Washington Colleges and Universities


Colleges and Universities in Washington

Choosing a university is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make. You've heard it before, and it's true, so choose wisely. One recommendation is to save a bundle and rediscover why thousands of students move to Washington for college every year. Why not stay put in the land of rivers, gorges, lakes, apples and high tech? The state is also home to two public research universities--the University of Washington and Washington State University--and both have histories dating back 100 years or more. There are other public universities and colleges in Washington as well as private schools like Seattle University, a Jesuit Catholic institution, and the University of Puget Sound, which offers a vast selection of liberal arts training.


Career opportunities for graduates of universities in Washington

Washington is not only a great place to go to college, but it's also a great place to start a career. The job market is solid, especially in high-growth fields such as engineering, software development and telecommunications. Plenty of highly-reputable companies call Washington home. A 2007 Fortune magazine study of the nation's top 20 most admired companies included four Washington companies: Microsoft (you knew that was coming), Costco (cheapest lunch in town), Starbucks (watch that college budget) and Nordstrom (best return policy in the country). The state's economy is listed as recovering, according to Moody's Analytics, and there are a number of occupations in the state requiring a bachelor's degree or beyond that have large numbers of openings and could have opportunities for you.

According to 2010 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean earned wages associated with some of these fields were:

  1. Accountants and auditors: $65,230
  2. Civil engineers: $80,430
  3. Computer software engineers, applications: $94,350
  4. Elementary school teachers: $57,760
  5. Market research analysts: $79,970
  6. Network systems and data communication analysts: $81,120

It's time to look at your home state with new eyes: Washington can be a fantastic, affordable place to attend a university and an ideal state to start drawing a real paycheck.

See also: Washington Vocational Schools and Career Training

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            Other Colleges & Universities in Washington

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            Bates Technical College
            Tacoma, Washington www.bates.ctc.edu
            Bellevue Community College
            Bellevue, Washington www.bellevuecollege.edu
            Bellingham Technical College
            Bellingham, Washington www.btc.ctc.edu
            Big Bend Community College
            Moses Lake, Washington www.bigbend.edu
            Cascadia Community College
            Bothell, Washington www.cascadia.edu
            Central Washington University
            Ellensburg, WA www.cwu.edu
            Centralia College
            Centralia, Washington www.centralia.edu
            City University
            Bellevue, Washington www.cityu.edu
            Clark College
            Vancouver, Washington www.clark.edu
            Clover Park Technical College
            Lakewood, Washington www.cptc.edu
            Columbia Basin College
            Pasco, Washington www.columbiabasin.edu
            Cornish College of the Arts
            Seattle, Washington www.cornish.edu
            DigiPen Institute of Technology
            Redmond, Washington www.digipen.edu
            Eastern Washington University
            Cheney, Washington www.ewu.edu
            Edmonds Community College
            Lynnwood, Washington www.edcc.edu
            Everett Community College
            Everett, Washington www.everettcc.edu
            Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary
            Tacoma, Washington www.faithseminary.edu
            Gonzaga University
            Spokane, Washington www.gonzaga.edu
            Grays Harbor College
            Aberdeen, Elma, Raymond, Simpson, Ilwaco, Washington www.ghc.edu
            Green River Community College
            Auburn, Eastside, Tacoma, Washington www.greenriver.edu
            Heritage University
            Toppenish, Washington www.heritage.edu
            Highline Community College
            Des Moines, Washington www.highline.edu
            Lake Washington Technical College
            Kirkland, WA www.lwtc.edu
            Lower Columbia College
            Longview, Washington www.lowercolumbia.edu
            Northwest College of Art
            Poulsbo, Washington www.nca.edu
            Northwest Indian College
            Bellingham, Washington www.nwic.edu
            Northwest University
            Kirkland, Washington www.northwestu.edu
            Olympic College
            Bremerton, Washington www.olympic.edu
            Pacific Lutheran University
            Tacoma, Washington www.plu.edu
            Peninsula College
            Port Angeles, Forks, Port Townsend, Washington www.pc.ctc.edu
            Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
            Lakewood, Washington www.pierce.ctc.edu
            Pierce College at Puyallup
            Puyallup, Washington www.pierce.ctc.edu
            Renton Technical College
            Renton, Washington www.rtc.edu
            Saint Martin's University
            Lacey, Washington www.stmartin.edu
            Seattle Community College - Central Campus
            Seattle, Washington www.seattlecentral.edu
            Seattle Community College - North Campus
            Seattle Community College - South Campus
            Seattle Pacific University
            Seattle, Washington www.spu.edu
            Seattle University
            Seattle, Washington www.seattleu.edu
            Seattle Vocational Institute
            Seattle, Washington www.sccd.ctc.edu
            Shoreline Community College
            Shoreline, Washington www.shoreline.edu
            Skagit Valley College
            Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, Clinton, Friday Harbor, Washington www.skagit.edu
            South Puget Sound Community College
            Olympia, Washington www.spscc.ctc.edu
            Spokane Community College
            Spokane, Washington www.scc.spokane.edu
            Spokane Falls Community College
            Spokane, Washington www.spokanefalls.edu
            Tacoma Community College
            Tacoma, Washington www.tacomacc.edu
            The Evergreen State College
            Olympia, Washington www.evergreen.edu
            Trinity Lutheran College
            Issaquah, Washington (formerly Lutheran Bible Institute) www.tlc.edu
            University of Puget Sound
            Tacoma, Washington www.ups.edu
            University of Washington
            Seattle, Washington www.washington.edu
            Walla Walla Community College
            Walla Walla, Clarkston, Washington www.wwcc.edu
            Walla Walla University
            College Place, Washington www.wallawalla.edu
            Washington State University
            Pullman (main campus)
            Wenatchee Valley College
            Wenatchee, Okak, Chelan, Washington www.wvc.edu
            Western Washington University
            Bellingham, WA www.wwu.edu
            Whatcom Community College
            Bellingham, Washington www.whatcom.ctc.edu
            Whitman College
            Walla Walla, Washington www.whitman.edu
            Whitworth University
            Spokane, Washington www.whitworth.edu
            Yakima Valley Community College
            Yakima, Washington www.yvcc.edu
            Antioch University
            Seattle, WA
            Bakke Graduate University of Ministry
            Seattle, WA
            Bastyr University
            Community Colleges of Spokane
            Pacific Oaks College
            Pasadena, Oakland, also Seattle WA