Best colleges in Seattle

The Road to Emerald City

Gloomy weather can't hold Seattle back

Despite the rainy weather, Seattle shines as one of the fastest growing cities in the country with plenty to offer incoming students. Home to 2 major universities, 9 colleges, and an unemployment rate well below the national average, Seattle is a great college city. Thanks to the presence of Microsoft and Amazon, "The Emerald City" is a popular destination for IT professionals with abundant career options after graduation. Not a techie? No worries. Seattle also has a great job market for healthcare, aerospace, marine technology and fashion.

Located in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle has plenty to offer besides a healthy economy. The city is home to a vibrant performing arts scene, prides itself on the "foodie" mindset, and carries two professional sports teams: the Seahawks and the Mariners. Nature lovers can't get enough, being just a quick trip away from several National Parks. Located on the Puget Sound, Seattle is a popular tourist destination for cruise ships, festivals and outdoors adventures. If you're looking for a prosperous, walkable city that's a stone's throw from nature, look no further; Seattle could be your new dream home.

*www.seattle.gov *Wikipedia, "Seattle Culture" *U.S. Census Bureau *www.visitseattle.org

Best Four Year Universities in Seattle

University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 699 degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 13,564 students graduated with students earning 8,027 Bachelor's degrees, 4,057 Master's degrees, 1,467 Doctoral degrees, and 13 Certificates.

Seattle University
Seattle, WA

Seattle University offers 179 degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 2,445 students graduated with students earning 1,204 Bachelor's degrees, 833 Master's degrees, 210 Doctoral degrees, and 198 Certificates.

University of Puget Sound offers 56 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 662 students graduated with students earning 552 Bachelor's degrees, 72 Master's degrees, and 38 Doctoral degrees.

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University of Washington-Bothell Campus offers 52 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 2,031 students graduated with students earning 1,800 Bachelor's degrees, and 231 Master's degrees.

Pacific Lutheran University offers 66 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 849 students graduated with students earning 655 Bachelor's degrees, 181 Master's degrees, 10 Doctoral degrees, and 3 Certificates.

DigiPen Institute of Technology offers 9 degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, four-year university in a small city. In 2019, 214 students graduated with students earning 185 Bachelor's degrees, and 29 Master's degrees.

Seattle Pacific University offers 111 degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1,153 students graduated with students earning 723 Bachelor's degrees, 276 Master's degrees, 135 Certificates, and 19 Doctoral degrees.

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus offers 57 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,863 students graduated with students earning 1,477 Bachelor's degrees, 375 Master's degrees, and 11 Doctoral degrees.

Cornish College of the Arts offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 145 students graduated with students earning 145 Bachelor's degrees.

Renton Technical College offers 125 degree programs. It's a small, public, four-year university in a midsize city. In 2019, 975 students graduated with students earning 673 Certificates, 295 Associate's degrees, and 7 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Seattle

Pima Medical Institute-Renton offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 586 students graduated with students earning 521 Certificates, and 65 Associate's degrees.

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Pima Medical Institute-Seattle offers 9 degree programs. It's a very small, private for-profit, two-year college in a large city. In 2019, 386 students graduated with students earning 285 Certificates, and 101 Associate's degrees.

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Bates Technical College offers 147 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 871 students graduated with students earning 481 Associate's degrees, and 390 Certificates.

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Pierce College-Puyallup offers 39 degree programs. It's a small, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 748 students graduated with students earning 664 Associate's degrees, and 84 Certificates.

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Shoreline Community College offers 111 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a large suburb. In 2019, 1,623 students graduated with students earning 968 Associate's degrees, and 655 Certificates.

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Everett Community College offers 82 degree programs. It's a medium sized, public, two-year college in a midsize city. In 2019, 1,865 students graduated with students earning 1,349 Associate's degrees, and 516 Certificates.

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List of all colleges in Seattle

School Average Tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Logo University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
3/5
23 : 1 47,576
Seattle University Logo Seattle University Seattle, WA
5/5
14 : 1 7,199
University of Puget Sound Logo University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
5/5
11 : 1 2,608
University of Washington-Bothell Campus Logo University of Washington-Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
3/5
28 : 1 5,913
Pacific Lutheran University Logo Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
5/5
14 : 1 3,062
DigiPen Institute of Technology Logo DigiPen Institute of Technology Redmond, WA
5/5
16 : 1 1,174
Academy of Interactive Entertainment Logo Academy of Interactive Entertainment Seattle, WA
4/5
  163
Seattle Pacific University Logo Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
5/5
17 : 1 3,529
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Logo University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
3/5
20 : 1 5,329
Cornish College of the Arts Logo Cornish College of the Arts Seattle, WA
5/5
12 : 1 602
Pima Medical Institute-Renton Logo Pima Medical Institute-Renton Renton, WA   34 : 1 717
Pima Medical Institute-Seattle Logo Pima Medical Institute-Seattle Seattle, WA   23 : 1 577
Summit Salon Academy Logo Summit Salon Academy Tacoma, WA     135
BJ's Beauty & Barber College Logo BJ's Beauty & Barber College Tacoma, WA     65
Paroba College of Cosmetology Logo Paroba College of Cosmetology Everett, WA     109
Bates Technical College Logo Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA
2/5
48 : 1 4,377
Gene Juarez Academy Logo Gene Juarez Academy Mountlake Terrace, WA     109
Divers Institute of Technology Logo Divers Institute of Technology Seattle, WA     231
Renton Technical College Logo Renton Technical College Renton, WA
2/5
56 : 1 3,755
Gary Manuel Aveda Institute Logo Gary Manuel Aveda Institute Seattle, WA     83