Heritage University

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School Overview

Heritage University was founded in 1907 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. At the time of its founding it was known as Holy Names College and was located in Spokane, Washington. The school then changed its name to Fort Wright College. In 1982, the college moved to Toppenish (on the Yakama Indian Reservation) and was renamed Heritage College. It operated in Toppenish and Omak but kept the Spokane campus for an additional five years before closing the Spokane campus. Today it is known as Heritage University.

Heritage University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in several disciplines which include: education, social work, biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, business administration, and English. Beginning in 1993, Heritage College started a program enabling students with associate degrees from Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake to apply their credits toward a Heritage bachelor’s degree.

General Information

Admission Office

3240 Fort Road

Toppenish, WA 98948-9599

(509) 865-8508

(888) 272-6190

Fax: (509) 865-8659

Contact: MIguel Puente

Director of Admissions
Main Address

3240 Fort Road

Toppenish, WA 98948

(509) 865-8500


Degree-seeking undergrads: 745


Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 64%

Open admission

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $9,055 $9,775 $11,220 $13,510 +20.41%
Books and Supplies $900 $924 $972 $972 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $9,955 $10,699 $12,192 $14,482 +18.78%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $7,920
In-state Student Fees $70
Out-of-state Tuition $7,920
Out-of-state Student Fees $70

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 59 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 58 98% $646,522 $11,147
• Federal grants 53 90% $231,900 $4,375
• Pell grants 50 85% $195,925 $3,919
• Other federal grants 20 34% $35,975 $1,799
Local and state government scholarships or grants 50 85% $275,275 $5,506
Institutional grants or scholarships 49 83% $139,347 $2,844
Student loan financial aid 26 44% $142,271 $5,472
• Federal student loans 26 44% $142,271 $5,472
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 105 116 10 22
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 8
Biology/biological Sciences, General 7
Environmental Biology 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 13
Accounting 1
Business Administration and Management, General 12
Business/commerce, General
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Computer Science 2
Education 61 115
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 9 3
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 15
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General 36
Education, Other 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 44
English/language Arts Teacher Education 1
Mathematics Teacher Education 3
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 4
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 4
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 41 5
English Language and Literature/letters 1 1
English Language and Literature, General 1 1
English Language and Literature/letters, Other
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 8 22
Licensed Practical/vocational Nurse Training 8 22
Pre-nursing Studies
Human Services, General 7
Social Work 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 8
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3
Science, Technology and Society 5
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Environmental Science
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forestry, General
Natural Resources/conservation, General 1
Psychology 4
Psychology, General 4
Social Sciences 1
Social Sciences, General 1
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Horticultural Services B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Accounting Technology C
Business – General A,B
Business Administration/Management B,C
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Human Resources Management B
Marketing Management B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – Specific Applications C
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,B
Data Entry Applications C
System Administration C
Web/Multimedia Design C
Web/Multimedia Management C


Bilingual/Bicultural Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education A,B,C
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Reading Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health System Administration B
Nursing – Practical A

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities A


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science A,B
Natural Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Fishing/Fisheries A,C
Forestry – General A,C
Natural Resources & Conservation – General A,B,C

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physical Sciences – General B


Psychology – General A,B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Heritage University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (888) 272-6190
Website: www.heritage.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://myheritage.heritage.edu/ics/_portletview_/Apply_Now.jnz
Address: 3240 Fort Rd, Toppenish, WA 98948
Setting: Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 971
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 23%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 6 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 937 (96% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $18,029
Out-of-state Tuition: $18,029
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $16,915

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Heritage University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Heritage University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 222
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 223
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 111
Education 21312
English Language and Literature/Letters 222
Health Professions and Related Programs 3321
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 32
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 122
Natural Resources and Conservation 112
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 1
Visual and Performing Arts 11
Grand total 12183617

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Heritage University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $18,029
Out-of-state $18,029
Books and supplies $900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,476
Out-of-state $9,476

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 95 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 95 100% $16,915
Student loan aid 32 34% $3,753

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 737 95% $15,077
Federal student loans 418 54% $6,048

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Heritage University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Heritage University students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Heritage University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 971
Undergraduate enrollment 827
Graduate enrollment 144

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Heritage University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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