• Renton Technical College prepares a diverse student population for work, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, business and industry.

School Highlights

Renton Technical College serves 3,214 students (33% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is higher than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 58% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is more than the state average of 50%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,214 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,735
  • Out-state tuition: $4,735
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Renton Technical College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Washington for:

Category
Attribute
Completion Rates

School Overview

The teacher population of 257 teachers has grown by 91% over five years.
Renton Technical College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
257 staff
353 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Renton Technical College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 18:1 over five years.
The Renton Technical College diversity score of 0.75 is more than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
3,214 students
4,189 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
13:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,069 students
2,116 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,145 students
1,887 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
228 students
384 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,069 students
2,116 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,145 students
1,887 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
160 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
20%
8%
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% Hispanic
12%
14%
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% Black
14%
5%
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% White
42%
50%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
4%
8%
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% Non Resident races
1%
6%
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% Unknown races
5%
7%
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Diversity Score
0.75
0.71
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
63%
30%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
0.89%
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,700
$36,400
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,735 is more than the state average of $4,105. The in-state tuition has declined by 11% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,735 is less than the state average of $7,359. The out-state tuition has declined by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,735
$4,105
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,735
$7,359
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
75%
67%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$7,807
$11,794
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,961
$6,292
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • In 1942, Renton Technical College came into existence as a war production school. Throughout the duration of World War II, the College provided customized pre-employment training and job upgrading-retraining. After the war, the College became a state-funded vocational school with the mission of assisting industry in converting from a war-time to a peace-time economy. For the next 20 years, the College conducted a large number of upgrading-retraining classes and a small number of high quality training programs. The second 50 years, beginning in 1991, were marked by the conversion of the state's vocational-technical institutes to technical colleges. As part of this change, governance was shifted to the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and authorization was given to grant two year, sub-baccalaureate degrees and certificates of completion. Degrees are awarded in 36 preparatory programs, in apprenticeship and through three general occupational degree programs. Certificates are currently provided in 80 programs. Renton Technical College's central campus is located on 30 acres just north of N.E. 3rd Street in Renton, Washington, where 12 permanent structures and four portable buildings house the majority of the college's training facilities. Additionally, the college operates numerous satellite locations throughout King County. Renton Technical College's service area encompasses the Renton, Kent, Auburn, Tahoma, and Enumclaw School Districts, and the central and south portions of the Seattle School District. Renton Technical College provides relevant quality training and education, giving our students the skills and opportunity to compete in the job market. Our 73 specialized career training programs replicate the work environment, training our students on equipment used in today's workplace. Our training areas includes Automotive, Business Technology, Construction and Building, Cosmetology, Education and Human Services, (Allied) Health, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Product Services and Technology. Renton Technical College (RTC) is one of 34 colleges in the State of Washington operated by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. RTC's goal is to provide job training in the shortest period of time at the least cost – an important concept for both the student and the Washington taxpayer. Vocational training at the College is comprised of three programs: full-time, initial job training; part-time, retraining or upgrading existing skills; and apprenticeship-related instruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Renton Technical College cost?

Renton Technical College's tuition is approximately $4,735 for In-State students and $4,735 for Out-State students.

What is Renton Technical College's ranking?

Renton Technical College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Washington for: Highest completion rates and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 3,214 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,735
  • Out-state tuition: $4,735
  • Student:teacher ratio: 13:1
  • Minority enrollment: 58%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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King County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.78, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in King County, WA is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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