Seattle, Washington, Computer Programming Schools
Students interested in computer programming have several options to choose from in the Seattle area. This article looks at three schools that are within a 20-minute drive of the city center. After looking at the options in computer programming and related fields these schools offer, this article provides a comparison table with information about each school. At the end of the article is a little information about a few other Seattle-area schools offering computer programming instruction.
- Students who wish to enroll in a certificate or an associate's program in computer programming can attend Seattle Central College, which is just a little more than one mile from downtown.
- Another school option includes the University of Washington, which is nearly five miles from the city center. UW offers a bachelor's degree in computer science and a professional master's program in computer science.
- Students in the Seattle area can also attend City University of Seattle, which offers on-site and online classes for working adults. About 12 miles from downtown, it offers a bachelor's program in information systems.
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Comparison of Schools
Use the information in the following table to compare these schools in important aspects such as costs and enrollment.
|Seattle Central College||University of Washington||City University of Seattle|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2011)||6,773*||44,784*||2,545*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees 2015-2016||$3,891 in-state; $9,083 out-of-state*||$11,839 in-state; $34,143 out-of-state*||$16,500*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2011)||80%*||56%*||N/A*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||N/A - open admissions||55%*||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2014)||N/A*||94%*||17%*|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||25%*||84%*||N/A*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Seattle Central College
Seattle Central College was the first community college established in the city. The school includes associate's and certificate programs, as well as a few bachelor's programs. Students can earn a programming degree, which is offered by the Business, Information Technologies and Creative Arts Division at Seattle Central. Computer industry representatives across the greater Seattle region are asked for their input with the programming curriculum.
Certificate in Programming
The certificate in programming is a 69-credit program offered by the Business, Information Technologies and Creative Arts Division at Seattle Central College. Students need to complete the college prerequisite courses that Seattle Central requires, including technical writing, information systems concepts, information technology mathematics and introduction to computer applications. Computer programming courses include Java computer programming, web programming, database development and systems analysis.
Associate of Applied Science in Programming
Seattle Central College offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Programming. Students can take computer programming courses such as .NET web programming, object oriented programming, web databases and Java computer programming. Non-computer programming courses that are required include customer relations, intercultural communication and mathematics in society.
University of Washington
The University of Washington is Washington state's public research university. The Computer Science and Engineering department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science and computer engineering. The computer science program includes several computer programming classes. Students have the opportunity to explore the many outreach opportunities the university offers computer science students. This includes advanced computer laboratories, industry affiliations and cultural outreach connections, such as the University of Washington Women's Initiative.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science includes seven required courses, such as introductory and intermediate computer programming. Other programming courses that are available include web programming, software design, systems programming, programming languages, algorithms, programming tools and programming language implementation.
Professional Master's Program
The Professional Master's Program (PMP) is part-time, evening master's program in computer science. Students can take programming courses in areas such as compiler construction, programming language analysis in software systems, advanced topics in programming languages and graduate-level programming languages.
City University of Seattle
City University of Seattle allows students to attend computer programming courses online or on-site at the school's Bellevue campus. The information systems program includes a programming concentration that focuses on programming languages. Courses also focus on what programming skills are necessary in the computer industry.
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
The B.S. in Information Systems is offered by the Technology Institute, the university's computer science and information science school. The information systems program includes several concentrations, including a programming concentration. Required courses all computer systems majors must take include network security, web design, operating systems and information technology ethics. Programming courses include introductory and intermediate C++, project management and data structures and algorithms.
Other School Options
Olympic College, located 18.3 miles from downtown Seattle via ferry services, offers several associate's and certificate options with programming courses. A computer programming foundation certificate is available at Cascadia Community College, located 18.9 miles from downtown Seattle.