University of Washington campusBusiness First, Buffalo NY, a sister publication of the Puget Sound Business Journal, evaluated public universities and colleges across the U.S. to determine which offers the best educational experience to their students. Top ranking schools had highly selective admissions criteria, strong retention and graduation rates and solid earnings by alumni, affordable tuition and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and were located in economically robust communities. The University of Washington ranked #7 from the 499 institutions in the study which puts them up there with top tier universities across the country.

Washington State has had a long history of academic excellence with two major academic research institutions, the UW and Washington State University, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Across the state there are 65 two- and four- year public and private higher education institutions preparing students for the demands of an ever-changing workplace. Business incubators and entrepreneurial support network help bring new ideas successfully to the marketplace.

Washington boasts a highly educated workforce, a pioneering spirit and a culture of creativity and collaboration that keeps businesses on the leading edge of innovation.

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