South Puget Sound Community College
- As a comprehensive, open door community college, South Puget Sound Community College is committed to providing quality educational opportunities to meet the intellectual, academic, vocational, career, personal, and developmental education needs of its students and members of the community.
- The teacher population of 138 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|South Puget Sound Community College||(WA) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||At least 2 but less than 4 years||Four or more years|
|Total Faculty||138 staff||145 staff|
|Total Enrollment||4,881 students||4,463 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||35:1||31:1|
|# Full-Time Students||2,799 students||2,353 students|
|# Part-Time Students||2,082 students||2,110 students|
|% American Indian/Alaskan|
|% Two or more races|
|% Non Resident races|
|% Unknown races|
|College Completion Rate|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$34,500||$36,200|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- South Puget Sound Community College is a public two-year college. With more than 5,000 full-and part-time students, we are the largest college in the South Puget Sound area. Our main campus is nestled in a beautiful wooded area a few minutes away from the state capitol in Olympia, Washington. We also offer classes at our Hawks Prairie Center in Lacey and in Yelm. Founded in 1962 as Olympia Vocational Technical Institute Renamed Olympia Technical Community College in 1976 Mission expanded to become a fully comprehensive community college in 1980 Renamed South Puget Sound Community College in 1984 Established the Hawks Prairie Center in Lacey in 1995. The college offer occupational training for gaining the skills and knowledge you need for direct employment or career advancement in business and industry. Associate of Technical Arts degrees and/or certificates of completion are offered in a variety of areas. South Puget Sound Community College awards degrees of Associate of Arts, Associate Degree in Nursing, Associate of General Studies, and Associate of Technical Arts. Certificates are awarded for successful completion of vocational-technical programs. High school diplomas and the GED high school equivalency are also offered. The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. We offer college transfer, technical and enrichment courses.
- The nearest community college to South Puget Sound Community College is Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (19.6 miles away).
- College Location Mi. Students
- 5,927 students | 19.60 Mi9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood,  WA  98498
- 3,317 students | 21.50 Mi600 Centralia College Blvd.
Centralia,  WA  98531
- 3,682 students | 22.80 Mi4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood,  WA  98499
- 7,189 students | 24.20 Mi6501 S 19th St
Tacoma,  WA  98466
- 795 students | 27.50 Mi2156 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma,  WA  98402
We look at why millions of Americans are choosing community college over a traditional four-year school today.
Many students enroll in community college with the intent of transferring to a four-year school. Of those who do, many succeed, and yet traditional colleges and universities continue to overlook them. Read on to learn more about why more community college students don’t transfer schools and to receive some tips for making the transfer yourself.
Community college is the only option for many students who either can’t afford a traditional four-year university or who need a more flexible school environment. Just because community college is different, however, doesn’t mean that its students matter any less. The Aspen Prize exists to encourage community colleges to do more for their students and to continually strive for improvement.