What You Need to Know about Washington Colleges

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Did You Know?

  • 6 Public Washington universities have 5 year graduation rates of 50% or more.
  • The school with the lowest admission rate in the state is public.
  • Whitman College and Seattle University had the highest average net price for private Washington colleges.
  • Washington State University had the highest average net price among public Washington colleges.
  • Whitman College had the lowest percentage of freshman receiving Pell grants.

Where to Start Looking to Find Washington Colleges

The READY, SET, GRAD website is the place to start looking for Washington colleges. The website is sponsored by the Washington Student Achievement Council and provides information based on the user’s grade level. OK, I just have to mention this is probably the most unusual website I’ve seen so far. It has little circles floating around to access the usual social media streams. It’s one way to overcome social media fatigue.

Back to the website content. There’s the usual planning information, some career discovery, and an overview of financial aid with a glossary and information for Dreamers. However, it doesn’t really let students know that the largest source of aid for an individual is likely to come from the college he attends. There is also a link to the Washington Student Achievement Council, under the “Set” option, to search for academic programs. Most people will be better off using a website like College Navigator.

Despite the interesting little circles, the website doesn’t make it easy to find information. Everything is set up to be selected by grade and then either “Ready,” Set,” or “Grad.” How is a user supposed to know that transfer information is under the 10th Grad option. Users will probably better of using the site map option at the bottom of the website. You still get to see the little circles.

Families may want to visit the Washington Student Achievement Council for more detail on various state financial aid programs. Students should also register with The WashBoard.org which matches students with scholarships. Students or parents can create a profile and review potential matches.

Some Numbers to Help You Find a College

There are 22 Washington colleges with 500 or more full-time undergraduates that are primarily bachelor degree or above. 13 are private not-for profit colleges and 9 public universities according to the Integrated Post-secondary Data System. Of the 117,590 students, 24% attend private colleges and 76% attend public universities.

The average four-year graduation rate for private colleges was 45.2% and the average five-year rate for public schools was 50.3%. A total of 13 Washington colleges meet the DIY College Rankings 50-50 profile requirements.

The average SAT score for college-bound seniors in Washington was 502 for Critical Reading and 510 for Math. The 75th percentile scores were 580 for Critical Reading and 590 for Math. Among those reporting scores, a total 10 colleges had 75th percentile scores equal to or higher than the state in both categories.

The top 20 colleges SAT test takers applied to:

Washington Colleges Conferences and Divisions

Washington Colleges athletic conferences

List of Washington Colleges

In the following table, the four-year graduation rate is used for private colleges and the five-year rate for public colleges. The data are based on the data available from IPEDS in September of 2015 which are available on the DIY College Search spreadsheet.

Washington Colleges with Graduation Rates and Test Scores
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