Clark College

1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663
Tel: (360)992-2000
11,235 students
Public institution
Clark College is a community college providing two-year transfer degree studies, technical training and basic skills classes to more than 12,500 full-time and part-time students each quarter. It is the third largest college in the Washington State system of 35 community and technical colleges.
School Highlights:
Clark College serves 11,235 students (49% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 32:1 is higher than the community college average of 31:1.
Minority enrollment is 31% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 43%.
Clark College is one of 2 community colleges within Clark County, WA.
The nearest community college is Everest College-Vancouver (5.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 353 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
College Clark College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 353 staff
61 staff
Clark College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 11,235 has grown by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 32:1 has increased from 28:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.51 is less than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 70% over five years.
Total Enrollment 11,235 students 1,296 students
Clark College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 32:1
Clark College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 5,482 students
814 students
Clark College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 5,753 students
1,040 students
Clark College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Clark College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Clark College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Clark College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Clark College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Clark College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Clark College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Clark College More (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
Clark College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Clark College Non Resident (2007-2013)
Clark College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.51 0.68
Clark College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,650 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,840 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,650 $5,660
Clark College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,840 $10,250
Clark College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 68%
Clark College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • Clark College was founded as a private, two-year junior college in 1933 and was granted initial accreditation in 1936-37 based upon a visit by a committee of five professors from the University of Washington. The college received accreditation from the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges in 1948 and has maintained that standing through periodic reviews to the present. In 1951, an evening program began and the Applied Arts Center became the first building on the current 80-acre campus in Vancouver's Central Park. Student enrollment settled at around 4,800 through the late 1950s and early 1960s; then grew again to the 8,000 mark by the end of the 1970s reflecting a population surge in Clark County. A reduction in funding and a State-mandated lid kept enrollments level during the mid-1980s. The location of several major electronics firms and related-service industries in Clark County spurred strong economic growth, multiple employment opportunities for Clark's associate in applied science degree graduates, and boosted enrollments to nearly 11,000 students per quarter during the past 10 years. The main campus is located on an 80-acre arboretum in Vancouver's historic Central Park just east of the Interstate 5 freeway and north of the Columbia River and Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve. Classes are also offered at the Washington State University Vancouver branch campus in Salmon Creek and the Town Plaza Center satellite two miles east of the main campus. The establishment of a Washington State University branch campus in Vancouver in 1989 and creation of the Cooperative Agreement for Transfer (CAT) between Clark College and WSU Vancouver has attracted additional students to Clark for lower division studies leading to a transfer degree.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Everest College-Vancouver
    Private for-profit
    315 students | 5.60 Mi120 NE 136th Ave Ste 130
    Vancouver, WA 98684
  • Carrington College-Portland
    Private for-profit
    449 students | 7.30 Mi2004 Lloyd Center 3rd Floor
    Portland, OR 97232
  • 864 students | 7.50 Mi1425 NE Irving Street Bldg 300
    Portland, OR 97232
  • Everest College-Portland
    Private for-profit
    231 students | 8.20 Mi425 SW Washington
    Portland, OR 97204
  • 553 students | 8.20 Mi600 SW 10th Avenue Suite 500
    Portland, OR 97205
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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,000 per year for in-state students and $7,107 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,169 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Washington community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.63, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Washington is The Art Institute of Seattle. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.