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Independent Colleges of Washington

Independent Colleges of Washington promotes the unique educational opportunities of independent colleges in Washington, supports the value of choice to ensure success of college students, and advocates for the value of higher education to the state.


  • Reinforce the importance of higher education in Washington and ensure the public commitment remains strong to independent as well as public higher education.
  • Raise awareness about the essential role independent liberal arts-based colleges play in the overall quality and diversity of Washington’s higher education landscape
  • Strengthen the private and public commitment to financial aid so all students have the opportunity to choose the college that fits them best
  • Enhance the administrative strength of the ICW organization to increase its impact in higher education