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72 Colleges
83,247 Yearly Graduations
$56,270 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$23,857 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

In terms of yearly graduations, Washington is ranked #19 in the country with 83,247 degrees handed out in 2021. Students who are able to take advantage of in-state tuition will only pay an average of $14,067 per year to get their degree at a college in Washington, while out of state students will pay an average of $17,917 per year.

An estimated 33% of college students in Washington take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,964 per year.

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Public Public vs. Private
15,234 Yearly Degrees
$12,076 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. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UW Seattle is 4.2 years.

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

Roughly 20% of students at UW Seattle take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,776 a year. UW Seattle has a 2.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from UW Seattle with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $55,968 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
8,469 Yearly Degrees
$12,417 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 25,470 undergraduates at Wazzu, of which 22,315 are full-time, and there are 31,159 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Wazzu 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.

Roughly 41% of students at Wazzu take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,788 a year. Wazzu has a 3.3% 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 Wazzu is $51,093.

#3

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
3,927 Yearly Degrees
$8,703 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 15,197 students at WWU in total, 14,194 of which 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. Around 38% of accepted students are men, and 62% are women.

Roughly 40% of students at WWU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,514 a year. The student loan default rate of 1.7% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from WWU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,620 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#4

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
3,495 Yearly Degrees
$8,685 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,518 undergraduates at CWU, of which 9,235 are full-time, and there are 11,174 students altogether. For undergraduates at CWU, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 40% 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 5.2% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from CWU is $45,565.

#5

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
3,275 Yearly Degrees
$7,922 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. For undergraduates at EWU, the average graduation time is 4.7 years.

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.

Roughly 51% of students at EWU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,303 a year. EWU has a 4.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from EWU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $42,800 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#6

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,500 Yearly Degrees
$49,335 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,244 undergraduates at Seattle U, of which 4,045 are full-time, and there are 7,050 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

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.

Roughly 55% of students at Seattle U take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $8,001 a year. Seattle U has a 1.1% 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 $56,299 during the early-career years.

#7

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
2,480 Yearly Degrees
$4,057 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bellevue College is 12,286, which includes 6,747 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 average amount of student loans is $5,495 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 5.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from BC is $43,534.

#8

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
2,266 Yearly Degrees
$48,470 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,295 students at Gonzaga in total, 4,852 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,744 are full-time. It takes the average Gonzaga undergraduate about 4.1 years to complete their degree.

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.

Roughly 43% of students at Gonzaga take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,338 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $62,373 during the early-career years.

Public Public vs. Private
2,156 Yearly Degrees
$11,950 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,659 undergraduates at UW Bothell, of which 4,911 are full-time, and there are 6,304 students altogether. It takes the average UW Bothell undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

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

Roughly 28% of students at UW Bothell take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,318 a year. UW Bothell has a 2.1% 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 UW Bothell is $55,968.

Public Public vs. Private
2,029 Yearly Degrees
$12,196 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is 5,364, of which 4,567 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,034 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

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

Roughly 28% of students at UW Tacoma take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,788 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.1% 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 $55,968.

#11

Green River College

Auburn, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,945 Yearly Degrees
$4,332 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Green River College is 7,493, which includes 4,760 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,534 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 11.0% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $38,664 during the early-career years.

#12

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

Lakewood, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,772 Yearly Degrees
$4,356 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom is 8,329, which includes 5,131 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 17% of students at Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,891 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.5% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,755 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#13

Clark College

Vancouver, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,690 Yearly Degrees
$4,529 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,997 full-time undergraduates at Clark College, and 7,665 students altogether. 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 school reports a student loan default rate of 8.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Clark College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,169 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Columbia Basin College

Pasco, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,564 Yearly Degrees
$5,959 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 6.4% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CBC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,477 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Everett Community College

Everett, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,421 Yearly Degrees
$4,062 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,580 students at Everett Community College in total, 4,086 are full-time undergraduates. 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 typical student loan amount is $5,142 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $36,138 during the early-career years.

#16

Olympic College

Bremerton, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,333 Yearly Degrees
$4,101 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,416 full-time undergraduates at OC, and 5,357 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

7% of OC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,888 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 OC is $33,562.

#17

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
1,254 Yearly Degrees
$35,646 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,702 undergraduates at SPU, of which 2,606 are full-time, and there are 3,601 students altogether. For undergraduates at SPU, the average graduation time is 4.3 years.

Around 91% of students who apply get accepted. Around 27% of accepted students are men, and 73% are women.

Approximately 62% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $6,507 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.0% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $49,228 during the early-career years.

#18

South Puget Sound Community College

Olympia, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,246 Yearly Degrees
$4,795 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

Approximately 6% 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from South Puget Sound Community College is $33,822.

#19

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,154 Yearly Degrees
$4,929 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.

Roughly 13% of students at Tacoma Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,269 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.6% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Tacoma Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $35,961 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Spokane Community College

Spokane, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,128 Yearly Degrees
$3,826 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,878 full-time undergraduates at Spokane Community College, and 7,081 students altogether. 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. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.4% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Spokane Community College is $33,123.

#21

Spokane Falls Community College

Spokane, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,088 Yearly Degrees
$3,826 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,842 full-time undergraduates at Spokane Falls Community College, and 4,189 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 25% of students at Spokane Falls Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,057 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.2% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $30,715 during the early-career years.

#22

Seattle Central College

Seattle, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
1,044 Yearly Degrees
$4,670 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,068 full-time undergraduates at Seattle Central, and 5,763 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at Seattle Central take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,941 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Seattle Central is $34,048.

#23

Highline College

Des Moines, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
979 Yearly Degrees
$4,344 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.

Roughly 3% of students at Highline take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,450 a year. The student loan default rate of 7.0% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Highline is $36,755.

#24

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
964 Yearly Degrees
$4,166 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.

Roughly 10% of students at Shoreline Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,143 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $40,394 during the early-career years.

#25

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
951 Yearly Degrees
$4,209 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

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

14% of Edmonds Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,507 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.3% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Edmonds Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,523 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Washington Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Yakima Valley College 867
27 Whatcom Community College 847
28 Skagit Valley College 797
29 Pacific Lutheran University 776
30 The Evergreen State College 758
31 Whitworth University 733
32 University of Puget Sound 694
33 Wenatchee Valley College 688
34 Walla Walla Community College 656
35 Lake Washington Institute of Technology 653
36 City University of Seattle 640
37 Cascadia College 583
38 North Seattle College 577
39 Clover Park Technical College 570
40 Lower Columbia College 557
41 Bellingham Technical College 527
42 Centralia College 521
43 Walla Walla University 461
44 South Seattle College 459
45 Big Bend Community College 452
46 Saint Martin’s University 419
47 Northwest University 370
48 Grays Harbor College 356
49 Peninsula College 350
50 Whitman College 345
51 Renton Technical College 332
52 Bates Technical College 322
53 Bastyr University 315
54 Charter College 293
55 Heritage University 277
56 DigiPen Institute of Technology 243
57 Antioch University - Seattle 235
58 Northwest University - College of Adult and Professional Studies 202
59 Pima Medical Institute - Seattle 140
60 Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences 137
61 Cornish College of the Arts 128
62 Faith International University 114
63 Northwest Indian College 100
64 Whitworth University - Adult Degree Programs 80
65 Pima Medical Institute - Renton 73
66 Perry Technical Institute 64
67 The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology 57
68 Seattle Film Institute 39
69 Carrington College, Spokane 33
70 Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building 19
71 Northwest College of Art & Design 14
72 Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine 10

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