Top 2020 Colleges in Washington

Washington's 105 Colleges and Universities

Many prestigious colleges in Washington are around the cities of Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Olympia. There are a mix of research universities, art schools, and midsize colleges. Let’s look at some NCES stats about the "Evergreen State":

  • Washington is home to 69 four year colleges. 58% of them are public state universities.
  • There are 36 two year or less colleges. 17% of them are public community college.
  • Over the past 5 years, Washington has seen a small 0.7% increase in students. In 2017, 367,944 students were enrolled in college.
  • In total, 77,167 degrees were awarded for the 2016 - 2017 school year. Thus, about 44% of those awards were bachelor's degrees.

Salary Breakdown

According to the College Scorecard alums from University of Washington earn the highest average salary. 10 years after graduating, the average salary is about $114,900. Meanwhile, the 2017 mean annual wage in Washington is $59,140. You do the math!

Washington's Tuition Programs

Washington residents can save tuition through the Western Undergraduate Exchange program. This program enables students to pursue degrees in one of 15 Western states at an in-state tuition rate. According to WICHE, Washington students have saved over $496 million out of state tuition since 1997. In 2018 tuition savings was over $502 million! Other participating states include Idaho and Oregon.

Also, Washington students can study at college, tuition-free by applying for the Washington College Grant. The grant helps low to middle income families who meet the income requirement. Tuition will be fully covered at an eligible two or four year college in Washington. The total award amount was between $2,900 to $10,800 in 2019.

Top Colleges in Washington

Top Washington colleges ranked by total number of students.

#1
47,400
Total Number of Students
$11,207/$36,588
Tuition & Fees
46%
Acceptance Rate
#3
31,478
Total Number of Students
$11,584/$25,820
Tuition & Fees
73%
Acceptance Rate
#3
16,121
Total Number of Students
$8,126/$23,540
Tuition & Fees
85%
Acceptance Rate
#4
Bellevue College, Seattle WA
13,226
Total Number of Students
$3,778/$9,144
Tuition & Fees
Open
Acceptance Rate
#5
12,633
Total Number of Students
$7,323 /$24,444
Tuition & Fees
96%
Acceptance Rate

List of Colleges

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Source for school statistics and data is the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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