Online Colleges in Washington: Rankings & Report

Complete Directory of Washington Online Colleges

Top 14 Highest Scoring Washington Online Colleges

Washington Recap

With 5 different schools offering at least four, 100% fully online programs, Washington has limited options for online students, but high quality schools. Here’s our takeaway for the state:

  • Best graduation rate: Washington State University (65%)
  • Best retention rate: Washington State University (82%)
  • Best tuition rate: Central Washington University ($264.70)
  • Best response score: Washington State University, Central Washington University (tie, perfect score)
  • Best career services score: Washington State University
  • Best financial aid score: Central Washington University
  • Best transparency score: Washington State University, Central Washington University (tie, perfect score)
  • Best performance score: Washington State University

What you should know about online education in Washington:

  • Public schools dominate in performance, selection, affordability, and overall quality. We recommend starting your school search in Washington with our #1 and #2 picks — Washington State University and Central Washington University. They offer several 100%, fully online degrees.
  • Don’t pay too much for that degree. Even if you go to a private school, you should do the math and compare your education cost to the in-state rates of Washington public colleges.
  • City University of Seattle offers a military discount. If you are a veteran, their military discount of $166 per credit hour makes the school much more economically competitive.

Ranking recap:

  1. Started with 130 Washington colleges from NCES
  2. Corresponded with 14 colleges offering at least one online Bachelors degree
  3. Filtered down to 5 colleges with at least four, 100% fully online programs
  4. Followed up with additional emails and phone calls to the top colleges

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  • Click here to download a user friendly spreadsheet of all research and calculations that were used to create the Washington rankings

If you’d like to know more about our methodology, please read our full methodology.