Colleges in Coastal Washington

Six community colleges, one university and the Lower Columbia Regional University Center serve the Coastal Washington region. They offer a variety of 2-year and 4-year degrees, graduate programs, technical certificates and other educational services via main campuses, satellite campuses, learning centers and online services.

University Access

Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington has both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Their main campus can be visited via virtual tour. Their satellite campus is in Tacoma.

The Lower Columbia Regional University Center in Longview, Washington is a program of Lower Columbia College (#3, below). This center partners with various universities to provide access to bachelor's and master's degree.

Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington (#5, below) also offers local access to more advanced education through university partnerships. People living along the I-5 corridor may be able to access other nearby universities just outside of the Coastal Washington region, such as St. Martin's University, a private institution located in Lacey, Washington.

Community Colleges

1. Centralia College is in Centralia, Washington and serves Lewis County and parts of Thurston County. It is the oldest continuously operating community college in the state. It offers 2-year and 4-year degrees, online classes, job training and correspondence courses. Its satellite campus, Centralia College East, is in Morton.

2. Grays Harbor College is in Aberdeen, Washington and serves Grays Harbor and Pacific counties. It offers 2-year and 4-year degrees, plus technical certificates and other educational services. It serves Pacific County via the Riverview Education Center in Raymond and the Columbia Education Center in Ilwaco.

3. Lower Columbia College is in Longview, Washington. In addition to the usual community college programs, it offers online degrees, plus 4-year and graduate degrees through the Lower Columbia Regional University Center in partnership with various universities.

4. Olympic College is in Bremerton and serves Kitsap and Mason counties. In addition to the main campus in Bremerton, it has satellite campuses in Poulsbo and Shelton. It offers 2-year and 4-year degrees, technical certificates and a variety of other educational programs.

5. Peninsula College is in Port Angeles, Washington. In addition to its main campus, it also has satellite campuses in Port Townsend and Forks. It offers online classes, professional technical programs and 2-year and 4-year degrees.

6. South Puget Sound Community College is in Olympia, Washington and has a satellite campus in Lacey. It offers certificates, degrees and adult education.

Statewide Lists

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Not finding what you need to further your education on the ground in Coastal Washington? See also the Adult Learners Handbook for additional options, such as credit by exam or California online courses.

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