Tacoma Community College

  • Tacoma Community College shall provide quality educational programs in a dynamic learning environment. The college shall be accessible, comprehensive and flexible, and shall address the personal, professional and social needs of its diverse community.
School Highlights
  • Tacoma Community College serves 7,189 students (59% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 41%.
  • Tacoma Community College is one of 6 community colleges within Pierce County, WA.
  • The nearest community college to Tacoma Community College is Bates Technical College (3.8 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 266 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Tacoma Community College(WA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty266 staff145 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Tacoma Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Tacoma Community College diversity score of 0.70 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment7,189 students4,463 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio27:131:1
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# Full-Time Students4,270 students2,353 students
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# Part-Time Students2,919 students2,110 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
7%
7%
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% Hispanic
8%
10%
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% Black
8%
4%
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% White
51%
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
4%
6%
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% Unknown races
13%
7%
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Diversity Score0.700.62
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College Completion Rate
25%
31%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,000$36,200
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,194 is more than the state average of $4,032. The in-state tuition has grown by 25% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $9,354 is more than the state average of $7,264. The out-state tuition has grown by 9% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,194$4,032
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Out-State Tuition Fees$9,354$7,264
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid62%71%
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Median Debt for Graduates$14,000$10,614
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,418$5,830
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Tacoma Community College is one of 34 Washington community and technical colleges, serving Tacoma-Pierce County. The college Offers 44 state approved professional/technical programs. TCC offers a variety of professional/technical programs designed to prepare you for the workforce. These programs can lead to a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree, or a program certificate. TCC also offers a variety of freshman and sophomore-level courses, transferable to a four-year college or university. TCC traces its roots to 1962, when residents of the Tacoma-Pierce County area elected to fund and build a local community college. Directors of the Tacoma School District No. 10 applied for authorization to build the college in 1961. TCC received state approval to begin construction in 1963 and opened for class on Sept. 28, 1965. The college's main campus offers a range of academic and occupational degrees, continuing education classes, and developmental learning opportunities. About 8,400 students come to our 150-acre campus each quarter. Since TCC's opening in 1965, more than 400,000 people have attended. The college is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities.

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Did You Know?
For Pierce County, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,513 per year for in-state students and $9,089 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Pierce County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.65, which is equal to the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Pierce County, WA is Everest College-Tacoma. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.