Seattle Central College

1701 Broadway Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Tel: (206)934-3800
  • Seattle Central Community College is a public, two-year, degree granting institution located in the heart of Seattle. During the 2005-06 academic year over 14,100 students enrolled in unique educational opportunities including college transfer, professional-technical training, adult basic education, and continuing education.
School Highlights
  • Seattle Central College serves 6,773 students (57% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is lower than the state community college average of 30:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 69% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is more than the state average of 41%.
  • Seattle Central College is one of 13 community colleges within King County, WA.
  • The nearest community college is The Art Institute of Seattle (1.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 258 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Seattle Central College (WA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 258 staff 138 staff
Seattle Central College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 6,773 has declined by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.76 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment 6,773 students 3,977 students
Seattle Central College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 26:1 30:1
Seattle Central College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 3,862 students 2,087 students
Seattle Central College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 2,911 students 1,890 students
Seattle Central College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Seattle Central College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Seattle Central College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2013)
% Asian
Seattle Central College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Seattle Central College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Seattle Central College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Seattle Central College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Seattle Central College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
Seattle Central College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Seattle Central 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. 0.76 0.62
Seattle Central College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Seattle Central College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2009)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $34,000 $36,300
Seattle Central College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,893 is less than the state average of $4,077. The in-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,083 is more than the state average of $7,465. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $3,893 $4,077
Seattle Central College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,083 $7,465
Seattle Central College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 80% 72%
Seattle Central College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $9,874 $11,000
Median Debt for Dropouts $5,500 $5,833
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Although the official history of Seattle Central began in 1966, its main campus is the site of two important Seattle schools that preceded the present day college. In accordance with a 1969 master plan, extensive renovation and new construction at Seattle Central took place over a seven-year period. With the completion of the Broadway Performance Hall (built from the central section of the high school) in 1978, the college campus possesses a striking historic reminder of its past that augments the modern main building next to it. These two buildings are appropriate symbols of the school's long standing commitment to provide quality education to all who seek it. The college's Broadway campus also includes a complete Student Activity Center, Bookstore and Student Government buildings. Seattle Central Community College, located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, is known for its ethnically and culturally diverse student body, innovative student services and coordinated studies curriculum for college transfers. Professional-technical programs offered include apparel design, ASL interpreter training, biotechnology, culinary arts, wood construction, maritime, and many health-related occupations. Seattle Central Community College is currently accredited in good standing by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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