Independent Colleges of Washington is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving 10 not-for-profit, private, liberal arts-based colleges and universities in Washington state. The association was founded in 1953 by college presidents and business leaders who believed that independent colleges add valuable capacity and diversity to the state’s higher education ecosystem and that their contributions to the state could be strengthened by working together.
For more than 60 years, Independent Colleges of Washington has promoted educational opportunity through policy engagement, student aid programs, and strategic partnerships. We are dedicated to helping students pursue their college aspirations, and Washington achieve its post-secondary attainment goals. Our work to promote equity ensures that all students—including new-majority, first generation, returning adults, low-income, and underrepresented youth—can choose their ideal education environment and graduate prepared to contribute their talents to the state, the nation, and the world.
Independent Colleges of Washington member campuses play a critical role in the state’s higher education ecosystem, cultivating talent, championing diversity, and making it possible for more Washington residents to find their best fit here at home. With a commitment to educating the whole person, we are delivering value for our alumni and for our communities. Together, we are serving Washington, and with state and private support, we have the capacity to assist thousands of additional Washington residents in completing degrees.
As employers, we are powering economies in many corners of the state, creating jobs and connecting students to jobs in their regions. Our member campuses employ more than 8,000, making the collective one of the state’s top 20 private sector employers.
Independent Colleges of Washington is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving 10 not-for-profit, private, liberal arts-based colleges and universities in Washington state. The association was founded in 1953 by…