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

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
UW Seattle

University of Washington-Seattle Campus offers 1401 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 14,230 students graduated with students earning 8,845 Bachelor's degrees, 3,859 Master's degrees, 1,512 Doctoral degrees, and 14 Certificates degrees.

Based on 144 Reviews
2 Seattle University Seattle, WA

Seattle University offers 255 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 2,636 students graduated with students earning 1,375 Bachelor's degrees, 851 Master's degrees, 288 Doctoral degrees, and 122 Certificates degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
3 University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA

University of Puget Sound offers 107 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 959 students graduated with students earning 809 Bachelor's degrees, 78 Master's degrees, and 72 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
4 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA

Seattle Pacific University offers 113 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,220 students graduated with students earning 822 Bachelor's degrees, 378 Master's degrees, and 20 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
5 Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA

Pacific Lutheran University offers 104 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,126 students graduated with students earning 853 Bachelor's degrees, 242 Master's degrees, 31 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
6 University of Washington-Bothell Campus Bothell, WA

University of Washington-Bothell Campus offers 106 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,816 students graduated with students earning 1,579 Bachelor's degrees, and 237 Master's degrees.

7 University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus offers 108 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,641 students graduated with students earning 1,354 Bachelor's degrees, 287 Master's degrees.

8 DigiPen Institute of Technology Redmond, WA

DigiPen Institute of Technology offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a small city. In 2015, 123 students graduated with students earning 106 Bachelor's degrees, and 17 Master's degrees.

9 Green River College Auburn, WA

Green River College offers 93 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a small city. In 2015, 2,761 students graduated with students earning 1,419 Associate's degrees, 1,342 Certificates degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
10 Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA

Clover Park Technical College offers 102 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a small city. In 2015, 1,851 students graduated with students earning 1,301 Certificates degrees, 550 Associate's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Seattle

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Renton Technical College Renton, WA

Renton Technical College offers 120 Degree programs. It's a small public university in a small city. In 2015, 1,413 students graduated with students earning 1,081 Certificates degrees, and 332 Associate's degrees.

2 Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA

Bates Technical College offers 136 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 1,976 students graduated with students earning 1,529 Certificates degrees, and 447 Associate's degrees.

3 Everett Community College Everett, WA

Everett Community College offers 82 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,671 students graduated with students earning 1,449 Certificates degrees, and 1,222 Associate's degrees.

Based on 4 Reviews
4 Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA

Shoreline Community College offers 80 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 1,992 students graduated with students earning 1,054 Certificates degrees, and 938 Associate's degrees.

5 Pierce College-Puyallup Puyallup, WA

Pierce College-Puyallup offers 46 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 851 students graduated with students earning 666 Associate's degrees, and 185 Certificates degrees.

6 Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Community College offers 75 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,294 students graduated with students earning 1,256 Associate's degrees, and 1,038 Certificates degrees.

7 Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA

Edmonds Community College offers 141 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 3,399 students graduated with students earning 2,356 Certificates degrees, and 1,043 Associate's degrees.

8 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom offers 77 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,761 students graduated with students earning 1,199 Associate's degrees, and 562 Certificates degrees.

9 Pima Medical Institute-Renton Renton, WA

Pima Medical Institute-Renton offers 15 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a small city. In 2015, 907 students graduated with students earning 796 Certificates degrees, and 111 Associate's degrees.

10 Pima Medical Institute-Seattle Seattle, WA

Pima Medical Institute-Seattle offers 14 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 572 students graduated with students earning 388 Certificates degrees, and 184 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Washington-Seattle Campus University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
3/5
12 : 1 45,408
Seattle University Seattle University Seattle, WA
5/5
13 : 1 7,405
University of Puget Sound University of Puget Sound Tacoma, WA
5/5
11 : 1 2,774
Seattle Pacific University Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
5/5
16 : 1 4,204
Pacific Lutheran University Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA
5/5
12 : 1 3,170
University of Washington-Bothell Campus University of Washington-Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
3/5
22 : 1 5,277
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
3/5
18 : 1 4,599
DigiPen Institute of Technology DigiPen Institute of Technology Redmond, WA
5/5
15 : 1 1,076
Renton Technical College Renton Technical College Renton, WA
2/5
31 : 1 3,961
Bates Technical College Bates Technical College Tacoma, WA
2/5
27 : 1 3,272
Green River College Green River College Auburn, WA
2/5
33 : 1 8,153
Everett Community College Everett Community College Everett, WA
2/5
33 : 1 7,505
Shoreline Community College Shoreline Community College Shoreline, WA
2/5
28 : 1 5,751
Clover Park Technical College Clover Park Technical College Lakewood, WA
2/5
35 : 1 3,650
North Seattle College North Seattle College Seattle, WA
2/5
37 : 1 6,310
Seattle Central College Seattle Central College Seattle, WA
2/5
27 : 1 6,574
Highline College Highline College Des Moines, WA
2/5
31 : 1 6,560
Cornish College of the Arts Cornish College of the Arts Seattle, WA
5/5
8 : 1 724
South Seattle College South Seattle College Seattle, WA
2/5
40 : 1 6,076
Pierce College-Puyallup Pierce College-Puyallup Puyallup, WA
2/5
79 : 1 4,154
Tacoma Community College Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA
2/5
28 : 1 7,202
Edmonds Community College Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA
2/5
38 : 1 8,571
Bellevue College Bellevue College Bellevue, WA
2/5
37 : 1 13,398
Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Lakewood, WA
2/5
71 : 1 5,559
Pima Medical Institute-Renton Pima Medical Institute-Renton Renton, WA 32 : 1 763

Top Schools offering Specific Degrees in Seattle

Questions About Going to College in Seattle

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in Seattle?

Just graduated? Pack that umbrella and head for the Pacific Northwest, because there’s a lot more green than just the foliage waiting for you. Seattle has a low unemployment rate of 3.3%* and a median income around $57,000**. Plus, one of the highest average incomes for recent college graduates at $50,578***. In Seattle, you’ll find yourself among the highly educated, with 58.9% of the 25 years and older population holding a bachelor’s degree or higher**.

*bls.org **Nerdwallet.com ***CNBC

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Seattle? Growing industries?

You’ll be surprised how many people call the Emerald City home to their company’s headquarters. Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Costco, and Boeing are some of the major players that have become household names. But you aren’t limited to gaining an engineering or computer science degree to find a job — not only are the opportunities diverse in these companies, there are also plenty of opportunities in health care and clean technology. About 55.8%* of all Seattle jobs are in business, management, science or the arts. And Seattle is also home to one of the largest ports in the world, the Port of Seattle, acting as a gateway for trade with Asia and a passage for people cruising to Alaska. Jump aboard the next ship to your career in trading or tourism!

*Nerdwallet.com

Is Seattle more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family? Which communities are best?

A little more than 20% of Seattle’s population consists of twenty-year-olds, and they have their fair share of things to do. Seattle’s University District consists of bars, cheap restaurants, used bookstores, and the University of Washington. Stroll around the green grounds and visit “The Ave” (University Way) for funky shops and one-of-a-kind dives. Or expand your knowledge by visiting the Henry Art Gallery and Burke Museum. Students looking for a day outdoors can be found kayaking on Lake Union, biking the Burke-Gilman trail, or cheering on their team at Husky Stadium. Five other schools bring college students to the city, and many students often stay around for the career:

• Seattle University
• Seattle Central Community College
• Seattle Pacific University
• Cornish College of the Arts
• Art Institute of Seattle

And young professionals stick together here. Though it’s a city of 600,000 people, you’ll find a lot of people know one another. The city offers plenty of career opportunities for family-level incomes. Professionals can enjoy an average commute of 30 minutes, and with the high percentage of cloudy days, you won’t have to worry about sunglasses. Families can find refuge from the college kids, the night life and the crime in neighborhoods like Sunset Hill, Ballard, Magnolia, and Wallingford.

What do the locals in Seattle like to do for fun?

The Emerald City may not have a wizard but it offers plenty of natural beauty to satisfy the outdoorsiest of them all — hiking, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, biking, you name it. All that rain has to be good for something, right? Locals also spend weekends at Greenlake watching the runners, the hipsters, and the dog-walkers. They join the tourists on the ferries to take in the great views of the cityscape. Seattlelites head to the water at the Center for Wooden Boats and go to sea on spirit boats, schooners, and yachts. They buy local and fresh from the Ballard Farmers Market or Pike Place, downtown. Some may say it’s a very organic community.

In the wet winter months, most locals either bundle up to cheer on the Seattle Seahawks or hide inside coffee shops, like Starbucks, Tully’s, or Seattle’s Best Coffee. Only a few hours away you can find snowboarding or cross-country skiing. And when you’re stuck in the gloom most of the year, it’s no wonder that a strong microbrew and wine scene have popped up. You have to find something to do while reminiscing about that thing that used to glow in the sky and touch your skin with warmth.

What’s the dating scene like in Seattle? Will I meet my perfect mate?

The gray scenery begs for you to find a mate to snuggle with in your classic Pacific Northwest flannels. And likely, as most Seattle locals have an outdoor bone, your love interest will take dates to the outdoors — like to overlook the water at Golden Gardens Park, canoe on The WAC, or watch a stellar sunset from Volunteer Park Water Tower. Of course you may run into that “Seattle Freeze,” but once the ice is broken, you’ll find a beer crawl works as a perfect date. And with the big name companies nearby, it’s likely your mate will already be started on their career path to success.

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