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 6,773 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 31:1.
  • 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 to Seattle Central College is The Art Institute of Seattle (1.3 miles away).

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 declined by 14% over five years.
Seattle Central College(WA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty258 staff145 staff
Seattle Central College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Seattle Central College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Seattle Central College diversity score of 0.76 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 19% over five years.
Total Enrollment6,773 students4,463 students
Seattle Central College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio26:131:1
Seattle Central College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,862 students2,353 students
Seattle Central College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,911 students2,110 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 Score0.760.62
Seattle Central College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Seattle Central College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2008)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,000$36,200
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 $4,032. 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 $7,264. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,893$4,032
Seattle Central College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$9,083$7,264
Seattle Central College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid80%71%
Seattle Central College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2015)$9,873$10,614
Median Debt for Dropouts (Year 2015)$5,500$5,830
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.

Nearby Schools

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • The Art Institute of Seattle
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    Seattle WA  98121
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    Seattle WA  98115
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    Bellevue WA  98007
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Did You Know?
For Seattle public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,908 per year for in-state students and $7,632 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Seattle community colleges have a diversity score of 0.71, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Seattle is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.