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99 Colleges
108,464 Yearly Graduations
$53,987 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$24,795 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, Washington is ranked #15 in the country with 108,464 degrees handed out in 2019. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Washington is $13,497 a year, while the average out-of-state tuition is $17,007 a year.

About 44% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $6,199 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
14,832 Yearly Degrees
$18,198 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 28,759 full-time undergraduates at UW Seattle, and 46,166 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at UW Seattle. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 46%. Of the accepted students, 44% are men and 56% are women.

26% of UW Seattle students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,525 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.8% 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
$11,493 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 30,614 students at Wazzu in total, 22,166 of which are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 73%. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Roughly 44% of students at Wazzu take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,724 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 4.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Wazzu with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#3

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
4,114 Yearly Degrees
$10,806 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.

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

44% of WWU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,174 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.7% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#4

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
3,163 Yearly Degrees
$9,582 Yearly Tuition (In-State

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

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

59% of CWU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,019 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
2,985 Yearly Degrees
$11,721 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 10,060 full-time undergraduates at EWU, and 12,607 students altogether. It takes the average EWU undergraduate about 4.7 years to complete their degree.

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

56% of EWU students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,227 a year. The student loan default rate of 5.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#6

Green River College

Auburn, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,887 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 12.3% 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

There are 6,858 full-time undergraduates at BC, and 13,322 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount is $5,651 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $35,700 during the early-career years.

#8

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,604 Yearly Degrees
$19,280 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Seattle University is 7,278, of which 4,325 students are full-time undergraduates. 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 74%. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

64% of Seattle U students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,521 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

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.

Roughly 7% of students at OC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,530 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.8% 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

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

Approximately 15% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,806 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 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

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

Roughly 12% of students at Clark College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,118 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

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

#12

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,361 Yearly Degrees
$16,672 Yearly Tuition (In-State

The total student population at Gonzaga University is 7,506, of which 5,106 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

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

51% of Gonzaga students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $8,327 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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

#13

Everett Community College

Everett, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,169 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.

6% of Everett Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,027 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 Everett Community College is $26,900.

Public Public vs. Private
2,103 Yearly Degrees
$18,198 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 freshman retention rate at University of Washington - Bothell Campus is 88%, which is great when compared to the national average of 68%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Approximately 27% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,662 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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.

#15

Spokane Community College

Spokane, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,001 Yearly Degrees

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

31% of Spokane Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,707 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Spokane Community College is $26,600.

#16

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,992 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,883 full-time undergraduates at Tacoma Community College, and 6,496 students altogether. 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 average amount of student loans is $5,675 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.3% 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

There are 2,168 full-time undergraduates at CPTC, and 3,883 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Approximately 18% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,099 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CPTC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Charter College

Vancouver, Washington
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
1,921 Yearly Degrees

There are 2,660 full-time undergraduates at Charter College, and 2,664 students altogether. For undergraduates at Charter College, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

Roughly 87% of students at Charter College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $10,113 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,700 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
1,909 Yearly Degrees
$18,198 Yearly Tuition (In-State

There are 3,945 full-time undergraduates at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus, and 5,162 students altogether. 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. Around 41% of accepted students are men, and 59% are women.

Approximately 32% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,131 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $44,900 during the early-career years.

#20

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,881 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,132 full-time undergraduates at Shoreline Community College, and 6,128 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 17% of students at Shoreline Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,850 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.1% is close 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

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.

20% of Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,527 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

The total student population at Highline College is 6,824, of which 3,844 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 4% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,380 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.8% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,200 during the early-career years.

#23

Columbia Basin College

Pasco, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,496 Yearly Degrees

There are 3,692 full-time undergraduates at CBC, and 6,708 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

7% of CBC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,671 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,400 during the early-career years.

#24

South Puget Sound Community College

Olympia, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,494 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.

Approximately 9% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,082 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%.

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

The total student population at Yakima Valley College is 4,007, of which 2,805 students are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Roughly 8% of students at YVC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,979 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.9% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from YVC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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 of Beauty-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 of Beauty-Mountlake Terrace 81
80 Paul Mitchell the School-Spokane 78
81 Elite Cosmetology, Barber & Spa Academy 76
82 Summit Salon Academy 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 Oriental Medicine 13

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