• 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 4,566 students (40% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 31:1 is higher than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 50%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 4,566 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,825
  • Out-state tuition: $9,015
  • Student:teacher ratio: 31:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 149 teachers has grown by 170% over five years.
Pierce College-Puyallup
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Not applicable, not in Carnegie universe (not accredited or nondegree-granting)
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
149 staff
353 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Pierce College-Puyallup has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Pierce College-Puyallup diversity score of 0.67 is less than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,566 students
4,189 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
31:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,814 students
2,116 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,752 students
1,887 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
256 students
384 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,814 students
2,116 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,752 students
1,887 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
60 students
160 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
6%
8%
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% Hispanic
16%
14%
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% Black
6%
5%
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% White
53%
50%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
12%
8%
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% Non Resident races
1%
6%
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% Unknown races
5%
7%
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Diversity Score
0.67
0.71
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.21%
2.12%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$37,900
$36,400
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,825 is less than the state average of $4,105. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,015 is more than the state average of $7,359. The out-state tuition has grown by 119% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,825
$4,105
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$9,015
$7,359
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
49%
67%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$13,296
$11,794
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,000
$6,292
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Pierce College-Puyallup cost?

Pierce College-Puyallup's tuition is approximately $3,825 for In-State students and $9,015 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 4,566 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,825
  • Out-state tuition: $9,015
  • Student:teacher ratio: 31:1
  • Minority enrollment: 47%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Pierce County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Pierce County, WA is Tacoma Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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