Washington state is home to more than 125 colleges, universities, community colleges and technical schools to meet every students needs. Washington ranks 11th nationwide in the number of state residents with a bachelors degree or higher and with nationally recognized schools such as Washington State College, Washington State University, Pullman and University of Washington, Tacoma Campus you can understand why. The majority of colleges in Seattle are located in or around the booming metro-area of Seattle-Tacoma. But you’ll find several options elsewhere in the state, too, such as Gonzaga University in Spokane and Whitman College near Kennewick. Many community colleges and other smaller Washington colleges add 2-year options to the mix including Green River Community College, Clark College, Vancouver and Clover Park Technical College.
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Washington College and Degree Offerings
With six 4-year state colleges led by University of Washington and a host of other private universities and colleges in Washington, the state provides ample opportunities for a variety of degree programs. As you can imagine, the majors offered at the Pacific Northwest state’s hundred plus colleges and universities cover everything from business to fine art at the bachelors degree and masters degree level. A long list of community colleges give students looking to transfer to a 4-year institution later or to earn a degree quickly opportunities to do so all over the state. Career colleges and technical schools are also available for certificate programs and 2-year career training degrees.
- Bachelors Degree (4-Year Colleges)
- Associates Degree (2-Year Career Training)
- Associates Degree (2-Year Transfer Degree)
- Certificate Programs and Diplomas
- Masters Degree (Graduate Schools)
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Washington Career Opportunities
From the Puget Sound to the Cascade Range, Washington is home to several top companies including Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon.com and Nordstrom that all provide impressive career opportunities for graduates of Washington colleges. After all the next top selling item in the coffee shop’s case could be created by a top Baking and Pastry Arts degree-holder. Plus, Seattle is one of the top business centers in the Pacific Northwest. Careers in Business Administration and Management, Finance and Human Resources are all in demand. One of the top careers predicted to grow at a rapid pace over the next decade is multi-media artists and animators opening doors for Graphic Design and Photography careers as well. For students coming from career colleges in Washington, Administrative Services, Pharmacy Technician/Assistant and Welding Technology/Welder professionals are expected to thrive. Careers in just about every major and job field are found in Washington from mathematics to scientific research to electronics and computers