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Washington, not to be confused with Washington, D.C., is the northwestern-most point in the contiguous U.S. There more than 60 universities and colleges in Washington, including six state schools. One such public institution, the University of Washington, is the oldest university on the West Coast and the largest in the Northwest, with more than 40,000 students enrolled across three campuses. Another is Washington State University, aka “Wazzu,” which has more than 26,000 students enrolled at four campuses. Washington is also home to more than 30 community colleges and nearly 30 private institutions, including Seattle University, the largest independent university in the Northwest with more than 7,500 students enrolled.

Not all students at Washington schools are campus-bound. For those who think distance learning is a good fit for them, there are many online colleges in Washington, including two-year, four-year, public, and private institutions. Both Washington State University and the University of Washington, for instance, have online programs in credentials ranging from certificates to master’s degrees. Students can also pursue offerings from 34 community and technical online colleges at WAOL, a database of online, asynchronous courses run by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Wherever your interests and needs take you, we recommend applying to accredited online colleges in Washington.

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Argosy University-Seattle
2601-A Elliott Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98121
(206) 283-4500

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98405
(253) 680-7000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Cir SE
Bellevue, Washington 98007-6484
(425) 564-1000

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Bellingham Technical College
3028 Lindbergh Ave
Bellingham, Washington 98225-1599
(360) 752-7000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Big Bend Community College
7662 Chanute St
Moses Lake, Washington 98837-3299
(509) 793-2222

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Cascadia Community College
18345 Campus Way NE
Bothell, Washington 98011-8205
(425) 352-8000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7501
(509) 963-1111

Type of School:

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Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Centralia College
600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia, Washington 98531-4099
(360) 736-9391 x428

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
City University of Seattle
521 Wall St
Seattle, Washington 98121
(206) 239-4500

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree, Doctoral Degrees

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, Washington 98663-3598
(360) 992-2000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, Washington 98499-4004
(253) 589-5800

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Columbia Basin College
2600 N 20th Ave
Pasco, Washington 99301
(509) 547-0511

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
DeVry University-Washington
3600 S 344th Wy
Federal Way, Washington 98001-9558
(253) 943-2800

Type of School:

4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Eastern Washington University
526 5th Street
Cheney, Washington 99004-2496
(509) 359-6200

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Edmonds Community College
20000 68th Ave W
Lynnwood, Washington 98036-5912
(425) 640-1459

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Everest College-Vancouver
120 NE 136th Ave Ste 130
Vancouver, Washington 98684-6950
(360) 254-3282

Type of School:

2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Everett Community College
2000 Tower Street
Everett, Washington 98201
(425) 388-9100

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Faith Evangelical Seminary
3504 N Pearl St
Tacoma, Washington 98407-0186
(253) 752-2020 x29

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission
Grays Harbor College
1620 Edward P Smith Dr
Aberdeen, Washington 98520-7599
(360) 532-9020

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Green River Community College
12401 SE 320th St
Auburn, Washington 98092-3622
(253) 833-9111

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Heritage University
3240 Fort Rd
Toppenish, Washington 98948
(509) 865-8500

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Highline Community College
2400 S 240th St
Des Moines, Washington 98198-9800
(206) 878-3710

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Interface College-Spokane
N 1118 Washington
Spokane, Washington 99201
(509) 467-1727

Type of School:

2-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training
ITT Technical Institute-Everett
1615 75th Street Sw
Suite 220, Everett, Washington 98203
(425) 583-0200

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ITT Technical Institute-Seattle
12720 Gateway Dr Ste 100
Seattle, Washington 98168-2610
(206) 244-3300

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
ITT Technical Institute-Spokane Valley
13518 E Indiana Avenue
Spokane Valley, Washington 99216-1589
(509) 926-2900

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
Lake Washington Technical College
11605 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, Washington 98034-8506
(425) 739-8100

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Lower Columbia College
1600 Maple Street
Longview, Washington 98632-0310
(360) 442-2311

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Rd
Bellingham, Washington 98226-9217
(360) 676-2772

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Northwest University
5520 108th Avenue NE,
Kirkland, WA 98033
425.822.8266

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree,Online certificates in Ministry, Doctoral

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Olympic College
1600 Chester Ave
Bremerton, Washington 98337-1699
(360) 792-6050

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Peninsula College
1502 E Lauridsen Blvd
Port Angeles, Washington 98362
(360) 452-9277

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom
9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498-1999
(253) 964-6500

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Pierce College at Puyallup
1601 39th Ave SE
Puyallup, Washington 98374-2222
(253) 840-8400

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Renton Technical College
3000 NE Fourth St
Renton, Washington 98056-4195
(425) 235-2352

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Saint Martin’s University
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Lacey, Washington 98503-7500
(360) 491-4700

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Seattle Community College-Central Campus
1701 Broadway Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122
(206) 587-3800

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Seattle Community College-North Campus
9600 College Way North
Seattle, Washington 98103-3599
(206) 527-3600

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Seattle Community College-South Campus
6000 16th Ave SW
Seattle, Washington 98106-1499
(206) 764-5300

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Seattle Midwifery School
4000 NE 41st St
Building D, Suite 3, Seattle, Washington 98105
(206) 322-8834

Type of School:

2-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Midwifery Education Accreditation Council
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, Washington 98119-1997
(206) 281-2000

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Shoreline Community College
16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, Washington 98133-5696
(206) 546-4101

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Skagit Valley College
2405 E. College Way
Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
(360) 416-7600

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd SW
Olympia, Washington 98512-6292
(360) 596-5241

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Spokane Community College
1810 North Greene Street
Spokane, Washington 99217-5399
(509) 533-8020

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Spokane Falls Community College
3410 W Fort Geo Wright Dr
Spokane, Washington 99224-5288
(509) 533-3500

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Tacoma Community College
6501 S 19th St
Tacoma, Washington 98466-6100
(253) 566-5000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
The Art Institute of Seattle
2323 Elliott Ave
Seattle, Washington 98121-1622
(206) 448-0900

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
University of Phoenix-Eastern Washington Campus
8775 E. Mission Avenue
Spokane Valley, Washington 99212-2531
(509) 327-2443

Type of School:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, Washington 98195-4550
(206) 543-2100

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Walla Walla Community College
500 Tausick Way
Walla Walla, Washington 99362-9267
(509) 522-2500

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Walla Walla University
204 S College Ave
College Place, Washington 99324-1198
(509) 527-2615

Type of School:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:

  • Associate's degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Washington State University
French Administration Building
Pullman, Washington 99164-1009
(509) 335-3564

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Postbaccalaureate certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
  • Doctor's degree
  • First-professional degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Wenatchee Valley College
1300 Fifth St
Wenatchee, Washington 98801-1799
(509) 682-6800

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Western Washington University
516 High St
Bellingham, Washington 98225-9008
(360) 650-3430

Type of School:

4-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Whatcom Community College
237 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, Washington 98226
(360) 383-3000

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Yakima Valley Community College
South 16th Ave. and Nob Hill Blvd.
Yakima, Washington 98907-2520
(509) 574-4600

Type of School:

2-year, Public

Programs Offered:

  • Less than one year certificate
  • One but less than two years certificate
  • Associate's degree
  • Two but less than 4 years certificate

Accrediting Agency:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities