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...

“…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

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 is the perfect school for me. the academics are great, but the best part is the atmosphere of the town and the university. it is the perfect college in the perfect little college town!” – Megan from Sparks, NV

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 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

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...

“…I love attending The Evergreen State College because of the top quality education, student-supportive learning environment, and tailoring of educational experience based on my individual needs. Professors get to know you and celebrate your growth...” – Olygirl

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...

“…Through Central Washington University, there are thousands of students who have the potential for educational success. Because of this, and because of Central's great ability to contribute to the education of its students, I would give the school a...” – Haellie from Buckley, 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...

“…the teachers here are great and they push you to your maximum limits so that you can fulfill your full potential. very friendly environment its just a little chilly in the winter and going to class becomes a chore. despite the weather, the teachers...” – Keri from Walla Walla, 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...

“…Gonzaga University is a school that makes sure to make the students top priority. The level of education and the teachers make the choice to attend Gonzaga University worth every penny. Gonzaga provides the perfect 2nd family for a person that comes...” – Jen from 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...

“…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

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...

“…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

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...

“…I would describe Whitman as my extended family. Everyone, from the professors to the students to the janitors, have been nothing but supportive since I have been here. I have met some of the most interesting and caring people here.” – Daniel from Walla Walla, WA

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...

“…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

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...

“…Great community of staff and students. A lot of diversity and activities for students to expand their friendships. Awesome Professors with are dedicated to students' learning.” – Tommy from Spanaway, 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 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,...

“…i would rate it an 8 it so far seems like a good school. teacher's and support plus all options available for help are the best, definitely help many students in many ways. i think i will enjoy my first years here.” – Ashley from Ridgefield, 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

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...

“…i really enjoy being at nu because the atmosphere is light and everyone seems to connect with you on a personal level. i like how each student i have met has a strong personal relationship with jesus and they are trying there best to invest in nu and...” – Jessica from Federal Way, 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...

“…i have found all teachers to come across clear and respectful without presumptions of any one student. also most teachers provide an accurate schedule of quizzes, exam, and homework's due dates and a brief summary of the way their grade charts work....” – Kiara from Seattle, 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

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,...

“…Spokane Community College is the first stepping stone to a great future. Their resources and faculty are highly regarded by many students as exceptional.” – Yolonde from Spokane Valley, 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

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 has a positive and interactive atmosphere. it provides great education with a variety of major and grad programs. It is a campus where I feel comfortable and where I am also fully supported my professors. ” – Kelseyy from Lacey , 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

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

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...

“…columbia basin college is a great place to receive education for everybody. the teacher's are fun, fair and enjoy teaching the students around them. at columbia basin college you will learn a lot and have great memories.” – Shane from Kennewick, 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

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...

“…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

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...

“…The teachers are always willing to help you, even if you just need to talk. The level of education and resources at this university are phenomenal; we have a wide variety of teachers that have excellent application experience to what they're teaching...” – Liliya from Alvarado, TX

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...

“…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

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...

“…skagit valley college is a great opportunity to explore how college life is. the teachers are very helpful and answer any questions that one may have. the class sizes are small which makes it easier to interact with others.” – Kaitlin from Stanwood, 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...

“…This is are great environment for a student to attend. The registration staff a always detailed and friendly. The application is one page and very efficient in what you need to bring and what requirements to have. Excellent programs prepare you for...” – Faline 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

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...

“…CityU it's a great university, it has very prepared teachers, with professional skills that help students to understand better the real and working life, the infrastructure satisfies the necessity of students and the help service its always there for...” – MELISSA from Visalia, CA

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...

“…It is a great school. It is small so I get all the one-on-one help that I need. ” – Mandi from Kamiah, ID

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...

“…centralia college has many wonderful teachers. i am not an english scholar, and seriously never thought i would actually look forward to attending an english class. ” – Judy from Onalaska, 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,...

“…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

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...

“…In my first seven months of college I have found that everyone is helpful. I feel I am being urged to excel in my education and it feels good. I love the positive attitude from the teachers and staff, no question goes unanswered. ” – Brenda from Entiat, 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

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...

“…The best diversity college ever. Great communication with all staff and students. Teachers are a blessing.” – Rochelle from Olympia, WA

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...

“…All of my professors showed an interest in whether of not each student succeeded, which made me want to do the best that I could. I attended a large university in the past and can say that it was easy to get lost in the shuffle, but at Pierce the...” – Kelly 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 small community college. The teachers and students are all very friendly and they offer a large variety of courses. I would give Lower Columbia College a rating of three out of four stars.” – Jessica 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...

“…renton technical college has automotive instructors that are supportive of you in all aspects on your degree path, they have extensive knowledge in the field and are well rounded experienced individuals who also instill confidence and strive along...” – Shannon from Maple Valley, 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...

“…This school has a great layout and easy access. RN program is the best. Paper work here is easy, the staff is wonderful.” – Melissa from Eastsound, 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...

“…i really like big bend community college. big bend has a great friendly staff. i feel very comfortable here because it is not too big.” – Tiffany from SOAP LAKE, WA

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...

“…The perfect place to go. Wonderful staff and teachers” – HALEY from ZILLAH, WA

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...

“…Grays Harbor College has many dedicated teachers ready to help students succeed. It is very modernized and has plenty of computers and resources available to students who might otherwise not have them. I enjoy learning there and can always find the...” – Caitlin 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...

“…Peninsula College provides a comfortable and dynamic learning environment for all its students, no matter their station in life. A graduate of Peninsula College will be well prepared for the next academic or vocational post they hold. Nestled at the...” – John from Carlsborg, WA

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 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

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...

“…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

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...

“…YVCC is a great transition school for students to get used to being in college. They have amazing professors and since class sizes are like that in high school they learn your name and really help you reach your goals for that class. One of the...” – Ariah from Boise, ID

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

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...

“…I loved the students and staff because of support and comfort. I did not like the online book store and Tulalips Tribes mail system. Some in the beginning of registration, I would be late to register because of the wrong classes for degree program. ” – Tulalip Wa

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...

“…great advisers and teachers. they have a high placement rate. they also care about each student.” – Dustin from Yakima, 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...

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...

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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