A Complete Guide to Colleges in Seattle

The Emerald City is home to a major university, an art college, and a few private universities. Here's a list of all colleges in Seattle.

Updated August 31, 2023 · 1 Min Read

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3 Popular Colleges in Seattle, Washington

We've compiled a table that lists all colleges in Seattle and its surrounding area. But first, let's highlight a few of the most popular Seattle colleges based on variables like enrollment size, selectivity, and reputation.

All school data below comes from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Tuition and fees are from 2022-2023, while acceptance rates, enrollment statistics, and number of applicants are from 2021.

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List of All Colleges and Universities in Seattle

This table below shows all four-year nonprofit colleges in Seattle and the suburbs of Kirkland, Bellevue, and Kenmore. You can compare statistics on enrollment, tuition, acceptance rates, and number of applicants.

All Colleges in Seattle
School Total Student Enrollment Avg. Tuition and Fees Acceptance Rate Number of Applicants
Antioch University-Seattle 779 $19,260 100% N/A
Bastyr University 751 $28,950 N/A N/A
Bellevue College 11,546 $4,159 (in-state); $9,594 (out-of-state) 100% N/A
City University of Seattle 1,996 $13,558 100% N/A
Cornish College of the Arts 455 $36,844 64% 666
Northwest University 1,083 $35,000 96% 473
Seattle Pacific University 3,443 $37,158 92% 4,359
Seattle University 7,268 $51,324 82% 8,539
University of Washington 52,434 $12,242 (in-state); $40,740 (out-of-state) 64% 22,694

Source: NCES

Frequently Asked Questions About Colleges in Seattle

How many universities are in Seattle?

There are six four-year nonprofit colleges and universities in Seattle. An additional three schools are located in the suburbs of Bellevue, Kenmore, and Kirkland. If you include all community colleges in the Seattle area, the total number of schools rises to 18.

What major university is located in Seattle?

The University of Washington is Seattle's largest and highest-ranking university. A top research university, UW is renowned in subjects such as immunology, molecular biology, and genetics.

The university's total enrollment — over 52,000 students, according to NCES — makes it the largest higher education institution in Washington state. UW admitted 53% of 48,840 undergraduate applicants in fall 2021.

What is the easiest school to get into in Seattle?

Northwest University is the least selective school in the Seattle area — aside from schools with open admissions. The small private university in Kirkland admitted 96% of 473 undergraduate applicants in fall 2021, according to NCES.

Seattle Pacific University, located in downtown Seattle, is the second least selective school. SPU's acceptance rate is 92%.

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