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Top Colleges in Washington State

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

If you’re considering Washington colleges, you’re in good company. The state of Washington has strong educational grant programs, unparalleled access to nature and wildlife, not to mention a wide variety of great institutions. The University of Washington offers a great university experience in the city of Seattle, whereas Whitman College offers the opposite; an intimate liberal arts education in the small town of Walla Walla. Whether you’re looking for one of these extremes or somewhere in between, be sure to check out the Washington colleges below to see if your perfect match awaits.

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University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA • Public, City

Seattle, WA

Public, City

53% acceptance rate
31,367 undergraduate students
84% graduation rate
$10,933 average per year after aid
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Top College Top College: Affordability

University of Washington-Bothell Campus

Bothell, WA • Public, Suburb

Bothell, WA

Public, Suburb

83% acceptance rate
5,432 undergraduate students
66% graduation rate
$9,280 average per year after aid
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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Spokane, WA

Private, Non-Profit, City

76% acceptance rate
4,962 undergraduate students
85% graduation rate
$30,828 average per year after aid
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Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Walla Walla, WA

Private, Non-Profit, City

59% acceptance rate
1,539 undergraduate students
89% graduation rate
$30,694 average per year after aid
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Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA • Public, City

Bellingham, WA

Public, City

96% acceptance rate
13,933 undergraduate students
68% graduation rate
$9,717 average per year after aid
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Washington State University

Pullman, WA • Public, Town

Pullman, WA

Public, Town

86% acceptance rate
23,966 undergraduate students
60% graduation rate
$8,947 average per year after aid
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University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Tacoma, WA

Private, Non-Profit, City

88% acceptance rate
1,866 undergraduate students
74% graduation rate
$23,215 average per year after aid
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Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Tacoma, WA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

88% acceptance rate
2,331 undergraduate students
69% graduation rate
$21,023 average per year after aid
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Whitworth University

Spokane, WA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Spokane, WA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

91% acceptance rate
2,293 undergraduate students
75% graduation rate
$25,823 average per year after aid
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Renton Technical College

Renton, WA • Public, City

Renton, WA

Public, City

--% acceptance rate
1,056 undergraduate students
57% graduation rate
$5,150 average per year after aid
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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Seattle, WA

Private, Non-Profit, City

92% acceptance rate
2,611 undergraduate students
66% graduation rate
$24,578 average per year after aid
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Heritage University

Toppenish, WA • Private, Non-Profit, Rural

Toppenish, WA

Private, Non-Profit, Rural

--% acceptance rate
805 undergraduate students
53% graduation rate
$5,981 average per year after aid
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Saint Martin's University

Lacey, WA • Private, Non-Profit, City

Lacey, WA

Private, Non-Profit, City

72% acceptance rate
1,347 undergraduate students
61% graduation rate
$21,312 average per year after aid
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Walla Walla University

College Place, WA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

College Place, WA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

--% acceptance rate
1,316 undergraduate students
64% graduation rate
$23,216 average per year after aid
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Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA • Public, Town

Ellensburg, WA

Public, Town

88% acceptance rate
9,508 undergraduate students
54% graduation rate
$17,234 average per year after aid
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Eastern Washington University

Cheney, WA • Public, Town

Cheney, WA

Public, Town

97% acceptance rate
7,589 undergraduate students
50% graduation rate
$12,801 average per year after aid
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Northwest University

Kirkland, WA • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Kirkland, WA

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

96% acceptance rate
754 undergraduate students
58% graduation rate
$23,046 average per year after aid
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Bellevue College

Bellevue, WA • Public, City

Bellevue, WA

Public, City

--% acceptance rate
9,752 undergraduate students
33% graduation rate
$7,929 average per year after aid
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Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla, WA • Public, City

Walla Walla, WA

Public, City

--% acceptance rate
1,863 undergraduate students
36% graduation rate
$6,548 average per year after aid
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Whatcom Community College

Bellingham, WA • Public, City

Bellingham, WA

Public, City

--% acceptance rate
3,611 undergraduate students
34% graduation rate
$6,590 average per year after aid
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