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2020 Best Colleges for Economics in Washington

Economics is a popular major and Washington is the 22nd most popular state for students studying this major. 716 of the 47,528 Economics diplomas awarded last year were given by colleges in Washington. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Economics in Washington ranking analyzed 12 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in economics. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 1 schools for Economics students in Washington.

Choosing a Great Economics School

Best Colleges for Economics in Washington Your choice of economics school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Economics graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent economics graduates from Washington colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $37,614 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Economics students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other economics students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized economics related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Economics students in Washington.

Best Schools to Study Economics in Washington

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study economics.

Top 10 Best Economics Colleges in Washington

Any student pursuing a degree in economics needs to take a look at University of Washington - Seattle Campus. UW Seattle is a very large public school located in the large city of Seattle.

For those interested in something more advanced, UW Seattle also offers 2 different higher degree levels in economics, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree. University of Washington - Seattle Campus economics students receive $6,386 more than the standard economics grad.

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Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

Gonzaga University is a wonderful option for students interested in a Economics degree. Located in the city Spokane, Gonzaga is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Graduates of the economics program earn around $38,100 in their early career salary.

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Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

It is difficult to beat Whitman College if you want to pursue economics as a major. Located in the small city Walla Walla, Whitman is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Students who graduate from the economics program make an average of $35,300 in the first couple years of their career.

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University of Puget Sound is a wonderful option for students pursuing a Economics major. Located in the city Tacoma, Puget Sound is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Students who complete this degree state that they receive average early career earnings of $30,500.

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Located in the town Pullman, Wazzu is a public college with a very large student population.

For those interested in something more advanced, Wazzu also offers 3 different higher degree levels in economics, the most popular of which is a Doctor's Degree (Research / Scholarship). Students from the economics degree program at Washington State University make $2,886 more than the average college graduate with the same degree shortly after graduation.

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Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle U is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Seattle.

For those interested in something more advanced, Seattle U also offers 2 different higher degree levels in economics, the most popular of which is a Postbaccalaureate Certificate.

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WWU is a fairly large public school located in the city of Bellingham.

Grads of the economics program state that they receive average early career income of $38,900.

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SPU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Seattle.More…

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PLU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Tacoma.More…

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Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Whitworth is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Spokane.More…

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Best Economics Colleges in the Far Western US Region

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 328 8,372
Oregon 266 732
Nevada 199 67
Hawaii 169 116
Alaska 146 26

One of 13 majors within the Social Sciences area of study, Economics has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Economics

Related Major Annual Graduates
Political Science & Government 44,651
Sociology 37,615
General Social Sciences 19,123
International Relations & National Security 14,908
Anthropology 12,008

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 pixabay.

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