Pierce College-Puyallup

1601 39th Ave SE
Puyallup, WA 98374-2222
Tel: (253)840-8400
  • Pierce College students will experience quality, relevant learning that increases their knowledge, skills and abilities to maximize the potential for individual success whether transferring to a four-year institution or preparing directly for the workforce. Pierce Collegewill ensure quality, sustainability and continuous improvement in all of its departments and programs. Pierce Collegewill promote an environment in which quality teaching and learning are fostered, decision-making is collaborative, and students and employees feel valued and respected. Pierce Collegewill be a recognized leader in building and maintaining academic, industry and broad-based community partnerships to advance local educational opportunities and economic development.
School Highlights
  • Pierce College-Puyallup serves 3,671 students (49% of students are full-time).
  • Minority enrollment is 33% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 41%.
  • Pierce College-Puyallup is one of 6 community colleges within Pierce County, WA.
  • The nearest community college is Everest College-Tacoma (9.70 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 55 teachers has declined by 41% over five years.
Pierce College-Puyallup (WA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 55 staff 138 staff
Pierce College-Puyallup Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,671 has grown by 12% over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,671 students 3,977 students
Pierce College-Puyallup Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 67:1 30:1
Pierce College-Puyallup Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,781 students 2,087 students
Pierce College-Puyallup Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 1,890 students 1,890 students
Pierce College-Puyallup Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Pierce College-Puyallup Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Pierce College-Puyallup American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Pierce College-Puyallup Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Pierce College-Puyallup Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Pierce College-Puyallup Black (2007-2016)
% White
Pierce College-Puyallup White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Pierce College-Puyallup Hawaiian (2012-2016)
% Two or more races
Pierce College-Puyallup More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
Pierce College-Puyallup Non Resident (2010-2016)
% Unknown races
Pierce College-Puyallup 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. 0.53 0.62
Pierce College-Puyallup Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Pierce College-Puyallup Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $37,900 -
Pierce College-Puyallup Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,825 is less than the state average of $4,077. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,015 is more than the state average of $7,465. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,825 $4,077
Pierce College-Puyallup In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,015 $7,465
Pierce College-Puyallup Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 58% 72%
Pierce College-Puyallup % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $12,000 -
Pierce College-Puyallup Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $5,500 -
Pierce College-Puyallup Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Everest College-Tacoma
    Pivate, for profit
    795 students | 9.70 Mi2156 Pacific Avenue
    Tacoma WA  98402
  • 2,409 students | 10.50 Mi1101 S Yakima Ave
    Tacoma WA  98405
  • 3,682 students | 10.70 Mi4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
    Lakewood WA  98499
  • 7,915 students | 11.80 Mi12401 SE 320th St
    Auburn WA  98092
  • 7,189 students | 13.30 Mi6501 S 19th St
    Tacoma WA  98466
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Did You Know?
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 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 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Pierce County, WA is Everest College-Tacoma. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.