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.
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
|Peninsula College||Port Angeles||WA||2-year public||3808|
|Perry Technical Institute||Yakima||WA||2-year private, not-for-profit||446|
|Phagans Orchards Beauty School||Vancouver||WA||2-year private, for-profit||38|
|Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom||Lakewood||WA||2-year public||9238|
|Pierce College at Puyallup||Puyallup||WA||2-year public||No Data|
|Pima Medical Institute||Seattle||WA||2-year private, for-profit||297|
|Professional Beauty School||Yakima||WA||2-year private, for-profit||58|
|Professional Beauty School||Sunnyside||WA||2-year private, for-profit||8|
|Prudential Crane Realty Real Estate School||Spokane||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Puget Sound Christian College||Everett||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||178|
|Real Estate School of Washington||Vancouver||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Renton Technical College||Renton||WA||2-year public||5065|
|Saint Martins University||Lacey||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1408|
|Sakie International College of Cosmetology||Yakima||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|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|
|Seattle Midwifery School||Seattle||WA||2-year private, not-for-profit||39|
|Seattle Pacific University||Seattle||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||3491|
|Seattle University||Seattle||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||5852|
|Seattle Vocational Institute||Seattle||WA||Less than 2-year public||398|
|Shoreline Community College||Shoreline||WA||2-year public||6600|
|Skagit Valley College||Mount Vernon||WA||2-year public||5488|
|Snohomish Flying Service Inc||Snohomish||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|South Puget Sound Community College||Olympia||WA||2-year public||4442|
|Spanaflight Inc||Puyallup||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Spokane Community College||Spokane||WA||2-year public||7767|
|Spokane Falls Community College||Spokane||WA||2-year public||9872|
|Stylemaster College of Hair Design||Longview||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||30|
|Tacoma Community College||Tacoma||WA||2-year public||5302|
|The Evergreen State College||Olympia||WA||4-year public||4125|
|The Hair School||Port Angeles||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Total Cosmetology Training Center||Spokane||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Trans Union Training School Inc||Tacoma||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|
|Trinity Lutheran College||Issaquah||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||129|
|University of Phoenix - Seattle Campus||Seattle||WA||4-year private, for-profit||1114|
|University of Puget Sound||Tacoma||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||2865|
|University of Washington - Bothell Campus||Bothell||WA||4-year public||1422|
|University of Washington - Seattle Campus||Seattle||WA||4-year public||36139|
|University of Washington - Tacoma Campus||Tacoma||WA||4-year public||1689|
|Vancouver School of Beauty||Vancouver||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Walla Walla College||College Place||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1795|
|Walla Walla Community College||Walla Walla||WA||2-year public||4568|
|Washington State University||Pullman||WA||4-year public||20492|
|Washington State University - Spokane||Spokane||WA||4-year public||No Data|
|Washington State University - Tri Cities||Richland||WA||4-year public||No Data|
|Washington State University - Vancouver||Vancouver||WA||4-year public||No Data|
|Wenatchee Valley College||Wenatchee||WA||2-year public||2777|
|West Coast Training Incorporated||Woodland||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Western Pacific Truck School||Seattle||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Western Pacific Truck School||Tacoma||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Western Seminary - Seattle Branch||Bothell||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||No Data|
|Western Washington University||Bellingham||WA||4-year public||12307|
|Whatcom Community College||Bellingham||WA||2-year public||3832|
|Whitman College||Walla Walla||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||1424|
|Whitworth College||Spokane||WA||4-year private, not-for-profit||2026|
|Wings of Wenatchee||East Wenatchee||WA||Less than 2-year private, for-profit||No Data|
|Yakima Valley Community College||Yakima||WA||2-year public||3916|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/< 1 2