Colleges in Seattle

Colleges in Seattle

Seattle, Washington, is a seaport city on the United States West Coast and also functions as the largest northernmost city in the country. It is a hub for trade with Asia via the Port of Seattle, which is also a starting point for many cruises to Alaska, and is also home to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Seattle has been routinely marked as one of the most literate of the US’ 69 largest cities and is notable for having more than half of its population hold bachelor’s degrees or higher.

The largest institution in the city, as well as in the entire Pacific Northwest of the country, is the University of Washington, which receives more federal research and development funding than any other public institution. There are two other distinctive institutions within the city, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University, but neither can rival the size of U of W’s more than 40,000 students. There are several other small, private schools, which include Antioch University Seattle, the City University of Seattle, and Argosy University in Seattle. The city maintains the Seattle Colleges District system, which is comprised of three 2-year institutions, North, Central, and South, and one technical school, the Seattle Vocational Institute.

Seattle, which features dozens of theatrical production companies and a number of equity theaters that rivals only New York City, also hosts several institutions that focus entirely on the fine arts. To support this performing arts scene, the city contains the Cornish College of the Arts, the Art Institute of Seattle, Gage Academy of Arts, and the School of Visual Concepts.

Seattle features both public transportation, such as buses and a commuter rail, but the primary mode of transportation is via car on the largely grid pattern streets. The city also offers the largest network of ferries in the US, which connect Seattle to the rest of the Puget Sound and the Kitsap Peninsula.

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The University of Washington is a selective institution located in Seattle, WA, with two satellite campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. At this Public Ivy, sustainability is a major focus and the school has made The Princeton Review Green College Honor...

“…The University of Washington is a challenging school that blossoms independence and creativity. The majority of all faculty members are enthusiastic about the subject they teach, and are willing to assist all students. This school provides excellent...” – Ronald from Honolulu, HI

Seattle University is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the largest independent university in the Northwest. SU consists of eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 120 academic majors and...

“…Seattle University is a great option for students interested in International Studies. Because it is a private college, students get more one on one attention and support from well-educated professors. SU offers a wide range of extra-curricular...” – Marissa from Seattle, WA

Founded in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Seattle metro area. UPS awards bachelor’s degrees in over 50 traditional and interdisciplinary fields of study and a number of programs feature experiential...

“…the campus is small but beautiful, the classes and professors are (mostly) fantastic, and the food is healthful and largely sustainable. it may get old by the end of your first year, but compared to most other schools, the food here is gourmet-...” – Carrie from Beaverton, OR

Founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America, Seattle Pacific University is a 4-year Christian university in Seattle. With a campus nestled in the north slope of Queen Anne Hill, SPU awards undergrad degrees in 69 academic majors. In...

“…Seattle Pacific University is a great school. They have good food, great faculty, and kind fellow students. I believe my next three years here will be very good.” – Josiah from Battle Ground, WA

Bellevue College is a public institution with an open admissions policy based in Bellevue, Washington. Popular programs at the school include liberal arts and humanities, business, and network, database, and system administration. Bellevue operates a...

“…bellevue college is a large school with many opportunities for students. between small class sizes and skilled teachers it is easy to get the education that you need. it is also easy to get into the classes you are interested in during the quarter...” – Jessica from Snohomish, WA

Everett Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Snohomish County, Washington, with satellite facilities located in Monroe and Marysville. Along with its 7 associate’s degree options, ECC offers over 30 certificates in...

“…everett community college is a beautiful campus. it's nice sized and has had a lot of remodeling in the last couple of years. the cafeteria and gym are to die for, and the campus is always kept very clean.” – Jovana from Marysville, WA

Highline College is a 2-year community college just south of Seattle and the first community college in King County, Washington. Highline offers over 100 degrees and certificates among six academic pathways. The Inter-Cultural Center features a...

“…This college is pretty awesome! I know it seem cliché to say that but it is what it is. There is so much diversity! I moved here about 6 months ago from a small town in Minnesota. Everyone knew each other and there wasn't much diversity at all....” – Petr from Federal Way, WA

Tacoma Community College is a 2-year community college. TCC offers almost 60 degrees and certificates as well as two Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. In addition, TCC features 45 different classes that are accepted for credit at all Washington...

“…tacoma community college has brought me nothing but happiness and hope. every teacher i've had has been engaging and professional, helping me understand and do great work. i would recommend tacoma community college to anyone, young and old! ” – Allie from University Place, WA

Edmonds Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on a suburban, 50-acre campus in Lynnwood, Washington, with satellite facilities located in Everett. Edmonds CC offers over 120 associate’s degree and certificate options, as well...

“…there teaching staff are the best. they walked me threw the process of becoming a student. there is also allot of resources to me tutoring, math-lab etc...” – Daniel from Bothell, WA

Green River College is a public, 2-year institution located in Auburn, Washington. While the school primarily awards associate’s degrees and certificates, it offers a number of bachelor of applied science degrees as well. There are a variety of...

“…grcc is a great school. parking is convenient if you buy a pass and everything you need is accessible on campus.” – Paula from Black Diamond, WA

Shoreline Community College is a 2-year community college just north of Seattle. Shoreline offers classes in over 100 areas of study and its student body is home to over 900 international students. The Honors College at Shoreline features small...

“…Campus classes are EXCELLENT. Online course can sometimes leave something to be desired. Howard Hsu is an AMAZING photography teacher.” – Summer from Bellevue, WA

Founded in 1914, Cornish College of the Arts is a school of the fine and performing arts in Seattle. Cornish grants undergraduate fine arts degrees in eight subjects such as Music, Film, and Design and all degrees include core classes in the...

“…Cornish is one of the best places on Earth for me. The teachers and faculty are all experts in their field and I am learning at a rate I did not know I was capable of. This school has not only made me feel a part of the world, but also it has given...” – Keenan from SEATTLE, WA

Olympic College is a 2-year community college with three campuses in northwest Washington state offering 60 fields of study. Students in Olympic’s Culinary Arts program assist in operating the campus’s Olympic Café and Fireside Bistro in addition to...

“…So far this school has been great with getting me in and heading down the right pathway. My teachers are very helpful and always willing to be available for extra help. Counselors are always checking in with me and giving me suggestions along the way...” – Emily from Port Orchard, WA

North Seattle College is a public institution located in Washington state’s capital that confers mainly associate degrees, but offers three Bachelor of Science programs. NSC prides itself on variety and accessibility, featuring broad e-learning...

“…I like North Seattle CC, the class selection is good every quarter, there are great free tutoring resources, and activities going on often. The cafeteria serves some decent food too.” – Tiffany from Seattle, WA

Bastyr University is an alternative medicine educational facility established in Kenmore, Washington, with satellite facilities located in San Diego and Seattle. Bastyr offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in 11 fields of study,...

“…this school has very unique programs, with excellent hands on experience, and knowledgeable professors who also work in the field. the also have a great research facility that students can become involved in. ” – Jacklyn from Kenmore, WA

South Seattle College is a 2-year community college with two campuses in the greater Seattle area. In addition to offering over 30 degree and certificate programs, South provides the opportunity to earn bachelor’s degrees in Hospitality Management,...

“…Not a bad school, but there is so many choices to get you started on a career. They didn't have many choices for me to choose from for my intended major therefore I have nothing to really do here. The teachers are enthusiastic about their classes,...” – Phelicity from Tacoma, WA

Established in 1994, Cascadia College is a public, 2-year institution located on the University of Washington Bothell campus in Bothell, Nebraska. Cascadia offers nearly 30 undergraduate degree and certificate programs, including two bachelor’s...

“…1. friendly students. 2. clean campus. 3. green campus.” – GalWednesday

Founded in an elementary school basement, Bates Technical College has grown to become a 2-year technical institution with three locations in Tacoma. Bates is home to 16 academic areas of study conferring degrees and certificates including...

“…I love going to Bates Technical College and am very happy with my choice. The classes are great, they teach me exactly what is going on in the field that I have chosen. The teachers are great and really try to be honest and straight to the point with...” – Bradley from Tacoma, WA

The University of Washington Bothell is a 4-year public school in the Seattle metro area and part of the University of Washington System. UW Bothell is home to five schools hosting 55 undergrad and graduate degree-granting programs. In addition to...

“…The teachers actually care for their students, mostly due to the much more intimate class sizes. The staff is always friendly and willing to help. Parking is plentiful and close to campus.” – Blaine from Mercer Island, WA

The University of Washington-Tacoma Campus is a public institution located in Tacoma and part of the University of Washington system. The school requires that all students complete a Core Program that consists of courses in writing, social issue...

“…the uw tacoma campus is beautiful and unique in that it is right in the heart of tacoma, washington creating a truly urban campus experience. another thing that makes it unique is that it is a commuter campus, meaning that very few students actually...” – Liana from Federal Way, WA

The Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a 2-year technical college and the only public institute of technology in Washington state. LWTech offers associate degrees and certificates in 42 areas of study and eight bachelor’s degree programs,...

“…Is a fun place to be! Its easy to get involved. Love the teachers!! ” – Danielle from Everett, WA

Antioch University Seattle is a 4-year liberal arts institution offering bachelor’s degrees in Liberal Studies and Health Counseling and Psychology. Several of Antioch’s psychology courses address the mental health needs of returning veterans through...

The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is a graduate school fusing Christian theology and psychology with a mission of providing therapy to patients recovering from trauma. The Seattle School offers three master’s degree programs in Divinity,...

Faith International University is an interdenominational Evangelical Christian university in Tacoma with a foundation in Biblical inerrancy. FIU offers bachelor’s degrees in Religion, Leadership, Education, and Business as well as five theological...

The Northwest University College of Adult and Professional Studies is a Christian college for non-traditional students and a branch of Northwest University in the Seattle metro area. For adult students, NU offers evening class programs conferring...

The Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest is a teacher training academy in the Seattle metro area. MEIPN hosts four Montessori education certification courses with concentrations in Infant, Early Childhood, Elementary I, and...