Clark College

1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver
WA, 98663-3598
Tel: (360)992-2000
11,772 students
Public institution

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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 11,772 students (52% of students are full-time).
Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 28%.
Clark College is one of 2 community colleges within Clark County, WA.
The nearest community college is Portland Community College (14.3 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of - teachers has declined by 100% over five years.
Clark College Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public

Student Body

The student population of 11,772 teachers has grown by 23% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has increased from 28:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has grown by 50% over five years.
Total Enrollment
11,772 students
1,287 students
Clark College Total Enrollment (2006-2012)
# Full-Time Students
6,157 students
832 students
Clark College Full-Time Students (2006-2012)
# Part-Time Students 5,615 students
1,021 students
Clark College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Clark College sch enrollment Clark College sta enrollment
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
% Asian
5%
2%
Clark College Asian (2006-2012)
% Hawaiian
-
1%
% Hispanic
6%
7%
Clark College Hispanic (2006-2012)
% Black
2%
12%
Clark College Black (2006-2012)
% White
81%
66%
Clark College White (2006-2012)
% Two or more races
5%
2%
Clark College More (2008-2012)
Clark College sch ethnicity Clark College sta ethnicity
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. 0.33 0.45
Clark College Diversity Score (2006-2012)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $3,650 is less than the state average of $5,940. The in-state tuition has grown by 28% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,840 is less than the state average of $10,072. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,650 $5,940
Clark College In-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,840 $10,072
Clark College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Source: 2012 (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.

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