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Same news is good news: Bellingham scenic, healthy

Multiple national rankings place Western Washington University among the top public master’s-granting universities in the West, and among schools that offer the best value for students’ money.
Multiple national rankings place Western Washington University among the top public master’s-granting universities in the West, and among schools that offer the best value for students’ money. The Bellingham Herald

News about what other people are saying about Whatcom County:

Oh beautiful ...

Top-drawer scenery: Whatcom County is the 92nd most scenic of the nation’s 3,111 counties, according to the Washington Post. The ranking used a “natural amenities index” to gauge characteristics — such as climate, topography, and access to water — that enhance a county as a place to live. Details: washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog.

Top 100 city: Bellingham is the 72nd best small- to mid-size city to live in in the U.S. according to Livability.com. The survey cites Bellingham’s colleges, arts and entertainment scene, and health-care services. Other Washington cities in the top 100 list were Renton, at 66; Richland, 64; Kirkland, 25; Olympia, 20; and Bellevue, 2. Atop the list: Rochester, Minn.

Healthy place to learn: Bellingham is the 25th healthiest college town in the U.S. according to 360 Career website. The tally assessed people’s physical activity, major diseases, smoking rate, and frequency eating fruits and vegetables. According to the survey, more than 40 percent of Bellingham residents are within a normal weight range, and just over 80 percent exercise regularly. One other Northwest college town made the list: Eugene, Ore., at 23.

WWU wins notice

National Geographic recently visited Shannon Point Marine Center to interview Ben Miner, an associate professor of biology at Western Washington University, about the plight of sea stars in the Salish Sea. The story looks at sea star wasting disease, which has been decimating sea stars along the West Coast for several years. Miner and his colleagues at Shannon Point have been researching potential causes of the disease. The story and video are online at news.nationalgeographic.com.

Ratings galore: WWU was recently named the top public master’s-granting university in the Northwest, and second in the entire West, in USA Today’s annual college rankings. Western also ranked ninth in the West in the Best Colleges for the Money category, a comparison of educational quality and cost. Western also kept its top spot in the Northwest in the latest U.S. News College Rankings.

Washington (D.C.) Monthly magazine also named WWU the top public master’s-granting university in the Northwest. That put Western 27th in the nation among the 673 schools in its category. The magazine also listed Western as 30th in the West for “Bang for the Buck,” which ranks public and private schools on their value for the money.

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