Fairhaven College in many key ways outside of structured classes.  The college hires many students in Work-study positions every year.  Fairhaven students serve as Peer Mentors for the college. Additionally, students are invited and encouraged to participate in the governance of the college, serving as active members of college standing committees such as the Curriculum Committee, Personnel Committee, Scholarship Committee, Student Technology Committee, the Communications Committee, and the Admissions Committee.


Fairhaven students may live wherever they choose both on and off campus. While most first-year students choose to live on campus, the majority of Fairhaven College students live off-campus in the Bellingham community.  If you are interested in living on campus, you must apply through University Residences.