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Complete Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Washington – 2014 Top Online Schools

A list of available accredited online programs in Washington is included in the directory below. Filter by criteria like size, location, degree levels, campus setting, and type of school to find the best program to fit your needs.

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Washington state has more than 107 post-secondary institutions. Of these, 25 offer online programs. A total of five are public four-year colleges or universities and 10 are public community or technical colleges and 10 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 686 online certificate programs, 3,403 online associates programs, 3,008 online bachelors programs, 1,635 online masters programs, 1,975 online professional programs, and 340 online doctoral programs. ESL, counseling, and organizational psychology are examples of subjects offered by these programs.

Of the online colleges in Washington, Washington State University, a 4-year research university, offers the greatest number of programs online. Washington State University offers 75 online programs. These programs are offered in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Nursing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Design
  • Drafting
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion
  • Finance
  • Game Design
  • Gerontology
  • Health Information
  • Healthcare
  • History
  • Human Resources
  • Human Services
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Language


Depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program, tuition for online college courses may vary. In Washington, the average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities was $7,274 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $2,860 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $11,160 to $30,440 per year.

To offset tuition costs, Washington college students received an estimated $12,741,797,566 worth of financial aid each year. While some of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, around 49.29% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. About 73.79% of the scholarships and grants were in institutional grants. In 2010, the accredited Washington online colleges granted their students $4,868,102,173 in institutional scholarships and grants.

Job and Careers

Washington has the 14th strongest economy amongst the states in the nation. In 2010, the total gross state product for Washington was $339.398 billion.

There are a total of 2,693,220 workers employed in the state. The three largest industries in the state are:

  • Wholesale trade
  • Agriculture
  • Arts and entertainment

Of Washington employees, 3% are working in the wholesale trade industry. Another 3% of workers are employed in the agriculture industry. Also, 9% are working in the arts and entertainment industry.

The average wage of Washington employees is more than the average wage for employees across the nation. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in Washington earn an average annual income of $48,940. The median income for employees is $39,030 per year. But, the top 10% of the state’s employees earn over $89,820 per year, while the bottom 10% earn under $19,980. The highest paid employees are anesthesiologists who can make up to $240,570 per annum, while the lowest paid employees in the state are baristas who can make as little as $20,190 per year. In the nation, anesthesiologists earn an average salary of $220,100 annually. On the other hand, baristas around the US earn $19,280 per year on average.

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Named in honor of George Washington, Washington state is located in the Northwest region of the United States. It is the 18th largest state in the country, and has an area of 71,298 square miles. Approximately 52°F is Washington’s average annual temperature.

Of the states in the country, Washington has the 13th largest population. It has 39 counties with a reported population of 6,724,540 residents. An estimated 40% of Washington’s population is under the age of 30. With approximately 27% of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.

Washington’s capital city is Olympia. However, the state’s largest city is Seattle, which has a population of 608,660 residents. Of the state’s residents, an estimated 11.05% reside in the greater Seattle area. Washington’s other big cities are Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, and Bellevue.

As compared to residents in other states around the US, Washington residents normally have a lower than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, a reported 16% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 3.9% have at least an associates degree, 2.8% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.