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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 2019, 108,464 students received a degree from a college in Washington, making it rank #15 in terms of graduations. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $13,497 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $17,007 a year.

An estimated 44% of college students in Washington take out loans, with the average loan amount being $6,199 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

Public Public vs. Private
14,832 Yearly Degrees
$11,465 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 32,046 undergraduates at UW Seattle, of which 29,332 are full-time, and there are 47,576 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%. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

26% of UW Seattle students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,525 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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
8,024 Yearly Degrees
$11,841 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Washington State University is 31,607, of which 26,062 students are undergraduates and of those, 23,092 are full-time. 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%. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

44% of Wazzu students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $6,724 a year. The student loan default rate of 4.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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
4,114 Yearly Degrees
$8,343 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Western Washington University is 16,142, of which 15,240 students are undergraduates and of those, 13,887 are full-time. It takes the average WWU undergraduate about 4.5 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 44% of students at WWU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,174 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.7% 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
3,163 Yearly Degrees
$8,273 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 11,658 students at CWU in total, 11,111 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 9,977 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at CWU is 4.6 years.

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

Approximately 59% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,019 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.8% 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
$7,526 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Eastern Washington University is 12,410, of which 10,756 students are undergraduates and of those, 9,498 are full-time. For undergraduates at EWU, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

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

Roughly 56% of students at EWU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,227 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

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
$4,141 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 8,435 students at GRC in total, 5,479 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

14% of GRC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,900 during the early-career years.

#7

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,783 Yearly Degrees
$3,866 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bellevue College is 12,563, which includes 6,602 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

6% of BC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,651 a year. BC has a 7.4% 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 BC is $35,700.

#8

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,604 Yearly Degrees
$46,590 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Seattle University is 7,199, of which 4,633 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,410 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

About 74% of students who apply get accepted. 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 student loan default rate of 1.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

#9

Olympic College

Bremerton, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,601 Yearly Degrees
$3,905 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Olympic College is 6,278, which includes 3,803 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Approximately 7% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

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

#10

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,525 Yearly Degrees
$4,017 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,510 full-time undergraduates at Edmonds Community College, and 7,877 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 15% of students at Edmonds Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,200 during the early-career years.

#11

Clark College

Vancouver, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,450 Yearly Degrees
$3,879 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Clark College is 9,233, which includes 4,852 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%.

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

#12

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,361 Yearly Degrees
$45,140 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Gonzaga University is 7,537, of which 5,211 students are undergraduates and of those, 5,123 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at Gonzaga. The freshman retention rate is 94%.

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.

Approximately 51% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $8,327 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Gonzaga with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $47,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Everett Community College

Everett, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,169 Yearly Degrees
$3,881 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Everett Community College is 7,977, which includes 4,254 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at Everett Community College take out loans to pay for college. 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
$11,390 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,913 students at UW Bothell in total, 5,350 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,631 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UW Bothell is 4.4 years.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 80%. Of the accepted students, 45% 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. UW Bothell has a 2.8% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national 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
$3,634 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,231 full-time undergraduates at Spokane Community College, and 10,225 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Approximately 31% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

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

#16

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,992 Yearly Degrees
$4,419 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,708 full-time undergraduates at Tacoma Community College, and 6,095 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%.

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.

#17

Clover Park Technical College

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

There are 2,313 full-time undergraduates at CPTC, and 3,973 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at CPTC take out loans to pay for college. 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
$18,161 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,474 full-time undergraduates at Charter College, and 2,474 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Charter College is 4.0 years.

Approximately 87% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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
$11,639 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,588 undergraduates at UW Tacoma, of which 4,066 are full-time, and there are 5,329 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

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

Approximately 32% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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%!

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
$3,981 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Shoreline Community College is 5,884, which includes 2,946 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

17% of Shoreline Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,850 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.1% 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
$4,041 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,195 students at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom in total, 2,635 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%.

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

#22

Highline College

Des Moines, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,622 Yearly Degrees
$4,127 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,345 full-time undergraduates at Highline, and 6,310 students altogether. 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 typical student loan amount is $5,380 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.8% is close 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
$5,613 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,280 students at CBC in total, 3,920 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

7% of CBC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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
$4,592 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,087 full-time undergraduates at South Puget Sound Community College, and 4,974 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

9% of South Puget Sound Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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
$4,285 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Yakima Valley College is 4,650, which includes 3,139 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount 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 - 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 Oriental Medicine 13

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