Located in the northwest of the country, the state of Washington is bordered by Canada to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The state also shares borders with Idaho to the east and Oregon to the south. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Washington had an estimated population of 6,971,406 in 2013.
The state capital is Olympia, while Seattle (pictured) is the largest city. Other major cities include Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver, Bellevue, Federal Way, and Kent.
Much of the state is covered by evergreen forests and mountains. Washington is a major agricultural state and a leading producer of lumber, apples, hops, pears, red raspberries, spearmint oil, and sweet cherries. The state is also a leader in the production of wine, ranking second in the country after California.
Manufacturing is another important sector, in particular the production of aircraft and other transportation equipment. The aircraft manufacturer, Boeing, has its headquarters in the state.
There are several higher education institutions in the state. These include the University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, and The Evergreen State College. The University of Washington ranks #42 among the top national universities, according to a 2015 report by U.S. News and World Report.
Below are some of the popular colleges in the state. You can also use our college finder search tool to find the right college for you based on your preferred area of study.
For a full list of accredited colleges and universities in Washington, contact the Washington Student Achievement Council.
|College||Popular Majors||Type of Institution||Enrollment|
|Pacific Lutheran University||Business,Health,Social Sciences||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Seattle University||Business,Health,Mechanic/Repair||Private||>10,000||Request Info|
|Eastern Washington University||Business,Education,Health||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Western Washington University||Business,Communications/ Journalism,Health||Public||>10,000||Request Info|
|Washington State University||Business,Family/ Consumer Sciences,Health||Public||>10,000||Request Info|