The Best Washington Colleges

The Best Colleges in Washington for 2022

These are the top ranked public and private four-year colleges in Washington as ranked by CollegeSimply. Leading the list for 2022 as the best overall college in Washington is Whitman College. The top rated public state college is University of Washington Seattle Campus. Learn how the Best Colleges rankings are calculated on our ranking methodology page.


13 results

Whitman College
W
Walla Walla, WA
Whitman College

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

#1 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,360enrollment
  • $38,989net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1430SAT range
  • 29-33ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 15

University of Washington Seattle Campus
W
Seattle, WA
University of Washington Seattle Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

#8 Best Public Universities in America

  • 48,149enrollment
  • $9,661net price
  • 56%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1453SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.79Avg GPA

Applications Due Dec 1

Seattle University
S
Seattle, WA
Seattle University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Colleges in Washington

  • 7,050enrollment
  • $36,843net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Gonzaga University
G
Spokane, WA
Gonzaga University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#3 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 7,295enrollment
  • $36,880net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1350SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.67Avg GPA

Applications Due Aug 1

Seattle Pacific University
S
Seattle, WA
Seattle Pacific University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 3,601enrollment
  • $28,367net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1160SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.58Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 15

Washington State University
W
Pullman, WA
Washington State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

#2 Best Public Universities in Washington

  • 31,159enrollment
  • $17,931net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA

Applications Due Jan 31

Whitworth University
W
Spokane, WA
Whitworth University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#3 Best Value Colleges in Washington

  • 2,756enrollment
  • $25,785net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1270SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.63Avg GPA

Applications Due Nov 15

Western Washington University
W
Bellingham, WA
Western Washington University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#3 Best Public Universities in Washington

  • 15,197enrollment
  • $18,398net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1270SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Northwest University
N
Kirkland, WA
Northwest University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,184enrollment
  • $21,825net price
  • 93%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1205SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.41Avg Weighted GPA

Applications Due Jun 1

Central Washington University
C
Ellensburg, WA
Central Washington University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#4 Best Public Universities in Washington

  • 11,174enrollment
  • $16,441net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 930-1150SAT range
  • 17-24ACT range
  • 3.07Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Saint Martin's University
S
Lacey, WA
Saint Martin's University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

#7 Best Private Colleges in Washington

  • 1,638enrollment
  • $23,824net price
  • 94%acceptance rate
  • 950-1140SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

The Evergreen State College
E
Olympia, WA
The Evergreen State College

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

#5 Best Public Universities in Washington

  • 2,281enrollment
  • $14,723net price
  • 98%acceptance rate
  • 973-1183SAT range
  • 20-21ACT range
  • 3.0Avg GPA

Applications Due Mar 1

Eastern Washington University
E
Cheney, WA
Eastern Washington University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

#6 Best Public Universities in Washington

  • 12,349enrollment
  • $12,322net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 880-1090SAT range
  • 16-23ACT range
  • 3.28Avg GPA

Applications Due May 15