Colleges in Washington

Prior to July 1, 2012 the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, a state agency with a 10-member board of citizens, worked to improve and oversee colleges in Washington. Duties were then transferred to a new cabinet-level council called the Washington Student Achievement Council.

More than 40 Washington schools of higher learning exist across the state. They include major research universities and other Washington colleges that are two- year or four-year public state institutions. Additionally, schools in Washington State include private and religious institutions.

There are several Washington colleges with excellent national acclaim. The University of Washington in Seattle is the flagship campus of the state's university system. It is the West Coast's largest university. It has a picturesque campus located on the shores of Union Bays and Portage with a view of Mount Rainier from some parts of the campus. The campus explodes with cherry blossoms in the spring. It is a strong school both academically and athletically. Its achievements in education and research has placed it in the Association of American Universities. Excellent programs in the sciences and liberal arts earned the school a chapter of the Phi beta Kappa Honor Society. The ratio of teachers to students is exceptionally small at 11 to one.

Whitman College is often ranked as one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. It is located in the town of Walla Walla, Washington. It is an excellent choice for those looking for both a high quality education and an engaging and intimate student life. The school was awarded a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strong liberal arts and science programs. Students in the sciences, engineering and law programs often collaborate with other top schools like Duke, Columbia, Caltech and Washington University. Whitman offers many options for studying abroad in 23 different countries. The school has an amazing 9 to one student-teacher ratio.

Economy

In 2010, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported the total gross state product(GSP)as $351.5 billion. This placed it 14th in the United States. In 2009, the per capita personal income was reported to be $52,403, or 10th in the nation. Businesses and industries significant to the state's economy include aircraft manufacturing, automotive manufacturing, aluminum production, computer software development, electronics, biotechnology, mining and lumber and wood products. Washington State is the home of Amazon.com, Nintendo of America, Microsoft, Bungie, Arena Net and T-Mobile USA. Starbucks and Jones Soda contribute to the economy as well as retailers Nordstrom, Car Toys, Costco and Eddie Bauer.

Tourism and real estate sales are also important to the economy. There is a significant amount of hydroelectric power generated in the state.

Washington is also a leading agricultural state. In 2003, the total value of the state's agricultural products was $5.79 billion, the nation's 11th highest. Total crop value was $3.8 billion, or the nation's 7th highest. The livestock and specialty product's total value was $1.5 billion, which was the nation's 26th highest. Other important cash crops for Washington are red raspberries, apples, cherries, pears, Concord grapes, carrots, potatoes, lentils and apricots. Apples are an especially important cash crop because of dry, warm summers and chilly winters that produce apples of an excellent quality and taste.

Washington is second only to California in the production of wine in the United States. In 2006, there were over 31,000 acres of vineyards in Washington. There were 120,000 short tons of grapes harvested, and exports went out to more than 40 countries world-wide from 600 wineries across the state. Most of the wine grapes are grown in the eastern half of the state with its dessert-like environment.

Excellent colleges and universities along with a diverse economy makes Washington State a strong state for students pursuing higher education.

Found 160 Post-Secondary Schools In Washington


Title City State Type Enrollment
Grays Harbor College Aberdeen WA 2-year public 1950
Green River Community College Auburn WA 2-year public 6566
New Beginnings Beauty College Auburn WA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Northwest Aviation College Auburn WA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bellevue Beauty School Bellevue WA 2-year private, for-profit 59
Bellevue Community College Bellevue WA 2-year public 11234
Berlitz Language Centers Bellevue WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Cascade Bible College Bellevue WA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
City University Bellevue WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 8339
Bellingham Beauty School Bellingham WA 2-year private, for-profit 75
Bellingham Dive N Travel Bellingham WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Bellingham Technical College Bellingham WA 2-year public 3682
John L Scott Real Estate Bellingham WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Northwest Indian College Bellingham WA 2-year public 524
Western Washington University Bellingham WA 4-year public 12307
Whatcom Community College Bellingham WA 2-year public 3832
Cascadia Community College Bothell WA 2-year public 1365
University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell WA 4-year public 1422
Western Seminary - Seattle Branch Bothell WA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Olympic College Bremerton WA 2-year public 5613
Centralia Beauty School Centralia WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Centralia College Centralia WA 2-year public 3063
Eastern Washington University Cheney WA 4-year public 8597
Walla Walla College College Place WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1795
Highline Community College Des Moines WA 2-year public 6327
Wings of Wenatchee East Wenatchee WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Central Washington University Ellensburg WA 4-year public 8050
Ashmead College - Everett Campus Everett WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 135
Business Computer Training Institute Everett WA 2-year private, for-profit 198
Everest College - Everett Everett WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 345
Everett Community College Everett WA 2-year public 6102
Henry Cogswell College Everett WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 249
ITT Technical Institute Everett WA 2-year private, for-profit 252
Milan Institute of Cosmetology Everett WA 2-year private, for-profit 68
Montessori Schools of Washington Teacher Prep Prog Everett WA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit 1
Puget Sound Christian College Everett WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 178
Eton Technical Institute Federal Way WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 101
Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty - Branch Campus Federal Way WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 155
Ashmead College - Tacoma Campus Fife WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 306
Business Computer Training Institute Fife WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 197
Crossings Aviation Gig Harbor WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Trinity Lutheran College Issaquah WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 129
Bastyr University Kenmore WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1075
Kenmore Air Kenmore WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Govan Beauty School Kennewick WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Tri City School of Massage Kennewick WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Academy of Cosmetology Arts Kent WA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Lake Washington Technical College Kirkland WA 2-year public 3917
Northwest University Kirkland WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1039
Business Computer Training Institute Lacey WA 2-year private, for-profit 150
Saint Martins University Lacey WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 1408
Clover Park Technical College Lakewood WA 2-year public 7921
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom Lakewood WA 2-year public 9238
Lower Columbia College Longview WA 2-year public 3248
Stylemaster College of Hair Design Longview WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 30
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood WA 2-year public 8094
Mykut Real Estate School Lynnwood WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Big Bend Community College Moses Lake WA 2-year public 1854
Char - Glo School of Beauty Moses Lake WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Northwest Hair Academy Mount Vernon WA 2-year private, for-profit 35
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon WA 2-year public 5488
South Puget Sound Community College Olympia WA 2-year public 4442
The Evergreen State College Olympia WA 4-year public 4125
Clares Beauty College Inc Pasco WA 2-year private, for-profit 57
Columbia Basin College Pasco WA 2-year public 5714
Peninsula College Port Angeles WA 2-year public 3808
The Hair School Port Angeles WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building Port Townsend WA 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Northwest College of Art Poulsbo WA 4-year private, for-profit 85
Washington State University Pullman WA 4-year public 20492
Bj S Beauty and Barber College Puyallup WA 2-year private, for-profit 11
Pierce College at Puyallup Puyallup WA 2-year public No Data
Spanaflight Inc Puyallup WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Northwest Graduate School of Ministry Redmond WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 164
Everest College - Renton Renton WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 321
Renton Technical College Renton WA 2-year public 5065
Washington State University - Tri Cities Richland WA 4-year public No Data
Amasia College Seattle WA 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Antioch University - Seattle Branch Seattle WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 877
Argosy University - Seattle Campus Seattle WA 4-year private, for-profit 62
Art Institute of Seattle Seattle WA 2-year private, for-profit 2561
Ashmead College Seattle WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 260
Brenneke School of Massage Seattle WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 201
Business Computer Training Institute Seattle WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 191
Cornish College of the Arts Seattle WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 634
Cri Career Training Seattle WA 2-year private, for-profit 287
Divers Institute of Technology Seattle WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 81
Galvin Flying Service Inc Seattle WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Gene Juarez Academy of Beauty Seattle WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit 138
Golden Gate University - Seattle Seattle WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 238
Greenwood Academy of Hair Seattle WA 2-year private, for-profit 87
ITT Technical Institute Seattle WA 4-year private, for-profit 521
Northwest Institute of Acupuncture & Oriental Med Seattle WA 4-year private, not-for-profit 233
Northwest Merchant Marine Training Services Seattle WA Less than 2-year private, for-profit No Data
Oil Heat Service Technician School Seattle WA Less than 2-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Pima Medical Institute Seattle WA 2-year private, for-profit 297
Seattle Bible College Seattle WA 4-year private, not-for-profit No Data
Seattle Community College - Central Campus Seattle WA 2-year public 6567
Seattle Community College - North Campus Seattle WA 2-year public 5847
Seattle Community College - South Campus Seattle WA 2-year public 5738

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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