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The Best Colleges in Washington Ranked for 2019

These are the best four year colleges in Washington as ranked by CollegeSimply. This Washington ranking is a subset of our national ranking of the best colleges in America. Our ranking methodology is purely statistical and not subjective in nature. Measuring factors include but are not limited to: student body intellect as indicated by admission scores, graduation rate and admission selectivity. In order to be considered for the ranking, a school must offer four year undergraduate degrees, selectively admit students and be a non-profit institution. Leading the 2019 ranking as the best college in Washington is University of Washington Seattle Campus.

List of The Best Colleges & Universities in Washington
Rank College National Academic Rank1 National Selectivity Rank2 National Graduation Rank3
1 University of Washington Seattle Campus 99 240 156
2 Whitman College 145 341 87
3 Gonzaga University 189 683 113
4 Seattle University 225 971 280
5 Whitworth University 264 1,375 157
6 Pacific Lutheran University 364 1,003 406
7 Western Washington University 337 1,301 255
8 Seattle Pacific University 336 1,411 236
9 Washington State University 538 928 380
10 The Evergreen State College 662 1,512 739
11 Northwest University 496 1,530 887
12 Central Washington University 1,016 1,317 674
13 Saint Martin's University 663 1,540 957
14 University of Washington Bothell Campus 498 1,145 1,818
15 Eastern Washington University 1,042 1,511 1,022
16 University of Washington Tacoma Campus 666 1,281 1,819
17 University of Puget Sound 1,746 1,279 254
18 Cornish College of the Arts 1,741 1,337 1,058

Ranking Methodology

Overall Rank is calculated based on the following school characteristics.

1National Academic Rank is calculated using standardized test admission data as well as GPA data for admitted freshman.
2National Selectivity Rank is based on admission selectivity for incoming students starting the 2016-2017 academic year.
3National Graduation Rank is based on the percentage of students graduating with bachelor's degrees within six years.