7 Largest Colleges in Washington

The state of Washington offers some of the best and most affordable schools in the Northwest.

In addition to being the most popular school in Washington, UW is actually the largest university in the northwest.

By Adam Jazairi

Washington offers a variety of private and public colleges that can help you start a career, or earn the advanced degree you need to reach the next level in your profession.

However, finding the right school requires much more information. In this article, we’ll show you some of Washington’s most popular colleges and universities, as well as the strength of their academics and cost.

7. Clover Park Technical College

Type: Private Vocational School

Enrollment: 9.829

Cost: $3,504

Best Programs: Clover Park Technical College offers hands-on programs in areas like automotive technology and computer information technology.

Fun Fact: Founded more than 70 years ago, Clover Park Technical College has an unusually extensive history for a private vocational school.

6. Central Washington University

Type: Public University

Enrollment: 10,505

Cost: In-state: $5,493, Out-of-state: $14,895

Best Programs: With more than 150 majors available, Central Washington University provides quality academics from accounting to theatre arts.

Fun Fact: Nearly one third of CWU students play intramural sports.

5. Eastern Washington University

Type: Public University

Enrollment: 10,686

Cost: In-state: $4,905, Out-of-state: $13,749

Best Programs: Eastern Washington University’s College of Social & Behavior Sciences & Social Work offers many innovative programs, including addiction studies and international affairs.

Fun Fact: The Asia University America Program at Eastern Washington allows students from Asia University in Japan to study English in America.

4. Bellevue College

Type: Community College

Enrollment: 12,305

Cost: In-state: $2,898, Out-of-state: $8,367

Best Programs: The health care programs at Bellevue College, such as the healthcare technology management bachelor’s degree, are very popular.

Fun Fact: Formerly a community college, Bellevue became a four-year institution in 2009.

3. Western Washington University

Type: Public University

Enrollment: 14,276

Cost: In-state: $5,291, Out-of-state: $16,365

Best Programs: Western Washington University offers more than 140 academic programs, including the popular majors of business, finance and marketing.

Fun Fact: A vibrant campus town, Bellingham has a great local music scene.

2. Washington State University, Pullman

Type: Public University

Enrollment: 24,396

Cost: In-state: $6,866, Out-of-state: $17,180

Best Programs: About 18 percent of Washington State University students choose business management or marketing as their major.

Fun Fact: WSU maintains campuses throughout the state, so you can choose where you’d like to study.

1. University of Washington

Type: Public University

Enrollment: 40,218

Cost: In-state: $6,385, Out-of-state: $22,131

Best Programs: The Information School at University of Washington is world renowned for its progressive, technology oriented programs.

Fun Fact: In addition to being the most popular school in Washington, UW is actually the largest university in the northwest.

Quick Tips

  • Committed to colleges in the northwest? Check out Oregon’s academics as part of your college search.
  • Financial aid funded by the state of Washington can be a great source of tuition assistance. Make sure to complete the FAFSA to demonstrate your financial need.
  • Interested in attending a private school in Washington? Since these schools usually have lower enrollment, try searching for private colleges in Washington.

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