Online Colleges in Washington

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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1 percent of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using provisional 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

NOTE: Schools' tuition amounts are based on 2016-17 undergraduate and graduate data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. The actual cost of tuition may vary.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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In many circles, Washington is renowned as a mecca of innovation and enterprise. Not only is the Evergreen State the home of Internet giants Amazon.com, Classmates.com, Whitepages.com and Marchex, but it is the origin of a little coffee company you might have heard of called Starbucks. Washingtonians are justifiably proud of their memorable state, and one of the many things they have to be proud of is the quality of their educational system.

If you're thinking of becoming an online student in Washington, you're not alone. This Pacific Northwest state is a big proponent of the benefits of online education. In fact, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges — a consortium of 34 public community and technical colleges — offers the eLearning and Open Education program, which provides digital learning options for students. In 2016, over 47,000 students were enrolled in this eLearning program alone, to say nothing of the online students enrolled at the state's many esteemed private institutes.

Best Online Colleges in Washington for 2018-19

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The enormous roster of quality online offerings in Washington is clearly a blessing to the online student, but it can also be overwhelming when deciding where to enroll. To help students find the online college that's right for them, we've created a list of the 10 best online colleges in Washington, using data gathered by the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). For a closer look at how we arrived at this list, see our methodology at the bottom of this page; to make your own ranking lists, check out our Top Colleges Tool.

1

Washington State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,041
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
35
School Type
4-year

Whether studying online or on-campus, students of Washington State University can always cheer on the school's Division I athletics teams. However, there's a lot more to cheer for if you attend this public research institute.

WSU offers its students personal academic assistance, a network of tens of thousands of alumni that stretches worldwide, and access to the unique WSU Global Connections program full of extracurricular experiences. Online students also have access to free career counseling and support, internships, resume reviews, interview preparation, mentors, unlimited free tutoring, and much more.

2

Central Washington University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,719
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
34%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

Central Washington University is host to a slew of uncommon and intriguing degree programs. While old favorites such as law and justice, psychology and business administration are available, the school also offers degree programs for aviation management, professional and creative writing, literacy, higher education and more. Several of the school's distance programs are offered in a hybrid format rather than fully online, including an M.S. in athletic administration and a B.S. in paramedicine. CWU's online Wildcats have access to many student resources, including both general and program-specific advising, and assistance to help students with the school's range of technology tools.

3

Eastern Washington University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,951
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
20%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
4-year

Eastern Washington University offers fully online master's degree programs ranging from dental hygiene to social work, and undergraduate degree programs in children's studies and multiple fields of healthcare. The university also offers a wide range of minors, such as Chicano-Chicana studies, that can be completed almost entirely online.

Online EWU students have access to study groups, eTutoring, a writer's center, the EWU Library and other helpful student resources. For exams that are required to be taken in person, EWU affords students the choice of several proctoring locations across the school's multiple campuses. Select courses even allow for 24/7 at-home proctoring through ProctorU.

4

Gonzaga University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$39,730
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6
School Type
4-year

Established in 1887, the Jesuit-based Gonzaga University is aimed at helping students develop their minds as well as their spirits. The university's motto is "Ad majorem Dei gloriam," which is Latin for "For the Greater Glory of God."

Gonzaga offers online graduate degree programs in multiple subjects, such as organizational leadership, sport and athletic administration, and theology and leadership. Nursing is a particular focus at Gonzaga, with multiple master's programs, doctoral programs and bridge programs available to aspiring nurses. Online students at Gonzaga may also be able to study abroad or even find short-term immersion opportunities available on campus.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

E. 502 Boone Avenue,
Spokane, WA 99258
 
5

Charter College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$21,887
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
95%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23
School Type
4-year

Charter College is an interesting school. A private institution of higher learning founded in 1985, Charter College has combined elements of both liberal arts colleges and universities to create its own brand of career-focused educational programs.

The school focuses primarily on hybrid and fully online undergraduate programs, with fully online degree programs available in business, health care and information technology. A handful of hybrid degree completion programs can also be pursued; these programs are designed for students who have completed a certificate or "significant coursework" in business, health care or a vocational trade.

Accreditation:

  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools

Location:

17200 SE Mill Plain Boulevard,
Suite 100,Vancouver,
WA 98683
 
6

Western Washington University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,903
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
4-year

Whether it's hosting a "carbon hackathon" challenging students to invent ways to reduce carbon emissions or inviting a visit from a local Native American musician and lawyer, Western Washington University has no shortage of initiatives to engage and delight its students. This includes distance learning, which WWU offers via the Canvas learning system in various formats:

  • Online Term-Based: These courses follow WWU's quarterly schedule, with weekly interaction between students and instructors.
  • Online Self-Paced: These courses can be started at any time and are completed on each student's personal timeline.
  • Contract Independent Study: Students not currently admitted to WWU can perform independent study with WWU faculty, designing and completing Contract Independent Study projects for grades and course credit.

Students can even design their own major with the online Bachelor of Arts in multidisciplinary studies program. Participants select online courses in journalism, sociology, political science and more to create their own unique learning opportunities.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location:

516 High Street, Bellingham,
WA 98225
 
7

Whitworth University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$40,562
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
2%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3
School Type
4-year

Whitworth University, in Spokane, has followed a mission of providing an "education of mind and heart" since 1890. For this reason, the university works to build relationships between students, the Seeley G. Mudd Chapel, and the Whitworth student-life division, which contains counselors, career advisors, study-skills specialists, ethnic-minority student advisors, international-student advisors and more.

Through Whitworth's School of Continuing Studies, students are able to pursue hybrid programs in subjects such as accounting, social services, humanities and education. Hybrid-format summer and evening courses are also available, some in accelerated nine- to 12-week sessions.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location:

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
 
8

Shoreline Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$3,735
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17
School Type
2-year

For students who are unsure if online learning is right for them, Shoreline Community College provides an online survey to help them make an informed decision. Students who decide to pursue one of Shoreline's several online degree or certificate programs can earn an associate degree in the field of accounting, criminal justice or early childhood education, to name just a few. Shoreline also offers several Direct Transfer Agreement degree programs that fully transfer to most baccalaureate colleges and universities in Washington state, helping students to quickly and easily take the education they pursued at Shoreline to a higher level.

9

Spokane Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$3,393
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
2-year

Since 1963, Spokane Community College has been supplying students with opportunities for adult basic education and career-technical programs. Spokane students can take advantage of online and evening courses and programs, but also the school's Avista Center for Entrepreneurship and Veterans Resource Center.

Online associate degree and certificate programs are available at Spokane in fields like business, office information systems, health information technology and even interpreter training. Some of the school's programs, such as the Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T), award special "transfer degrees" to completing students: these transfer degrees are specifically designed to transfer to bachelor's degree programs at specific universities.

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Location:

1810 North Greene Street,
Spokane, WA. 99217
 
10

Faith International University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,840
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
100%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
6
School Type
4-year

Faith International University, in Tacoma, is an evangelical Lutheran seminary that was founded in 1969. Although the school is Lutheran-based, it invites students from all denominations to enroll. In fact, as of 2017, students from more than 40 different denominations were represented at Faith International, including students who are non-denominational.

The Canvas learning management system is used by Faith International to deliver online courses and programs to their students. Multiple bachelor's degree programs are available online, in disciplines such as business, education, leadership and religion. Meanwhile, graduate education at Faith International focuses on subjects like leadership, Christian education and divinity.

Accreditation:

  • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges & Schools)

Location:

3504 N. Pearl Street,
Tacoma, WA 98407
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Washington for 2018-19

The following list features a few of the two-year and four-year schools in Washington that offer online degree programs at the lowest tuition costs. To see schools in Washington ranked on other factors, visit the Top Colleges Tool

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Washington

To help in your college search, here are the five most affordable online schools of Washington.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
Spokane Community College$3,39323%152-year
Everett Community College$3,64833%22-year
Wenatchee Valley College$3,67824%12-year
Shoreline Community College$3,73537%172-year
Walla Walla Community College$4,20322%32-year

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Washington

These colleges are five of the most affordable online four-year institutes in the state of Washington.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
Spokane Falls Community College$3,39342%54-year
Bellingham Technical College$3,39433%14-year
Clark College$3,49836%24-year
Grays Harbor College$3,74642%14-year
North Seattle College$3,81927%414-year

College Accreditation in Washington

Students planning to attend school in Washington will want to be sure their chosen college is accredited before making the decision to attend school there. In Washington, the regional accrediting agency is the:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities oversees regional accreditation in seven states total. Students who find that the Washington college of their choice is not accredited by this commission can check with the U.S. Department of Education to determine if their school is accredited through another recognized agency.

School Interviews

Ekaterina Stoops
Online learning is evolving at an increasing pace thanks to newly introduced technologies and new delivery methodologies such as the 'flipped' classroom.

Ekaterina Stoops

eLearning Director

Bellevue College

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Bellevue College?

Bellevue College is one of the leading distance education providers and is authorized to provide online courses and degrees to students in many states, in addition to our home state. The number of online enrollments in 2013-2014 included 23,072 students. We offered 901 online courses that year. Students who are interested in taking online degrees and certificates have an array of choices. We offer three associate Degrees and thirteen certificates in fully online modalities. Additionally, Bellevue College has a fully online Bachelor of Applied Science in health care and technology management program.

Q. What advice would you give students interested in an online degree program?

All our online courses are taught by highly qualified and talented faculty. Online classes are delivered through the CANVAS Learning Management System. We encourage all students to take advantage of different student support services that we have available for them, including eTutoring and our Technology Help Desk, with the phone line and a Live Chat feature. It is important for students new to online instruction to understand what to expect in terms of technology and participation requirements.

Since Bellevue College online courses are taught via the CANVAS Learning Management System, we strongly advise students to participate in CANVAS student orientations and complete CANVAS Online Learning Workshops that are taught by experienced online instructors. These workshops are designed to help students better understand the requirements of online learning and CANVAS Learning Management System navigation. Additional information about CANVAS workshops can be obtained through our Bellevue College eLearning Website.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

Online learning is evolving at an increasing pace thanks to newly introduced technologies and new delivery methodologies such as the "flipped" classroom. Virtual face-to-face interactions will become the norm. There is increased importance being placed on accessibility in online classes and the need to embed Universal Design for Learning elements in our classes. Students require flexibility and mobility. The average age of our students is going up. We need to be responsive to, and supportive of, their needs. We are constantly increasing our online offerings and adding new exciting opportunities for our students. Starting this summer, Bellevue College will embark on the first phase of what will become our "Global Classroom" initiative, by developing an all online Direct Transfer Degree (DTA) which will allow students to earn a two-year transfer degree in a cost-effective manner, and then move more seamlessly on to complete a four-year degree.

Financial Aid Resources in Washington

1.State Need Grant
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Washington state resident who has a family income of equal or less than 70% of the state median (see Family Income Chart on sponsor's site). Applicant must be pursuing a first bachelor's degree, certificate, or associate's degree, enrolled with a minimum of three credits. FAFSA is required.
Award Amount
$10,868
Application Deadline
None
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Washington State Need Grant
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Washington State resident for one year prior to application. Selection based on financial need
Award Amount
$8,214
Application Deadline
None
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.Washington State PTA Financial Grant Program
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a graduate of a Washington state public high school. Selection based on academic performance, community involvement, and financial need.
Award Amount
$2,000
Application Deadline
March 31
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.George T. Welch Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a graduate of a Walla Walla County, WA, high school and demonstrate financial need.
Award Amount
$4,000
Application Deadline
April 1
Renewable
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Washington Loans

The state of Washington prefers to focus their efforts on State Need Grants through the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) as opposed to offering state-based student loans. Students are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship, grant and work-study opportunities, since those forms of aid do not need to be paid back. However, if you've exhausted those options and are still in need of financial assistance, you can apply for federal or private loans to help defray your tuition costs. To qualify for federal loans, you will need to fill out the FAFSA with details about your family's financial situation.

Find out more about student loans in our Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Washington

  • Financial Aid Overview details all of Washington state's student financial aid programs (collectively known as Washington Opportunity Pathways), including scholarships, grants, work-study and more.

Featured Cities in Washington

While there are many places to live and study in Washington, these three cities offer particular advantages. The data for the charts regarding these locations is sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area

Total Population

3,671,095

Median salary for high school grads

$33,305

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$60,785

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

28.3%

Median rent

$1,212

Fun Facts about Seattle

Many visitors head down to Seattle's historic Pike Place Market, where the fishmongers toss around salmon and shoppers get lost in the "Down Under" warren of small shops. The Space Needle, with its revolving restaurant, and Olympic Sculpture Park are also popular destinations. Tacoma supports both a museum district, with six facilities to take in, and a theater district, which supports three venues. Shopping and dining are also popular activities, and for those who prefer active outdoor pursuits, skiing, golf, camping and hiking are all plentiful in the area.

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA Metro Area

Total Population

542,604

Median salary for high school grads

$28,387

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$45,585

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

29.9%

Median rent

$798

Fun Facts about Spokane

Spokane is a paradise for those who like outdoor adventure. It offers top-notch skiing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, and golf.

 
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