Best Colleges in Washington

Cloudy with a Chance of Education

Packed full of Education in the Pac Northwest

Clear the clouds in your mind when you attend one of the 30+ colleges or universities.* From research universities to religious schools to even private career colleges, there’s a school for everyone. A degree in the high-tech industries like hydroelectric power, aerospace, and information technology will open many doors in the Pacific Northwest. You’ll also be happy to hear the recession didn’t hit the Evergreen State too hard, with companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Costco, and Starbucks all headquartered in the area and providing thousands of jobs daily. And with an above-average weekly wage of $1,044 and an unemployment rate lower than average, you’ll find many reasons to make the trip to the Washington.

During your educational career and after, you’ll be able to find plenty to do across the state of Washington. The beautiful, green scenery stretches across the Cascade Range and Olympic Mountains to the 3,000 miles of Pacific coastline, providing plenty of outdoor activities. From rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, cross-country skiing, and sailing, you’ll have trouble fitting it all in. Besides the scenery, there are plenty of culinary delights, rich wine country, and an ever-growing arts and music culture. Cheer on the Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks or watch the fish get throw around at Pike Place market. Where else will you have the chance to bring your books to the beach, look over the water, and see the snow-capped mountains in the background? Here in Washington is where you’ll start the adventure of a lifetime.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics *experiencewa.com

Best Four Year Universities in Washington

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 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University offers 108 Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 2,295 students graduated with students earning 1,371 Bachelor's degrees, 785 Master's degrees, and 139 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 12 Reviews
3 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
4 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
5 Whitman College Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College offers 83 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a small city. In 2015, 437 students graduated with students earning 437 Bachelor's degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
6 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA

Western Washington University offers 222 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 3,856 students graduated with students earning 3,515 Bachelor's degrees, 274 Master's degrees, and 67 Certificates degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
7 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
8 Washington State University Pullman, WA

Washington State University offers 403 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a far away town. In 2015, 7,586 students graduated with students earning 5,600 Bachelor's degrees, 769 Master's degrees, 743 Certificates degrees, and 474 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 48 Reviews
9 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
10 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.

Best Community Colleges in Washington

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 Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, WA

Bellingham Technical College offers 87 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,074 students graduated with students earning 604 Certificates degrees, and 470 Associate's degrees.

4 Whatcom Community College Bellingham, WA

Whatcom Community College offers 45 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,481 students graduated with students earning 988 Associate's degrees, and 493 Certificates degrees.

5 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
6 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.

7 Walla Walla Community College Walla Walla, WA

Walla Walla Community College offers 104 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,492 students graduated with students earning 1,731 Certificates degrees, and 761 Associate's degrees.

8 Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA

Big Bend Community College offers 48 Degree programs. It's a small public college in a remote town. In 2015, 814 students graduated with students earning 431 Associate's degrees, and 383 Certificates degrees.

9 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.

10 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.

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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
Gonzaga University Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
5/5
15 : 1 7,491
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
Whitman College Whitman College Walla Walla, WA
5/5
8 : 1 1,470
Western Washington University Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
3/5
22 : 1 15,332
Seattle Pacific University Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
5/5
16 : 1 4,204
Washington State University Washington State University Pullman, WA
3/5
20 : 1 29,686
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
Central Washington University Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
3/5
23 : 1 11,993
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus University of Washington-Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
3/5
18 : 1 4,599
Eastern Washington University Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
2/5
22 : 1 12,361
The Evergreen State College The Evergreen State College Olympia, WA
3/5
24 : 1 4,190
DigiPen Institute of Technology DigiPen Institute of Technology Redmond, WA
5/5
15 : 1 1,076
Whitworth University Whitworth University Spokane, WA
5/5
12 : 1 2,650
Walla Walla University Walla Walla University College Place, WA
5/5
16 : 1 1,840
Northwest University Northwest University Kirkland, WA
5/5
11 : 1 1,236
Saint Martin's University Saint Martin's University Lacey, WA
5/5
15 : 1 1,719
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
Bellingham Technical College Bellingham Technical College Bellingham, WA
2/5
29 : 1 2,403
Whatcom Community College Whatcom Community College Bellingham, WA
2/5
35 : 1 4,391
Everett Community College Everett Community College Everett, WA
2/5
33 : 1 7,505

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