• South Seattle Community College is a constantly evolving educational community dedicated to providing quality learning experiences which prepare students to meet their goals for life and work.

School Highlights

South Seattle College serves 5,324 students (30% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 74% of the student body (majority Asian and Black), which is more than the state average of 50%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,324 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,824
  • Out-state tuition: $9,014
  • Student:teacher ratio: 16:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

The teacher population of 326 teachers has grown by 107% over five years.
South Seattle College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
326 staff
353 staff
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Student Body

The student population of South Seattle College has declined by 20% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 19:1 over five years.
The South Seattle College diversity score of 0.88 is more than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,324 students
4,189 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
16:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,585 students
2,116 students
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# Part-Time Students
3,739 students
1,887 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
407 students
384 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,585 students
2,116 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
3,739 students
1,887 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
160 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
15%
8%
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% Hispanic
10%
14%
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% Black
10%
5%
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% White
26%
50%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
9%
8%
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% Non Resident races
20%
6%
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% Unknown races
8%
7%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in WA.
Diversity Score
0.88
0.71
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years) (Year 2007)
20%
27%
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
1.29%
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,300
$36,400
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $3,824 is less than the state average of $4,105. The in-state tuition has declined by 15% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,014 is more than the state average of $7,359. The out-state tuition has grown by 99% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$3,824
$4,105
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$9,014
$7,359
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
74%
67%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,250
$11,595
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,000
$6,267
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Located on an 87-acre hilltop overlooking Eliott Bay, South Seattle Community College offers a panoramic view of the city skyline and surrounding mountains. This unique setting serves as a portal of opportunity for students with diverse needs to prepare to meet their educational and career goals. SCC provides opportunities to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree program, to train for rewarding careers in an abundance of professional/technical programs, update job skills or change careers, complete high school and improve basic skills. South Seattle Community College, located in a residential West Seattle neighborhood, offers many unique college transfer and workforce programs and is distinguished by the breadth of partnerships that support programs such as aviation, culinary arts, health care, horticulture, the construction trades and winemaking. South also is known for its lively multicultural and multi-ethnic student body. The Seattle Community Colleges and the Seattle Vocational Institute are public, state-supported institutions accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does South Seattle College cost?

South Seattle College's tuition is approximately $3,824 for In-State students and $9,014 for Out-State students.

What is South Seattle College's ranking?

South Seattle 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 South Seattle College yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

  • Event Date
  • Winter 2023 - Last day to withdraw with 100% refund January 09, 2023 (Monday)
  • Winter 2023-Last Day to Add/Register/Withdraw January 17, 2023 (Tuesday)
  • Winter 2023-Last Day to Withdraw With 50% Refund January 22, 2023 (Sunday)
  • Winter 2023-Last day to change audit/credit status/(instr permission) Last day to withdraw (no refund) February 24, 2023 (Friday)
  • Spring 2023-Last Day to Withdraw With 100% Refund April 07, 2023 (Friday)

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,324 students
  • In-state tuition: $3,824
  • Out-state tuition: $9,014
  • Student:teacher ratio: 16:1
  • Minority enrollment: 74%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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King County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.78, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in King County, WA is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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