The best colleges and universities in Washington State represent a wide range of public and private institutions. My picks for the top 11 Washington colleges
range from large research universities to small liberal arts colleges. Not surprisingly, the University of Washington at Seattle
and Whitman College
are on the list. Some of the other top picks may be less familiar. The schools on the list were chosen based on a variety of factors including academic reputation, curricular innovations, first-year retention rates, six-year graduation rates, financial aid and student engagement. Check out the list
to see who made the cut.
The Evergreen State College
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To get a partial idea of what it takes to get into these top Washington colleges, I've created side-by-side comparison charts of the ACT scores and SAT scores of matriculated students.
If there are other Washington colleges that you think deserve to be on the list, share your recommendations below.
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