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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Washington

9 Colleges
1,776 Bachelor's Degrees
$31,082 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in WashingtonOut of the majors we analyze each year, education was ranked 9th in Washington. In fact, 1,776 were awarded in the state in 2018-2019. This means that 2.0% of the degrees earned in the country were from a school in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Washington ranking analyzed 9 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education. Note that the phrase 'best value' does not mean the absolute lowest-priced. We are more focused on education schools that offer a high quality education at a price lower that other schools of similar academic excellence.

Average cost figures start with estimating tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses. We then subtract the average amount of financial aid that a student receives. You can use this as a gauge to estimate how much you may need to pay out of pocket to cover costs when financial aid isn't enough. Keep in mind that the net cost for you may be higher or lower, depending on your income and other factors.

More Ways to Rank Education Schools

The education school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Value Education Schools.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in Washington

The following schools top our list of the Best Education Colleges for the Money.

Best Value Education Schools in Washington

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Pacific Lutheran University. Located in the large suburb of Tacoma, PLU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. PLU also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Washington rankings.

At PLU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.0 years, and it costs about $33,002 per year to attend the school. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from PLU be around $133,328. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Central Washington University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Ellensburg, CWU is a public school with a fairly large student population. CWU not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Education in Washington list.

It takes the average student at CWU about 4.5 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $27,573. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the CWU is $124,630. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Washington State University. Wazzu is a very large public school located in the town of Pullman. Wazzu did well in our quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Education in Washington list.

At Wazzu, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $29,249. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Wazzu is $130,451. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Western Washington University as the #4 school in this year's rankings. WWU is a large public school located in the small city of Bellingham. WWU also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Washington rankings.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at WWU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $28,912. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from WWU be around $130,104. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Whitworth University. Located in the large suburb of Spokane, Whitworth is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Whitworth also made our Best Colleges for Education in Washington list, coming in at #4.

It takes the average student at Whitworth about 4.2 years to graduate, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $34,718. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth is $144,427. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize Eastern Washington University as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the fringe town of Cheney, EWU is a public college with a fairly large student population. EWU also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Washington rankings.

At EWU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $26,417. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from EWU be around $119,669. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Northwest University

Kirkland, WA

Our rankings recognize Northwest University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Kirkland, Northwest University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Northwest University to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $26,740. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Northwest University be around $112,308. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Located in the medium-sized city of Spokane, Gonzaga is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. Gonzaga not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Education in Washington list.

The average student at Gonzaga graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $41,090. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga is about $170,934. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Martin's University. Located in the city of Lacey, Saint Martin's is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Saint Martin's also made our Best Colleges for Education in Washington list, coming in at #8.

At Saint Martin’s, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $32,033. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Saint Martin’s is $135,500. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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Best Education Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Education Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
California 5,598
Hawaii 292
Oregon 728
Alaska 87
Nevada 453

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,044
Teacher Education Subject Specific 340
General Education 209
Special Education 149
Other Education 21

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Majors Similar to Education

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 3,485
Psychology 2,377
Communication & Journalism 1,862
History 478
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 462

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 9 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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