Washington Colleges & Universities

Washington has numerous educational opportunities for students, ranging from small to large institutions. Find out more about the different Washington schools.

Colleges In Washington: Schools in Washington have many different opportunities for students. There are many schools to choose from so students can find the best fit for their education needs.

Washington Schools: The state has many choices for students who are interested in attending colleges in Washington. There are six public universities, 34 public community and technical schools, and more than 300 private institutions. Some of the different schools you can attend include, but are not limited to:

  • • University of Washington
  • • Washington State University
  • • The Evergreen State College
  • • Seattle Pacific University

No matter which Washington colleges you choose to attend, you can pursue your educational aspirations. Yet in order to attend schools in Washington, you must be able to pay for tuition. The average tuition costs for students in Washington schools with resident status paid an average of $7,587 and non-residents paid an average of $24,262 for the 2009-2010 school year, reports the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Higher education can prove to be very expensive, but there are numerous financial aid options available for students. Washington schools provide numerous scholarship programs for students. Students can also seek financial aid from the government to help pay for Washington colleges.

Student Population At Washington Schools: In 2008, female students outnumbered the male students at many Washington schools. In fact, enrollment of women has outnumbered men since 1996 in Washington.

Students attending colleges in Washington has also become much more ethnically diverse. Hispanic students are the fasting growing minority group, with more than 6 percent accounting for the student population. Asian and Pacific Islander students also are growing, accounting for 13 percent of the population of students.

Washington Employment Outlook: Washington is home to many large industries. Washington has many technology companies that are world leaders in technology, such as Microsoft and Adobe Systems. Aerospace and transportation is another large industry in Washington due to Boeing airplane sales. Washington also has large industries in biotechnology that are researching and developing new products for human health care. Washington has many Fortune 500 companies that have headquarters in the state including:

  • • Paccar
  • • Costco
  • • Nordstrom
  • • Safeco

The job outlook for new students in the state of Washington is hard to determine due to the economic downturn, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the unemployment rate is down from 9.4 percent in February 2010 to 8.9 percent in July, 2010. There are also many large companies in Washington that are continuing to see growth even during low economic times and will need new, talented students from Washington colleges. It is important to remember that competition for jobs will remain high because there are fewer jobs for new graduates.

New students with bachelor's degrees can earn up to $1,025 a week, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual income for Washington employees was $47,770 in May 2009. A degree from Washington schools can help provide you with a competitive edge because of the education and skills you can receive from higher education coursework.

Kim Carter


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