Seattle Schools Offering Software Applications Career Training
Several Seattle-area colleges and universities offer computer science degrees, including 3 within 5 miles of downtown. This article looks at those 3 schools and their computer science programs, which include software applications training. At the end of the article is a table of facts about these schools, with information on areas such as school enrollment, tuition and the percentage of students receiving financial aid.
- The University of Washington - Seattle offers a bachelor's degree in computer science. The university is about 4 miles from downtown.
- Seattle University, about a mile from the city center, also offers a bachelor's in computer science.
- Also around a mile from downtown, Seattle Central Community College offers both associate's degree and certificate programs in programming.
Comparison of Schools
Individuals who are deciding on a college need to consider many factors. This table presents important information about these schools in a format that invites comparison.
|University of Washington - Seattle||Seattle University||Seattle Central Community College|
|School Type||4-year public||4-year, private not-for-profit||4-year (primarily associate's), public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||46,166*||7,278*||6,928*|
|Campus Setting||Large city*||Large city*||Large city*|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$10,974 in-state, $35,538 out-of-state*||$42,885*||$3,795*|
|% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||57%*||96%*||64%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||46%*||74%*||Open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||94% (full time)*||84% (full time)*||N/A*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for those who began their studies in 2011)||84%*||75%*||25%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
University of Washington - Seattle
The bachelor's degree programs at the University of Washington include computer science and a computer engineering option, with the computer science degree being most appropriate for those planning to pursue a career in application design and development. Most undergraduates are engaged in either internships or co-operative education programs. All must end their program with a senior-level capstone design requirement.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program provides exposure to the skills needed to design, build and maintain software in domains ranging from industry to government or education. The program requires 180 total quarter-credits to complete. It includes a 60-credit general education portion, 25 or more credits in math and science and 62 core and elective credits in computer science, which includes the senior-level capstone courses. Free electives fill the remainder of the required credits.
Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university. It continues to rank in the top 10 among universities that offer a full range of undergraduate and master's degrees in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges 2019.
Seattle University offers two bachelor's programs in computer science. A BA program is intended to provide maximum flexibility for students seeking to apply computer knowledge in a broad context, while the BS program focuses on the technical and professional aspects of computers and is more appropriate for those with an interest in software and application development.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
The software engineering skills covered in Seattle University's Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program are those necessary for developing applications in the worlds of industry, education and science. The program includes liberal arts, math and science coursework and 84 credits in computer science classes. Specifically, students will study topics like problem-solving in computer programming, databases, operating systems, project management techniques and algorithms.
Seattle Central Community College
As a community college, Seattle Central's offerings are limited to 2-year programs. Both an associate's and certificate program are available, and are intended to ready students for positions in the software industry for web development, database support and programming. The associate's degree will also position a student to move on to a 4-year degree in computer science if they so desire.
Associate of Applied Science-Transfer in Programming
This quarter-based program requires a minimum of five credits in arts and humanities and social sciences. Additionally, students will be required to complete a minimum of 40 credits in pre-major sciences. Electives comprise 15 credits of the 90-credit total to complete this degree.
Certificate in Programming
The certificate program consists of 62 credits in computer science without the additional arts and sciences coursework included in the associate's program.