Colleges In Washington

Colleges In Washington

Washington State Schools

Students who are citizens of the state of Washington may attend many colleges and universities in neighboring and regional states for little more than the cost of in-state tuition as a result of a reciprocal agreement between the states in question.  Students who remain in Washington, and those who come to the state for higher education, have many options.  There are more than 30 community and two-year technical colleges, several of which are multi-campus institutions.

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The six state-supported four-year colleges, most of which have multiple campuses, include the University of Washington, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Western Washington University, Central Washington University, and Evergreen State College.

Evergreen, the youngest of the group, is one of very few public colleges in the nation with a commitment to experimental liberal arts education.

The University of Washington, with campuses in Seattle, Bothwell, and Tacoma, admits close to 6 of 10 applicants and has a combined enrollment of close to 55,000 students (45,000 of whom attend classes on the main campus in Seattle).  Next in size is Washington State University, a four campus institution with about 20,000 students enrolled at the main campus in Pullman and a total enrollment of approximately 30,000.  Central, Eastern, and Western Washington are medium-sized universities, with enrollments of 11,000, 13,000, and 14,000 students respectively.

Perhaps the most distinctive post-secondary institution in the state is Western Governors University, a multi-state, publicly- supported, non-profit university offering a wide number of online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for adult students.

Washington is home to several specialty institutions.  Bastyr University, which has a campus in California in addition to the one in Kenmore, enrolls a little over 1,000 students in naturopathic medical programs.  The Art Institute of Seattle and Cornish College of the Arts, both located in Seattle, offer programs in the fine arts.  Pinchot University, founded in 2002 is a private graduate school offering degrees in sustainability, including an MBA degree in sustainable business.

The best known private colleges and universities in the state include Gonzaga University, and Whitman College, a small, selective liberal arts college.

Washington state students interested in ministerial careers may attend Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary (Tacoma) or Northwest Theological Seminary (Lynnwood).

Traditional Colleges In Washington State

Antioch University

Central Washington University

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Eastern Washington University

Evergreen State College

Gonzaga University

Pacific Lutheran University

Saint Martin’s College

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

University of Puget Sound

University of Washington

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Walla Walla College

Washington State University

Western Washington University

Whitman College

Community Colleges – Washington

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Bates Technical College

Bellingham Technical College

Big Bend Community College

Cascadia Community College

Centralia College

Clark College

Clover Park Technical College

Columbia Basin College

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Grays Harbor College

Green River Community College

Highline Community College

Institute for Extended Learning

Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lower Columbia College

North Seattle Community College

Olympic College

Pierce College

Renton Technical College

Seattle Central Community College

Seattle Vocational Institute

Shoreline Community College

Skagit Valley College

South Puget Sound Community College

South Seattle Community College

Spokane Community College

Spokane Falls Community College

Tacoma Community College

Walla Walla Community College

Wenatchee Valley College

Whatcom Community College

Yakima Valley Community College

Washington State – Trade, Vocational, Career

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DeVry University

Keller Graduate School of Management

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Argosy University

Art Institute of Seattle

Cortiva Institute

DeVry University

Kaplan College

Kitchen Academy

Pima Medical Institute

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Apollo College

Interface College

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Online Colleges In Washington State

The gorgeous state of Washington deserves high praise in many areas. In terms of offering online degrees and programs, the state is easily one of the best in the nation. Despite having a relatively low number of students enrolled in online degree programs (7.5%, according to a 2012 National Center for Education Statistics report), the state has a very large number of schools that offer online educational experiences and opportunities across all possible post-secondary options. These include a wide variety of certificate programs, Associate degree programs, Bachelor’s degree programs, Master’s degree programs and Doctoral degree programs. Prospective students will find institutions across the state offering these programs as well, from local community colleges up to nationally-ranked research universities.

Some of the best colleges in the state offer excellent online degree programs. Among the top-ranked online degree programs available are those delivered through Western Washington University, Northwest University, Heritage University, Washington State University and Saint Martin’s University. Western Washington University is well ranked in the region. According to the U.S. News and World Report, this school sits well at #21 among regional universities (West). Northwest University is also ranked well regionally at #17. Saint Martin’s University is likewise ranked well regionally at #46. The University of Washington, the state’s flagship public research university, is ranked well at #140 among national universities. Prospective students will find that these top ranked schools are unfortunately more expensive when compared to similarly ranked schools across the country. Heritage University, in Toppenish, Washington, is relatively expensive at around $18,000 a year annually. The least expensive on the list of top schools is Washington State University, which, though public, still comes in at over $12,000 a year for in-state tuition.

Washington University is not only a top-rated school, but also offers many of its highly ranked programs fully online. The school offers nine Bachelor’s degree programs through its online system. These programs include Accounting, Hospitality Business Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Human Development, Humanities, Social Sciences and Psychology. If you’re looking to tack on a Minor, the school also has an excellent variety in Minors available, including focuses in Aging, Business Economics, Film Studies and Political Science. Prospective students who are looking to attain their graduate degree will find that the University of Washington offers Master’s degrees in some common and some uncommon areas. As with many other schools offering online degrees, University of Washington offers programs in Criminal Justice, Special Education, and MBA programs. Unlike most other schools, prospective students will find such unique options as Strategic Communication, Engineering and Technology Management, Agriculture, Food Science Management, Plant Health Management, Electric Power Engineering and Molecular Biosciences. There are also a variety of certificate programs available in common and uncommon fields, such as Molecular Biosciences, Professional Science and Technology Writing, American Indian Studies and Organic Culture for undergraduates, and Bioethics and Sustainable Agriculture for graduate students.

Prospective students interested in online degrees will find that the northwestern state of Washington is among the top of the list for unique and interesting degree programs from top-rated colleges and universities.