Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom

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Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Photo #1 - Students gather outside the Gaspard Building on the Puyallup Campus.
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Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom Photo #1 - Students gather outside the Gaspard Building on the Puyallup Campus.
  • Pierce College Fort Steilacoom and Pierce College Puyallup are comprehensive, accredited, public two-year colleges. Our colleges offer outstanding programs for career development and transfer to four-year colleges, in beautiful settings, with excellent facilities and instructors.

School Highlights

Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom serves 6,195 students (43% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 56% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is more than the state average of 53%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 353 teachers has grown by 129% over five years.
Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty353 staff353 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 has decreased from 69:1 over five years.
The Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment6,195 students4,700 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio18:113:1
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# Full-Time Students2,635 students2,313 students
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# Part-Time Students3,560 students2,387 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
60140
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
7%
7%
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% Hispanic
17%
15%
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% Black
9%
5%
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% White
44%
47%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
14%
8%
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% Non Resident races
2%
4%
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% Unknown races
5%
12%
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Diversity Score0.740.73
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College Completion Rate
24%
30%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,900$36,400
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,777 is less than the state average of $4,058. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,967 is more than the state average of $7,211. The out-state tuition has grown by 121% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,777$4,058
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,967$7,211
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid52%64%
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Median Debt for Graduates$13,000$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$7,125$6,267
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Source: 2020 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Pierce College District 11 is two community colleges and an extended learning program in Pierce County, Washington state. Pierce is one of the largest educational providers in the state, and is nationally ranked in degrees conferred. Our programs include transfer courses parallel to the first two years of university and four-year college work, vocational degree and certificate programs for training or retraining in a variety of job fields, developmental, basic skills and high school completion courses, personal and professional development through continuing education courses and traditional and non-traditional learning opportunities. Pierce College's rise to prominence in Washington's higher education system began humbly. It opened in 1967 as Clover Park Community College, and its administrative offices and library were housed in an abandoned grocery store. A local school district operated the college, and instructors held classes throughout Pierce County at area high schools, military bases and hospitals. In its first year of operation, the college became part of the statewide community college system. With support of the state legislature, which passed the Community College Act of 1967, a permanent campus was chosen. The site, 140 acres in the historic Fort Steilacoom area of Lakewood, led to a new name: Fort Steilacoom Community College. With a strong reputation for solid, affordable educational programs, the college continued to grow rapidly. A major addition and remodeling of the Fort Steilacoom campus were complete in 1987. At the same time, an 85-acre site in Puyallup was purchased to become the permanent home of the Puyallup campus. Officials broke ground for the first building in 1989 and at the start of fall quarter 1990 held the facility's grand opening. A second building was opened in Puyallup in the Fall of 1996. Pierce College offers a variety of associate degrees for university transfer, Associate in Technology degrees for professional/technical training in a wide range of career fields, and professional/technical certificates for entry-level employment preparation. Pierce College is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. It is part of the state system of public community and technical colleges.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom is Clover Park Technical College (3.7 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 3,973 students | 3.70 Mi4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
    Lakewood, WA 98499
    (253) 589-5800
    3.703,973
  • 6,095 students | 5.60 Mi6501 S 19th St
    Tacoma, WA 98466
    (253) 566-5000
    5.606,095
  • 4,377 students | 8.00 Mi1101 S Yakima Ave
    Tacoma, WA 98405
    (253) 680-7000
    8.004,377
  • 4,566 students | 14.10 Mi9401 Farwest Dr SW
    Lakewood, WA 98498
    (253) 964-6500
    14.104,566
  • 6,310 students | 19.50 Mi2400 S 240th St
    Des Moines, WA 98198
    (206) 878-3710
    19.506,310
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For Pierce County, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,513 per year for in-state students and $9,089 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Pierce County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.71, which is equal to the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Pierce County, WA is Tacoma Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.