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School Highlights

Lower Columbia College serves 2,703 students (59% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 8:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 27% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,703 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,150
  • Out-state tuition: $4,665
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 27%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 350 teachers has grown by 177% over five years.
Lower Columbia College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Nontraditional
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Institution Level
Four or more years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
350 staff
353 staff
This chart display total faculty of Lower Columbia College and community college average number of faculty in WA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Lower Columbia College has declined by 11% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 8:1 has decreased from 16:1 over five years.
The Lower Columbia College diversity score of 0.45 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
2,703 students
4,700 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Lower Columbia College and community college average number of enrollment of WA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
13:1
This chart display the student staff ratio of Lower Columbia College and community college average student staff ratio of WA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Full-Time Students
1,583 students
2,313 students
This chart display the total number of Full-Time students enrollment of Lower Columbia College and average number of community college Full-Time students enrollment of WA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
# Part-Time Students
1,120 students
2,387 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 2019-20 school year data.
This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Lower Columbia College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of WA.
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 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 2019-20 school year data.
% Asian
3%
7%
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 2019-20 school year data.
% Hispanic
10%
15%
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 2019-20 school year data.
% Black
1%
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 2019-20 school year data.
% White
73%
47%
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 2019-20 school year data.
% Hawaiian
n/a
1%
% 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 2019-20 school year data.
% Non Resident races
1%
4%
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 2019-20 school year data.
% Unknown races
4%
12%
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
0.45
0.73
This chart display the diversity score of Lower Columbia College and the community college average diversity score of WA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
College Completion Rate
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.
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 $4,058. 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 $7,211. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,150
$4,058
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Lower Columbia College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of WA by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,665
$7,211
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 2019-20 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
77%
64%
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 2019-20 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$11,084
$12,000
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 2018-19 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,041
$6,267
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 2018-19 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
5 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Source: 2020 (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.

School Calendar

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

  • Event Date
  • Last Day for 100% Tuition Refund September 25, 2022 (Sunday)
  • Last Day to Withdraw without a W September 30, 2022 (Friday)
  • Last Day for 50% Tuition Refund October 08, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Last Day to Withdraw from Fall Quarter Classes* November 10, 2022 (Thursday)
  • Last Day of Fall Quarter Classes December 02, 2022 (Friday)

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 2,703 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,150
  • Out-state tuition: $4,665
  • Student:teacher ratio: 8:1
  • Minority enrollment: 27%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,058 per year for in-state students and $7,211 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 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Washington is Highline College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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