Washington state is home to a wide range of public and private colleges and universities, from major research universities like Washington State University and University of Washington Bothell, to religious schools such as Seattle Pacific University to small liberal arts schools like Evergreen State College, Washington offers a little of everything. It’s also home some of the top ranked school in the nation, including University of Washington at Seattle and Whitman College.
Altogether, the Washington higher education system offers an extensive and ever-expanding selection of academic and career-oriented programs for an increasingly diverse population of aspiring students and working adults. For over 150 years, Washington’s higher education system has helped to spur development of the state’s economic and human potential. Consequently, the state invests millions of dollars annually in the quality of its higher education institutions, which are ranked among the best in the nation.
Facts About Higher Education in Washington
- Between 2011 and 2012, Washington had a higher education operating budget of $11.1 billion. For state with a population just under 7 million people, that’s a substantial investment.
- State contributions for higher education between 2011 and 2012 were $2.8 billion–greater than any other state of its size.
- In 2010, Washington ranked 32nd in the nation for state appropriations per student. Notwithstanding the lower than average investment on per-student basis, Washington has higher than average higher education matriculation, performance and graduation rates than other states in the nation.
- Between 2010 and 2011, 186,000 college students in Washington received state, federal or institutional need-based aid
- Washington’s public colleges employs over 50,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff. Higher education is a major economic driver in Washington.
- During the period of 2008-09, over $2.2 billion in economic activity were generated by university-sponsored academic research.
Below you can explore a comprehensive directory of regionally and nationally accredited 4-year colleges and universities located in the state of Washington. To find a college or university in a specific location please make your selection from the cities guide below. If you don’t plan on attending a four-year university, or just aren’t ready, Washington community colleges and technical schools offer an extensive selection of two-year transfer degrees, career-oriented certificates, and professional licensure programs. However, before you get started we highly recommend that you first read our Washington State Higher Education Institutions report that explores all the different types of colleges and higher education opportunities available in the state of Washington.
- Antioch University-Seattle
- Argosy University-Seattle
- Art Institute of Seattle
- Bastyr University
- Bellevue College
- Central Washington University
- City University
- Cornish College of the Arts
- DigiPen Institute of Technology
- Eastern Washington University
- Evergreen State College
- Gonzaga University
- Heritage University
- International Academy of Design and Technology
- ITT Technical Institute-Everett
- ITT Technical Institute-Seattle
- ITT Technical Institute-Spokane Valley
- Northwest College of Art
- Northwest Indian College
- Northwest University
- Olympic College
- Pacific Lutheran University
- Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
- Pima Medical Institute
- Seattle Pacific University
- Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (formerly Mars Hill Graduate School)
- Seattle University
- St. Martin’s College
- Trinity Lutheran College
- University of Phoenix-Western Washington Campus
- University of Puget Sound
- University of Washington
- Walla Walla University
- Washington State University
- Western Washington University
- Whitman College
- Whitworth College
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