2019 Best Online Colleges in Washington

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The schools on this list are the best online colleges in Washington state based on the tuition rate and the median salary reported by alumni who are at the midpoint of their careers. University of Washington - Seattle, ranked #1 on the list, offers an annual tuition of $10,395 and a high salary of $100,000. UW-Seattle offers online undergraduate degrees in education and social science and master's degrees in specialties such as aerospace engineering and public health. Bellevue College offers the most affordable tuition rate of $6,445 per year and has an alumni salary of $66,400.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about SR Education Group. To see all online schools in Washington, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $10,395 Median Salary $100,000
#2 #2 Washington State University Annual Tuition $10,135 Median Salary $91,500
#3 #3 Western Washington University Annual Tuition $8,130 Median Salary $89,500
#4 #4 City University of Seattle Annual Tuition $16,245 Median Salary $87,000
#5 #5 Northwest University Annual Tuition $12,750 Median Salary $71,100
#6 #6 Bellevue College Annual Tuition $6,445 Median Salary $66,400
#7 #7 Heritage University Annual Tuition $17,824 Median Salary $49,800
Salary data provided by Payscale Logo. Updated 2018.

2019 Online Colleges in Washington Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,395
  • Median Salary: $100,000
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Seattle
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The University of Washington - Seattle is a public research university with a large student body. Their online campus is largely focused on continuing education for working professionals, and many of their certificate programs require professional experience for admissions. They offer 130 certificates and 75 degrees, with various levels of online and on-campus involvement. Their fully online certificates include programs such as applied biostatistics, applied animal behavior, construction management, and data science. Prospective online graduate students can choose from programs such as aerospace engineering, pharmaceutical bioengineering, and computational linguistics.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

Online Master's Degrees (22)

Online Certificate Programs (15)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,135
  • Median Salary: $91,500
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Pullman
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Washington State University is a public non-profit university with a large alumni network. Their online campus provides degrees to undergraduate, graduate, and certificate-seeking students. Practicing teachers may also find value in their programs which provide additional endorsements to existing teaching licenses. They provide various resources to their online students, such as access to virtual mentors, a personal advisor, and 24/7 tech support. Online students also get the chance to meet other distance learners at off-campus events, which can serve as opportunities to network with classmates and professors.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (45)

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Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Certificate Programs (23)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,130
  • Median Salary: $89,500
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Bellingham
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Western Washington University offers a variety of personalized online degree and certificate programs with team-based and self-paced options. These options provide students the opportunity to choose a track that is best suited to their personal learning style. Prospective students can choose classes from a variety of options, including geology, gender studies, and education, and they can expect their classmates to come from a variety of backgrounds. Some students may currently be university students, whereas some may be working professionals or lifelong learners. WWU provides a variety of resources for their online students, including access to the school's library and it's technical support services.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,245
  • Median Salary: $87,000
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Seattle
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At City University of Seattle, students are provided the flexibility of determining their own pace for programs, meaning that students can complete their degrees as quickly or as slowly as they desire. This is made possible through their rolling admissions policy, which means that students are able to apply and be accepted throughout the school year. Advisors are also available to help students explore professional options or tailor their course load toward a specific career path. They offer a variety of degrees, such as those within business, human services, information systems, project management, and education.

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (38)

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Online Master's Degrees (21)

Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

Online Certificate Programs (16)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • Median Salary: $71,100
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Kirkland
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Northwest University is a Christian institution offering associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. They offer a variety of programs, from Public Safety Administration to International Community Development. The online degrees are identical to their on-campus programs, with the added benefit of flexibility, where students can access classes anytime and at any place. Students can also seek technical support 24/7, so that technical issues can be resolved right away. In addition, Northwest University is fully accredited and has no application fee.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,445
  • Median Salary: $66,400
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Bellevue
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Bellevue College offers online courses to accommodate students who are not able to attend their campus classes. Their online degrees include bachelor, associate, and certificate levels, and revolve largely around healthcare, with options such as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Informatics. The learning management system they use (Canvas) is a widely used tool among other colleges and universities. They offer many resources to support their students in using Canvas and other technologies, including a tech service desk and access to an online advisor.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,824
  • Median Salary: $49,800
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Toppenish
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Heritage University is a fully-accredited private institution that offers online degrees that allow students to complete coursework at their own pace. The degrees they offer online are a bachelor's degree in English and graduate degrees in Educational Administration and English. 85% of Heritage students are first-generation college students, meaning that they are the first to attend college in their families. Heritage provides support services to students to help them overcome the various challenges that come with being a first-generation student.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Washington (35)

There are 35 colleges and universities across Washington State that offer online degree programs. Common online degree subjects at these schools include business, management, and information technology. The University of Washington - Seattle offers a variety of online master's degrees, including an Executive Master of Public Health, a Master of Pharmaceutical Bioengineering, and a Master of Aerospace Engineering. At the undergraduate level, Eastern Washington University has a fully online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with multiple options for specializations including philosophy, addiction studies, and child services.

At a Glance:

  • Washington State is home to 21 affordable online schools with tuition under $15,000 per year.
  • Ten percent of students at Western Governors University, a military friendly school with a location in Washington, are active military, veterans, or family of military members.

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