Renton Technical College

3000 NE Fourth St
Renton, WA 98056-4123
Tel: (425)235-2352
  • 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 3,359 students (37% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 53% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is more than the state average of 41%.
  • Renton Technical College is one of 13 community colleges within King County, WA.
  • The nearest community college is Pima Medical Institute-Renton (2.10 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 134 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Renton Technical College (WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 134 staff 138 staff
Renton Technical College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,359 has grown by 45% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has decreased from 34:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.71 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,359 students 3,977 students
Renton Technical College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 25:1 30:1
Renton Technical College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,249 students 2,087 students
Renton Technical College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 2,110 students 1,890 students
Renton Technical College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Renton Technical College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Renton Technical College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Renton Technical College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Renton Technical College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Renton Technical College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Renton Technical College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Renton Technical College Hawaiian (2012-2016)
% Two or more races
Renton Technical College More (2009-2016)
% Unknown races
Renton Technical College 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. 0.71 0.62
Renton Technical College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Renton Technical College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $36,700 $36,300
Renton Technical College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,735 is more than the state average of $4,077. The in-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,735 is less than the state average of $7,465. The out-state tuition has declined by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,735 $4,077
Renton Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,735 $7,465
Renton Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 68% 72%
Renton Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates $6,938 $11,000
Renton Technical College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $6,000 $5,833
Renton Technical College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) 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.

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Did You Know?
For King County, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,023 per year for in-state students and $8,035 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

King 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 0.68, which is higher than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in King County, WA is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.