Seattle Central College

  • 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 6,802 students (53% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is lower than the state community college average of 27:1.
Minority enrollment is 68% of the student body (majority Black and Asian), which is more than the state average of 53%.

Top Placements

Seattle Central College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Washington for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 258 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Seattle Central College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty258 staff157 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Seattle Central College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five years.
The Seattle Central College diversity score of 0.81 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 6% over five years.
Total Enrollment6,802 students4,698 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio26:127:1
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# Full-Time Students3,623 students2,397 students
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# Part-Time Students3,179 students2,301 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
-
1%
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% Asian
12%
7%
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% Hispanic
8%
13%
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% Black
12%
5%
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% White
32%
47%
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% Two or more races
8%
7%
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% Non Resident races
8%
7%
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% Unknown races
19%
12%
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Diversity Score0.810.73
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College Completion Rate
24%
28%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,000$36,200
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $3,893 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 $9,083 is more than the state average of $7,211. The out-state tuition has grown by 133% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,893$4,058
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Out-State Tuition Fees$9,083$7,211
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid58%65%
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Median Debt for Graduates$11,274$11,595
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$6,271
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Source: 2019 (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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Seattle Central College is The Art Institute of Seattle (1.4 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • The Art Institute of Seattle
    Private, for profit
    1,378 students | 1.40 Mi2323 Elliott Ave
    Seattle WA  98121
    (206) 448-0900
    1.401,378
  • 6,177 students | 4.70 Mi6000 16th Ave SW
    Seattle WA  98106
    (206) 934-5300
    4.706,177
  • 468 students | 5.70 Mi9709 Third Ave NE Suite 400
    Seattle WA  98115
    (206) 322-6100
    5.70468
  • 5,929 students | 6.00 Mi9600 College Way North
    Seattle WA  98103
    (206) 934-3600
    6.005,929
  • 13,226 students | 8.30 Mi3000 Landerholm Cir SE
    Bellevue WA  98007
    (425) 564-1000
    8.3013,226
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