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74 Colleges
80,919 Yearly Graduations
$53,362 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,233 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Washington ranked #18 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2018. Around 80,919 students received some type of diploma that year. Washington colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $13,340 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $16,883 per year.

An estimated 35% of college students in Washington take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,058 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
14,164 Yearly Degrees
$15,510 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at University of Washington - Seattle Campus is 46,166, of which 28,759 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UW Seattle undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 26% of students at UW Seattle take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,525 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UW Seattle is $44,900.

#2

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
7,474 Yearly Degrees
$11,224 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 30,614 students at Wazzu in total, 22,166 of which 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. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

44% of Wazzu students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,724 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $40,600 during the early-career years.

#3

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
3,948 Yearly Degrees
$10,350 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 15,915 students at WWU in total, 13,728 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WWU is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 85%. Around 39% of accepted students are men, and 61% are women.

Approximately 44% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,174 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.3% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,400 during the early-career years.

#4

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
3,098 Yearly Degrees
$9,214 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Central Washington University is 12,901, of which 10,446 students are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at CWU is 4.6 years.

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

Roughly 59% of students at CWU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,019 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CWU is $36,900.

#5

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,906 Yearly Degrees
$11,439 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Eastern Washington University is 12,607, of which 10,060 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

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

Roughly 56% of students at EWU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,227 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from EWU is $34,600.

#6

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,658 Yearly Degrees
$19,055 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 4,325 full-time undergraduates at Seattle U, and 7,278 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Seattle U is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 64% of students at Seattle U take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,521 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Seattle U is $44,400.

#7

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,296 Yearly Degrees

There are 13,322 students at BC in total, 6,858 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at BC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,651 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.6% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from BC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#8

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,120 Yearly Degrees
$16,725 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,106 full-time undergraduates at Gonzaga, and 7,506 students altogether. For undergraduates at Gonzaga, the average graduation time is 5.1 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 65%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 51% of students at Gonzaga take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,327 a year. Gonzaga has a 1.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Gonzaga is $47,100.

Public Public vs. Private
2,018 Yearly Degrees
$15,510 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,981 students at University of Washington - Bothell Campus in total, 4,641 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of Washington - Bothell Campus is 4.4 years.

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

27% of University of Washington - Bothell Campus students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,662 a year. University of Washington - Bothell Campus has a 2.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from University of Washington - Bothell Campus with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Clark College

Vancouver, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,008 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Clark College is 10,000, of which 5,132 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,118 a year. 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 early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Clark College is $26,600.

Public Public vs. Private
1,769 Yearly Degrees
$15,510 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 5,162 students at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus in total, 3,945 of which are full-time undergraduates. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 32% of students at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,131 a year. 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%.

Students who graduate from University of Washington - Tacoma Campus with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#12

Green River College

Auburn, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,586 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Green River College is 8,048, of which 5,338 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,224 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from GRC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Olympic College

Bremerton, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,435 Yearly Degrees

There are 6,476 students at OC in total, 4,112 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

7% of OC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,530 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from OC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

Lakewood, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,392 Yearly Degrees

There are 6,048 students at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom in total, 2,712 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 20% of students at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,527 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom is $29,400.

#15

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,388 Yearly Degrees
$29,772 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Seattle Pacific University is 3,783, of which 2,783 students are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at SPU, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 29% are men and 71% are women.

Approximately 63% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,082 a year. SPU has a 2.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $37,400 during the early-career years.

#16

Everett Community College

Everett, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,255 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Everett Community College is 7,740, of which 4,071 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,027 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Everett Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#17

Seattle Central College

Seattle, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,191 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Seattle Central College is 6,928, of which 3,749 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 9% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,752 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Seattle Central with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Highline College

Des Moines, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,182 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,844 full-time undergraduates at Highline, and 6,824 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

4% of Highline students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,380 a year. 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 from Highline with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,168 Yearly Degrees

There are 6,496 students at Tacoma Community College in total, 3,883 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

12% of Tacoma Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,675 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Tacoma Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Columbia Basin College

Pasco, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,164 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Columbia Basin College is 6,708, of which 3,692 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at CBC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,671 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CBC is $27,400.

#21

South Puget Sound Community College

Olympia, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,144 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,859 full-time undergraduates at South Puget Sound Community College, and 4,951 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 9% of students at South Puget Sound Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,082 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,200 during the early-career years.

#22

Spokane Community College

Spokane, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,110 Yearly Degrees

There are 10,014 students at Spokane Community College in total, 4,182 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 31% of students at Spokane Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,707 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Spokane Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Spokane Falls Community College

Spokane, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,104 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Spokane Falls Community College is 5,589, of which 3,938 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 24% of students at Spokane Falls Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,050 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $24,800 during the early-career years.

#24

The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,055 Yearly Degrees
$8,418 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,907 students at Evergreen in total, 3,330 of which are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Evergreen, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

Around 96% of students who apply get accepted. Around 34% of accepted students are men, and 66% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,388 a year. Evergreen has a 7.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Evergreen is $24,900.

#25

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,019 Yearly Degrees

The total student population at Edmonds Community College is 8,100, of which 3,613 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

15% of Edmonds Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,806 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Edmonds Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Washington Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Shoreline Community College 980
27 Whatcom Community College 952
28 Yakima Valley College 905
29 Whitworth University 821
30 University of Puget Sound 815
31 Wenatchee Valley College 804
32 Pacific Lutheran University 800
33 Skagit Valley College 788
34 Walla Walla Community College 760
35 North Seattle College 717
36 Pierce College-Puyallup 713
37 South Seattle College 578
38 Cascadia College 576
39 Lake Washington Institute of Technology 553
40 Lower Columbia College 552
41 Clover Park Technical College 544
42 Centralia College 531
43 Big Bend Community College 469
44 Bellingham Technical College 459
45 Walla Walla University 448
46 Saint Martin’s University 425
47 Whitman College 413
48 City University of Seattle 396
49 Peninsula College 388
50 Northwest University 373
51 Grays Harbor College 369
52 Bates Technical College 350
53 Heritage University 346
54 Bastyr University 337
55 Charter College 279
56 Renton Technical College 274
57 DigiPen Institute of Technology 186
58 Northwest University-College of Adult and Professional Studies 183
59 Antioch University - Seattle 165
59 Pima Medical Institute-Seattle 165
61 Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences 137
62 Northwest Indian College 121
63 Cornish College of the Arts 120
64 Whitworth University - Adult Degree Programs 77
65 The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology 76
66 Faith International University 71
67 University of Phoenix - Washington 57
67 Pima Medical Institute-Renton 57
69 Carrington College-Spokane 33
70 Seattle Film Institute 31
71 Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building 28
72 Perry Technical Institute 17
72 Northwest College of Art & Design 17
74 Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine 11

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