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Colleges in Washington

25 colleges
108,230 yearly degrees
$9,377 average yearly in-state tuition
$22,643 average 4-year student loan

While there are fewer options to choose from in this state, all that matters is you find the college that is the right fit for you! Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $9,377 to get their degree at a public Washington college, while out of state students will pay an average of $16,538.

An estimated 29% of college students in Washington take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,661.

Browse the biggest schools below sorted by largest to smallest in size:

Public public vs private
14,160 yearly awards
$12,899 net cost

There are 28,759 full-time undergraduates at UW Seattle, and 46,166 students altogether. It takes the average UW Seattle undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

About 46% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly, 27% of students at UW Seattle take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $5,729. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

$57,700 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from UW Seattle earns.

#2

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
Public public vs private
7,670 yearly awards
$16,314 net cost

The total student population at Washington State University is 30,614, of which 22,166 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Wazzu undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 47% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $6,628. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Wazzu is $50,600.

#3

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
Public public vs private
4,010 yearly awards
$16,220 net cost

There are approximately 15,915 students at WWU in total, 13,728 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average WWU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

85% of students who apply get accepted. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

42% of WWU students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,161. The student loan default rate of 2.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from WWU earns $45,800.

#4

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington
Public public vs private
3,130 yearly awards
$14,382 net cost

There are 10,446 full-time undergraduates at CWU, and 12,901 students altogether. It takes the average CWU undergraduate about 4.6 years to complete their degree.

86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

Roughly, 60% of students at CWU take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,809. CWU has a 6.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $46,500.

#5

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington
Public public vs private
3,010 yearly awards
$12,885 net cost

There are approximately 12,607 students at EWU in total, 10,060 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average EWU undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

96% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

Approximately 57% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $6,138. The student loan default rate of 4.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for EWU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,100 after graduation.

#6

Green River College

Auburn, Washington
Public public vs private
2,860 yearly awards
$9,750 net cost

The total student population at Green River College is 8,048, of which 5,338 students are full-time undergraduates.

14% of GRC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $4,185. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from GRC earns $38,100.

#7

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington
Public public vs private
2,670 yearly awards
$7,169 net cost

There are 6,858 full-time undergraduates at BC, and 13,322 students altogether.

13% of BC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $5,977. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

$43,500 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from BC earns.

#8

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
Private not-for-profit public vs private
2,660 yearly awards
$35,021 net cost

There are approximately 7,278 students at Seattle U in total, 4,325 of which are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Seattle U. The freshman retention rate is 84%.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. Around 35% of accepted students are men, and 65% are women.

Roughly, 56% of students at Seattle U take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $7,461. Seattle U has a 1.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate for Seattle U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $56,500 after graduation.

#9

Olympic College

Bremerton, Washington
Public public vs private
2,490 yearly awards
$5,970 net cost

The total student population at Olympic College is 6,476, of which 4,112 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,193. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $33,200.

#10

Clark College

Vancouver, Washington
Public public vs private
2,480 yearly awards
$7,618 net cost

There are 5,132 full-time undergraduates at Clark College, and 10,000 students altogether.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $4,291. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Clark College is $34,100.

#11

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, Washington
Public public vs private
2,470 yearly awards
$7,561 net cost

There are approximately 8,100 students at Edmonds Community College in total, 3,613 of which are full-time undergraduates.

17% of Edmonds Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,228. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Edmonds Community College is $37,600.

#12

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
Private not-for-profit public vs private
2,120 yearly awards
$32,623 net cost

The total student population at Gonzaga University is 7,506, of which 5,106 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Gonzaga. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

About 65% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

Roughly, 48% of students at Gonzaga take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $7,475. The student loan default rate of 1.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $56,100.

#13

Everett Community College

Everett, Washington
Public public vs private
2,040 yearly awards
$8,253 net cost

There are approximately 7,740 students at Everett Community College in total, 4,071 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,042. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$34,200 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Everett Community College earns.

Public public vs private
2,020 yearly awards
$9,822 net cost

The total student population at University of Washington - Bothell Campus is 5,981, of which 4,641 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at University of Washington - Bothell Campus. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly, 31% of students at University of Washington - Bothell Campus take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,026. The student loan default rate of 2.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for University of Washington - Bothell Campus with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $57,700 after graduation.

#15

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, Washington
Public public vs private
1,950 yearly awards
$6,075 net cost

There are 3,883 full-time undergraduates at Tacoma Community College, and 6,496 students altogether.

15% of Tacoma Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $6,042. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Tacoma Community College earns $36,400.

#16

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, Washington
Public public vs private
1,920 yearly awards
$5,167 net cost

There are 3,132 full-time undergraduates at Shoreline Community College, and 6,128 students altogether.

Roughly, 13% of students at Shoreline Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $4,397. The student loan default rate of 10.2% is very similar to the national average.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Shoreline Community College is $40,800.

#17

Spokane Community College

Spokane, Washington
Public public vs private
1,880 yearly awards
$5,000 net cost

The total student population at Spokane Community College is 10,014, of which 4,182 students are full-time undergraduates.

36% of Spokane Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,784. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $32,600.

#18

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

Lakewood, Washington
Public public vs private
1,880 yearly awards
$6,182 net cost

There are approximately 6,048 students at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom in total, 2,712 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 25% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $5,144. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,500 after graduation.

#19

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, Washington
Public public vs private
1,860 yearly awards
$6,132 net cost

There are 2,168 full-time undergraduates at CPTC, and 3,883 students altogether.

28% of CPTC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $6,558. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from CPTC earns $33,500.

Public public vs private
1,770 yearly awards
$8,671 net cost

The total student population at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is 5,162, of which 3,945 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average University of Washington - Tacoma Campus undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 30% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $4,848. University of Washington - Tacoma Campus has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$57,700 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from University of Washington - Tacoma Campus earns.

#21

Highline College

Des Moines, Washington
Public public vs private
1,640 yearly awards
$7,587 net cost

There are approximately 6,824 students at Highline in total, 3,844 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 4% of students at Highline take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,088. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Highline with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,900 after graduation.

#22

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla, Washington
Public public vs private
1,590 yearly awards
$5,537 net cost

There are approximately 4,253 students at Walla Walla Community College in total, 2,367 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $5,096. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$34,300 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Walla Walla Community College earns.

#23

Columbia Basin College

Pasco, Washington
Public public vs private
1,570 yearly awards
$8,014 net cost

The total student population at Columbia Basin College is 6,708, of which 3,692 students are full-time undergraduates.

8% of CBC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $4,485. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 11.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $35,900.

#24

South Puget Sound Community College

Olympia, Washington
Public public vs private
1,520 yearly awards
$7,603 net cost

There are 2,859 full-time undergraduates at South Puget Sound Community College, and 4,951 students altogether.

Roughly, 10% of students at South Puget Sound Community College take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $4,946. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from South Puget Sound Community College is $32,000.

#25

Charter College

Vancouver, Washington
Private for-profit public vs private
1,510 yearly awards
$30,904 net cost

There are 2,660 full-time undergraduates at Charter College, and 2,664 students altogether. It takes the average Charter College undergraduate about 4 years to complete their degree.

Roughly, 76% of students at Charter College take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $9,787. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Charter College earns $39,800.

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