If you’re looking for a solid education and tuition that won’t leave you destitute after graduation, the University of Washington is the best school in the Western U.S. to go. That’s according to data released this week by Washington Monthly, which puts together “The Other College Guide,” an alternative to the U.S. News and World Report school rankings.
UW beat out Brigham Young, University of California Irvine and UC Davis, to take the top spot in the west. That was bolstered by UW’s high graduation rate – 80.3 percent – and a net price of $9,018. Compare that to a net price of $13,914 at UC Davis, where the graduation rate is only 1 percent higher.
UW was also recently ranked in the top 10 best public colleges in the U.S. by the PSBJ’s parent company, American City Business Journals, which looked at 484 four-year public colleges using the latest data released by theand the American Community Survey.
All of that is good news for the region. A great public college will bolster locally trained employees who can go on to fill some of the myriad new jobs opening up as companies – particularly tech companies – expand in the region.
UW is undergoing some changes right now as current President Michael Young leaves for the top job at Texas A&M. Provost Ana Mari Cauce will be interim president while the school searches for a replacement.
by Emily Parkhurst Puget Sound Business Journal