Colleges and Institutions in Washington

Washington State offers many higher education opportunities.

Public Baccalaureates

Independent Colleges

Independent Colleges of Washington  (ICW) is an association of 10 private, nonprofit colleges in the state. ICW's member institutions share a commitment to high-quality, academically rigorous learning, and to an education that emphasizes critical thinking, lifelong learning, ethics, leadership, and community service.

Gonzaga University 
Heritage University 
Pacific Lutheran University 
Saint Martin's University  
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University 
University of Puget Sound 
Walla Walla University 
Whitman College 
Whitworth University


Public CTCs


Authorized Institutions

All degree-granting institutions operating in Washington must be authorized by the Student Achievement Council or be determined to be exempt from that requirement.  The following are lists of degree-granting institutions that have received authorization for three different types of operation in the state. Authorization applies only to specific programs, locations, or activities the institution requested for authorization. Institutions must renew their authorization every two years. 

Institutions authorized for a physical location in the state:

Andrews University
Antioch University
Argosy University
Athena University
A.T. Still University
Bakke Graduate University
Brandman University
Carrington College Spokane
Central Texas College
Charter College
Charter College Oxnard
Columbia College of Missouri
Corban University 
Cornell University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide
Everest Colleges-Everett & Tacoma
Faith Evangelical College and Seminary
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Gather 4 Him Christian College
Goddard College
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Golden Gate University
Hope International University
ITT Technical Institute-Everett
ITT Technical Institute-Seattle
ITT Technical Institute-Spokane
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Seattle
Lesley University
Lewis and Clark College
Moody Bible Institute
Multnomah University
Northeastern University
Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
Nova Southeastern University
Old Dominion University
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Park University of Missouri
Perry Technical Institute
Pima Medical Institute
Pinchot University
Sanford-Brown College
Saybrook University
Seattle Film Institute 
Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
SelfDesign Graduate Institute
Southeastern University
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Trinity Western University
University of Maryland University College
University of Phoenix
Vincennes University
Warner Pacific College
Washington Engineering Institute
The Wellness Institute

These institutions are authorized to advertise and recruit in the state for programs offered via distance learning or at out-of-state campuses:

Ashford University
Babson College
Carrington College-Sacramento
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Concorde Career College-Portland, OR
DeVry University
NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Saint Leo University
Universal Technical Institute
Utah Valley University
WyoTech Blairsville
WyoTech Laramie
WyoTech Ormond Beach

These institutions are authorized to offer field placements. Field placements can be internships, externships, clinical training, practica, etc. in Washington State as part of distance learning programs: 

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Benedictine University
Boston University
Bradley University
California Southern University
California State University, Northridge
The Catholic University of America
Concordia University Wisconsin
Drexel University
Eastern Kentucky University
Florida Institute of Technology
Fort Hays State University
Frontier Nursing University
Galen College of Nursing
Gallaudet University
Georgetown University
The George Washington University
Graceland University
Herzing University
Independence University
ITT Technical Institute-Portland
Johns Hopkins University
Kaplan University
Loyola University of Chicago
Messiah College
Miami University
The New School
Northcentral University
Pacific University
Pennsylvania State University
Philadelphia University
Post University
Sacred Heart University
Samford University
Samuel Merritt University
San Joaquin Valley College
Simmons College
South University
Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas University
University of Cincinnati
University of Louisville
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
University of San Francisco
University of South Alabama
University of Southern California
University of Utah
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Western University of Health Sciences
West Virginia University


Continuously Exempt Institutions

Conditional Institutions

Conditionally exempt institutions offer degree programs or courses exclusively to federal employees and their dependents at military bases or other federal sites. The state may review these every two years. These institutions include: 

Baylor University
Bellevue University

Vincennes University

Conditional waivers are granted in rare circumstances to institutions with limited educational offerings. These institutions include: 

Bard College
Evangel University
Missouri University of Science and Technology

New Mexico State University
Oregon Institution of Technology
Strayer University


Seminaries & Related Programs

Institutions of a strictly religious nature may be eligible for exemption from authorization. The following seminaries and church-related colleges and programs are exempt from authorization:

Agape Christian Fellowship International Bible College
Armour Bible College and Armour Seminary
Ascension Theological College
Beacon Institute of Ministry
Bishop A.L. Hardy Academy of Theology
Calvary Chapel Bible College-Seattle
Calvary Chapel Bible College-Tri-Cities
Canby Bible College
Cascade Bible College/imago  Dei Institute
Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Champions Centre College
College for Global Deployment 
Columbia Evangelical Seminary
Covenant Bible Seminary
Ebenezer Theological University & Seminary
Evergreen Christian University
First Christian Seminary
Freedom Covenant Seminary
Horizon College of Ministry
HUMUH Transcendental Awareness Institute
International College of Metaphysical Theology
International Graduate School of Ministry
KAES Bible College & Seminary
KPCA Northwest Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Life Ministry Institute
Living Faith Fellowship College of Ministry
Missio Dei Learning Community
Missional Church Seminary
North Park Theological Seminary
Northwest Theological Seminary
Olivet University
Pacific Theological Seminary
Portland Bible College 
Renewed Life Seminary
Seattle Bible College
Seattle Theological Seminary
Shepherds Bible College
Sound Baptist Bible College
Triune Biblical University
United Theological Seminary and Bible College
University of Christian Studies and Seminary
Victory Bible Training Center
Washington College and International Seminary
Washington Seminary
Western Reformed Seminary
Western Seminary
Wisdom Bible Institute
Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary
Worship Arts Conservatory


Legislatively Created and Endorsed

WGU is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university providing bachelor's and master's degrees in select programs with flat-rate tuition.

Western Governors University



External websites:

Council of Presidents
Independent Colleges of Washington
State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Career Bridge

Career Bridge is a one-stop, searchable database of education and training programs throughout Washington state where you'll find: 

  • Washington State's Eligible Training Provider (ETP) List.
  • Average earnings and employment outlook for your career choice.
  • What you'll need to learn to get those jobs and where to go to get the training and education. 

The site was created by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board in a partnership of labor, business, and government dedicated to helping Washington residents obtain family-wage jobs, while meeting employers' needs for skilled workers.