Graduate Schools in Washington State with Program Information

The state of Washington has 35 institutions that offer graduate programs for prospective students. Learn about a variety of schools in the area that might fit your needs.

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Graduate students in Washington have many options for where to pursue their education. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides information on a school's tuition, proximity to large cities, student population, and graduation rate to help you find what you're looking for.

Washington Graduate Schools near Large Cities

Living within a major city can help you become more connected with the local culture and people. For those wishing to pursue these goals, there is only one 'large city' classified as such by the NCES in Washington: Seattle. It is, however, home to several graduate schools, such as:

  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Washington - Seattle Campus
  • Argosy University - Seattle
  • City University of Seattle

Largest Graduate Schools in Washington

There are many benefits to attending a large graduate school, such as more opportunities for interacting with your peers and a greater variety of clubs and activities on campus. The NCES lists colleges with their enrollment numbers from Fall 2015. According to this data, the largest graduate schools in Washington are:

  • University of Washington - Seattle Campus (45,408 total enrollment)
  • Washington State University (29,686 total enrollment)
  • Western Washington University (15,332 total enrollment)
  • Eastern Washington University (12,361 total enrollment)
  • Central Washington University (11,993 total enrollment)

Lowest Tuition

Tuition is an important factor to consider whenever you are contemplating enrolling in a university. The NCES helps prospective applicants by providing the tuition costs incurred by graduate students at institutions across the country. Listed are the schools with some of the lowest in-state graduate tuition costs for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Heritage University ($9,305)
  • Eastern Washington University ($11,738)
  • University of Washington - Bothell Campus ($16,197)
  • University of Washington - Seattle Campus ($16,278)
  • University of Washington - Tacoma Campus ($16,344)

Highest Graduation Rate

Although the NCES College Navigator only provides graduation rates for undergraduate students, these numbers can give you some insight as to how students are faring in general at colleges and universities throughout Washington. The highest graduation rates for students enrolled by 2009 were:

  • University of Washington - Seattle Campus (84%)
  • Gonzaga University (83%)
  • Trinity Lutheran College (80%)
  • Seattle University (79%)
  • University of Puget Sound (78%)

There are many options for those pursuing a graduate degree in Washington state, so remember to consider tuition costs, student populations, location, and graduation rates for a complete picture of each college.

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