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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16Central Washington University (CWU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$282,000
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,200
17Northwest University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$229,000
Total 4 Year Cost$148,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,900
18University of Puget Sound(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$227,000
Total 4 Year Cost$228,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,600
19Pacific Lutheran University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$226,000
Total 4 Year Cost$197,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,100
20Eastern Washington University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$222,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
21Seattle Pacific University (SPU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$208,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
22Eastern Washington University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$172,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
23Whitworth University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$160,000
Total 4 Year Cost$197,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
24Evergreen State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$159,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,600
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
25Whitman College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$147,000
Total 4 Year Cost$230,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,800
26Evergreen State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$108,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
27Cornish College of The Arts(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$60,400
Total 4 Year Cost$198,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400

*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.