Colleges in Washington
Most top colleges and universities in Washington are located in the Seattle metropolitan area, where more than 50 percent of Washington’s total population lives. A mix of large research universities, midsize colleges, small liberal arts colleges and a few art schools are located in Washington. Many colleges and universities in Washington are publicly funded and some are located in the cities of Spokane, Tacoma, Bellevue and the state capital, Olympia. Residents of Washington can attend select colleges and universities in 14 states, including Oregon, California and Idaho, through the Western Undergraduate Exchange and pay no more than 150 percent of the in-state tuition rate.