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Seattle Colleges and Universities

Colleges from Everett to Olympia


Colleges and universities dot the Seattle and Tacoma area. From north of Seattle down to Olympia, the Puget Sound has many higher education institutions, ranging from private liberal arts universities to public universities and other options.

See Also: Washington State Universities | College Prep Schools | Top Washington Colleges

1. University of Washington

Campuses: Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma

Seattle Location: Due to the large size of the campus, there is no one mailing address.
Admissions: Schmitz Hall – Admissions; Box 355852; Seattle, WA 98195-5852
UW Seattle Phone: 206-543-9198
Bothell Location: University of Washington Bothell; Box 358500; 18115 Campus Way NE; Bothell, WA 98011-8246
UW Bothell Phone: 425-352-5000
Tacoma Location: 1900 Commerce Street; Tacoma, WA 98402
UW Tacoma Phone: 253-692-4000
Enrollment: Over 40,000
Degrees: Bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate
Sports Teams: 21 varsity teams. Known best for Huskies football team and Husky Stadium

Interesting Facts:

  • UW’s library is the in the top 20 largest libraries in the US.
  • The UW Nursing Program is the top ranked nursing program in the US.
  • More than 140 academic departments.

2. Antioch University Seattle

Address: 2326 Sixth Avenue; Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-441-5352
Enrollment: 1,000 and under
Degrees: Bachelor’s completion program and master’s programs in select fields such as psychology and education.
Sports Teams: N/A

Interesting Facts:

  • Has five campuses throughout the US, including others in LA, Santa Barbara, Ohio, and New Hampshire.
  • Keeps its enrollment purposely small.

3. The Art Institute of Seattle

Address: 2323 Elliott Avenue; Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-448-6600
Degrees: Diplomas, associate, bachelor’s
Sports Teams: N/A

Interesting Facts:

  • Part of a system of about 40 art institutes throughout the U.S.
  • Degrees in design, media, fashion, and culinary programs.

4. Bastyr University

Address: 14500 Juanita Dr. NE; Kenmore, Washington 98028-4966
Phone: 425-823-1300
Enrollment: 1,000
Degrees: Bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate
Sports Teams: N/A

Interesting Facts:

  • Bastyr is a unique holistic health university with unique programs such as Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Health Psychology, and Herbal Sciences.
  • Schools and departments include: Naturopathic Medicine, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Nutrition and Exercise Science, Midwifery, Counseling and Health Psychology, Basic Sciences, and Holistic Landscape Design.

5. Bellevue College

Address: 3000 Landerholm Circle SE; Bellevue, WA 98007
Phone: 425-564-1000
Enrollment: 35,000
Degrees: Associate, bachelor’s, professional/technical certificates
Sports Teams: 10+ sports teams

Interesting Facts:

  • Bellevue College is the second largest higher-education facility in Washington after UW.
  • In the process of expanding its four-year degree options. The school is traditionally more popular to get associate’s degrees.

6. City University of Seattle

Locations: Bellevue, Everett, and Seattle (opening in January 2013)
Phone: 888-42-CITYU
Enrollment: Approximately 7,500 worldwide
Degrees: Certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate
Sports Teams: N/A

Interesting Facts:

  • The City University system has 27 campuses worldwide.
  • One of the top distance learning schools in the U.S.

7. Cornish College of the Arts

Address: 1000 Lenora Street; Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: 206-726-5151
Enrollment: Under 1000
Degrees: Bachelor’s of fine arts; bachelor’s of music
Sports Teams: N/A

Interesting Facts:

  • Despite small enrollment, students come from over 47 countries.
  • School specializes in dance, art, design, music, performance and theatre.

8. DeVry University

Bellevue Address: 600 108th Avenue Northeast #230; Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: 425-455-2242
Federal Way Address: 3600 S. 344th Way; Federal Way, WA 98001
Phone: 253-943-2800
Enrollment: 90,000+ worldwide
Degrees: Associate, bachelor’s, master’s in career-oriented fields (e.g. accounting, criminal justice, finance)
Sports Teams: N/A

Interesting Facts:

  • DeVry has campuses throughout the US and Canada.
  • Offers several online degree programs as well.

9. The Evergreen State College

Address: 2700 Evergreen Parkway Northwest; Olympia, WA 98505
Phone: 360-867-6000
Enrollment: 4,900
Degrees: Bachelor’s, master’s
Sports Teams: 7 men's and women's teams

Interesting Facts:

  • Evergreen has a small branch in Tacoma.
  • Evergreen has always been known as a progressive and innovative university. Degree programs are not prearranged as they are at many universities, but instead students work with faculty to chart their own learning paths consisting of courses, internships, study abroad, and more.
  • Students get written evaluations rather than grades.
  • More information about Evergreen.

10. ITT Technical Institute

Address: 12720 Gateway Drive #100; Seattle, WA 98168
Phone: 206-244-3300
Enrollment: 80,000+ worldwide
Degrees: Associate of applied science, bachelor’s of science—in technical programs
Sports Teams: N/A

Interesting Facts:

  • 130 campuses in over 38 states.
  • Technology-oriented programs, business management, legal programs, and other career-geared programs are the specialty.

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