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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Washington

67 Colleges
$46,138 Avg Salary*
47% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Which colleges in Washington are succeeding at true diversity? Check out this ranking to find out.

We analyzed 67 colleges and universities across Washington to determine which were the most diverse. Overall diversity was determined by considering these four factors of the student body: racial/ethnic background, geographic representation, male to female ratio, and age.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Washington

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Our 2021 rankings named University of Washington - Seattle Campus the most diverse school in Washington. Located in Seattle, Washington, the large , public school awarded 9,269 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

14.75% of the students come from out of the country. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UW Seattle make an average of $57,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#2

Seattle University

Seattle, Washington

A rank of #2 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Washington list means Seattle University is a great place for students who value diversity. Located in Seattle, Washington, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school awarded 1,341 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 56% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Seattle U is $56,500 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Saint Martin's University

Lacey, Washington

A rank of #3 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Washington list means Saint Martin’s University is a great place for students who value diversity. Lacey, Washington is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 307 students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 53% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. During the early years of their career, graduates from Saint Martin’s make an average of $47,800 a year.

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#4

Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Out of the 67 schools in Washington that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Washington State University landed the #4 spot on the list. Pullman, Washington is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,827 students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 61% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Wazzu go into careers with an average salary of $50,600.

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#5

City University of Seattle

Seattle, Washington

The excellent diversity at City University of Seattle helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Washington. CityU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Seattle, Washington. It awarded 186 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 6% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $46,500 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Walla Walla University

College Place, Washington

If you crave a diverse college experience, Walla Walla U, coming in at #6 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Walla Walla U is located in College Place, Washington and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 352 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla U is $46,400 during the early years of their career.

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Northwest University-College of Adult and Professional Studies landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Washington ranking. Located in Kirkland, Washington, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 112 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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#8

Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington

If you crave a diverse college experience, Whitman, coming in at #8 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Whitman is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Walla Walla, Washington. It awarded 374 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Whitman is $51,300 during the early years of their career.

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#9

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington

If you crave a diverse college experience, Puget Sound, coming in at #9 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Tacoma, Washington, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Puget Sound go into careers with an average salary of $52,700.

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University of Washington - Tacoma Campus came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Washington ranking. Tacoma, Washington is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,523 students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 50% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from University of Washington - Tacoma Campus go into careers with an average salary of $57,700.

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#11

Gonzaga University

Spokane, Washington

With a ranking of #11, Gonzaga University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Washington list. Gonzaga is located in Spokane, Washington and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,441 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Gonzaga make an average of $56,100 a year.

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#12

The Evergreen State College

Olympia, Washington

The Evergreen State College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Washington ranking. The Evergreen State College is a small public school located in Olympia, Washington that handed out 881 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 49% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen make an average of $33,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington

Central Washington University ranked #13 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Washington list. CWU is located in Ellensburg, Washington and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,789 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 62% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from CWU make an average of $46,500 a year.

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#14

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Pacific University ranked #14 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Washington list. Seattle, Washington is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 723 students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from SPU make an average of $49,100 a year.

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#15

Bellevue College

Bellevue, Washington

Bellevue College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Washington ranking. BC is a fairly large public school situated in Bellevue, Washington. It awarded 243 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 42% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from BC make an average of $43,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#16

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, Washington

If you crave a diverse college experience, Edmonds Community College, coming in at #16 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Edmonds Community College is a medium-sized public school located in Lynnwood, Washington that handed out 13 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Edmonds Community College make an average of $37,600 a year.

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#17

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline, Washington

Shoreline Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Washington ranking. A medium-sized institution, Shoreline Community College is public.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Shoreline Community College is $40,800 during the early years of their career.

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University of Washington - Bothell Campus ranked #18 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Washington list. University of Washington - Bothell Campus is a medium-sized public school located in Bothell, Washington that handed out 1,872 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $57,700 during the early years of their career.

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#19

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington

With a ranking of #19, Western Washington University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Washington list. WWU is a public institution located in Bellingham, Washington. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from WWU make an average of $45,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#20

Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla, Washington

Walla Walla Community College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Washington ranking, coming in at #20. Walla Walla Community College is a small public school located in Walla Walla, Washington.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Walla Walla Community College make an average of $34,300 a year.

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#21

Highline College

Des Moines, Washington

Coming in at #21 for 2021 overall diversity in Washington is Highline. Located in Des Moines, Washington, the medium-sized , public school handed out 45 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 41% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,900 during the early years of their career.

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#22

Green River College

Auburn, Washington

Green River College ranked #22 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Washington list. GRC is a public institution located in Auburn, Washington. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 185 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 45% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $38,100 during the early years of their career.

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#23

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington

With a ranking of #23, Pacific Lutheran University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Washington list. Located in Tacoma, Washington, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from PLU is $49,400 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Renton Technical College

Renton, Washington

Renton Technical College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Washington ranking. Renton, Washington is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7 students in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Renton Technical College is $38,800 during the early years of their career.

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#25

Seattle Central College

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Central College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Washington ranking. Seattle Central is a public institution located in Seattle, Washington. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 94 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 36% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Central make an average of $32,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

  • 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 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).

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