Graduate Schools in Seattle with Degree Program Overviews

There are 20 graduate schools within a 25-mile radius of Seattle, Washington. Learn more about some of the options so that you can make a well-informed decision about your educational future.

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If you want to pursue an advanced degree near Seattle, Washington, there you have several institutions to choose from. Data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) can help you learn about criteria such as graduation rates, location, net price and student population.

Closest Schools to Seattle, Washington

Prospective graduate students don't have to leave Seattle to find both public and private institutions. There are four traditional schools within the city limits that offer advanced degrees, and several more that aren't far away.

  • City University of Seattle (0.6 miles from downtown)
  • Seattle University (1.5 miles from downtown)
  • Seattle Pacific University (2.5 miles from downtown)
  • University of Washington-Seattle Campus (3.3 miles from downtown)
  • Northwest University (8.2 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Seattle, Washington

Most of the graduate schools in the Seattle, Washington, area are small or midsize institutions, but there is one large public university in the city. At a larger school, you may have more opportunities to interact with both graduate and undergraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds, but smaller schools may offer more personalized classroom attention. Depending on your preference, you may want to consider one of the five largest schools in the Seattle area.

  • University of Washington-Seattle Campus (45,408 students)
  • Seattle University (7,405 students)
  • University of Washington-Bothell Campus (5,277 students)
  • Seattle Pacific University (4,204 students)
  • University of Puget Sound (2,774 students)

Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price by subtracting the average financial aid award from the annual cost of attendance. While these figures are based on costs for full-time undergraduate students, they can also be indicative of the affordability of the school for graduate students as well. Take a look at the five traditional schools that had the lowest net prices for the 2014-2015 academic year.

  • University of Washington-Seattle Campus ($9,744 per year)
  • University of Washington-Bothell Campus ($9,913 per year)
  • Northwest University ($20,414 per year)
  • Seattle Pacific University ($27,134 per year)
  • Seattle University ($35,261 per year)

Highest Graduation Rates

One way to get an idea of student success and educational quality at a particular school is to examine its graduation rate. This statistic is a measure of the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who finished their programs within 150% of the expected completion time. The following NCES figures are for students who graduated in 2015.

  • University of Washington-Seattle Campus (84%)
  • Seattle University (79%)
  • University of Puget Sound (78%)
  • Seattle Pacific University (71%)
  • University of Washington-Bothell Campus (70%)

Finding the right Seattle-area graduate school can be challenge, but information provided by the NCES can help with the decision by examining graduation rates, net prices, student enrollment and proximity to Seattle's downtown area.

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