Washington (WA): Universities and Career Education Overview

This information pertains to traditional post-secondary institutions in the state of Washington. The data, culled from the National Center for Education Statistics, sheds light on school sizes, locations, graduation rates, and net costs.

Washington Schools Near Large Cities

You will find schools in the major cities of Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, and Bellingham. If you are interested in attending an institution in a busier and more populated area, consider the following options:

  • University of Washington - Tacoma Campus (located in Tacoma)
  • University of Washington - Seattle Campus (located in Seattle)
  • Seattle Pacific University (located in Seattle)
  • Spokane Community College (located in Spokane)
  • Western Washington University (located in Bellingham)

Largest Schools in Washington

The most populated schools in the state are found in Seattle, Pullman, Bellingham, Bellevue, and Cheney. All of these institutions had at least 13,000 students for the 2014-2015 year.

  • University of Washington - Seattle Campus (44,784 students; 30,672 undergraduates)
  • Washington State University (28,686 students; 23,867 undergraduates)
  • Western Washington University (15,060 students; 14,152 undergraduates)
  • Bellevue College (13,469 students, all undergraduates)
  • Eastern Washington University (13,453 students; 12,411 undergraduates)

Lowest Net Prices

The lowest net costs for 2014-2015 were found at colleges within the state. The values are calculated by finding the difference between the total program cost and the average financial aid received for full-time undergraduates.

  • Seattle Central College ($3,783)
  • Bellingham Technical College ($4,420)
  • Spokane Community College ($4,842)
  • North Seattle College ($5,011)
  • Grays Harbor College ($5,712)

Highest Graduation Rates

In the 2015 school year, at least three post-secondary institutions saw students achieve a graduation rate above 80%. The NCES determines these amounts using undergraduate students who complete their program in 150% of the average time frame.

  • Whitman College (87% graduation rate)
  • University of Washington - Seattle Campus (84% graduation rate)
  • Gonzaga University (83% graduation rate)
  • Seattle University (79% graduation rate)
  • University of Puget Sound (78% graduation rate)

If you are looking to pursue an education in Washington, there are numerous options featuring proximity to cities, strong student populations, high graduation rates, and low net costs.

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