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118 Colleges in Washington State

So you want to attend college in Washington State?

If you are a native or a Washington State implant, there are a multitude of reasons that you may want to attend college at home, ranging from sports opportunities to local friends.

Top Schools

The Washington State schools with the best nationwide ranking in 2010 were:

  1. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, it was ranked 13th in the nation
  2. Whitman College - located in Walla Walla, it was ranked 21st in the nation
  3. Washington State University - located in Pullman, it was ranked 27th in the nation

 

Programs Offered

Washington State has a total college student population of 1,489,093 students. Approximately 28.2% of these students are pursuing degrees in one of the 911 bachelors degree programs offered in Washington State. Another 54.2% of students are enrolled in one of Washington State's 1,754 certificate or associate's degree programs. The remaining 17.6% of Washington State college students are pursuing graduate-level degrees from one of Washington State's 569 master's or Ph.D. level programs.

The most popular courses of study in Washington State are:

  1. Healthcare - 10% of students graduated from healthcare programs
  2. Liberal Arts - 8% of students graduated from liberal arts programs
  3. Business - 7% of students graduated from business programs

Tuition

In 2011, in-state tuition at Washington State schools cost an average of $7,539 per year. Tuition at individual schools varied from $2,610 per year to $38,770 per year. The highest tuition rates in Washington State were charged at the following schools in 2011:

  1. Whitman College - located in Walla Walla, it charged students a tuition of $38,770 per year
  2. University of Puget Sound - located in Tacoma, it charged students a tuition of $37,225 per year
  3. Gonzaga University - located in Spokane, it charged students a tuition of $30,925 per year

The Washington State state schools with the lowest tuition were:

  1. Spokane Community College - located in Spokane, it charged students a tuition of $2,610 per year
  2. Spokane Falls Community College - located in Spokane, it charged students a tuition of $2,610 per year
  3. Renton Technical College - located in Renton, it charged students a tuition of $2,785 per year

Financial Aid

Students in Washington State received $953,326,517 in financial aid in 2008. Institutional grants and scholarships accounted for 75% of this aid. In 2008, students at the following Washington State colleges and universities received the highest amount of institutional financial aid:

Washington State Student Demographics

Washington State schools have an average student population of 3,497 students, with 7 schools having a population of over 10,000 students each. The Washington State colleges and universities with the largest student population in 2010 were:

  1. University of Washington-Seattle Campus - located in Seattle, it had 45,943 students
  2. Washington State University - located in Pullman, it had 26,101 students
  3. Western Washington University - located in Bellingham, it had 14,575 students

The following the Washington State colleges and universities had the smallest student populations:

  1. Emil Fries Piano Hospital and Training Center - located in Vancouver, it had 7 students
  2. Sunnyside Beauty Academy - located in Sunnyside, it had 11 students
  3. Professional Beauty School - located in Yakima, it had 31 students

Graduation Rates

In Washington State, 162,695 students graduated from colleges and universities in 2010. The following Washington State colleges and universities had the highest graduation rates in 2010:

  1. Yakima Beauty School Beautyworks - located in Yakima, it had a graduation rate of 100%
  2. Emil Fries Piano Hospital and Training Center - located in Vancouver, it had a graduation rate of 100%
  3. Faith Evangelical College & Seminary - located in Tacoma, it had a graduation rate of 100%

The Washington State colleges and universities with the lowest graduation rates were:

  1. Seattle Community College-South Campus - located in Seattle, it had a graduation rate of 8%
  2. Lake Washington Technical College - located in Kirkland, it had a graduation rate of 11%
  3. University of Phoenix-Western Washington Campus - located in Seattle, it had a graduation rate of 15%

Diversity

There is a lot of diversity in the student population at Washington State schools. In 2009, 39% of Washington State's undergraduate students were from racial or ethnic minority backgrounds. About 56% of undergraduates at Washington State colleges and universities were female. Approximately 42% of Washington State students were older than 24 years of age in 2009. The Washington State schools with the most diverse student populations were:

  1. Everest College-Bremerton - located in Bremerton, 95% of students were from minority backgrounds
  2. Northwest Indian College - located in Bellingham, 90% of students were from minority backgrounds
  3. Everest College-Tacoma - located in Tacoma, 85% of students were from minority backgrounds

Washington State Faculty Demographics

Just as the student population at Washington State colleges and universities is diverse, the faculty at Washington State schools is also diverse. In 2009, there were a total of 84,173 faculty members employed by Washington State colleges and universities. Approximately 33% of them were from an ethnically-diverse background. For every 100 faculty members at Washington State schools, 55 of them were women.

Faculty to Student Ratio

On average, for every 100 students in Washington State colleges and universities, there were 15 faculty in 2009. The following colleges and universities in Washington State schools had the largest faculty to student ratio:

  1. Emil Fries Piano Hospital and Training Center
  2. ITT Technical Institute-Seattle
  3. Bellingham Beauty School

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Check out our list of the Top 50 Jobs in Washington State!

Rank Occupation Num of Jobs Avg Salary Avg Salary (Nat'l) Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
1
Retail Salespersons+ 91,070 $27,540 $25,000 7.1%
2
Registered Nurses+ 52,490 $73,680 $67,720 9.5%
3
Office Clerks, General+ 48,160 $30,860 $28,240 -21.6%
4
Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks+ 40,490 $37,560 $35,340 -1.7%
5
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive+ 31,100 $36,090 $32,000 23.2%
6
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education+ 27,390 $57,760 $54,330 13.3%
7
Software Developers, Applications+ 27,130 $94,350 $90,410
8
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers+ 26,810 $53,510 $50,770 3.3%
9
Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants+ 22,710 $27,890 $25,140 5.4%
10
Cooks, Restaurant+ 22,600 $25,740 $23,260 14.5%
11
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers+ 22,450 $42,820 $39,890 11.0%
12
General and Operations Managers+ 22,150 $131,480 $113,100 31.4%
13
Carpenters+ 21,610 $49,500 $43,890 -9.6%
14
Accountants and Auditors+ 20,420 $65,230 $68,960 -10.8%
15
Medical Secretaries+ 17,740 $37,530 $31,820 2.0%
16
Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants+ 15,760 $49,440 $45,860 -5.7%
17
Security Guards+ 14,580 $37,190 $26,870 -2.5%
18
Home Health Aides+ 13,010 $23,070 $21,760 36.1%
19
Electricians+ 12,620 $61,920 $51,810 -6.2%
20
Construction Laborers+ 12,300 $39,540 $33,590 -36.4%
21
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers+ 12,090 $72,340 $62,260 -3.0%
22
Civil Engineers+ 12,000 $80,430 $82,280 -10.0%
23
Management Analysts+ 11,990 $87,490 $87,260 46.6%
24
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education+ 11,360 $58,490 $54,880 -16.3%
25
Financial Managers+ 11,210 $111,070 $116,970 48.9%
26
Billing and Posting Clerks+ 11,150 $35,300 $33,270 -5.3%
27
Medical Assistants+ 11,140 $33,550 $29,760 21.1%
28
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics+ 10,610 $39,640 $38,200 -7.8%
29
Lawyers+ 9,870 $116,240 $129,440 6.5%
30
Dental Assistants+ 9,690 $38,220 $34,140 10.0%
31
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses+ 9,410 $45,400 $41,360 -6.7%
32
Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters+ 8,920 $59,420 $50,360 -3.0%
33
Social and Human Service Assistants+ 8,860 $28,030 $30,100 31.6%
34
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists+ 8,840 $33,680 $26,510 13.6%
35
Computer Programmers+ 8,760 $90,090 $74,900
36
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers+ 8,600 $65,730 $55,620 9.1%
37
Computer and Information Systems Managers+ 8,600 $127,130 $123,280 95.0%
38
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products+ 8,130 $62,650 $60,160 23.2%
39
Sales Managers+ 7,700 $122,360 $114,110 51.9%
40
Rehabilitation Counselors+ 7,440 $40,280 $35,850 -30.3%
41
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria+ 7,240 $29,320 $24,180 22.7%
42
Managers, All Other+ 7,150 $102,010 $102,160 43.0%
43
Pharmacy Technicians+ 6,880 $37,290 $29,330 43.3%
44
Coaches and Scouts+ 6,810 $33,960 $35,950 21.8%
45
Correctional Officers and Jailers+ 6,800 $46,260 $42,780
46
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors+ 6,460 $38,530 $35,920 19.6%
47
Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists+ 6,380 $48,990 $42,250 9.1%
48
Engineers, All Other+ 6,260 $90,670 $91,770 108.7%
49
Paralegals and Legal Assistants+ 6,180 $49,710 $49,640 25.9%
50
Loan Officers+ 6,150 $75,990 $65,900 -17.2%