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Seattle’s location on the Puget Sound’s eastern shore and its largesse make it one of the largest cities in the Pacific Northwest. We all know about Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and Mount Rainier, but what about other interesting spots for college students? Seattle’s museum circuit is intense: from the Wing Luke Museum to the Museum of Pop Culture, you won’t run out of museums to visit. The Olympic Sculpture Park provides free access to stunning metal sculptures, views of the skyline, and the waterfront. And let’s not forget the outdoors, one of the Pacific Northwest’s most appealing draws, including gardens such as the Seattle Japanese Garden or a plethora of parks.
When you need to plan your college trip, whether it’s for a sporting event or an orchestra, we have the best possible bus to meet your needs. Our fleet features buses with multiple sizes and amenities, from coach buses to sprinter vans, and everything in between, designed to meet your budgeting and group needs. Here are some of the most popular charter buses, so you can start to think about what’s best.
Within a 50-mile radius of Seattle, there are more than 30 different colleges and universities. Here are a smattering of some of them, with brief histories and prominent alumni.
The University of Washington was founded in 1861, when Washington was still just a territory: at the time its name was Territorial University of Washington. Roughly 54,000 students attend the school annually. This includes both undergraduate and graduate students. UW has been given an R1 rating by Carnegie and is the flagship school for the six public universities located in Washington. Many influential and well-known individuals have graduated from the school: alumni include Nobel Prize laureates, Senators, actors, musicians, and artists. The campus spans more than 700 acres and has several satellite campuses (Tacoma and Bothell) included in this, beyond the main campus.
Seattle Central College is located in downtown Seattle, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. The campus comprises ten buildings and offers both four-year degrees and two-year degrees. The school was founded in July 1961, as “Seattle Community College”, and was the first college in Seattle to offer associate’s degrees in a two-year program. Its campus location grew out of Broadway High School (1902). Today the school serves nearly 17,000 students annually and offers a variety of programs of study. In addition to degree programs, the school also offers vocational training. One of its most famous alumni is Bruce Lee, the actor and martial artist.
Seattle Pacific University was founded in 1891 by Free Methodists who were committed to a non-sectarian, yet faith-based higher education. The school was originally opened under the auspices of the Seattle Seminary and in 1915 became known as Seattle Pacific College. The switch to “university” in the name occurred in 1977. In fall 2019, the school had just over 3,500 students enrolled across its more than 150 programs of study. The school’s campus extends across 43 acres near the Fremont neighborhood, about four miles outside of downtown Seattle. Although its alumni have gone on to many great things, perhaps its most interesting alumni is Jeff Probst, who has hosted Survivor since its inception.
The Jesuits founded Seattle University in 1891, first as Immaculate Conception School, and then in 1898 as Seattle College. The school retains its Jesuit Catholic identity and is located on over 50 acres in the heart of Seattle, in the First Hill neighborhood, just beyond the downtown area. The student population today totals roughly 7,200 students, across all programs and areas of study. There are more than 100 areas of study for students to choose from. The school’s motto is “For the difference we make” and its colors are red and white.
The Cornish College of the Arts was found by Nellie Cornish, in 1914, as the Cornish School of Music. As the school grew, its focus on music decreased, and in 1921, construction began for “The Cornish School for Drama, Music, Dance.” Today, its student body consists of just under 650 students, with a 7:1 student to faculty ratio. In its early history, the school was lauded for its programs and design: Anna Pavlova, Russian Prima Ballerina said it was “the kind of school other schools should follow.” The school still retains a campus in its original location, on Capitol Hill, and the main campus is now located in the Denny Triangle area of Seattle. Prominent alumni who have graduated from here are too many to list, but highlights include: Brendan Fraser, Mary Lambert, and Reggie Watts.