These Are The 10 Best Colleges For Jobs In Washington For 2019

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

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 34 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, Pacific Lutheran University, earned the distinction of being the ‘Best College For Jobs in Washington.’

1. Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Tacoma
Employed: 91.87%

2. Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Spokane
Employed: 91.86%

3. Seattle University

Seattle University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Seattle
Employed: 91.15%

4. Whitman College

Whitman College

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Walla Walla
Employed: 90.91%

5. University of Puget Sound

University of Puget Sound

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Tacoma
Employed: 90.28%

6. Central Washington University

Central Washington University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Ellensburg
Employed: 89.59%

7. Washington State University

Washington State University

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Pullman
Employed: 89.3%

8. University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Tacoma
Employed: 89.23%

9. University of Washington-Bothell Campus

University of Washington-Bothell Campus

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bothell
Employed: 89.23%

10. University of Washington-Seattle Campus

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

Source: Wikipedia

Location: Seattle
Employed: 89.23%

There You Have It — The Best Colleges For Jobs In Washington

If you’re looking to have a career after college, you should consider applying to any one of the universities and colleges on this list. They have some of the highest rates of employment for not only Washington, but the entire country.

Here’s a look at the full list of colleges in Washington by their employment rates 10 years after college.

Best Colleges For Getting A Job In Washington

Rank College Employed
1 Pacific Lutheran University 91.87%
2 Gonzaga University 91.86%
3 Seattle University 91.15%
4 Whitman College 90.91%
5 University of Puget Sound 90.28%
6 Central Washington University 89.59%
7 Washington State University 89.3%
8 University of Washington-Tacoma Campus 89.23%
9 University of Washington-Bothell Campus 89.23%
10 University of Washington-Seattle Campus 89.23%
11 Western Washington University 88.5%
12 Whitworth University-Adult Degree Programs 88.36%
13 Whitworth University 88.36%
14 Eastern Washington University 87.39%
15 Saint Martin’s University 87.16%
16 Walla Walla University 86.38%
17 Seattle Pacific University 85.84%
18 City University of Seattle 84.81%
19 Northwest University 84.33%
20 Heritage University 82.96%
21 Cornish College of the Arts 82.79%
22 Antioch University-Seattle 82.11%
23 Bellevue College 80.8%
24 Columbia Basin College 80.52%
25 The Evergreen State College 80.52%
26 Lake Washington Institute of Technology 80.05%
27 South Seattle College 79.73%
28 Bastyr University 78.22%
29 North Seattle College 76.46%
30 Centralia College 74.75%
31 Seattle Central College 74.58%
32 Olympic College 72.63%
33 Peninsula College 70.9%
34 Northwest Indian College 65.55%
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