Washington colleges and Washington universities, which are amongst the nation’s most respected, are spread throughout the state. However, most of them are understandably located on the more highly populated western half, between Bellingham to the north and Olympia to the south.

Of course, any list of colleges in Washington state would not be complete without mentioning the University of Washington, which is situated in Seattle just 4 miles north of downtown, and Washington State University, which provides students with a rural environment in Pullman, which is 300 miles east of Seattle and 75 miles south of Spokane. Western Washington University (Bellingham), Central Washington University (Ellensburg) and Eastern Washington University (Cheney) are also amongst the state’s largest public schools.

Some of the more prestigious private Washington universities include Gonzaga University (Spokane), Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma), Saint Martin’s University (Lacey), Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma), Whitman College (Walla Walla) and Whitworth University (Spokane).

Sports fans who want to support NCAA Division I athletic departments should narrow their list of colleges in Washington state that they are considering attending to Washington, Washington State, Eastern Washington, Gonzaga and Seattle. However, the vast majority of schools in the state do sponsor intercollegiate athletics and provide plenty of quality extracurricular activities for their students.

Those who live in the state now already know how amazing it is while those who decide to move here to attend one of these Washington colleges will get to enjoy these attractions for the first time, which include Mount Rainier, visible from several campuses, the state’s three national parks, the first Starbucks and Seattle Seahawks games.

Washington Universities and Colleges

Listed below is a list of public and private colleges/universities for the state of Washington.  Two of the more popular colleges/universities are the University of Washington, located in Seattle and Washington State University which is located in Spokane, Richland and Vancouver.

Antioch University-Seattle

Art Institute of Seattle

Bastyr University

Central Washington University

City University

Eastern Washington University

Evergreen State College

Gonzaga University

Heritage University

Northwest University

Pacific Lutheran University

St. Martin’s College

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

Trinity Lutheran College

University of Puget Sound

University of Washington

Walla Walla University

Washington State University

Western Washington University

Whitman College

Whitworth College

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