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99 Colleges
108,464 Yearly Graduations
$55,949 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$25,058 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Washington ranked #15 in the nation for degrees handed out in 2019. Around 108,464 students received some type of diploma that year. Washington colleges offer students average in-student tuition of $13,987 per year, while students attending fron out-of-state may pay something more like $17,688 per year.

An estimated 42% of college students in Washington take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,264 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
14,832 Yearly Degrees
$11,745 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 48,149 students at UW Seattle in total, 32,244 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 29,350 are full-time. UW Seattle has a freshman retention rate of 93%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

About 56% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 42% are men and 58% are women.

20% of UW Seattle students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,776 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from UW Seattle with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
8,024 Yearly Degrees
$12,170 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 31,159 students at Wazzu in total, 25,470 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 22,315 are full-time. For undergraduates at Wazzu, the average graduation time is 4.5 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 41% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,788 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.6% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Wazzu is $40,600.

#3

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
4,114 Yearly Degrees
$8,508 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Western Washington University is 15,197, of which 14,194 students are undergraduates and of those, 12,622 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at WWU is 4.5 years.

Around 94% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 40% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,514 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from WWU is $35,400.

#4

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
3,163 Yearly Degrees
$8,444 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,174 students at CWU in total, 10,518 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 9,235 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Around 40% of accepted students are men, and 60% are women.

Roughly 58% of students at CWU take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,315 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from CWU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#5

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,985 Yearly Degrees
$7,733 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Eastern Washington University is 12,349, of which 10,292 students are undergraduates and of those, 8,685 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 79%. Of the accepted students, 38% are men and 62% are women.

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $6,303 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,600 during the early-career years.

#6

Green River College

Auburn, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,887 Yearly Degrees
$4,233 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,493 students at GRC in total, 4,760 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Roughly 10% of students at GRC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,534 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from GRC is $29,900.

#7

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,783 Yearly Degrees
$3,958 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 12,286 students at BC in total, 6,747 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,495 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

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

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,604 Yearly Degrees
$48,390 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,050 students at Seattle U in total, 4,244 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,045 are full-time. For undergraduates at Seattle U, the average graduation time is 4.2 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 83%. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

Approximately 55% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $8,001 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Seattle U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#9

Olympic College

Bremerton, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,601 Yearly Degrees
$3,996 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Olympic College is 5,357, which includes 3,416 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,888 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 OC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#10

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,525 Yearly Degrees
$4,107 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,035 full-time undergraduates at Edmonds Community College, and 6,545 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,507 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.6% 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.

#11

Clark College

Vancouver, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,450 Yearly Degrees
$3,957 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Clark College is 7,665, which includes 3,997 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,417 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.6% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,600 during the early-career years.

#12

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,361 Yearly Degrees
$46,920 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,852 undergraduates at Gonzaga, of which 4,744 are full-time, and there are 7,295 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 73%. Of the accepted students, 46% are men and 54% are women.

43% of Gonzaga students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,338 a year. Gonzaga has a 1.3% 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 $47,100 during the early-career years.

#13

Everett Community College

Everett, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,169 Yearly Degrees
$3,972 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,086 full-time undergraduates at Everett Community College, and 7,580 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 6% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,142 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.6% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,900 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,103 Yearly Degrees
$11,649 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Washington - Bothell Campus is 6,304, of which 5,659 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,911 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

Around 88% of students who apply get accepted. Around 47% of accepted students are men, and 53% are women.

Approximately 28% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,318 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#15

Spokane Community College

Spokane, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,001 Yearly Degrees
$3,727 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Spokane Community College is 7,081, which includes 3,878 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Approximately 32% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,701 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.0% 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.

#16

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,992 Yearly Degrees
$4,560 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Tacoma Community College is 5,823, which includes 3,492 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,269 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,100 during the early-career years.

#17

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,929 Yearly Degrees
$5,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Clover Park Technical College is 3,591, which includes 1,962 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

13% of CPTC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,434 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,700 during the early-career years.

#18

Charter College

Vancouver, Washington
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,921 Yearly Degrees
$19,276 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,120 students at Charter College in total, 2,120 are full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Charter College, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

84% of Charter College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $9,433 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Charter College is $27,700.

Public Public vs. Private
1,909 Yearly Degrees
$11,889 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,567 undergraduates at UW Tacoma, of which 4,034 are full-time, and there are 5,364 students altogether. It takes the average UW Tacoma undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Around 42% of accepted students are men, and 58% are women.

28% of UW Tacoma students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,788 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.2% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#20

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,881 Yearly Degrees
$4,076 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,382 students at Shoreline Community College in total, 2,544 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

10% of Shoreline Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,143 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.8% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Shoreline Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

Lakewood, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,636 Yearly Degrees
$4,172 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,131 full-time undergraduates at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom, and 8,329 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,891 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,400 during the early-career years.

#22

Highline College

Des Moines, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,622 Yearly Degrees
$4,231 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,140 full-time undergraduates at Highline, and 5,829 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 3% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,450 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.1% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Highline is $30,200.

#23

Columbia Basin College

Pasco, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,496 Yearly Degrees
$5,755 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Columbia Basin College is 6,745, which includes 3,770 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,918 a year. CBC has a 8.2% 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 CBC is $27,400.

#24

South Puget Sound Community College

Olympia, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,494 Yearly Degrees
$4,695 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,665 students at South Puget Sound Community College in total, 2,778 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

6% of South Puget Sound Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,082 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from South Puget Sound Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#25

Yakima Valley College

Yakima, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,428 Yearly Degrees
$4,770 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,954 students at YVC in total, 2,701 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 13% of students at YVC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,335 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,300 during the early-career years.

Other Washington Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Whatcom Community College 1,391
27 Seattle Central College 1,389
28 Lake Washington Institute of Technology 1,372
29 North Seattle College 1,317
30 Walla Walla Community College 1,291
31 Spokane Falls Community College 1,246
32 Skagit Valley College 1,167
33 Seattle Pacific University 1,164
34 Peninsula College 1,162
35 Wenatchee Valley College 1,069
36 Renton Technical College 1,063
37 The Evergreen State College 998
38 Bates Technical College 946
39 Big Bend Community College 927
39 Centralia College 927
41 Bellingham Technical College 925
42 Pacific Lutheran University 923
43 Pierce College-Puyallup 836
44 Whitworth University 805
45 South Seattle College 777
46 University of Puget Sound 774
47 Cascadia College 766
48 Grays Harbor College 758
49 Lower Columbia College 757
50 City University of Seattle 673
51 Pima Medical Institute - Renton 586
52 Saint Martin’s University 513
53 International Air and Hospitality Academy 481
54 Walla Walla University 478
55 Perry Technical Institute 444
56 Northwest University 428
57 Pima Medical Institute - Seattle 386
58 Bastyr University 384
59 Evergreen Beauty and Barber College-Everett 379
60 Whitman College 374
61 Heritage University 346
62 Divers Institute of Technology 250
63 Carrington College, Spokane 241
64 DigiPen Institute of Technology 214
65 Antioch University - Seattle 213
66 Northwest University - College of Adult and Professional Studies 205
67 Paul Mitchell the School Richland 153
68 Cornish College of the Arts 145
69 Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences 136
70 Northwest Indian College 125
71 Fosbre Academy of Hair Design 100
72 Gene Juarez Academy-Federal Way 98
72 Paroba College of Cosmetology 98
74 Aveda Institute Portland - Vancouver Campus 95
74 Gary Manuel Aveda Institute 95
76 Glen Dow Academy of Hair Design 93
77 Whitworth University - Adult Degree Programs 90
78 Faith International University 81
78 Gene Juarez Academy-Mountlake Terrace 81
80 Paul Mitchell the School Spokane 78
81 Elite Cosmetology, Barber & Spa Academy 76
82 Summit Salon Academy - Tacoma 70
83 BJ’s Beauty & Barber College 67
84 Studio Beauty School 61
85 The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology 57
86 Victoria’s Academy of Cosmetology 51
87 Tint School of Makeup & Cosmetology-Seattle 48
88 Seattle Film Institute 47
89 University of Phoenix - Washington 37
90 Northwest HVAC/R Training Center 36
91 Inland Massage Institute 32
92 Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building 31
93 Stylemaster College of Hair Design 29
94 International Beauty Education Center 23
95 Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy-Shoreline 19
96 Centralia Beauty College 15
96 Academy of Interactive Entertainment 15
98 Northwest College of Art & Design 14
99 Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine 13

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