Washington State offers a variety of Christian colleges that are affiliated with different denominations. These schools range in size, tuition rate, student resources and other factors that students may want to consider when selecting a school. Learn more about a handful of the Christian colleges in the state.
Christian colleges are available in several different cities spread across the state of Washington. In the table below, compare a few Christian colleges' denominations and tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Walla Walla University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Seventh Day Adventist||College Place, WA||$27,495|
|Northwest University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Kirkland, WA||$30,320|
|Pacific Lutheran University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Lutheran Church||Tacoma, WA||$40,722|
|Whitworth University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian||Spokane, WA||$42,186|
|Seattle Pacific University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Free Methodist||Seattle, WA||$40,893|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Christian Colleges in Washington State
The Christian colleges in Washington provide students with a wide range of degree programs, spiritual growth opportunities and other resources that can help them meet their personal and educational needs. Explore a few of these colleges more in depth here to find which one may be the best fit for you.
Walla Walla University
Walla Walla University is located in the southeast corner of the state and had about 1,650 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the school's website. Students can pursue associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in a variety of areas, including biblical languages, engineering, forensic psychology, theology, nursing, music and several pre-professional programs like physical therapy and veterinary science. To further develop students' spiritual lives, the school offers weekly activities, such as small groups, Friday Night Vespers and prayer and worship sessions. The Chaplain's Office is committed to helping students grow in their faith by following the school's Spiritual Master Plan. Students may also choose to participate in any student organization, including Atlas Club, Drama Club, His Kids in Action, Missions Club, Robotics Club and Pre-Professional Club.
Northwest University is located in the northwest portion of Washington and offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as some certificate programs. Students can choose from over 70 programs in areas like ministry leadership, clinical mental health counseling, church revitalization, biology, organizational leadership, intercultural studies and children and family ministries. The university was named one of the Best Regional Universities in the West for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report and had close to 950 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Northwest's Campus Ministry offers students the chance to participate in Life Groups, local and global missions and/or ministry teams like NU Worship or Choralons.
Pacific Lutheran University
About 40 miles south of Seattle, Pacific Lutheran University was named by U.S. News & World Report in 2018 as one of the Best Value Schools in the West. The school offers a variety of faith-based organizations, such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Ignite!, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and The Root, as well as interfaith resources and chapel services. The school had close to 2,800 undergraduates in 2016 (per the NCES) and has produced 100 Fulbright Scholars since 1975, according to the PLU website. Students can pursue certificate, bachelor's, master's and/or doctoral degree programs in areas like Chinese studies, geoscience, history, math, theatre, nursing and kinesiology. PLU is internationally known for its program in Holocaust Studies.
Whitworth University had almost 2,300 undergraduates, according to NCES in 2016. At that same time, the student-to-faculty ratio was 12 to 1 as students pursued certificates, bachelor's or master's degree programs in areas including peace studies, arts administration, pre-chiropractic, information technology, Latin American studies, pre-law, athletic training and education. The school is located in the eastern portion of the state. It helps students strengthen their faith at weekly worship services and build relationships with other students through programs like AWAKE Ministry and the Ministry in the Halls program. The school also offers a variety of varsity sports, including cheer squad, tennis, soccer, swimming, basketball, golf and track and field.
Seattle Pacific University
Located in the northwest city of Seattle, Seattle Pacific University had a little over 2,900 undergraduate students as of 2017, according to the school's website. Some of the school's top undergraduate programs include exercise science, nursing, business administration and communication, but students can also pursue certificates, master's and doctoral degree programs in other areas like data analytics, education, faith and business, clinical psychology and Christian scripture. The school's Office of University Ministries is divided into the Johns Perkins Center, which focuses on service and leadership opportunities; and Campus Ministries, which focus on worship and discipleship. Through Campus Ministries, students can participate in men's and women's ministries, chapel, Group and a unique program, called Sharpen, for transfer students and those who live off-campus.