Students attending Spokane colleges can enjoy city life and outdoor recreation. While the downtown area features a variety of restaurants, breweries and performance venues, residents also have easy access to many lakes, ski resorts, mountains and bike paths. The cost of living here, including rent, can be quite affordable.
Through Washington State's dual credit program, high school students can take rigorous courses to earn high school and college credit.
Of the two community colleges in Spokane, Spokane Community College has the largest student population. SCC offers students some unique, student-run services and amenities. These include automotive repair services, a restaurant used by the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy, and a bakery used by the school's Professional Baking program.
Spokane Falls Community College offers career and technical certificate programs and associate programs in a wide range of majors. It also offers bachelor's degree programs in applied science in information systems and technology or applied management.
The two universities in Spokane are both faith-based institutions.
Gonzaga University is a Jesuit liberal arts college. Spiritual diversity is welcome, with 27 different faiths represented on campus. The 152-acre campus includes ample student housing, including the Living-Learning Communities where students can pursue their education with like-minded roommates and the support of key academic departments. Students can also join or watch Gonzaga's 18 intercollegiate sports.
Whitworth University is a Christian college that welcomes diversity among its students — in race, gender, socio-economic status and religion. Current international students come from 35 countries, and nearly half of 2018 grads studied abroad as Whitworth students.
Both of the universities in Spokane have graduate degree programs.
Gonzaga University offers 26 master's and four doctoral programs, in fields such as law, nursing, theology, counseling, sports and athletic administration, business, taxation, education and engineering.
Whitworth University offers graduate degree programs in business, teaching, athletic training, administration and training, counseling and theology.
Additional information about higher education in the state can be found on our Washington colleges page.