Seattle Central College

1701 Broadway Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Top Ranked (2024): View Rankings
  • 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 5,763 students (53% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 71% of the student body (majority Black and Asian), which is more than the state average of 50%.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 5,763 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,893
  • Out-state tuition: $9,083
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 71%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Seattle Central College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Washington for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 675 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Seattle Central College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
675 staff
353 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Seattle Central College has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 10:1 over five years.
The Seattle Central College diversity score of 0.81 is more than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,763 students
4,003 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,068 students
2,116 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,695 students
1,887 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
550 students
384 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,068 students
2,116 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
n/a
1,887 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
13%
8%
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% Hispanic
7%
14%
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% Black
13%
5%
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% White
29%
50%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
1%
% Two or more races
8%
8%
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% Non Resident races
24%
6%
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% Unknown races
6%
7%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in WA.
Diversity Score
0.81
0.71
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
24%
28%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
1.05%
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,000
$36,400
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,893 is less than the state average of $4,105. 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 $7,359. The out-state tuition has grown by 139% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,893
$4,105
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$9,083
$7,359
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
73%
67%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Seattle Central College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$11,000
$11,794
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$7,258
$6,292
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Seattle Central College cost?
Seattle Central College's tuition is approximately $3,893 for In-State students and $9,083 for Out-State students.
What is Seattle Central College's ranking?
Seattle Central College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Washington for: Diversity in US community colleges and Average community college minority breakdown.

School Calendar

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

Event
Date
Summer 2024-Last Day to Withdraw With 100% Refund
June 27, 2024 (Thursday)
Summer 2024-Last Day to Withdraw With 50% Refund
July 05, 2024 (Friday)
Summer 2024-Last Day to Add/Register/Withdraw
July 05, 2024 (Friday)
Summer 2024-Last Day to Change Audit/Credit Status/(Instr Permission) Last Day to Withdraw (No Refund)
August 01, 2024 (Thursday)
Fall 2024-Last Day to Withdraw With 100% Refund
September 27, 2024 (Friday)

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Enrollment: 5,763 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,893
  • Out-state tuition: $9,083
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 71%
  • Source: Verified school update

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For King County, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,098 per year for in-state students and $7,784 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

King County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.76, which is higher than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in King County, WA is Highline College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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