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.
School Highlights
  • South Puget Sound Community College serves 4,881 students (57% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 35:1 is higher than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 33% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is less than the state average of 41%.
  • South Puget Sound Community College is the only community colleges within Thurston County, WA.
  • The nearest community college to South Puget Sound Community College is Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (19.6 miles away).

Top Placements

South Puget Sound Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Washington for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 138 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
South Puget Sound Community College(WA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty138 staff145 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of South Puget Sound Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The South Puget Sound Community College diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment4,881 students4,463 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio35:131:1
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# Full-Time Students2,799 students2,353 students
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# Part-Time Students2,082 students2,110 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
5%
7%
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% Hispanic
7%
10%
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% Black
1%
4%
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% White
67%
59%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
7%
5%
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% Non Resident races
1%
6%
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% Unknown races
9%
7%
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Diversity Score0.530.62
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College Completion Rate
27%
31%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,500$36,200
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,321 is more than the state average of $4,032. The in-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,556 is more than the state average of $7,264. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,321$4,032
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Out-State Tuition Fees$9,556$7,264
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid60%71%
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Median Debt for Graduates$8,664$10,614
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,271$5,830
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • 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.

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