With an estimated 620,800 residents, Seattle is unquestionably the largest city in the state of Washington and the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle metro area (with population of 3.5 million) is the 15th largest metropolitan region in the United States.
Seattle is unique among major U.S. cities as it is situated on a long narrow isthmus between two major bodies of water, the Puget Sound (Pacific Ocean) and Lake Washington. In addition to its unique location, Seattle is also well known for its liberal atmosphere and culture, and for having the second highest percentage of gay, lesbian, and bisexual residents of any city in the nation.
Seattle has a well developed transit system, so its easy for students to get around town easily and inexpensively. What can’t be reached by foot can be reached by bicycle, automobile, metro, or lightrail. Seattle’s largest metro, King County Metro, provides frequent and regular bus service throughout the city and surrounding county. For those interested in rapid transit between the suburbs and downtown there is the Sounder Commuter Rail and Central Link Light Rail. Unique to Seattle is a large network of ferries that connect Seattle to Vashon Islands, Bainbridge, Bremerton, Southworth (on the Kitsap Peninsula) and several other locations within the Puget Sound.
When it comes to higher education, Seattle is one of the most educated cities in the country. Nearly 51% of the city’s adult population (over the age of 25) have at least a bachelor’s degree. Given that the national average is 27%, this fact is quite impressive. Not surprisingly, according to a U.S. Census Bureau survey, Seattle has the highest percent of college graduates of any major city in the United States. Year after year, Seattle has also be ranked as one of the most literate cities in America.
Seattle is home to some of the nation’s top colleges and universities, including the University of Washington (UW), the state’s premier public higher education institution. A recent study by Newsweek International ranked UW as the 22nd best university in world. Seattle is also home to several private education institutions such as Seattle University and Seattle Pacific University (both of which were founded by religious organizations). In Seattle you’ll also find career-oriented universities and colleges, like Antioch University and City University, art schools such as The Art Institute of Seattle, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Cornish College of the Arts, as well as several community colleges, including Seattle Central Community College, South Seattle Community College and North Seattle Community College, which together comprise the Seattle Community College District. Time magazine elected Seattle Central Community College as the “community college of the year” in 2001, due to its diverse student body and team oriented atmosphere.
To learn more about specific colleges or universities in Seattle you can review the list of profiles below. You can click on the following link to explore community colleges in Seattle.
2326 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
main phone: (206) 441-5352
admission phone: (888) 268-4477
admission fax: (206) 441-3307
Antioch University has a total enrollment of 250+ students and provides Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees and degree completion programs.
2601-A Elliott Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
main phone: (206) 283-4500
Argosy University in Seattle, Washington offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in various disciplines and career fields including Business, Psychology, Education, Health Sciences, Criminal Justice and Liberal Arts.
Art Institute of Seattle
2323 Elliott Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121-1622
main phone: (206) 448-0900
admission phone: (800) 275-2471
admission fax: (206) 269-0275
Art Institute of Seattle has a total enrollment of 2,200+ students and provides Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees and degree completion programs.
Cornish College of Arts
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
main phone: (206) 726-5016
Cornish College of Arts is relatively small higher education institution that offers bachelor degree programs in Dance, Theater, Fine Arts, Design, Music and Performance Production.
DeVry University (Federal Way)
3600 S 344th Way
Federal Way, WA 98001-9558
main phone: (253) 943-2800
DeVry University in Federal Way, about 16 miles east of Seattle, Washington offers career-oriented degree and certificate programs in various career fields and disciplines including Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Human Resources Management, Computer and Information Systems, Software Engineering, and Engineering Technology.
DigiPen Institute of Technology
9931 Willows Rd NE
Redmond, WA 98052
main phone: (425) 558-0299
DigiPen Institute of Technology, located in the City of Redmond Washington (just outside of Seattle) is a technology college the offers programs that focus computer science, design art and computer engineering at they related ot video game programming and development.
Eastern Washington University-Seattle
main phone: (509) 359-6200
admission phone: (509) 359-2397
admission fax: (509) 359-6692
Eastern Washington University (EWU) offers a Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology on the South Seattle Community College campus.
International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT)
645 Andover Park West
Seattle, WA 98188
main phone: (205) 267-4223
The International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) in Seattle offers associate’s and bachelors’ degree programs in Design, Fashion, Media Arts, and Technology and Business.
ITT Technical Institute-Everett
1615 75th Street Sw
Everett, WA 98203
main phone: (425) 583-0200
ITT Technical Instituted in Everett, Washington (25 north of Seattle), offers career-oriented associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in a large variety of fields including Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Digital Entertainment, Drafting and Design Technology, Business, Network Administration, Paralegal Studies, Communications Technology, and Criminology and Forensic Technology.
ITT Technical Institute-Seattle
12720 Gateway Dr Ste 100
Seattle, WA 98168-2610
main phone: (206) 244-3300
ITT Technical Institute in downtown Seattle offers career-oriented associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in various disciplines including Information Technology, Information Systems and Cybersecurity, Software Development Technology, Software Applications Development, Network Administration, Computer Networking, Electrical Engineering, Game Design and Digital Entertainment, Drafting and Design technology, Graphic Communications, Project Management, Business Management, Paralegal Studies and Criminology and Forensic Technology.
Northwest College of Art
16301 Creative Dr NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
main phone: (360) 779-9993
Northwest College of Arts (NCAD) is located in Poulsbo, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. NCAD offers bachelor degree programs in design and visual communications designed to prepare students for careers in creative arts.
1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337-1699
main phone: (360) 792-6050
Olympic College is located in Bremerton, Washington, a 55-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle. Olympic College offers associate’s degree, bachelor’s degrees and certificate programs. The college has campuses in Bremerton, Poulsbo, and Shelton.
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119-1997
main phone: (206) 281-2000
admission phone: (800) 366-3344
admission fax: (206) 281-2669
Seattle Pacific University has a total enrollment of 3,800+ students and provides Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees and degree completion programs.
Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
2501 Elliott Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
main phone: (206) 876-6100
The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, formerly Mars Hill Graduate School, offers degree programs designed to prepare students for careers in counseling, education and non-profit leadership, and ministry.
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
main phone: (206) 296-6000
admission phone: (800) 426-7123
admission fax: (206) 296-5656
Seattle University has a total enrollment of 6,500+ students and provides Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and First Professional degrees and degree completion programs.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
main phone: (206) 543-2100
admission phone: (206) 543-9686
admission fax: (206) 685-3655
University of Washington has a total enrollment of 39,600+ students and provides Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and First Professional degrees and degree completion programs.