Statistics released on the most selective colleges in Washington state

Gonzaga University Campus

As students are closing in on their college decisions, some colleges in the state of Washington are more selective of prospective students than others. The competitive nature of high school seniors and others applying to college comes into play as well, as it has gotten even more competitive with the pause and some removal of standardized testing during the pandemic. According to the Puget Sounds Business Journal, colleges that had 1,000 applicants had an average acceptance rate of 70% in 2020.

Here are some numbers of how selective colleges were in the state of Washington.

The University of Washington in Seattle and Whitman College were the only two schools to accept less than 70 percent of its applicants. UW accepted only 56% of applicants, and Whitman accepted only 54% of applicants.

According to the journal, schools that accepted over 70% of applicants include Gonzaga University (73%), Eastern Washington University (79%), Washington State University (80%), Seattle University (83%), Central Washington University (86%), University of Washington Tacoma (86%), Pacific Lutheran University (86%) and University of Puget Sound (87%).

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