Colleges in Washington

Colleges in Washington

Named after the first president of the United States, the State of Washington is located in the Pacific Northwest region. There are two distinct sections in The Evergreen State: the West side and the East side, also sometimes known as the Wet side and the Dry side. The colleges in Washington are scattered throughout the state, but there are a high concentration around the Puget Sound, an estuary leading to the Pacific Ocean. The oldest college in the state is the University of Washington, which is also the most selective. Aerospace, agriculture and food manufacturing, clean technology, and forestry are top industries in Washington. Main attractions include the Olympic National Park, Mount Ranier, and the Space Needle.
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University of Washington-Seattle Campus

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...

“…University of Washington is a school with very strong academics and different options on campus. There's a big culture of discovery, of debate, and of moving into the future. It's a rainy, rustic campus with a lot to offer to students.” – Alexandra from WA

Washington State University

Founded in 1890, Washington State University is the state's first land-grant university. Washington State University offers more than 200 fields of study, including 96 undergraduate majors, 86 minors, and more than 140 graduate and professional...

“…WSU has become my home away from home. The people are great and you truly feel like you're part of a family (I recommend going to the football games if you don't feel this way). The only bad part is the cold weather, so be prepared!” – Isabella from Hoquiam, WA

Seattle University

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 Jesuit school that is right in the middle of the city. Just because Seattle University is Jesuit does not mean you have to believe in a certain religion. It just means they pride themselves in helping you become a smart...” – KID

The Evergreen State College

With campus along the shores of Puget Sound, The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts institution in Washington’s state capital of Olympia. Evergreen offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees without formal majors and...

“…Evergreen is a unique educational experience. Each student is responsible for their own education in a meaningful way; you can't get by just taking notes and passing tests here. Come here if you want your perspective on life challenged and ultimately...” – Ursula from Olympia, WA

Western Washington University

Western Washington University is a public institution located in the coastal city of Bellingham. WWU offers more than 160 academic programs on the campus, which is surrounding by 6 miles of trails for students to explore. The university was named a...

“…beautiful campus full of friendly, welcoming people. a diverse amount of academic programs with excellence in many. in the middle of an awesome town with many attractions and places to go. ” – Kyle from Shoreline, WA

Central Washington University

Originally founded in 1891 as the Washington State Normal School, Central Washington University is a 4-year public institution. Central Washington is home to six colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 135 academic majors as well...

“…It is the best college I have every been to! I love it here! Highly recommended!” – Valerie from Camas, WA

Eastern Washington University

Situated on a 300-acre campus in Cheney, Eastern Washington University is a 4-year institution that’s been an accredited 4-year-degree-conferring entity long before it took its current name in 1977. Since opening its doors in 1882, EWU has grown to...

“…College is a whole new experience compared to high school! In and out of the classrooms you learn a lot about yourself, your new community, college, your favorite subjects, and new cultures! The professors here are great, and if you do happen to fall...” – Margaret from Clarkston, WA

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is a Roman Catholic university in eastern Washington state and a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Gonzaga offers 15 undergraduate degrees featuring 52 majors. As a Catholic institution, Gonzaga...

“…The teachers make sure to come in any time to meet with you if you are having trouble, even if it doesn't relate to class. They are very understanding and will work with you in order to help you succeed.” – Julia from Spokane, WA

University of Puget Sound

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 University of Puget Sound is a small liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington. It features many different classes on a beautiful campus in North Tacoma, close to the waterfront.” – current sophomore

Seattle Pacific University

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...

“…The teachers here are great for the most part but like every school there are the good and the bad teachers. The courses here will challenge you if you allow yourself to be chanllenged. ” – Amy from Seattle, WA

Whitman College

Located in Walla Walla, Washington, Whitman College is a liberal arts institution chartered in 1883. Today, the Whitman’s residential campus offers more than 35 departments and programs, houses its student body, and doubles as both an outdoor art...

“…Whitman is well known for its rigorous academics. To start with all freshmen must take an encounters course, which includes the study of texts most people would not have studied in high school (including The Qur'an or The Odyssey). This alone makes...” – Geneva

Bellevue College

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...

“…Being here is absolutly great. I am learning alot and do feel like I am getting a University level education even though Bellevue college isnt classified as a University. The classes here are about 30-40 students which allow you for a lot of one on...” – Tyler from Renton, WA

Pacific Lutheran University

Originally founded by Norwegian immigrants, Pacific Lutheran University is a 4-year Lutheran liberal arts university in the Seattle metro area. PLU confers undergraduate degrees in 44 academic majors and 54 minors and is one of the only schools in...

“…The classes here at Pacific Lutheran University are fantastic! The professors make it their business to help students who need help! Their dedication to one-on-one education helps students to learn at their own pace, increasing the student's ability...” – Stephanie from Tacoma, WA

Whitworth University

Founded by an Oregon Trail explorer, Whitworth University is a 4-year Christian institution in Spokane affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Whitworth hosts colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Business offering over 100 undergrad and...

“…Whitworth University is wholeheartedly committed to its motto of providing an education of the mind and heart. The professors are devoted to encouraging their students to reach their fullest potential and to explore topics outside of their usual...” – Anya from Medford, OR

Clark College

Clark College is a public, 2-year institution located in Vancouver, Washington. The college supports many areas of study, including Creative & Communication Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Healthcare & Biosciences, Public Service & Education,...

“…This is the second institute of higher learning that I have attended and it far surpasses my expectations” – Leeah from Ridgfielsw, 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...

“…The teachers really know what they're teaching. They understand the material and are able to relay the information to the students very effectively. The teachers are here to help, they won't turn anyone away, which is comforting. The curriculum is...” – Julie from Everett, WA

Northwest University

Northwest University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Kirkland, Washington. Full-time undergraduate students and faculty at Northwest are required to attend chapel three times weekly in order to earn spiritual life credit each...

“…Their list of classes is astounding! I could learn everything from Biblical Hebrew and Greek to Modern Communications Techniques!” – Krystal from Marysville, 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...

“…The teachers at Seattle Central are beyond helpful and truly care about your education. All of the teachers that I had at SCCC could be reached easily for questions and were always willing to help. While I did have some teachers who were not as good...” – McKenzie from Kirkland, 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...

“…Highline is a good college, the curiculum is well prepard teachers and here to help you, and the advisors provide the advise to there students.” – Hanna from Kent, WA

Spokane Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Washington, with facilities throughout Spokane, Republic, Newport, Ione, Colville, and Inchelium. SCC offers over 100 areas of study in a variety of fields including Healthcare,...

“…A majority of the professors are great and really enjoy what they do, but there's always those that seem like they love making your life hell.” – Jennifer from Spokane, 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...

“…This is a very clean, friendly campus. The staff is there to help you and are always willing to do just that. The best college I have attended.” – Hilary from Tacoma, WA

Saint Martin's University

Originally founded in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, Saint Martin’s University is a Benedictine school in northwest Washington state. The only Benedictine university west of the Rocky Mountains, Saint Martin’s confers...

“…Saint Martin's University is a special school in many ways. First it is a private university and that is wonderful because the classes are made up of 15 students or less. It allows one to get the help they need and also create long lasting...” – Lyubov from Olympia, 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...

“…Education here is very engaging, innovative, and high quality. Professors are willing to help students, and courses are rigorous, involving active learning and participation from students. On top of all, the community in Edmonds CC is strong and...”

Green River College

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...

“…This school has a great environment and community. Beyond the great environment, the school has awesome educators. The professors are very helpful and show that they want you to succeed.” – Alexandra from Puyallup, WA

Columbia Basin College

Columbia Basin College is a public, community institution established in Pasco, Washington. Along with its main campus, CBC also maintains a Health Science Center in the city of Richland. The college offers a wide variety of support programs for...

“…Great local community college.A very beautiful campus.They offer a variety of different programs fit for anyone.” – Jorge from Pasco, 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...

“…What I love the most about Shoreline Community College is that the classes are no larger than 30 people, max. The small classes definitely make it easier for hearing the professor, and also makes for more comfortable group and class discussions. So...” – Jessica from Shoreline, WA

Cornish College of the Arts

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...

“…I am very happy that I go here. This school can help you in so many ways. The students are friendly, the teachers know their stuff and even how that can apply to you. They give great feedback and can point you in the direction you need to go with...” – Deanna from Vancouver, 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...

“…All of the teachers I've had the pleasure of knowing at this particular school have been extremely helpful and knowledgeable on their subject. Many relate topics we're learning with real world issues, encourage debates and utilise a variety of...” – Heidi

Walla Walla University

Walla Walla University is a private institution founded in 1892 and is founded on Christian teachings and values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Walla Walla is rated as having a “selective” admissions process and orchestrates an honors program...

“…Great atmosphere, lots of friendliness to go around. Beautiful campus, even if they have weird weather. Great academics, however much people like to complain. Homework is required at all colleges.” – Sara from Dallas, OR

Spokane Falls Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Washington. Along with the main campus in Spokane, the college also maintains additional facilities in Pullman, in Fairchild Air Force Base, and online. The...

“…spokane falls community college has been a great first experience of college for myself. the staff and students are very friendly. the teachers aren't afraid to help you when you need help or are struggling in class. the location around the school...” – Cameron from Spokane Valley, 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...

“…Am in the field of Early Childhood Education and really love my instructor's and wonderful school to attend.” – Amber from seattle, WA

Skagit Valley College is a 2-year community college in the northwest corner of Washington state. SVC offers degrees and certificates in over 30 fields of study as well as courses in basic education for adults. Several SVC classes are Learning...

“…SVC Just built a whole new wing for their Nursing program. SVC is well known for their nursing program, and actually has a wait list to get into!” – Bailey from Camano Island, WA

Whatcom Community College is a 2-year college in northern Washington state. Whatcom is home to 10 academic departments offering associate degree and certificate programs as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in IT Networking and...

“…WCC has been a great stepping stone in the progress of my education. Their wide variety of classes gave me an opportunity to become well rounded in different subject matter, from Drawing, to Physics, to Spanish. The teachers are supportive and they...” – Caitlin from Bellingham, 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

City University of Seattle

The City University of Seattle is a private, 4-year institution in the state of Washington, and is part of a nonprofit organization named the National University System. Along with the college’s home campus, CityU also maintains more than 15 campuses...

Walla Walla Community College is a 2-year institution with two campuses in southeast Washington state. Among its 65 degrees and 52 certificate offerings are several unique academic programs including John Deere Technology and Farrier Science—the...

“…At Walla Walla Community College you will acquire a wide range of knowledge. Not only are the classes interesting and in depth, but the instructors are always willing to help students one on one. There are also free study groups and tutors!” – Kiandra from Palouse, WA

Centralia College is a 2-year community college and the oldest continuously operating 2-year institution in Washington state. In addition to its associate degree and certificate offerings, Centralia confers four Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in...

“…I started the Music program this year, and I have actually learned more in this program than I had in all of my years in choir from 5th grade to my senior year.” – Savannah from Chehalis, WA

From a campus that began as a converted World War II navy base, Clover Park Technical College is a 2-year institution south of Seattle. CPTC is home to seven schools offering over 40 academic programs in subjects such as aerospace, hospitality, and...

“…the instructors at clover park technical college are dedicated to their students success. i have been met with nothing but positive encouragement from my instructors to help reach my goals. clover park technical college is a top rate college. ” – Denise from Tacoma, 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,...

Wenatchee Valley College is a 2-year community college in central Washington state that confers degrees in over 40 areas of study and offers skilled trades classes in 10 subjects. WVC also features applied bachelor’s degrees in nursing and...

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

South Puget Sound Community College is a 2-year institution in Olympia, Washington. SPSCC is home to ten academic pathways offering degrees and certificates in subjects such as Astronomy and Naturopathic Medicine. In addition, SPSPCC offers several...

“…Excellent place to learn. We have a clean campus. It is like walking in a park. Trails to explore between classes. Great group of people to help out. ” – Daniel from Tumwater, WA

Pierce College-Puyallup

Pierce College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Washington. The college’s Puyallup facility, located outside of Seattle near Tacoma, is situated on a scenic, 85-acre campus in the woods. The college maintains a small...

“…Pierce College has been fortunate to have so many teachers who are experts in their fields and passionate about educating their students. If something taught during class does not make sense at first there is a tutoring center operated by students...” – Mitchell from Puyallup, WA

Lower Columbia College is a 2-year community and technical college in southwest Washington state. LCC offers degrees and certificates in over 70 fields of study across 15 academic departments including pre-professional programs in law and medicine....

“…Lower Columbia College is a pretty good school. The Computer Science teachers are friendly and have a lot of knowledge. Sometimes it seems difficult for them to keep focus on a topic, but most of the time the discussions are relevant.” – Caleb from Kelso, WA

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

Renton Technical College is a 2-year career and technical institution in western Washington state. Renton Tech is home to seven areas of study offering more than 60 degree and certificate programs. The college’s Transportation Technology department...

“…If you are to enroll in a AAS degree programm at RTC, you'll be coming to college everyday from morning 7:00am to 3:00pm. It includes lecture hours and lab hours which guarantees you to learn what you learned for the day.” – Enkh-amgalan from Edmonds, WA

Bellingham Technical College is a 2-year institution located in Bellingham. It’s the only technical college in the northwest region of Washington state and is located 90 miles north from Seattle, 60 miles south of Vancouver, Canada. BTC offers...

“…Great, quiet community out of the way from commotion. Very small-town feeling. Lots of greenery around the place” – Shaun from Oak Harbor, WA

With a campus situated just off of Moses Lake, Big Bend Community College is a 2-year institution located in central Washington state. Noteworthy among Big Bend’s six academic focus areas is the Aviation Department which trains students in the fields...

Heritage University is a private school in southern Washington state dedicated to providing a college education to students from all economic backgrounds by awarding financial aid and scholarships to 95 percent of its student body. To accommodate its...

“…Great friendly environment” – keepingitreal

Grays Harbor College is a 2-year community college in northwest Washington state. In addition to over 50 associate degrees and certificate offerings, Grays Harbor features bachelor’s degree programs in Organizational Management, Forest Resources...

“…Many things that I have learned here have really changed the way I look at the world. It is also helping my dream (Novelist) along smoothly.” – Zachary from Montesano, WA

Set among mountains, forests, and the Pacific Ocean, Peninsula College is a 2-year community college on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. PC is home to eleven academic departments and numerous courses take advantage of the college’s dynamic...

University of Washington-Bothell Campus

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 atmospheres of the students and professors are very positive. The school welcomes diversity with a strong, focused passion. Everyone is dedicated to help the students to be successful.” – Alan from Tulalip, WA

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

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 am excited to attend UW Tacoma because I have heard exceptional recommendations about the science faculty which is the program that I am majoring in. The professors require you to work hard and apply yourself and if you want a good grade you can't...” – Rosie from Tacoma, WA

Yakima Valley College

Yakima Valley College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Washington. Along with the main campus located in Yakima, YVC also maintains a satellite campus in Grandview. Students enrolling at YVC have the option to enroll in one...

“…i spent the past two summers at the YVCC and the teachers seem like they really know what they are talking about and easy to understand.” – Crystal from Sunnyside, 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,...

“…The teachers know what they are doing and have an inside scoop on the industry that they take into the class room to give you a first hand look on what its like in the big bad world. ” – Elizabeth from Bothell, WA

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is a 2-year community college and part of the Pierce College district. In addition to its academic offerings, the Fort Steilacoom campus is home to Pierce College’s Emerging Leaders Academy and Multicultural Leadership...

“…Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is a great school for anyone wanting to broaden their education. The school provides not only provides a vast variety of classes, but also the instructors truly care that you retain the information for your future...” – Joon from Lakewood, WA

Northwest Indian College is a tribal institution on the Lummi Indian Reservation and the only accredited tribal college serving Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. As an institution dedicated to the study of Native cultures, NIC offers four bachelor’s...

“…NWIC i8s rich in culture. Love the faculty and student life. Everyone has their own identity and story” – Alicia from Canada

Established in 1939, Perry Technical Institute is a small, private institution located in Yakima, Washington. The college offers more than 12 career technical trade programs which are designed to turn students into skilled workers over the course of...

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...

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences is a school of healthcare studies in central Washington state and the third oldest medical school in the northwest region. PNWU is home to the College of Osteopathic Medicine dedicated to training...

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...

“…i want to be more equipped with the words of God and learn as much as i can for the expansion of God's kingdom and to imply what i will learn form this college. I will learn and become an effective God's servant” – Grace from India

Originally founded in Australia, the Academy of Interactive Entertainment is a college of game design with campuses in Seattle and southern Louisiana. AIE features two academic pathways in Game Programming and Game Art, with art students choosing...

Presidio Graduate School is a business school with two locations in Seattle and San Francisco. PGS offers MBA and MPA programs in Sustainable Solutions and an MBA in Sustainable Systems coinciding with the school’s acquisition of Pinchot University....

The Whitworth University School of Continuing Studies is a Christian institution in Spokane dedicated to adult and working students. The School of Continuing Studies grants degrees in eight fields of study and features three certificate-granting...

With campus on the shore of Port Townsend Bay, the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building is a nautical construction school in northwest Washington state. NWSWB offers a 1-year associate degree in Occupational Studies program with concentrations in...

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...

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