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# Washington Nursing Colleges

Washington ranked #26 in the nation for nursing degrees handed out in 2021. Around 3,964 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $11,467 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $15,888 a year.

About 23% of students who go to college in this state take out loans, with the average yearly loan amount being $5,661 per year.

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The total student population at Washington State University is 31,159, of which 25,470 students are undergraduates and of those, 22,315 are full-time. For undergraduates at Wazzu, the average graduation time 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 average amount of student loans is $6,788 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 3.3% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Wazzu with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $51,093 during the early years of their career after graduation.

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

About 83% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students 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%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Seattle U is $56,299.

There are 48,149 students at UW Seattle in total, 32,244 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 29,350 are full-time. Students tend to stick around at UW Seattle. The freshman retention rate is 93%.

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

Approximately 20% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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.

There are 7,295 students at Gonzaga in total, 4,852 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 4,744 are full-time. Gonzaga has a freshman retention rate of 92%, which is a good sign that once students arrive at the school, they want to stay.

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.

Approximately 43% of the students who attend this school take out loans. 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%!

Students who graduate from Gonzaga with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $62,373 during the early years of their career after graduation.

The total student population at University of Washington - Bothell Campus is 6,304, of which 5,659 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,911 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.

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

28% of UW Bothell students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,318 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 Bothell is $55,968.

The total student population at Seattle Central College is 5,763, which includes 3,068 full-time undergraduates. 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 $5,941 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $34,048 during the early-career years.

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.

Approximately 3% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $4,450 a year. Highline has a 7.0% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Highline with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,755 during the early years of their career after graduation.

The total student population at Pacific Lutheran University is 2,907, of which 2,544 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,486 are full-time. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at PLU is 4.2 years.

Around 86% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 36% are men and 64% are women.

59% of PLU students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $7,307 a year. PLU has a 2.7% 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 $49,192 during the early-career years.

The total student population at Everett Community College is 7,580, which includes 4,086 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at Everett Community College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,142 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.1% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Everett Community College is $36,138.

There are 12,286 students at BC in total, 6,747 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

8% of BC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount 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%!

Students who graduate from BC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $43,534 during the early years of their career after graduation.

There are 2,325 students at LCC in total, 1,329 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

14% of LCC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,127 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from LCC is $31,236.

There are 3,492 full-time undergraduates at Tacoma Community College, and 5,823 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

13% of Tacoma Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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.

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.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans 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.

The total student population at Olympic College is 5,357, which includes 3,416 full-time undergraduates. 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%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $33,562 during the early-career years.

The total student population at Walla Walla Community College is 2,940, which includes 1,670 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Approximately 22% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,901 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Walla Walla Community College is $33,376.

There are 4,567 undergraduates at UW Tacoma, of which 4,034 are full-time, and there are 5,364 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at UW Tacoma is 4.3 years.

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 average amount of student loans is $4,788 a year. The student loan default rate of 2.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

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

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.

32% of Spokane Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. 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.

The total student population at Clark College is 7,665, which includes 3,997 full-time undergraduates. 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 average amount of student loans 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%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $32,169 during the early-career years.

There are 3,601 students at SPU in total, 2,702 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 2,606 are full-time. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

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

Roughly 62% of students at SPU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $6,507 a year. SPU has a 2.0% 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 $49,228 during the early-career years.

The total student population at Charter College is 2,120, which includes 2,120 full-time undergraduates. For undergraduates at Charter College, the average graduation time is 4.0 years.

84% of Charter College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $9,433 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $29,515 during the early-career years.

There are 1,582 full-time undergraduates at Bates Technical College, and 3,369 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Roughly 21% of students at Bates Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,029 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $42,225 during the early-career years.

The total student population at Bellingham Technical College is 1,848, which includes 1,127 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 8% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,446 a year. The student loan default rate of 8.9% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,545 during the early years of their career after graduation.

There are 3,770 full-time undergraduates at CBC, and 6,745 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

7% of CBC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans 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.

There are 3,319 students at LWTech in total, 1,719 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at LWTech take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,503 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 8.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from LWTech with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,756 during the early years of their career after graduation.

There are 2,116 full-time undergraduates at WVC, and 3,090 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

6% of WVC students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $5,257 a year. The student loan default rate of 9.4% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WVC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $31,802 during the early years of their career after graduation.

## Other Washington Colleges

Rank | School | Yearly Graduations |
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26 | Walla Walla University | 66 |

27 | Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom | 60 |

28 | Yakima Valley College | 57 |

29 | Skagit Valley College | 55 |

30 | Eastern Washington University | 45 |

30 | Northwest University | 45 |

32 | Green River College | 36 |

33 | Western Washington University | 32 |

34 | South Puget Sound Community College | 30 |

35 | Peninsula College | 29 |

35 | Whatcom Community College | 29 |

37 | Grays Harbor College | 27 |

38 | Centralia College | 23 |

39 | Renton Technical College | 19 |

40 | Whitworth University | 18 |

40 | Big Bend Community College | 18 |

42 | Heritage University | 17 |

43 | Saint Martin’s University | 13 |

44 | South Seattle College | 0 |

44 | North Seattle College | 0 |

44 | Edmonds Community College | 0 |

44 | Clover Park Technical College | 0 |

44 | Cascadia College | 0 |

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