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 6,743 students (54% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 10:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 69% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is more than the state average of 53%.

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 675 teachers has grown by 150% over five years.
Seattle Central College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty675 staff353 staff
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School CalendarLink to School Calendar

School Calendar

View the Seattle Central College yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

  • Event Date
  • Summer 2022-Last Day to Withdraw With 100% Refund June 30, 2022 (Thursday)
  • Summer 2022-Last Day to Add/Register/Withdraw July 07, 2022 (Thursday)
  • Summer 2022-Last Day to Withdraw With 50% Refund July 11, 2022 (Monday)
  • Summer 2022-Last Day to Change Audit/Credit Status/(Instr Permission) Last Day to Withdraw (No Refund) August 05, 2022 (Friday)
  • Fall 2022-Last Day to Withdraw With 100% Refund September 30, 2022 (Friday)

Student Body

The student population of Seattle Central College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 10:1 has decreased from 26:1 over five years.
The Seattle Central College diversity score of 0.82 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment6,743 students4,700 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio10:113:1
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# Full-Time Students3,622 students2,313 students
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# Part-Time Students3,121 students2,387 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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1%
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% Asian
14%
7%
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% Hispanic
8%
15%
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% Black
13%
5%
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% White
31%
47%
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% Two or more races
10%
8%
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% Non Resident races
14%
4%
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% Unknown races
10%
12%
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Diversity Score0.820.73
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College Completion Rate
24%
28%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,000$36,400
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

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 131% 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 Aid60%64%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,675$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,931$6,267
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Source: 2020 (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 South Seattle College (4.7 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 6,141 students | 4.70 Mi6000 16th Ave SW
    Seattle, WA 98106
    (206) 934-5300
    4.706,141
  • 577 students | 5.70 Mi9709 Third Ave NE Suite 400
    Seattle, WA 98115
    (206) 322-6100
    5.70577
  • 5,693 students | 6.00 Mi9600 College Way North
    Seattle, WA 98103
    (206) 934-3600
    6.005,693
  • 12,563 students | 8.30 Mi3000 Landerholm Cir SE
    Bellevue, WA 98007
    (425) 564-1000
    8.3012,563
  • 5,884 students | 9.30 Mi16101 Greenwood Ave N
    Shoreline, WA 98133
    (206) 546-4101
    9.305,884
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Did You Know?
Seattle community colleges have a diversity score of 0.72, which is higher than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Seattle is Seattle Central College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.