Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    S20,000—$25,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School


  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Engineering, Information Technology

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech)

Located just outside of Seattle, Washington, Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state. LWTech offers 9 applied bachelor's degrees, more than 50+ associate degrees, and over 40 professional certificates, including STEM focused programs, such as Computer Science (DTA), Digital Gaming and Interactive Media (AAS-T) and Pre-Engineering.  LWTech is located within the city of Kirkland, which is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Washington. Kirkland is home to companies such as GoDaddy, Google, Astronics and EvergreenHealth, and the college is within minutes from Microsoft and Nintendo. The surrounding area offers numerous outdoor recreational opportunities and a wealth of diverse arts, entertainment and cultural attractions. Kirkland is just a few miles east of Seattle, and less than an hour from the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Why Attend LWTech?

  • Innovative degree programs with hands on learning.
  • Personalized attention and support from application to graduation
  • Close to Microsoft, Amazon, Google, GoDaddy, Astronics, Nintendo and other high technology/gaming companies
  • Small classes (average 15 students)
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • No TOEFL/IELTS for admission

Academic Programs

Popular Programs of Study include:

  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Digital Gaming
  • Design
  • Engineering Transfer
  • Computer Science
  • Software Development
  • Computer Security & Network Development
  • Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy Assistant

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Associate Degrees

All LWTech Associate degrees transfer to a bachelor’s degree program either here or at another 4-year university.  LWTech offers multiple degrees designed for students intending to transfer to 4-year institutions for a particular major including:

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Gaming & Interactive Media
  • Design
  • Construction Management
  • Math Education
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Technology (industrial/mechanical technologies and mechanical/electrical/computer engineering technology)
  • Computer & Electrical Pre-Engineering
  • Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical, Industrial, Material Science Pre-Engineering

Our Associates in Applied Science degrees are built upon the technical courses that prepare students for jobs in specific industries. The degree requirements are created largely by the people in industry who serve on Advisory Committees here at LWTech.

Bachelor's Degrees

LWTech currently offers 10 bachelor's degrees and more are coming soon.  The current degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
    • Applied Management - Entrepreneurship
    • Behavioral Healthcare
    • Computing and Software Development
    • Dental Hygiene
    • Design
    • Digital Gaming and Interactive Media
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Funeral Service Education
    • Public Health
    • Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management

High School Completion

This program enables students to earn a high school diploma, while earning college credit toward an associate degree.  Students must be 16 years old at the time they enter this program, and must have already completed the equivalent of 10th grade.

Scholarships for international students

Scholarships are available to both New and Current students through the LWTech Foundation. Please visit the LWTech Foundation website for more information and to apply. New students must submit official high school and/or college transcripts in English to apply as many of the scholarships are merit based. 

Intensive English Program

No TOEFL required for admission. LWTech offers an Intensive English Program (IEP) and Bridge Program. The IEP prepares students for study at the college level, and is open to anyone interested in learning English. Students who submit an application without a TOEFL/IELTS score are admitted into the IEP program, and continue on into their academic program. Those who test into college level classes will be issued a new I-20 that indicates their intended college program. Students with the following qualifying test scores will be placed directly into their intended college program. 

  • TOEFL: iBT 61 (Minimum Writing–17)
  • IELTS: Band of 6.0 (minimum 5.0 in each section)
  • Check the website for other ways to meet the English requirement, such as completion of certain language programs.

The official TOEFL or IELTS test scores must be submitted directly to the International Office with the International Student Application form.

What Our Students Think

I have had a very good experience at LWTech. The campus environment and class schedule are very convenient.  The hands on teaching style provides good learning opportunities; and the advisors area very helpful with registering for classes. ~Rahul Bheemanathi (India)

After coming to the U.S., my friends that went to a 4 year University all took a long time to adjust to the teaching style here. Attending here at LWTech with a small class size and going through the process of intensive English program—academic bridge program—academic program provided me a ladder to climb on. Through daily practices, my listening and speaking has improved tremendously. ~Shenghong Fu, China

I have had an amazing time studying at LWTech, the comfortable study environment, friendly staff and wonderful resources. There are so many activities that you could participate in along the way to get more campus life experience. You can join a club, make more friends and so on. I am sure you will grow, improve yourself and become a better "you." ~ Qi He, China


Lake Washington Institute of Technology

11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland WA 98034
P: 425.739.8145
For more information: Lake Washington Institute of Technology