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...

“…This school is inclusive, and has a great sense of community. I love visiting my friends here. The education is amazing.” – Peyton from Ellensburg, WA

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 an oasis in the midst of a bustling city and provides the feel the world and not just a simple college town. SU focuses on human rights and social justice, even among the local community. There is always something to do here.” – Kate from Portland, OR

The University of Puget Sound is a private liberal arts institution founded in 1888 and situated in Tacoma, Washington. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and many students from Puget Sound choose to participate in the Peace Corps...

“…UPS is the most welcoming, understanding, accepting, and loving community I have ever a part of. It is a place for challenging your mind, enriching your soul, and discovering yourself. Puget Sound is not only my school, but it is my home. ” – Madeleine from Altadena, CA

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University is a private liberal arts institution. SPU’s main campus is located in Seattle, Washington, and operates two satellite campuses in the San Juan Islands: Camp Casey on Whidbey Island and a wilderness field...

“…SPU is a very welcoming and embracing community. Professors are always accommodating and will help you out in any way they can. The campus is in an absolutely beautiful location which will have you wishing you could live there forever.” – Elizabeth from Vancouver, 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...

“…Well rounded college, with a lot of clubs, sports, activities, and a wide range of classes for all different kinds of majors. Plus it's the same education as a University, but for about 1/3 of the price!” – Kayla from Kent, 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...

“…I completed 2 years at this school, and am returning to continue my education. I think this is a terrific school, which is great for beginning as well as advanced students. It has a very professional atmosphere in which you cannot help but succeed in...” – Celeste from Camano Island, WA

Seattle Central College is a public, 2-year institution established in Washington, with four satellite facilities throughout the region. The college’s urban, 15-acre main campus spans over 10 buildings within Seattle’s Capitol Hill, which provide...

“…Great school with helpful advisers, counselors and other faculty. Beautiful surroundings, and great choice of classes. Helpful students and great library.” – anonymous

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...

“…Highline is an amazing college! The teachers are all wonderful and help you to excel not just in class but so you'll become a better person in the future. The teachers are like a second family. ” – Valentina from Kent, 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...

“…TCC is in a great location and has a pretty wide variety of classes and programs. The office staff isn't very helpful when you are a returning student, but if you are persistent everything should work out just fine. ” – Nicholle from Puyallup, 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...

“…edmonds community college has a beautiful, homey campus. everyone here is friendly, welcoming, and it doesn't take long to feel like home on campus. the professors genuinely care about their student success, and create a positive learning atmosphere....” – Megan from Lynnwood, 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...

“…Easily accessible. Reasonably priced. Friendly, approachable staff and professors.” – Corwin from Kent, 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...

“…This is a five star community college that accommodates everybody who wants to attend college! There are so many helpful grants and in-college programs to help those who are struggling and want to succeed. Another five stars goes to their program...” – Miranda from Seattle, 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...

“…A small school for all of the arts. Mixing art, theatre, music, dance, design and performance production together-creating a community of creative people. A fantastic learning enviroment.” – Makena 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...

“…Students are friendly and easy to talk to. Professors and other faculty members are very helpful and interesting. The fitness center smells funky.” – Marisa from Kingston, 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,...

“…The University has great programs for natural medicine. It is located at an amazing location. Students and faculty are very supportive.” – Sharon from Kent, 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,...

“…fantastic, diversified school with a lot of available resources” – William from Seattle, 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...

“…I absolutely love The University of Washington- Bothell Campus! The class sizes are small which allows students to be able to better understand the material. Everything is easy to find and everyone is so helpful! ” – Elizabeth from Kenmore, 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...

“…I've visited the campus and it's beautiful. It has a nice small town feel. All the historical buildings give it a nice feel. The dorms are great there as well. They are apartment styled, but not expensive.” – Thalia 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,...

“…A great school for the non-traditional and traditional college student. Excellent staff to assist with learning and finding your way around the campus. Has an excellent nursing department full of top notch instructors.” – Danelle from Kenmore, 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...