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Number of
4-year colleges in Washington

193,846

Students attending
4-year colleges in Washington

$19,542

Average
in-state tuition

$23,313

Average
out-of-state tuition

Best colleges in Washington 2018

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Best colleges in Washington 2018

Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Total undergraduates: 5,333
Acceptance rate: 67%
Average annual cost: $33,586
Average salary: $54,100
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Best colleges in Washington 2018

Northwest University

Kirkland, WA

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

Best colleges in Washington 2018

Northwest University

Kirkland, WA

Total undergraduates: 999
Acceptance rate: 93%
Average annual cost: $21,536
Average salary: $38,400
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Best colleges in Washington 2018

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

PLU seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care - for other people, for their communities and for the Earth.

Best colleges in Washington 2018

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

Total undergraduates: 2,942
Acceptance rate: 76%
Average annual cost: $25,219
Average salary: $47,700
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Best colleges in Washington 2018

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA

151 US News

Best colleges in Washington 2018

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA

Total undergraduates: 3,359
Acceptance rate: 87%
Average annual cost: $29,174
Average salary: $47,200
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Best colleges in Washington 2018

The Evergreen State College

Olympia, WA

As an innovative public liberal arts college, Evergreen emphasizes collaborative, interdisciplinary learning across significant differences. Our academic community engages students in defining and thinking critically about their learning. Evergreen supports and benefits from local and global commitment to social justice, diversity, environmental steward

Best colleges in Washington 2018

The Evergreen State College

Olympia, WA

Total undergraduates: 4,650
Acceptance rate: 97%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $34,300
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Best colleges in Washington 2018

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

68 US News

Best colleges in Washington 2018

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

Total undergraduates: 2,545
Acceptance rate: 78%
Average annual cost: $40,416
Average salary: $49,000
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Best colleges in Washington 2018

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA

56 US News

Best colleges in Washington 2018

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA

Total undergraduates: 38,781
Acceptance rate: 45%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $54,800
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Best colleges in Washington 2018

Washington State University

Pullman, WA

140 US News

Best colleges in Washington 2018

Washington State University

Pullman, WA

Total undergraduates: 27,917
Acceptance rate: 72%
Average annual cost: -
Average salary: $48,600
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Best colleges in Washington 2018

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

41 US News

Best colleges in Washington 2018

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Total undergraduates: 1,574
Acceptance rate: 51%
Average annual cost: $34,272
Average salary: $46,600
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Best colleges in Washington 2018

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Best colleges in Washington 2018

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Total undergraduates: 2,342
Acceptance rate: 88%
Average annual cost: $27,826
Average salary: $41,000
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Our Methodology

We show up to 10 universities for our "best colleges" section. These universities are chosen based on Forbes or US News rank (depending on what you've chosen) and sorted alphabetically. If there are fewer than 10 universities that are Forbes (or US News) ranked, we add alphabetically. Forbes' 2016 Rank of America's Best Colleges factors in post-graduate success (including salaries and awards like MacArthur Fellowships, National Academy of Sciences seats, and performing arts honors), student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate, and academic success (which includes how many students go on to get advanced degrees or receive prestigious fellowships).

Read more about the rankings. US News' 2016 Best Colleges Rankings are also based on a variety of factors, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate, and alumni giving rate. Read more about their methodology. You can also sign up for a free RaiseMe profile to customize your college search by location, popular majors and more!

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