Why Choose Cascadia?



Seattle skyline from Kerry Park
View of Seattle from Kerry Park

Cascadia College is located on the west coast of the United States, only 12 miles (19 km) from Seattle. Seattle is a friendly and culturally diverse place, and it's consistently ranked among America's best places to live, work and study. The area has world-class companies such as Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, T-Mobile, Costco and Amazon. Cascadia’s beautiful campus is also within walking distance of shops, restaurants, nature trails, mountain ranges and the Puget Sound.

Every quarter, international students take part in field trips and activities in and around Seattle. Students can visit Downtown Seattle or go on shopping trips to the Seattle Premium Outlet Mall or Bellevue Square, Alderwood Mall. International Programs also regularly organizes outings and day trips to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Leavenworth (a German-themed town), or to go kayaking at Bothell Landing, bowling, or to sporting events.

International Programs organizes social events on Cascadia’s campus for students including international holiday gatherings, game days, and cultural events that give its students an opportunity to showcase their own cultures.


five students in a line holding scholarship award certificates with Cascadia College campus in the background
International students with their scholarship award certificates

Cascadia College offers some of the most affordable English language and undergraduate programs in the country. Affordable studies give international students more opportunity to explore and understand their interests before beginning studies in their major area. At Cascadia College, our mission is to provide all students with an excellent, comprehensive, and affordable education for your academic success. See below a comparison chart of costs for international students in the west coast of the United States:

Annual costs of attendance for international students (9-months expenses for 2022-23)

Cascadia College (state)


University of Washington (state)


University of California (state)


Seattle University (private)



Shared UW Campus

Sign at the Cascadia College and University of Washington Bothell campus entrance with flowers and landscaping in foreground
Cascadia College & UW Bothell welcome sign

Cascadia shares a campus and facilities with the University of Washington Bothell. This partnership offers Cascadia students many of the benefits of a four-year university without the high cost. Benefits include:

  • Shared use of the entire University of Washington library system.
  • Shared use of food services and the newly-built athletic fields.
  • Some classes are taught by UWB faculty.
  • Shared use of Activities and Recreation Center.
  • Shared state-of-the-art STEM instructional building, $79.6 million budget project, in progress with expected project completion August 2023.
  • ORCA card with unlimited rides.
  • Easy access to UWB for transfer advising.


Graduating students in cap and gowns after leaving the stage
Cascadia students graduating

Cascadia transfers the highest percentage of students to the University of Washington (UW) system of any college in the state. Apart from UW, international students transfer to top universities across the US to pursue their college degrees. This chart below provides a snapshot of where Cascadia’s international students have gone on for bachelor’s degrees in 2020.

Cascadia’s international students - bachelor’s degrees - 2020

pie chart of Cascadia transfer student destinations
47% University of Washington, 25% Others, 18% Other universities in Washington State, 5% Purdue University, and 5% University of California schools

International graduates transfer school list 2011 - 2021

  • University of Washington - Seattle
  • University of Washington - Bothell
  • University of Washington - Tacoma
  • Central Washington University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Western Washington University
  • Washington State University
  • Seattle University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Oregon State University
  • Portland State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Portland
  • Academy of Art University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California State University Los Angeles
  • San José State University
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • University of California - Davis
  • University of California - Irvine
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • University of California - San Diego
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • University of Southern California
  • Binghamton University (SUNY)
  • Boise State University
  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Cornell University
  • DePaul University
  • Drexel University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Full Sail University
  • Florida International University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • George Washington University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Marquette University
  • Minnesota State University
  • New York University
  • Ohio State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers University
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Buffalo (SUNY)
  • University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • University of Florida
  • University of West Florida
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Colorado – Boulder
  • University of Hawaii - Manoa
  • University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Texas - Arlington
  • University of West Florida
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Washington University in St. Louis