Clark College

  • 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 9,878 students (50% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is higher than the state community college average of 27:1.
Minority enrollment is 43% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.

Top Placements

Clark College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Washington for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 335 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Clark College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty335 staff157 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Clark College has declined by 9% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has decreased from 34:1 over five years.
The Clark College diversity score of 0.64 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 37% over five years.
Total Enrollment9,878 students4,698 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio29:127:1
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# Full-Time Students4,907 students2,397 students
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# Part-Time Students4,971 students2,301 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
4%
7%
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% Hispanic
10%
13%
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% Black
2%
5%
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% White
57%
47%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
8%
7%
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% Non Resident races
8%
7%
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% Unknown races
9%
12%
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Diversity Score0.640.73
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College Completion Rate
25%
31%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,300$36,200
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $3,653 is less than the state average of $4,058. The in-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,843 is more than the state average of $7,211. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,653$4,058
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,843$7,211
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid54%65%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,888$11,595
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$6,271
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Source: 2019 (or 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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Clark College is Carrington College-Portland (7.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Carrington College-Portland
    Private for-profit
    234 students | 7.00 Mi2004 Lloyd Center, 3rd Fl.
    Portland OR  97232
    (503) 761-6100
    7.00234
  • 446 students | 7.30 Mi1425 NE Irving Street, Bldg 300
    Portland OR  97232
    (503) 281-4181
    7.30446
  • 452 students | 8.00 Mi600 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 500
    Portland OR  97205
    (503) 223-2245
    8.00452
  • 75,000 students | 14.10 Mi12000 SW 49th Avenue
    Portland OR  97219
    (971) 722-6111
    14.1075,000
  • 28,000 students | 15.00 Mi26000 SE Stark St
    Gresham OR  97030
    (503) 491-6422
    15.0028,000
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