Pierce College-Puyallup

  • 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 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 48% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 149 teachers has grown by 58% over five years.
Pierce College-Puyallup(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty149 staff353 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

Student Body

The student population of Pierce College-Puyallup has grown by 24% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 31:1 has decreased from 67:1 over five years.
The Pierce College-Puyallup diversity score of 0.68 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,566 students4,700 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio31:113:1
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# Full-Time Students1,814 students2,313 students
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# Part-Time Students2,752 students2,387 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
60 students140 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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1%
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% Asian
6%
7%
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% Hispanic
16%
15%
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% Black
6%
5%
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% White
52%
47%
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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%
4%
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% Unknown races
5%
12%
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Diversity Score0.680.73
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College Completion Rate
30%
38%
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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 $3,825 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 $9,015 is more than the state average of $7,211. The out-state tuition has grown by 119% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,825$4,058
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Out-State Tuition Fees$9,015$7,211
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid49%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

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Pierce College-Puyallup is Clover Park Technical College (10.4 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 3,973 students | 10.40 Mi4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
    Lakewood, WA 98499
    (253) 589-5800
    10.403,973
  • 4,377 students | 10.60 Mi1101 S Yakima Ave
    Tacoma, WA 98405
    (253) 680-7000
    10.604,377
  • 8,435 students | 11.70 Mi12401 SE 320th St
    Auburn, WA 98092
    (253) 833-9111
    11.708,435
  • 6,095 students | 13.40 Mi6501 S 19th St
    Tacoma, WA 98466
    (253) 566-5000
    13.406,095
  • 6,195 students | 14.10 Mi9401 Farwest Dr SW
    Lakewood, WA 98498
    (253) 964-6500
    14.106,195
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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 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.