South Puget Sound Community College

2011 Mottman Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98512-6292
Tel: (360)596-5241
  • 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 is Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom (19.60 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 138 teachers has declined by 23% over five years.
South Puget Sound Community College(WA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty138 staff145 staff
South Puget Sound Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 4,881 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 35:1 has increased from 30:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.53 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 17% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,881 students4,463 students
South Puget Sound Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio35:131:1
South Puget Sound Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,799 students2,353 students
South Puget Sound Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students2,082 students2,110 students
South Puget Sound Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
South Puget Sound Community College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
South Puget Sound Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
5%
7%
South Puget Sound Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
7%
10%
South Puget Sound Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
1%
4%
South Puget Sound Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
67%
59%
South Puget Sound Community College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
1%
1%
South Puget Sound Community College Hawaiian (2012-2016)
% Two or more races
7%
5%
South Puget Sound Community College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
1%
6%
South Puget Sound Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
9%
7%
South Puget Sound Community College Ethnicity Breakdown WA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.530.62
South Puget Sound Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
27%
31%
South Puget Sound Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$34,500$36,300
South Puget Sound Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,321 is more than the state average of $4,074. 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 $7,461. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,321$4,074
South Puget Sound Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$9,556$7,461
South Puget Sound Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid60%71%
South Puget Sound Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$8,664$11,000
South Puget Sound Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2010-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$5,271$5,833
South Puget Sound Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2009-2015)
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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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,074 per year for in-state students and $7,461 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,830 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Washington community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Washington is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.