Project Opportunity: Access to Washington's Colleges'

“I was born and raised in Mexico. I always knew I would attend college, but the word “college” was never spoken in my family until they learned I was determined to attend college. Financial aid is helping me reach my goals, for without it, I wouldn't be here.”

— Luis Herrera
Whitman College


Washington offers a dynamic environment for students seeking to learn and grow. With natural beauty, arts and culture, outdoor activities, and incredible cuisine, Washington is a great place to live - and study.

Each college offers a wide range of facilities and activities to use when on campus, from gyms and libraries, theaters to gardens. And do not forget life outside of campus and class.

The cities and towns that our colleges are located each offer unique opportunities for learning and recreation, cultural activities, community service and work: the urban adventures of Seattle, Tacoma, or Spokane; The small town atmosphere in Walla Walla; or the quiet tranquility in Lacey (near Olympia) or Toppenish (near Yakima).

Recreational activities abound in Washington: skiing (both snow and water), hiking, camping, even top-notch star gazing are no more than a few hours away from any Washington college.

Independent colleges have strong relationships with the local business and service communities. Internships are a great way to apply your learning to job experience while in school (some are paid) - and can be a great way to build your resume for the post-graduation job hunt.

If you are from Washington, consider the advantages of being close to home - but still far enough away to feel independent. Coming home for a quick weekend or the holidays to reunite with friends and family are very convenient.

If you are from another state, look at the opportunities that Washington offers. Make your home in Washington for at least four years - you may decide to stay for longer...

Funded in part by a grant from
the Ben B. Cheney Foundation
published by Independent Colleges of Washington