Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
Tel: (253)964-6500
5,927 students
Public institution
Students gather outside the Gaspard Building on the Puyallup Campus.
Students gather outside the Gaspard Building on the Puyallup Campus.
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Pierce College Puyallup are comprehensive, accredited, public two-year colleges. Our colleges offer outstanding programs for career development and transfer to four-year colleges, in beautiful settings, with excellent facilities and instructors.
School Highlights
Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom serves 5,927 students (48% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 51% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 41%.
Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom is one of 6 community colleges within Pierce County, WA.
The nearest community college is Clover Park Technical College (3.50 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 86 teachers has declined by 56% over five years.
College Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (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 86 staff
138 staff

Student Body

The student population of 5,927 has declined by 14% over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.72 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment 5,927 students 3,682 students
# Full-Time Students 2,835 students
2,292 students
# Part-Time Students 3,092 students
1,890 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Hawaiian
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
% Non Resident races
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. 0.72 0.62

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $3,777 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 $8,967 is more than the state average of $8,657. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,777 $3,898
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,967 $8,657
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 67%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Pierce College District 11 is two community colleges and an extended learning program in Pierce County, Washington state. Pierce is one of the largest educational providers in the state, and is nationally ranked in degrees conferred. Our programs include transfer courses parallel to the first two years of university and four-year college work, vocational degree and certificate programs for training or retraining in a variety of job fields, developmental, basic skills and high school completion courses, personal and professional development through continuing education courses and traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities. Pierce College's rise to prominence in Washington's higher education system began humbly. It opened in 1967 as Clover Park Community College, and its administrative offices and library were housed in an abandoned grocery store. A local school district operated the college, and instructors held classes throughout Pierce County at area high schools, military bases and hospitals. In its first year of operation, the college became part of the statewide community college system. With support of the state legislature, which passed the Community College Act of 1967, a permanent campus was chosen. The site, 140 acres in the historic Fort Steilacoom area of Lakewood, led to a new name: Fort Steilacoom Community College. With a strong reputation for solid, affordable educational programs, the college continued to grow rapidly. A major addition and remodeling of the Fort Steilacoom campus were complete in 1987. At the same time, an 85-acre site in Puyallup was purchased to become the permanent home of the Puyallup campus. Officials broke ground for the first building in 1989 and at the start of fall quarter 1990 held the facility's grand opening. A second building was opened in Puyallup in the Fall of 1996. Pierce College offers a variety of associate degrees for university transfer, Associate in Technology degrees for professional/technical training in a wide range of career fields, and professional/technical certificates for entry-level employment preparation. Pierce College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. It is part of the state system of public community and technical colleges.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 3,682 students | 3.50 Mi4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
    Lakewood WA 98499
  • 7,189 students | 5.40 Mi6501 S 19th St
    Tacoma WA 98466
  • Everest College-Tacoma
    Private for-profit
    795 students | 8.00 Mi2156 Pacific Avenue
    Tacoma WA 98402
  • 2,409 students | 8.10 Mi1101 S Yakima Ave
    Tacoma WA 98405
  • 3,671 students | 14.10 Mi1601 39th Ave SE
    Puyallup WA 98374
Did You Know?
For Pierce County, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,825 per year for in-state students and $8,967 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Pierce County, WA 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 0.67, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Pierce County, WA is Everest College-Tacoma. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.