Lake Tahoe Community College

Tel: (530)541-4660
  • Lake Tahoe Community College promotes learning and enrichment for our students and community through exemplary educational experiences provided in a uniquely supportive environment.
School Highlights
  • Lake Tahoe Community College serves 2,419 students (29% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Lake Tahoe Community College is the only community colleges within El Dorado County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is Western Nevada College (20.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 81 teachers has declined by 5% over five years.
Lake Tahoe Community College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty81 staff92 staff
Lake Tahoe Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,419 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.58 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 33% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,419 students7,516 students
Lake Tahoe Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio30:144:1
Lake Tahoe Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students692 students1,613 students
Lake Tahoe Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students1,727 students5,903 students
Lake Tahoe Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Lake Tahoe Community College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Lake Tahoe Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Lake Tahoe Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Lake Tahoe Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Lake Tahoe Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Lake Tahoe Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Lake Tahoe Community College Hawaiian (2009-2013)
% Two or more races
Lake Tahoe Community College More (2010-2016)
% Non Resident races
Lake Tahoe Community College Non Resident (2014-2016)
% Unknown races
Lake Tahoe Community College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.580.73
Lake Tahoe Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Lake Tahoe Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,500$34,900
Lake Tahoe Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,221 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 28% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,642 is less than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,221$1,636
Lake Tahoe Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,642$6,797
Lake Tahoe Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid70%78%
Lake Tahoe Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates-$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts$3,500$5,500
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • At 6,229 feet above sea level, Lake Tahoe Community College, set in the heart of South Lake Tahoe, is the highest college in California. Opened in 1975, approximately 4,000 students come through the doors each quarter. Beyond the classrooms and labs, the 164-acre wooded campus features a 192-seat black box theater, extensive art labs and a demonstration garden. A 26,000 square foot gymnasium with a dance studio and fitness education center and a student center, which includes a caf?, Internet terminals, and teaching kitchens for the culinary arts program were opened in 2002. In 2004, the college will break ground for a new library and art gallery. The college offers certificates and associate degrees from culinary arts to computer studies. With our 49 full-time faculty members students come first. Outdoor recreation can be found all year in South Lake Tahoe, a town of about 24,000 residents. Students are within minutes of three ski resorts. There are 14 resorts in all around the lake. Summer brings water sports, fishing, hiking, camping and an extensive network of mountain biking trails. The sun shines an average 75 percent or 274 days each year giving students plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the Sierra Nevada. Lake Tahoe Community College promotes learning and enrichment for our students and community through exemplary educational experiences provided in a uniquely supportive environment. Lake Tahoe Community College will provide outstanding educational opportunities for every student in a personal learning community. The college is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,802 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.