Clark College

1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663-3598
Tel: (360)992-2000
10,911 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 10,911 students (48% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is higher than the state community college average of 31:1.
Minority enrollment is 28% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 41%.
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 335 teachers has declined by 12% over five years.
College Clark College (WA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 335 staff 138 staff
Clark College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 10,911 has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.47 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 17% over five years.
Total Enrollment 10,911 students 3,682 students
Clark College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 33:1 31:1
Clark College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 5,254 students 2,087 students
Clark College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 5,657 students 1,890 students
Clark College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Clark College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Clark College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Asian
Clark College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Clark College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Clark College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Clark College White (2006-2014)
% Hawaiian
Clark College Hawaiian (2011-2014)
% Two or more races
Clark College More (2008-2014)
% Unknown races
Clark College Ethnicity Breakdown WA All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.47 0.62
Clark College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $3,650 is less than the state average of $3,898. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,840 is more than the state average of $8,657. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,650 $3,898
Clark College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,840 $8,657
Clark College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 65% 72%
Clark College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (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
    Pivate, for profit
    247 students | 5.60 Mi120 NE 136th Ave Ste 130
    Vancouver WA  98684
  • Carrington College-Portland
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    Portland OR  97232
  • 804 students | 7.50 Mi1425 NE Irving Street, Bldg 300
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    Portland OR  97205
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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,898 per year for in-state students and $8,657 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,683 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 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Washington is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.