Catholic Colleges in Washington

Apr 12, 2018

Washington is home to three colleges that are affiliated with the Catholic faith. Explore each school and their distinguishing characteristics, like tuition rates, student-to-faculty ratios and more.

Although there are only a few available, the state of Washington offers students unique Catholic colleges to choose from. These colleges vary in many ways, including their available degree programs and student population size. Examine each Catholic school in Washington and learn what makes it stand out.

School Comparison

Washington has three different cities that are home to 4-year, Catholic postsecondary institutions. Compare each school's location and undergraduate tuition rate in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Location In-state Tuition (2017-2018)*
Gonzaga University 4-year, private not-for-profit Spokane, WA $41,330
Saint Martin's University 4-year, private not-for-profit Lacey, WA $35,656
Seattle University 4-year, private not-for-profit Seattle, WA $42,885

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Catholic Colleges in Washington

Students trying to determine which Catholic college to attend in Washington may want to consider the size of the school, what degree programs are available, how they may develop their spiritual life and other key factors. Washington's three Catholic schools offer some diversity in these areas and here we discuss these differences more in depth.

Gonzaga University

According to the NCES, Gonzaga University is a relatively large, private school with about 5,200 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Students can pursue bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Bachelor's degree programs are available in areas like biology, computer science, history, English, foreign language, math, psychology, engineering, environmental studies, the social sciences, the arts and more, while graduate degree programs are mostly available in philosophy, sport and fitness administration, law, healthcare, education, business, communications and engineering. The school's website states that in 2016, 94% of graduates had a job or were pursuing advanced education. Students may participate in a wide range of student organizations and groups, including student government, iZAG Internet Radio, Kennel Club, GU Outdoors and more.

Saint Martin's University

Saint Martin's University is a little smaller than Gonzaga with about 1,300 undergraduate students, but still with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, per the NCES. The school offers bachelor's and master's degree programs, as well as several different certificate programs. Students can pursue study in areas such as computer science, business administration, education, biology, engineering, criminal justice, counseling, social work, religious studies, nursing and more. According to the school's webpage, undergraduates at the school received $19 million in scholarships and grants to help them pay for school. Students can participate in a variety of campus ministries, including those pertaining to social justice and interfaith initiatives, and can take advantage of various services offered through the school's Spiritual Life Institute and Saint Martin's Abbey.

Seattle University

Seattle University is another rather large, private school with about 4,700 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, per the NCES. Students can pursue bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree programs, as well as a few certificate programs. These programs cover a wide range of subjects, including the arts, divinity/ministry, theology, public administration, physical science, global studies, law, healthcare, engineering, education, business, communications and more. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranked the school the #1 Private University in the Northwest for 2018. Students can attend the Chapel of St. Ignatius, spiritual retreats and immersions to develop their spiritual lives.

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