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Tri City Area, Washington (WA) Colleges and Universities

There are eight schools located within a 45-mile radius of the Tri-City area, five of which offer a broad range of study options. Read about how these traditional schools compare in several categories, including lowest cost, to find the school for you.

Kennewick, Pasco and Richland are the primary cities of the Tri-City area, and aspiring college students who live here have only a handful of postsecondary institutions to choose from. To help students locate schools that meet their educational needs, we compare these traditional schools using information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Tri-City Area, Washington

The traditional schools closest to the Tri-City area are almost all 4-year institutions. Additionally, some offer graduate as well as undergraduate programs. These schools are presented below:

  • Columbia Basin College (2.2 miles from downtown)
  • Washington State University-Tri Cities (10.2 miles from downtown)
  • Walla Walla University (36.5 miles from downtown)
  • Walla Walla Community College (38.5 miles from downtown)
  • Whitman College (38.5 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools Near Tri-City Area, Washington

Although there are just a few traditional schools in the area, they are all rather large with more than 1,000 students each. These traditional schools are a mixture of public and private institutions. They are listed below:

  • Columbia Basin College (6,422 students)
  • Walla Walla Community College (4,617 students)
  • Walla Walla University (1,840 students)
  • Whitman College (1,470 students)

Lowest Net Price

A school's net price is calculated by subtracting the average financial aid full-time undergraduate students receive from the total cost of attendance. The schools around the Tri-City area (including specialty schools) vary greatly in terms of cost, with average net prices ranging from about $4,000 to nearly $37,000 in 2014-2015.

  • Walla Walla Community College ($5,777)
  • Columbia Basin College ($8,315)
  • Walla Walla University ($24,104)
  • Whitman College ($36,894)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES defines a school's graduation rate as the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who complete their programs within 150% of 'normal time' (e.g., completion of a 4-year bachelor's degree program within 6 years). These rates are listed below:

  • Whitman College (87% graduation rate)
  • Walla Walla University (52% graduation rate)
  • Walla Walla Community College (40% graduation rate)
  • Columbia Basin College (29% graduation rate)

Even with a handful of 2-year and 4-year traditional institutions, the Tri-City area in Washington offers students some variation in school location, size, price, and graduation rates to meet their needs.

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