Lake Washington Institute of Technology

11605 132nd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034-8506
Tel: 4257398100
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  • Located just outside of Seattle, WA, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers six bachelor`s degrees, 47 associate degrees, and 89 professional certificates in 44 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
  • LWTech directly serves the communities of Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue, Kenmore, Mercer Island, Bothell, Woodinville, Carnation, Duvall, North Bend, Fall City, Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, Skykomish, Clyde Hill, and Medina. LWTech also serves students from outside our service area, as well as students from around the world
School Highlights
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology serves 3,660 students (49% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Asian and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 41%.
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology is one of 13 community colleges within King County, WA.
  • The nearest community college is Cascadia College (4.10 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 137 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
Lake Washington Institute of Technology(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty137 staff145 staff
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,660 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.50 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 12% over five years.
Total Enrollment3,660 students4,463 students
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio27:131:1
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,776 students2,353 students
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,884 students2,110 students
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
9%
7%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
5%
10%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
3%
4%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Black (2007-2016)
% White
69%
59%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
3%
5%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
2%
6%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
8%
7%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Ethnicity Breakdown WA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.500.62
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
20%
30%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2009)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$43,800$36,300
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,507 is less than the state average of $4,032. The in-state tuition has declined by 27% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $2,602 is less than the state average of $7,264. The out-state tuition has declined by 69% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,507$4,032
Lake Washington Institute of Technology In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$2,602$7,264
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Tuition NotesTuition rates listed
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid52%71%
Lake Washington Institute of Technology % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$15,000$11,000
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$7,128$5,833
Lake Washington Institute of Technology Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology, in Kirkland's Totem Lake area, serves local students from King and Snohomish counties, commuter students from areas like Port Townsend, Gig Harbor and Marysville, and international students from around the globe, including Japan, Tonga, Ireland, Indonesia and the Ukraine. Lake Washington Institute of Technology officially became part of the new community and technical college system on September 1, 1991; the institute became a degree-granting technical college with all the rights and responsibilities of a technical college as prescribed by state law. During the next three years the college replaced its two-year diplomas with Associate of Applied Science degrees. Twenty Association of Applied Science degrees were approved by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges to be offered to students by the college. LWTech offers the cutting-edge, professional career and technical training needed to rapidly and affordably qualify our students for opportunities in today's job market. With training opportunities in over 100 degree and certificate options in 39 programs, we have something for everyone - including some Bachelor degrees. Adult education programs are also offered. Lake Washington Institute of Technology is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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Did You Know?
For King County, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,883 per year for in-state students and $7,386 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

King County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in King County, WA is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.