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Ellen Grant
• Tuesday, 08 December, 2020
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Known as a commuter school, the university does not require freshmen to live on campus, but it encourages students who do to conserve energy and recycle. Known as a commuter school, the university does not require freshmen to live on campus, but it encourages students who do to conserve energy and recycle.

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Gonzalo University is a private, Roman Catholic institution that is open to students of all faiths. At Gonzalo, students are required to live on campus during their first two years, but the university has stated that on-campus housing is not guaranteed for an entire college career.

Students interested in outdoor pursuits can journey to the 100-acre Riverfront Park and go ice skating in the winter or check out the sky ride over the falls. They can also explore the Spokane River Centennial Trail, a 37-mile paved trail perfect for walking, running, skating, or biking. As a Roman Catholic institution, Gonzalo collaborates with Bishop White Seminary by offering theology courses to students preparing for priesthood.

Mock trial is a very popular, highly competitive political law club at the school. Notable alumni of the university include singer Bing Crosby, former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, and Hall of Fame basketball player John Stockton.

Gonzalo University is a private, Roman Catholic institution that is open to students of all faiths. At Gonzalo, students are required to live on campus during their first two years, but the university has stated that on-campus housing is not guaranteed for an entire college career.

Students interested in outdoor pursuits can journey to the 100-acre Riverfront Park and go ice skating in the winter or check out the sky ride over the falls. They can also explore the Spokane River Centennial Trail, a 37-mile paved trail perfect for walking, running, skating, or biking. As a Roman Catholic institution, Gonzalo collaborates with Bishop White Seminary by offering theology courses to students preparing for priesthood.

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Mock trial is a very popular, highly competitive political law club at the school. Notable alumni of the university include singer Bing Crosby, former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, and Hall of Fame basketball player John Stockton.

A small Christian school, Seattle Pacific University (CPU) offers more than 60 bachelor’s degree programs. Students at CPU can volunteer through the John Perkins Center, participate in about 50 campus clubs, and play Division II sports.

A small Christian school, Seattle Pacific University (CPU) offers more than 60 bachelor’s degree programs. Students at CPU can volunteer through the John Perkins Center, participate in about 50 campus clubs, and play Division II sports.

Though the school only has a handful of sororities and fraternities, about a third of the student body is involved in the Greek system. About 20 percent of students compete on the Whit varsity sports teams, all members of the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference.

Outdoor recreation lovers can also earn academic credits in unique courses such as glacier mountaineering, kayaking or wilderness skills. The student Outdoor Program coordinates just-for-fun recreation trips, too, like moonlight sea kayaking and whitewater rafting.

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Students at Whitman can also take advantage of the school’s western location by enrolling in the unique Semester in the West program, a three-month journey through Oregon, Nevada, California, Utah and Idaho in a converted horse trailer. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, which is three blocks from downtown Wall Wall. Students begin and end their education at Whitman in unique fashion: All freshmen must take a two-semester transition program into a liberal arts education called Encounters, and all seniors must complete an assessment before graduation which typically includes an oral component. In addition to the 45 majors offered through the college, Whitman students can earn a combination undergraduate/graduate degree at select prestigious universities across the country.

Interested students complete three years at Whitman before transferring to Duke University, for example, for a two-year graduate program in forestry or environmental management. Notable alumni include actor Adam West of “Batman” fame; John Mark off, a New York Times journalist; and Matthew Ames, director of research at the Mayo Clinic.

Though the school only has a handful of sororities and fraternities, about a third of the student body is involved in the Greek system. About 20 percent of students compete on the Whit varsity sports teams, all members of the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference.

Outdoor recreation lovers can also earn academic credits in unique courses such as glacier mountaineering, kayaking or wilderness skills. The student Outdoor Program coordinates just-for-fun recreation trips, too, like moonlight sea kayaking and whitewater rafting.

Students at Whitman can also take advantage of the school’s western location by enrolling in the unique Semester in the West program, a three-month journey through Oregon, Nevada, California, Utah and Idaho in a converted horse trailer. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, which is three blocks from downtown Wall Wall. Students begin and end their education at Whitman in unique fashion: All freshmen must take a two-semester transition program into a liberal arts education called Encounters, and all seniors must complete an assessment before graduation which typically includes an oral component. In addition to the 45 majors offered through the college, Whitman students can earn a combination undergraduate/graduate degree at select prestigious universities across the country.

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Interested students complete three years at Whitman before transferring to Duke University, for example, for a two-year graduate program in forestry or environmental management. Notable alumni include actor Adam West of “Batman” fame; John Mark off, a New York Times journalist; and Matthew Ames, director of research at the Mayo Clinic.

Seattle Pacific University. Westlake78 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0 Location: Seattle, Washington Enrollment: 3,688 (2,876 undergraduates) Type of Institution: private university affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America Distinctions: 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio; most classes have under 30 students; good grant aid; strong Christian identity; member of the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Seattle Pacific University profile. University of Puget Sound Residence Hall. The Kevin / Flickr Location: Tacoma, Washington Enrollment: 2,666 (2,364 undergraduates) Type of Institution: small private university Distinctions: Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences; 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio; good grant aid; easy access to both the city and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges; NCAA Division III athletic programs For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the University of Puget Sound profile.

Thompson Hall at Washington State University. Candy29c / Wikimedia Commons Location: Pullman, Washington Enrollment: 31,478 (26,098 undergraduates) Type of Institution: public university Distinctions: Over 200 areas of study; chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strengths in the liberal arts and sciences; member of the NCAA Division I Pacific 12 Conference ; home to one of the country's largest athletic centers For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Washington State University profile. Whitworth University. Brent Lederberg / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 Location: Spokane, Washington Enrollment: 2,776 (2,370 undergraduates) Type of Institution: private liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church Distinctions: 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the great majority of classes have under 30 students; good grant aid; ranks highly among master's institutions in the West; millions of dollars spent on upgrades and expansions in recent years For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, visit the Whitworth University profile.

The cost of living is somewhat lower than in many of the big cities on the East Coast, but the quality of education is just as high. The University of Washington public school system is no doubt one of the more popular choices, but both in-state and out-of-state residents can also fulfill their university wish lists at any one of the state’s esteemed private liberal arts colleges, such as Gonzalo and Whitman.

Schools that perform well in this area have a track record of keeping students engaged and successful for their entire time on campus. Taken from data on College Navigator, “net price” is an approximate value that refers to the average amount of money a student could expect to pay each year after taking into account tuition, room and board, living expenses, scholarship awards, and financial aid packages.

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More specifically, the figure is calculated by taking the average income an alumnus will make over his or her first 20 years after graduation and subtracting the amount paid in tuition. No one college is perfect (which is why the scores vary so much) but this ranking offers you a premier selection of universities to help get you started on your search for an education in Washington.

CPU is a mid-size university of 10,000 students set in Ellensburg, a small town with state-wide recognition as one of Washington’s most beautiful places to live. Besides its well-reputed school of music, Puget’s science labs have also garnered national recognition from The Princeton Review.

In addition to its standing as a solid academic and spiritual investment, you can also look forward to a strong financial return as CPU’s 20-year ROI is $356,500. Tacoma, WA Website It’s pretty safe to say that Pacific Lutheran University is not your typical Christian college.

In addition to hosting denominational and inter-faith conferences on campus, the school recently stepped up to help welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping to Tacoma. On campus, PLU is home to a diverse group of students; nearly one in three identifies as a person of color.

Cheney, WA Website Minutes away from Spokane, Eastern Washington University offers students a mix of urban and rural living, combining a small campus atmosphere with robust NCAA Division I athletics. And while the school is officially mid-size, the Eagles adopt a small-size attitude where you can count on a safe, friendly atmosphere.

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EU is sure to have programs of interest to even the most eclectic and undecided of students, making it a fixture on any list of cheap Washington colleges. WWF is just shy of 2000 students (the majority of whom are undergraduates), which ensures young learners get all the attention they need.

Affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, students have numerous ways to get engaged in the world through missions programs and service learning. While perhaps, it could be said that Western Washington has less recognition than other schools in the state, WWF offers unique features that others do not.

And since the school is 95% undergrad, you’ll have opportunities to work with faculty on research that elsewhere would go to graduate students. For its 5,000 students (a number that’s sure to continue a steady upward climb), UW-Bothell is a strong investment that offers $287,500 in a 20-year ROI.

And of those 5,000 students, nearly half represent ethnic minority communities and add an important sense of diversity to classrooms. The 36,000 sq ft Activities & Recreation Center (ARC) is designed specifically to address students’ feedback.

Going to school in the city is rarely this feasible, but UW-Tacoma is admirably budget-friendly and ranks among the most affordable Washington colleges. The university has also embraced the progressive thinking that so many West Coast residents espouse, and majors like Sustainable Urban Development and Environmental Studies have put UW-Tacoma on the front lines of addressing the ongoing drought in the region.

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SU opens its doors to just 4,500 individuals, but from its perch in Seattle’s famous Capitol Hill neighborhood students will feel like the world is at their fingertips. And yet campus life is anything but overwhelming; a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and attentive professors make sure you’ll feel right at home in the classroom.

To that end, the school just signed an agreement with one of China’s premier research universities to collaborate on “smart city” innovations to make urban centers healthier, safer, and more environmentally sound. If it’s not already obvious, read it here: even among the absolute top universities in Washington, UW Seattle is the true king.

About the Author: Iris Stone began her writing career as a freelance writer and researcher. Her work has included articles related to education policy, colleges and universities, academic programs, and careers.

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