South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98512-6292
Tel: (360)596-5241
4,881 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
South Puget Sound Community College serves 4,881 students (57% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 32:1.
Minority enrollment is 33% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 41%.
South Puget Sound Community College is the only community colleges within Thurston County, WA.
The nearest community college is Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (19.60 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 138 teachers has declined by 20% over five years.
College South Puget Sound Community 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 138 staff 138 staff

Student Body

The student population of 4,881 has declined by 13% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has increased from 31:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.54 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has declined by 12% over five years.
Total Enrollment 4,881 students 3,682 students
Student:Teacher Ratio 35:1 32:1
# Full-Time Students 2,799 students 2,292 students
# Part-Time Students 2,082 students 1,890 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
% Asian
5%
7%
% Hispanic
7%
9%
% Black
1%
4%
% White
67%
59%
% Hawaiian
1%
1%
% Two or more races
7%
5%
% Unknown races
9%
14%
% Non Resident races
1%
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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. 0.54 0.62

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,200 is more than the state average of $3,947. The in-state tuition has grown by 17% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $9,438 is more than the state average of $8,840. The out-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,200 $3,947
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,438 $8,840
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 60% 72%
Source: 2014 (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.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 5,927 students | 19.60 Mi9401 Farwest Dr SW
    Lakewood WA 98498
    (253)964-6500
    19.605,927
  • 3,317 students | 21.50 Mi600 Centralia College Blvd.
    Centralia WA 98531
    (360)736-9391
    21.503,317
  • 3,682 students | 22.80 Mi4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
    Lakewood WA 98499
    (253)589-5800
    22.803,682
  • 7,189 students | 24.20 Mi6501 S 19th St
    Tacoma WA 98466
    (253)566-5000
    24.207,189
  • Everest College-Tacoma
    Private for-profit
    795 students | 27.50 Mi2156 Pacific Avenue
    Tacoma WA 98402
    (253)207-4000
    27.50795
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 0.62, which is higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Washington is The Art Institute of Seattle. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.