10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Washington For 2019

by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Gonzaga University
  2. Pacific Lutheran University
  3. Seattle University
  4. University of Puget Sound
  5. Washington State University
  6. University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
  7. University of Washington-Bothell Campus
  8. University of Washington-Seattle Campus
  9. Central Washington University
  10. Western Washington University

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.

How We Determined The Best Schools In Washington For Jobs

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.’

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Washington

Rank College Employed
1 Gonzaga University 91.73%
2 Pacific Lutheran University 91.33%
3 Seattle University 90.39%
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%
11 Whitman College 88.82%
12 Eastern Washington University 88.56%
13 Whitworth University-Adult Degree Programs 88.48%
14 Whitworth University 88.48%
15 Seattle Pacific University 88.31%
16 Saint Martin’s University 87.74%
17 Walla Walla University 87.34%
18 Northwest University 85.79%
19 Bastyr University 83.96%
20 Antioch University-Seattle 82.67%
21 Heritage University 82.53%
22 City University of Seattle 82.21%
23 Cornish College of the Arts 82.09%
24 Highline College 81.38%
25 Cascadia College 81.35%
26 Green River College 81.17%
27 Yakima Valley College 81.02%
28 Bellevue College 80.56%
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%
35 Clark College 77.86%
36 Skagit Valley College 77.33%
37 North Seattle College 76.34%
38 Centralia College 75.59%
39 Clover Park Technical College 74.92%
40 Seattle Central College 74.85%
41 Spokane Falls Community College 74.66%
42 Olympic College 73.26%
43 Peninsula College 69.29%
44 Northwest Indian College 57.95%
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