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:

Antioch University Seattle
Argosy University/Seattle
A.T. Still University
Bakke Graduate University
Brandman University
Carrington College
Central Texas College
Charter College
Columbia College of Missouri
Corban University 
Cornell University
DeVry University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide
Everest College-Everett & Tacoma
Faith Evangelical College and Seminary
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Gather4Him Christian College
Goddard College
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Golden Gate University
Hope International University
Interface College
ITT Technical Institute-Everett
ITT Technical Institute-Seattle
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Seattle
Lesley University
Lewis and Clark College
Miami University
Moody Bible Institute-Spokane
Multnomah University
National American 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
Portland State University
Sanford-Brown College-Seattle
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
Webster University
The Wellness Institute
Western Oregon University

These institutions are authorized to advertise and recruit in the state:

Ashford University
Babson College
Capella University
Chamberlain College of Nursing 
Colorado State University-Global
Concorde Career College-Portland, OR
Grand Canyon University
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Portland
Lincoln College of Technology
NewSchool of Architecture and Design
Northwestern College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Universal Technical Institute
University of Southern California
Walden University

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: 

Arizona State University
Boston University
California State University, Northridge
Concordia University Wisconsin
Drexel University
Eastern Kentucky University
Florida Institute of Technology
Frontier Nursing University
Gallaudet University
Georgetown University
The George Washington University
Graceland University
Grantham University
Harrison College
Independence University
ITT Technical Institute-Portland
Johns Hopkins University
Kaplan University
Loyola University of Chicago
Maryville University
Northcentral University
Northern Arizona University
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon Institute of Technology
Oregon State University
Pacific University
Penn Foster College
Pennsylvania State University
Philadelphia University
Post University
Prescott College
Regis University
Rush University
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Samford University
San Joaquin Valley College
Simmons College
South University
Thomas University
University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
University of Arizona
University of Cincinnati
University of Missouri
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
University of San Francisco
University of South Alabama
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Vanderbilt University
Villanova 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
Vincennes University

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

Evangel University
Johns Hopkins University
Missouri University of Science and Technology

New Mexico State University
Oregon Institution of Technology
Strayer University
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine


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:

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
House of Prayer Bible Seminary
HUMUH Transcendental Awareness Institute
International College of Metaphysical Theology
International Graduate School of Ministry
KAES Bible College & Seminary
KPCA Northwest Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Lamad Institute for Interactive Biblical Studies 
Life Ministry Institute
Living Faith Fellowship College of Ministry
Missio Dei Learning Community
North Park Theological Seminary
Northwest Theological Seminary
Olivet University
Pacific Theological Seminary
Portland Bible College 
Renewed Life Seminary
Seattle Bible College
Seattle Theological Seminary
Seattle Urban Bible College
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.