Lower Columbia College

Lower Columbia College's state-of-the-art Health and Science Building
Lower Columbia College's state-of-the-art Health and Science Building
School Highlights
  • Lower Columbia College serves 6,352 students
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 24% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 41%.
  • Lower Columbia College is the only community colleges within Cowlitz County, WA.
  • The nearest community college is Clark College (37.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 213 teachers has grown by 43% over five years.
Lower Columbia College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty213 staff145 staff
Lower Columbia College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 6,352 has grown by 94% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 16:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.40 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 47% over five years.
Total Enrollment6,352 students4,463 students
Lower Columbia College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio30:131:1
Lower Columbia College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students-2,353 students
Lower Columbia College Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
# Part-Time Students-2,110 students
Lower Columbia College Part-Time Students (2007-2015)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Lower Columbia College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Lower Columbia College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Lower Columbia College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Lower Columbia College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Lower Columbia College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Lower Columbia College More (2009-2016)
Lower Columbia 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.0.400.62
Lower Columbia College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Lower Columbia College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,400$36,300
Lower Columbia College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,150 is more than the state average of $4,074. The in-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,665 is less than the state average of $7,461. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,150$4,074
Lower Columbia College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,665$7,461
Lower Columbia College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid80%71%
Lower Columbia College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$13,000$11,000
Lower Columbia College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$5,833
Lower Columbia College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Soccer, Softball,
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Lower Columbia College is located in Longview, where the Cowlitz River finishes its run from Mt. Rainier to the mighty Columbia River. Most Lower Columbia College students live in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties in Washington, or commute from nearby Oregon communities. LCC is part of the Washington State community and technical college system. Founded in 1934, LCC is one of the state's first community colleges. The beautiful campus has grown over the years to 26 buildings on 38.75 acres at the heart of Longview, and includes a modern library, computing and tutoring centers, new health & science building, newly renovated gym & fitness center, art gallery, bookstore, and more. Lower Columbia College offers college degrees and certificates in more than 70 fields. We also offer non-credit Community Education and Senior Studies classes, as well as high school completion, adult basic education and English as a Second Language. Courses and programs available in the following disciplines: Accounting,  Advanced Technology Manufacturing, Adult Basic Education, Automotive/Diesel Technology, Allied Health, American Sign Language, Anthropology, Art, Astronomy, Biology, Blueprint Reading, Business Administration, Business Technology, Chemical Dependency Studies, Chemistry, Chinese, College Success, Computer Aided Design, Computer Science, Continuing Education, Cooperative Education, Criminal Justice, Dance, Diesel/Heavy Equipment Technology, Drafting, Drama, Early Childhood Education, Earth Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, English as a Second Language, Environmental Science, GED preparation, Geography, Geology, High School Completion, Human Development, History, Health, Humanities, Information Technology Systems, Library/Learning Commons, Machine Trades, Manufacturing, Mathematics, Medical Assisting, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Music, Nursing, Nutrition, Oceanography, Paraeducator, Physical Education, Philosophy, Physics, Physical Science, Political Science, Process Control Manufacturing, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Speech, Technology and Welding Technology. LCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and operates under approval granted by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Washington Student Achievement Council.

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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,074 per year for in-state students and $7,461 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,830 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 lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Washington is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.