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State of Washington University System Overview

There are six public four-year universities and colleges within the Washington state university system and a number of other options for potential applicants to consider. Learn about these different colleges, including their graduation rates and size, to help you find the school that best meets your needs.

There are many important factors to consider when looking for a university. Washington state has many schools of varying sizes and tuition rates, giving you several options to choose from when looking for your ideal program. Discover which school is right for you based on criteria like size, location, graduation rate, and price, taken from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Washington Schools Near Large Cities

Washington's universities are all over the state, with several located next to large cities. These schools offer a variety of programs, giving you many options for courses of student near several large urban areas.

  • University of Washington (Seattle)
  • University of Washington (Tacoma)
  • Western Washington University (Bellingham)
  • University of Washington (Bothell)
  • The Evergreen State College (Olympia)

Largest Schools in Washington

Washington universities vary in size, with some having large campuses and student bodies and others having smaller populations. These schools offer both undergraduate and graduate programs; while larger schools may offer more programs, they may also have larger classroom sizes. The largest universities in Washington are as follows:

  • University of Washington - Seattle (44,784 total; 30,672 undergraduates)
  • Washington State University (28,686 total; 23,867 undergraduates)
  • Western Washington University (15,060 total; 14,152 undergraduates)
  • Eastern Washington University (13,453 total; 12,411 undergraduates)
  • Central Washington University (11,799 total; 10,964 undergraduates)

Lowest Net Price

Price is a big concern for many students. In Washington, prices for a university education vary depending on a variety of factors. The following schools' prices are determined by subtracting the average student's financial aid from a school's total cost, applying to full-time, in-state undergraduate students in the 2014 to 2015 school year:

  • University of Washington - Tacoma ($9,654)
  • University of Washington - Seattle ($9,744)
  • University of Washington - Bothell ($9,913)
  • Eastern Washington University ($12,318)
  • The Evergreen State College ($13,496)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are calculated using full-time undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the average completion time. In Washington state, the following schools have the highest graduation rates:

  • University of Washington - Seattle (84%)
  • Western Washington University (71%)
  • University of Washington - Bothell (70%)
  • Washington State University (64%)
  • University of Washington - Tacoma (63%)

Finding the right school for you requires weighing important factors like cost, location, population, and graduation rates, and Washington state offers a variety of universities to meet those needs.

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