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One of the biggest things that incoming college freshmen consider when they’re thinking about what school to attend is the likelihood that a school will improve their job prospects.
Jobs are hard to come by nowadays, after all, and the everyday expenses of living in a country like America aren’t cheap.
Compared to a lot of other states, Washington has some unique advantages as far as attending college here goes. There are impressive research universities, quality state schools, and the ability to study majors that will prepare you well for the job market.
All that made us curious — with so many good colleges to attend in WA, which ones, in particular, were most likely to help their graduates land a job? Using data from IPEDS as well as College Scorecard as a baseline, we created this list of some of the best colleges for jobs in Washington.
The full list can be found further down, but first, here’s a look at the top ten best colleges for jobs in Washington:
If you go to one of these schools, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you — keep reading and we’ll get to just why these schools have some of the best programs the state of Washington has to offer.
Using the College Scorecard Data, we searched for the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated.
We limited the analysis to the 44 public and non-profit, four year institutions colleges in Washington that offer at least a bachelors degree.
Then, we ranked each college from best to worst on the percentage of graduates with jobs. For the purposes of readability, each school’s rating was then rounded down to the last two decimal places.
The school with the highest percentage of grads with jobs, Gonzaga University, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Washington.’
|2||Pacific Lutheran University||91.33%|
|4||University of Puget Sound||90.22%|
|5||Washington State University||90.11%|
|6||University of Washington-Tacoma Campus||89.19%|
|7||University of Washington-Bothell Campus||89.19%|
|8||University of Washington-Seattle Campus||89.19%|
|9||Central Washington University||89.12%|
|10||Western Washington University||89.12%|
|12||Eastern Washington University||88.56%|
|13||Whitworth University-Adult Degree Programs||88.48%|
|15||Seattle Pacific University||88.31%|
|16||Saint Martin’s University||87.74%|
|17||Walla Walla University||87.34%|
|22||City University of Seattle||82.21%|
|23||Cornish College of the Arts||82.09%|
|26||Green River College||81.17%|
|27||Yakima Valley College||81.02%|
|29||Columbia Basin College||80.33%|
|30||Renton Technical College||79.77%|
|31||Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom||79.73%|
|32||The Evergreen State College||79.38%|
|33||Lake Washington Institute of Technology||78.85%|
|34||South Seattle College||78.41%|
|36||Skagit Valley College||77.33%|
|37||North Seattle College||76.34%|
|39||Clover Park Technical College||74.92%|
|40||Seattle Central College||74.85%|
|41||Spokane Falls Community College||74.66%|
|44||Northwest Indian College||57.95%|
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