Set : Find the Right School
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? That will help you determine which type of college to attend. Even if you're not sure about your future, looking at the different types of colleges can really help you chart a course.
Academic Programs in Washington State
Finding the programs you want to explore—and the schools that offer them—can be time-consuming. Online resources like careerbridge.wa.gov can help. The site allows you to search by school, location, degree type, and even academic program—from mechanical engineering to creative writing, or special education to biology.
Two-year colleges are usually called community or technical colleges. Examples of these include Big Bend Community College and Lake Washington Technical College. These schools offer associate degrees and certificate programs. Washington community and technical colleges teach specific subjects like computer programming, graphic design, early childhood education, and automotive technology, and general subjects like history, math, and English. With some two-year degrees, you can transfer directly to a four-year school.
Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Four-year colleges and universities can be public, such as the University of Washington or The Evergreen State College, or private, similar to Seattle Pacific University or Whitworth University. Both types offer certificates, four-year degrees, and graduate degrees in areas such as business, history, biology, math, English, education, and more.
Private Vocational Colleges
Private vocational colleges often partner with unions and trade groups to offer apprentice and journeyman programs in fields like plumbing, carpentry, or welding. The length of each program varies, but many can take three or more years to complete.
Proprietary or For-Profit Schools
Proprietary or for-profit schools can offer a wide range of postsecondary training and education options, from certificates to two-year degrees, four-year degrees, and beyond.