Spokane County has 19 school districts offering K-12 with options including charter schools, STEM academies, and bilingual programs. The 63 private schools average a 14:1 student:teacher ratio.
Spokane is committed to producing a workforce with the skills businesses need to be successful. The region is successfully working to increase the proportion of adults in Spokane County with high-quality degrees, certificates or other credentials by 20% by 2025. Partnerships between business and education provide educational opportunities for both students and teachers. The goal of the Spokane STEM Network is to increase the number of students pursuing and mastering STEM competencies for future careers.
Spokane is home to a full spectrum of opportunities in both public and private higher education, from two-year certificates to doctoral degrees. Nearly 90,000 students are enrolled at area colleges and universities within an 80-mile radius, building the talent pool for the region.
Community Colleges of Spokane
Founded in 1963, Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) is a dynamic community college district serving some 38,600 students a year, spread across a 12,300-square-mile service district in Eastern Washington. CCS is a vibrant, comprehensive learning community – with educational opportunities for students of all ages and abilities. Most of its offerings are two-year associate’s degrees. Earlier this year, however, it received state approval to offer its first four-year degree. CCS relies on a strong advisory board comprised of local business leaders to help mold curriculum to labor market demands. Along with traditional college campuses like Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College, CCS also delivers a variety of educational programs including rural outreach, business and community training, adult literacy services – and manages 29 Spokane County Head Start/ECEAP/Early Head Start locations.
Eastern Washington University
Eastern Washington University (EWU) has 13,453 students, most of them enrolled at its Cheney and Spokane, Washington campuses. EWU provides an opportunity for hands on experience and courses taught by student-centered faculty. EWU's Extended Campus serves students, working professionals and the community with programs designed to meet individual needs. EWU offers 135 areas of study, nine master’s degrees, 12 graduate certificates, 39 graduate programs, two educational specialist degrees and one applied doctorate. Eastern is the nation's only university with a research facility in a national wildlife refuge. As the state’s fastest growing public institution, EWU’s programs offers students the skills and practical training critical to achieving success in today’s changing work environment.
Gonzaga University has 7,352 students enrolled in its academic programs. Gonzaga's liberal arts tradition lies in its core curriculum, which integrates philosophy, theology, history, mathematics, literature and the natural and social sciences.The average undergraduate class size is 23 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1. Gonzaga offers study abroad programs in over 20 countries. Gonzaga offers 75 undergraduate fields of study, 26 master's degrees, two doctorate degrees, and an award-winning juris doctor degree through its School of Law. Gonzaga University is the No. 3 best "Regional University" (tie) in the West in U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings, and is rated the No. 2 best value among regional universities in the West.
WSU Spokane is the designated health sciences campus for Washington State University and sits on 48 acres on the east edge of downtown Spokane along the Spokane River in Spokane’s University District. The campus is home to three of WSU’s 11 colleges: College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and College of Medical Sciences. The nearly 1,500 students on campus study in a variety of fields, which include: Pharmacy, Nursing, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Health Policy and Administration, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Criminal Justice and Education. WSU is currently pursuing the creation of a medical school on the WSU Spokane campus. WSU Spokane enjoys its partnerships with the regional health care companies and will open the new University District Health Clinic on campus in 2016. The campus also features the world renowned Sleep and Performance Research Center.
Through Whitworth University's liberal arts education and professional programs, students are prepared to excel in their chosen fields through internships and a wide variety of downtown and evening programs to fit any busy lifestyle. Working adult students can now conveniently earn degrees and participate in internships in management and accounting, criminal justice administration, social services, education and more. Whitworth also offers graduate degrees in business administration, counseling, theology and education. Through Whitworth's liberal arts education and professional programs, students are prepared to excel in their chosen fields and to meet Spokane's - and the world's - needs with intellectual vigor, moral courage and deep compassion. Today, more than 7,000 Whitworth alumni live and work in the Spokane area, pursuing successful careers and callings.
University of Washington Spokane
The University of Washington is deeply invested in Eastern Washington, where residents have access to highly skilled physicians and, according to the U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings, the nation’s top primary and rural healthcare program. UW Medicine is committed to expanding the program in the region by increasing enrollment at its medical school in Spokane. The UW also recently opened a new UW Spokane Center to serve as a gateway for community engagement.
Accredited Schools Online
From nonprofit private universities and public institutions, to technical schools and community colleges, many higher education institutions located throughout the state offer fully-online degree programs in a wide range of subject areas.
Resources for Veterans
Veterans going to college for the first time face a wide array of challenges ranging from navigating the new GI Bill to finding a degree/training program that offers career potential. This guidebook for current and aspiring student veterans offers more than 150 resources. Learn How to Become is another guide to education for veteran students.