1600 Maple Street
Longview, WA 98632
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School Highlights

Lower Columbia College serves 2,325 students (57% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 7:1 is lower than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 25% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 50%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,325 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,150
  • Out-state tuition: $4,665
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 25%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Lower Columbia College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Washington for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 350 teachers has grown by 78% over five years.
Lower Columbia College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
350 staff
353 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Lower Columbia College has declined by 20% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 7:1 has decreased from 8:1 over five years.
The Lower Columbia College diversity score of 0.42 is less than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,325 students
4,189 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,329 students
2,116 students
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# Part-Time Students
996 students
1,887 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of Lower Columbia College and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Lower Columbia College.
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
215 students
384 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,329 students
2,116 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Lower Columbia College and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
996 students
1,887 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
160 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
This chart display the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan students in Lower Columbia College and the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Asian
3%
8%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Lower Columbia College and the percentage of Asian community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hispanic
8%
14%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Lower Columbia College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Black
2%
5%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Lower Columbia College and the percentage of Black community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% White
75%
50%
This chart display the percentage of White students in Lower Columbia College and the percentage of White community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hawaiian
1%
1%
This chart display the percentage of Hawaiian students in Lower Columbia College and the percentage of Hawaiian community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Two or more races
7%
8%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Lower Columbia College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Non Resident races
1%
6%
This chart display the percentage of Non Resident students in Lower Columbia College and the percentage of Non Resident community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Unknown races
4%
7%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Lower Columbia College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in WA.
Diversity Score
0.42
0.71
This chart display the diversity score of Lower Columbia College and the community college average diversity score of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
22%
38%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Lower Columbia College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of WA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
1.59%
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,400
$36,400
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Lower Columbia College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of WA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,150 is more than the state average of $4,105. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,665 is less than the state average of $7,359. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,150
$4,105
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,665
$7,359
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Lower Columbia College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
81%
67%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Lower Columbia College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$10,503
$11,794
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Lower Columbia College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,000
$6,292
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Lower Columbia College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Lower Columbia College cost?

Lower Columbia College's tuition is approximately $4,150 for In-State students and $4,665 for Out-State students.

What sports does Lower Columbia College offer?

Lower Columbia College offers 5 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.

What is Lower Columbia College's ranking?

Lower Columbia College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Washington for: Percent of students receiving financial aid.

School Calendar

View the Lower Columbia College yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

  • Event Date
  • First Day of Winter Quarter Classes January 04, 2023 (Wednesday)
  • Last Day for 100% Tuition Refund January 10, 2023 (Tuesday)
  • Last Day to Withdraw without a W Grade* January 18, 2023 (Wednesday)
  • Last Day for 50% Tuition Refund January 23, 2023 (Monday)
  • Last Day to Withdraw from Winter Quarter Classes* February 24, 2023 (Friday)

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 2,325 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,150
  • Out-state tuition: $4,665
  • Student:teacher ratio: 7:1
  • Minority enrollment: 25%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,105 per year for in-state students and $7,359 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,532 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Washington community colleges have a diversity score of 0.71, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Washington is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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