Colleges and Universities in Washington

Washington’s colleges and universities cover all of Washington, from its forests and ocean to its tech-rich cities and centers of commerce. They do it with affordable public universities and community colleges, and private institutions known for their student support and innovative spirit.

Public Colleges and Universities in Washington

  • University of Washington – Seattle
  • Washington State University – Pullman
  • Western Washington University – Bellingham
  • Eastern Washington University – Cheney
  • Central Washington University – Ellensburg
  • Evergreen State College – Olympia

Community and Associate’s Colleges in Washington

  • Bates Technical College – Tacoma
  • Bellevue College – Bellevue
  • Bellingham Technical College – Bellingham
  • Big Bend Community College – Moses Lake
  • Cascadia College – Bothell
  • Centralia College – Centralia
  • Centralia College – Centralia
  • Clark College – Vancouver
  • Clover Park Technical College – Lakewood
  • Columbia Basin College – Pasco
  • Community Colleges of Spokane
  • Edmonds Community College – Lynnwood
  • Everett Community College – Everett
  • Grays Harbor College – Aberdeen
  • Green River College
  • Green River College – Auburn
  • Highline College
  • Highline College – Des Moines
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Kirkland
  • Lower Columbia College – Longview
  • Northwest Indian College – Bellingham – Washington
  • Olympic College
  • Olympic College – Bremerton
  • Peninsula College – Port Angeles
  • Pierce College
  • Renton Technical College – Renton
  • Seattle Central College – Seattle
  • Seattle Colleges District
  • Shoreline Community College – Shoreline
  • Skagit Valley College – Mount Vernon
  • South Puget Sound Community College – Olympia
  • Spokane Falls Community College – Spokane
  • Tacoma Community College – Tacoma
  • Tacoma Community College – Tacoma
  • Walla Walla Community College – Walla Walla
  • Wenatchee Valley College – Wenatchee
  • Whatcom Community College – Bellingham
  • Yakima Valley Community College – Yakima

Private Colleges and Universities in Washington

  • Antioch University – Seattle
  • Bastyr University – Kenmore
  • City University of Seattle
  • Cornish College of the Arts – Seattle
  • Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary – Tacoma
  • Gonzaga University – Spokane
  • Heritage University – Toppenish
  • Moody Bible Institute Spokane
  • Northeastern University – Seattle Campus – Seattle
  • Northwest Theological Seminary – Lynnwood
  • Northwest University – Kirkland
  • Pacific Lutheran University – Tacoma
  • Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences – Yakima
  • Pinchot University – Seattle
  • Seattle Bible College – Seattle[citation needed]
  • Seattle Pacific University – Seattle
  • Seattle University – Seattle
  • St. Martin’s University – Lacey
  • The Art Institute of Seattle – Seattle
  • University of Puget Sound – Tacoma
  • Walla Walla University – College Place
  • Whitman College – Walla Walla
  • Whitworth University – Spokane

All Sides of Washington State

There are two sides to Washington state, as far as popular knowledge – the lush, green forests and mountain ranges on the one hand; and the technology, business, and entrepreneurial hub of metropolitan Seattle on the other. Washington is what it is because of both. Its rich natural resources made Washington a destination for settlers, setting logging and agriculture as its economic foundations. But Washington did not rest on its natural resources – even with some of the nation’s best vineyards and fertile fishing grounds; in the modern age, Washington has become a business capital, with some of the world’s biggest companies, including Amazon, Starbucks, and Microsoft, calling it home. And Washington needs some excellent colleges and universities to keep its winning streak going.

Higher Education in Washington State

The University of Washington and Washington State University are top-tier, public research universities, regularly ranked as best values and recognized as the state’s leaders in STEM and professional education. U-Dub and Wazzu, as students and alumni call them, reach out to Washington’s students, especially low-income students, working adults, and first-generation students, with strong financial aid and student support offerings. Meanwhile, Washington has some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial institutions in the nation, like the Evergreen State College, Seattle Pacific University, and the University of Puget Sound. With a nationwide reputation for community engagement, outreach, and service across the board, Washington’s best value colleges and universities are ready for the needs of traditional and nontraditional students alike.


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