Four Year Colleges and Universities
Washington State is home to six 4 year colleges and universities. Three of these colleges have branch campuses as well. There are numerous private, independent colleges. The Washington Student Achievement Council
website provides a comprehensive list of these colleges and will link you to their websites and a lot of other valuable information.
Of course, there are many colleges across the United States. You need to take the time to explore them and decide what it is you are looking for. Some people don't spend much time thinking about it and end up unhappy with their decision. Below is a list of considerations that will help you with your search.
Size - schools come in all sizes, from under a 100 to well over 30, 000. Think about if you like big or small. Do you like to know everyone? Small colleges offer you the opportunity to have smaller classes; get to know both your professors and your classmates.
Type - Not all colleges are the same. Some colleges have a specialty in one specific area, such as engineering or teaching, while others give their students a broad education. Some colleges are research colleges and spend a lot of their resources in that area. Some have great graduate programs; private vs. public, religious, single sex, the list is almost limitless.
Location/Distance from home - Are you a small town person who would love the big city? Or would you be lost and miserable in the city on a big campus. Do you want to be close to your hometown? Think about how much of a change you want when you go to college.
Cost/Scholarship/Financial Aid - cost is a big deciding factor in choosing your college. If the cost is high, then you need to be able to get scholarships and financial aid.
Student Population - are you looking for a diverse population or a more homogeneous student body?
Majors and Requirement: If you know what field you are going into, it is very important to make sure the college you choose is going to give you the best education in that area. If you are undecided, make sure you choose a school that provides plenty of options.
Athletics- are you an athlete and do you want to play on your college team? Are you a sports nut and want that to be part of your collegiate experience. Check your school out and see what it offers.
Activities and Special Programs - What is available outside of your major? Some colleges have special programs such as an emphasis on study abroad programs, some have great theatre and arts programs or an excellent school newspaper. Take the time to think about what experiences you want to have.
Have fun making your decision. Go to college fairs, visit campuses when you take family vacations, go to the college visitations at THS.
There are also a number of websites that will help you explore your options.
Cappex - helps your prepare, plan, apply, and decide
Careers and Colleges
College Data - this is your on-line college advisory. This has information regarding finding the right college, detailed colleges profiles, and much more.