Heritage University

Heritage University

Heritage University was established by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1907. It was then known as the Holy Names College. It later became the Fort Wright College, and in 1982, moved to its present 23-acre campus in Toppenish, Washington. The same year, the institute was renamed the Heritage College. The university currently offers classes in 5 regional sites located in Moses Lake, Seattle, Tri-Cities, Wenatchee, and Yakima.

Heritage University offers a vast number of associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in the fields of arts, science, social work, education, and teaching. Several certificate programs are also available. The academic divisions of the university include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Psychology

The students of Heritage University are involved in various clubs and organizations including the Accounting Club, Music, Drama, & Fine Arts Club, Native American Club, and Social Work Student Association. Students also participate in sports including soccer, basketball, softball, flag football, and volleyball.

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Contacting Heritage

Heritage University
3240 Fort Rd
Toppenish , WA 98948
General Phone: (509) 865-8500

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Heritage Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching209education, multilingual education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, teacher ed, early childhood education, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine24pre-nursing, licensed practical nurse
Liberal Arts15Spanish language, English, English language and literature, humanities, liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies, social services
Family and Social Work13social work
Business and Management11business, business management, accounting
Science10biology, science and society
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Therapy and Counseling3psychology
Conservation and Resource Management1conservation, environmental science, fisheries sciences, forestry
Fine Arts1fine arts studies

Number of programs and degrees for Heritage in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years226
Associate's degree1317
Bachelor's degree9428
Master's degree16012
Postbaccalaureate certificate21

Heritage Student Body

In 2007-2008, Heritage had a total enrollment of 1,198 students (1,019 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 64%
Graduate 36%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 44%
Black 1%
Hispanic 42%
Asian 2%
American Indian 9%
Unknown 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 8%
20-21 9%
22-24 17%
25-29 23%
30-34 11%
35-39 11%
40-49 12%
50-64 5%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Heritage Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 59 %
Part-Time 78 %

Heritage Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Toppenish, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Heritage Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,775
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,775
Books and supplies $ 924

Financial Aid:
Heritage participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 377700)

Heritage Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1524

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year2*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year6$57,26212$58,649
Instructorcalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year12$62,20717$59,116

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professoracademic year0*1*
Assistant professoracademic year3$46,4006$48,716
All faculty totalacademic year3$46,4007$49,430

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Heritage Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forestry, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Education And Teaching
Bilingual and Multilingual Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Pre-Nursing Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Heritage Apart:

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Female % of student body
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Top 12%Heritage Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library

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