Tacoma Community College

6501 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98466-6100
Tel: (253)566-5000
7,189 students
Public institution
  • Tacoma Community College shall provide quality educational programs in a dynamic learning environment. The college shall be accessible, comprehensive and flexible, and shall address the personal, professional and social needs of its diverse community.
School Highlights
Tacoma Community College serves 7,189 students (59% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 41%.
Tacoma Community College is one of 6 community colleges within Pierce County, WA.
The nearest community college is Bates Technical College (3.80 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 266 teachers has grown by 14% over five years.
Tacoma 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 266 staff 138 staff
Tacoma Community College Total Faculty (2007-2015)

Student Body

The student population of 7,189 has grown by 5% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has increased from 26:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 22% over five years.
Total Enrollment 7,189 students 3,682 students
Tacoma Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2015)
Student : Teacher Ratio 27:1 31:1
Tacoma Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2015)
# Full-Time Students 4,270 students 2,087 students
Tacoma Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
# Part-Time Students 2,919 students 1,890 students
Tacoma Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2015)
Tacoma Community College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Tacoma Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2015)
% Asian
Tacoma Community College Asian (2007-2015)
% Hispanic
Tacoma Community College Hispanic (2007-2015)
% Black
Tacoma Community College Black (2007-2015)
% White
Tacoma Community College White (2007-2015)
% Hawaiian
Tacoma Community College Hawaiian (2012-2015)
% Two or more races
Tacoma Community College More (2009-2015)
% Non Resident races
Tacoma Community College Non Resident (2007-2015)
% Unknown races
Tacoma Community 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. 0.70 0.62
Tacoma Community College Diversity Score (2007-2015)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $3,726 is less than the state average of $3,898. The in-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,915 is more than the state average of $8,657. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,726 $3,898
Tacoma Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,915 $8,657
Tacoma Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 62% 72%
Tacoma Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Source: 2015 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Tacoma Community College is one of 34 Washington community and technical colleges, serving Tacoma-Pierce County. The college Offers 44 state approved professional/technical programs. TCC offers a variety of professional/technical programs designed to prepare you for the workforce. These programs can lead to a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree, or a program certificate. TCC also offers a variety of freshman and sophomore-level courses, transferable to a four-year college or university. TCC traces its roots to 1962, when residents of the Tacoma-Pierce County area elected to fund and build a local community college. Directors of the Tacoma School District No. 10 applied for authorization to build the college in 1961. TCC received state approval to begin construction in 1963 and opened for class on Sept. 28, 1965. The college's main campus offers a range of academic and occupational degrees, continuing education classes, and developmental learning opportunities. About 8,400 students come to our 150-acre campus each quarter. Since TCC's opening in 1965, more than 400,000 people have attended. The college is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities.

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