Best Value Colleges in Washington

The College ROI rankings for Washington help students and their families determine which colleges in the Evergreen State offer the best return on investment for their tuition dollars.  Read More

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1University of Washington - Bothell Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$583,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,600
2University of Washington (UW) - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$531,000
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
3University of Washington - Bothell Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$502,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,600
4University of Washington (UW) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$450,000
Total 4 Year Cost$187,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
5University of Washington - Tacoma Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$395,000
Total 4 Year Cost$110,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,400
6Gonzaga University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$392,000
Total 4 Year Cost$199,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
7Washington State University (WSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$385,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
8Washington State University (WSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$333,000
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,100
9Western Washington University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$331,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,300
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
10Central Washington University (CWU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$330,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,700
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
11Seattle University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
Total 4 Year Cost$214,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
12 (tie)Saint Martin's University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
Total 4 Year Cost$179,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
12 (tie)University of Washington - Tacoma Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,400
14Walla Walla University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$295,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,800
15Western Washington University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$286,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Those who attend school in Washington not only enjoy incredible value for the education they receive but can also avail themselves of stunning mountain ranges, beautiful coastlines and thriving cities. The University of Washington frequently claims ae top spots on this list. Whether students are paying in-state or out-of-state tuition, both of these UW campuses offer a high return on investment for graduates. Typically referred to as "UDub," the university boasts a student population of roughly 45,000. Because it's considered a "Public Ivy," the school handily deserves its reputation for being among the best value colleges Washington students can attend. The university has produced numerous notable alumni, with the legendary Bruce Lee being among the most interesting examples.

U.W.'s arch rival, Washington State University ' or 'Wazzu,' as it's known ' is well known for its programs in chemical engineering, veterinary medicine, agriculture, pharmacy, neuroscience, food science, plant science, business, architecture, and communications. Located in Pullman ' about as far from Seattle as you can get while remaining in Washington State ' the school was established in 1890. Cougars, as Wazzu's sports teams are known, is made up of 12 colleges and a graduate school, and offers more than 200 fields of study. The Pullman campus is home to about 20,000 students, and an additional 9,000 students take classes at satellite campus around the state.