South Puget Sound Community College

Tel: (360)596-5241
4,902 students
Public institution
As a comprehensive, open door community college, South Puget Sound Community College is committed to providing quality educational opportunities to meet the intellectual, academic, vocational, career, personal, and developmental education needs of its students and members of the community.
School Highlights:
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South Puget Sound Community College serves 4,902 students (56.53% of students are full-time).
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The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the community college average of -:1.
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Minority enrollment is 36% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 45%.
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South Puget Sound Community College is the only community colleges within Thurston County, WA.
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The nearest community college is Pierce College at Fort Steilacoom (19.61 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 142 teachers has declined by 22% over five years.
South Puget Sound Community 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 142 staff
61 staff
South Puget Sound Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 4,902 teachers has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has increased from 31:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.36 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has declined by 12% over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,902 students 1,294 students
South Puget Sound Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 35:1
21:1
South Puget Sound Community College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 2,771 students
822 students
South Puget Sound Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 2,131 students
1,025 students
South Puget Sound Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
South Puget Sound Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
South Puget Sound Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
5%
2%
South Puget Sound Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
1%
1%
South Puget Sound Community College Hawaiian (2011-2013)
% Hispanic
8%
7%
South Puget Sound Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
3%
12%
South Puget Sound Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
64%
57%
South Puget Sound Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
9%
2%
South Puget Sound Community College More (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
7%
3%
South Puget Sound Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
1%
2%
South Puget Sound Community College Non Resident (2006-2013)
South Puget Sound Community 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. 0.36 0.53
South Puget Sound Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,470 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has grown by 39% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $9,861 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,470 $5,694
South Puget Sound Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,861 $10,252
South Puget Sound Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 60%
89%
South Puget Sound Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

South Puget Sound Community College is a public two-year college. With more than 5,000 full-and part-time students, we are the largest college in the South Puget Sound area. Our main campus is nestled in a beautiful wooded area a few minutes away from the state capitol in Olympia, Washington. We also offer classes at our Hawks Prairie Center in Lacey and in Yelm. Founded in 1962 as Olympia Vocational Technical Institute Renamed Olympia Technical Community College in 1976 Mission expanded to become a fully comprehensive community college in 1980 Renamed South Puget Sound Community College in 1984 Established the Hawks Prairie Center in Lacey in 1995. The college offer occupational training for gaining the skills and knowledge you need for direct employment or career advancement in business and industry. Associate of Technical Arts degrees and/or certificates of completion are offered in a variety of areas. South Puget Sound Community College awards degrees of Associate of Arts, Associate Degree in Nursing, Associate of General Studies, and Associate of Technical Arts. Certificates are awarded for successful completion of vocational-technical programs. High school diplomas and the GED high school equivalency are also offered. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. We offer college transfer, technical and enrichment courses.

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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 0.65, which is higher than the national average of 0.48. The most diverse community college in Washington is Seattle Community College-South Campus. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.