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49 Colleges
5,022 Yearly Graduations
$43,868 Avg 4-Year Tuition (In-State)
$22,618 Avg 4-Year Student Loan

Washington ranked #27 in the nation for nursing degrees handed out in 2019. Around 5,022 students received some type of diploma that year. Students who live in the state can take advantage of in-state tuition averaging $10,967 a year, while students from out-of-state may pay a higher average tuition of $15,180 a year.

An estimated 26% of college students in Washington take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,655 per year.

Learn more about the most popular schools below:

#1

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
477 Yearly Degrees
$11,841 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 26,098 undergraduates at Wazzu, of which 22,877 are full-time, and there are 31,478 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

About 73% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 41% are men and 59% are women.

44% of Wazzu students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $6,724 a year. Wazzu has a 4.1% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Wazzu with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#2

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
296 Yearly Degrees
$45,140 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,563 students at Gonzaga in total, 5,304 of which are undergraduates, and of those, 5,237 are full-time. It takes the average Gonzaga undergraduate about 5.1 years to complete their degree.

About 65% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 45% are men and 55% are women.

51% of Gonzaga students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $8,327 a year. Gonzaga has a 1.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Gonzaga with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $47,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
292 Yearly Degrees
$11,465 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 32,099 undergraduates at UW Seattle, of which 29,496 are full-time, and there are 47,400 students altogether. UW Seattle has a freshman retention rate of 94%, 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 46%. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

26% of UW Seattle students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,525 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from UW Seattle is $44,900.

#4

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
256 Yearly Degrees
$4,700 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,860 students at Walla Walla Community College in total, 2,270 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

27% of Walla Walla Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,425 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.8% 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 $27,700.

#5

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
248 Yearly Degrees
$46,590 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Seattle University is 7,291, of which 4,685 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,469 are full-time. It takes the average Seattle U undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 74%. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 64% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $7,521 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 1.9% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

Students who graduate from Seattle U with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $44,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Public Public vs. Private
206 Yearly Degrees
$11,390 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at University of Washington - Bothell Campus is 5,970, of which 5,401 students are undergraduates and of those, 4,623 are full-time. For undergraduates at UW Bothell, the average graduation time is 4.4 years.

About 80% of students who apply get accepted. Around 45% of accepted students are men, and 55% are women.

Roughly 27% of students at UW Bothell take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $4,662 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 2.8% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $44,900 during the early-career years.

#7

Skagit Valley College

Mount Vernon, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
189 Yearly Degrees
$4,026 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Skagit Valley College is 5,159, which includes 2,546 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 9% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,131 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $27,800 during the early-career years.

#8

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
177 Yearly Degrees
$5,740 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,905 students at CPTC in total, 2,290 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at CPTC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $6,099 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.0% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,700 during the early-career years.

#9

Olympic College

Bremerton, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
151 Yearly Degrees
$3,905 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,024 full-time undergraduates at OC, and 6,620 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

Roughly 7% of students at OC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,530 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,600 during the early-career years.

#10

Lower Columbia College

Longview, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
150 Yearly Degrees
$3,942 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,492 full-time undergraduates at LCC, and 2,819 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 19% of students at LCC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,195 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.7% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor’s-degree holder from this school earns an average of $26,000 during the early-career years.

#11

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
140 Yearly Degrees
$3,981 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 5,949 students at Shoreline Community College in total, 2,911 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Approximately 17% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $4,850 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 9.1% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Shoreline Community College is $32,900.

Public Public vs. Private
137 Yearly Degrees
$4,418 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 1,745 full-time undergraduates at LWTech, and 3,670 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of student loans is $5,220 a year. This school’s student loan default rate of 10.9% is close to the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from LWTech is $34,700.

#13

Everett Community College

Everett, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
126 Yearly Degrees
$3,881 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 7,957 students at Everett Community College in total, 4,086 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

6% of Everett Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,027 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Everett Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#14

Renton Technical College

Renton, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
121 Yearly Degrees
$5,567 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,546 students at Renton Technical College in total, 1,245 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Roughly 17% of students at Renton Technical College take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $4,788 a year. Renton Technical College has a 8.3% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Renton Technical College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $32,300 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#15

Bellingham Technical College

Bellingham, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
114 Yearly Degrees
$3,834 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Bellingham Technical College is 2,316, which includes 1,441 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

Roughly 18% of students at Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,986 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Bellingham Vocational Technical Institute is $34,000.

#16

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
112 Yearly Degrees
$3,866 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 6,866 full-time undergraduates at BC, and 13,226 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 6% of students at BC take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $5,651 a year. The school reports a student loan default rate of 7.4% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from BC is $35,700.

#17

Columbia Basin College

Pasco, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
109 Yearly Degrees
$5,613 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,928 full-time undergraduates at CBC, and 7,034 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

7% of CBC students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,671 a year. The student loan default rate of 11.2% is very similar to the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from CBC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,400 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#18

Tacoma Community College

Tacoma, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
108 Yearly Degrees
$4,419 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Tacoma Community College is 6,242, which includes 3,812 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Approximately 12% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,675 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Tacoma Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $30,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#19

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington
Private not-for-profit Public vs. Private
105 Yearly Degrees
$43,674 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Pacific Lutheran University is 3,207, of which 2,836 students are undergraduates and of those, 2,730 are full-time. It takes the average PLU undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone who applies - it has an acceptance rate of 75%. Of the accepted students, 35% are men and 65% are women.

Roughly 57% of students at PLU take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $7,248 a year. The student loan default rate of 3.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate from PLU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $36,200 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#20

Wenatchee Valley College

Wenatchee, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
101 Yearly Degrees
$4,188 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

The total student population at Wenatchee Valley College is 3,444, which includes 2,397 full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Roughly 5% of students at WVC take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of student loans is $5,048 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from WVC with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $25,900 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#21

Whatcom Community College

Bellingham, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
94 Yearly Degrees
$4,650 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,368 full-time undergraduates at Whatcom Community College, and 4,263 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

9% of Whatcom Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $4,333 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Whatcom Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $28,700 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#22

Seattle Central College

Seattle, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
89 Yearly Degrees
$3,779 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 3,623 full-time undergraduates at Seattle Central, and 6,802 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Approximately 9% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical student loan amount is $5,752 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%.

Students who graduate from Seattle Central with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $27,100 during the early years of their career after graduation.

#23

Clark College

Vancouver, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
86 Yearly Degrees
$3,879 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 4,907 full-time undergraduates at Clark College, and 9,878 students altogether. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

12% of Clark College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of student loans is $4,118 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 $26,600 during the early-career years.

#23

Charter College

Vancouver, Washington
Private for-profit Public vs. Private
86 Yearly Degrees
$18,161 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 2,853 full-time undergraduates at Charter College, and 2,853 students altogether. The average graduation time for an undergraduate student at Charter College is 4.0 years.

Roughly 87% of students at Charter College take out loans to pay for college. The typical student loan amount is $10,113 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 13.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

The early-career average earnings of bachelor’s-degree holders from Charter College is $27,700.

#25

Spokane Community College

Spokane, Washington
Public Public vs. Private
84 Yearly Degrees
$3,634 Yearly Tuition & Fees (In-State

There are 10,375 students at Spokane Community College in total, 4,262 are full-time undergraduates. The school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1.

31% of Spokane Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical student loan amount is $5,707 a year. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%.

Students who graduate from Spokane Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $26,600 during the early years of their career after graduation.

Other Washington Colleges

Rank School Yearly Graduations
26 Seattle Pacific University 79
27 Highline College 77
28 Bates Technical College 75
29 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus 71
30 Big Bend Community College 64
31 Centralia College 58
31 Edmonds Community College 58
33 Walla Walla University 55
33 Eastern Washington University 55
35 Yakima Valley College 54
36 Green River College 51
37 Peninsula College 49
38 Northwest University 44
39 Pierce College-Puyallup 42
40 Western Washington University 37
41 Grays Harbor College 27
41 South Puget Sound Community College 27
43 Whitworth University 20
44 Heritage University 11
45 Saint Martin’s University 9
46 Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom 5
47 South Seattle College 0
47 North Seattle College 0
47 Cascadia College 0

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