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

Directory of Washington Colleges & Universities

Campus & Online Schools Accepting Students from Washington

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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