• 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 4,974 students (62% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 14:1 is higher than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,974 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,321
  • Out-state tuition: $9,556
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 44%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 366 teachers has grown by 103% over five years.
South Puget Sound Community College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
366 staff
353 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 14:1 has decreased from 35:1 over five years.
The South Puget Sound Community College diversity score of 0.65 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,974 students
4,700 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
13:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,087 students
2,313 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,887 students
2,387 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
6%
7%
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% Hispanic
12%
15%
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% Black
3%
5%
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% White
56%
47%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
12%
8%
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% Non Resident races
2%
4%
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% Unknown races
7%
12%
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Diversity Score
0.65
0.73
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College Completion Rate
41%
38%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$34,500
$36,400
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,321 is more than the state average of $4,058. The in-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,556 is more than the state average of $7,211. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,321
$4,058
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$9,556
$7,211
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
49%
64%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$12,076
$12,000
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$6,267
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

School Calendar

View the South Puget Sound Community College yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

  • Event Date
  • Last Day of Instruction WOL Classes November 30, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • Last Day of Instruction WOL Classes November 30, 2022 (Wednesday)
  • Last Day of Instruction SPSCC, Hybrid and OL Classes December 02, 2022 (Friday)
  • Last Day of Instruction SPSCC, Hybrid and OL Classes December 02, 2022 (Friday)
  • First Day of SPSCC, Hybrid and OL (SPSCC Online) Classes January 09, 2023 (Monday)

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,974 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,321
  • Out-state tuition: $9,556
  • Student:teacher ratio: 14:1
  • Minority enrollment: 44%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,058 per year for in-state students and $7,211 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,532 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Washington community colleges have a diversity score of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Washington is Highline College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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