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
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/

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