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Olympia, Washington (WA) Colleges and Universities

While there are only two schools in Olympia, there are 10 schools located within a 25-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including closest campuses and lowest net cost to find the school for you.

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There aren't many colleges or universities near Olympia, though the traditional schools close by could potentially meet the needs of aspiring college students. We take a closer look at these institutions and compare them in these four categories according to information taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Olympia, Washington

Students who live in the city of Olympia, Washington, may have to travel a bit to find schools near them that meet their needs, though there are a few different types of schools in the area. The five schools with the closest campuses to Olympia are:

  • Saint Martin's University (4.6 miles)
  • The Evergreen State College (6.6 miles)
  • South Puget Sound Community College (8 miles)
  • Pierce College--Fort Steliacoom (18.2 miles)
  • Clover Park Technical College (20 miles)

Largest Schools near Olympia, Washington

While there aren't any significantly large schools near Olympia, there are a few schools with student populations numbering in the thousands. These five schools have the largest student bodies near Olympia:

  • Tacoma Community College (7,202 students)
  • Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (5,559 students)
  • South Puget Sound Community College (4,839 students)
  • The Evergreen State College (4,190 students)
  • Clover Park Technical College (3,650 students)

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  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
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  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
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Schools with Lowest Net Price

A school's net price is compiled by the NCES by taking the average amount of financial aid received by full-time undergrads and subtracting it from the average cost of attendance. Schools near Olympia with the lowest net price for 2015 are:

  • Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom ($6,139)
  • Tacoma Community College ($6,249)
  • Clover Park Technical College ($6,338)
  • Centralia College ($6,919)
  • South Puget Sound Community College ($9,128)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

You can understand a school's NCES graduation rate as the percentage of a school's full-time undergrad population that graduates within 150% of the average length of time for that degree. These schools had the highest graduation rate in the Olympia area in 2015:

  • Pacific Lutheran University (68% graduation rate)
  • The Evergreen State College (54% graduation rate)
  • Saint Martin's University (49% graduation rate)
  • Centralia College (37% graduation rate)
  • Clover Park Technical College (34% graduation rate)

These kinds of factors can be extremely helpful in determining which particular colleges, universities or postsecondary institutes will be right for you and your educational interests.

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