Renton Technical College
- Renton Technical College prepares a diverse student population for work, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, business and industry.
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 (2023)
- 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)
Renton Technical College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Washington for:
Debt For Students
The teacher population of 257 teachers has grown by 91% over five years.
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The student population of Renton Technical College has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 15:1 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.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
# Enrollment Undergraduate
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
# Full-Time Graduate Students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
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
Out-State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Median Debt for Graduates
Median Debt for Dropouts
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
- 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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