• 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 5,823 students (60% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 51% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Asian), which is more than the state average of 50%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,823 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,194
  • Out-state tuition: $9,354
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 51%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Overview

The teacher population of 643 teachers has grown by 141% over five years.
Tacoma Community 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
643 staff
353 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Tacoma Community College has declined by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has stayed the same over five years.
The Tacoma Community College diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
5,823 students
4,189 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,492 students
2,116 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,331 students
1,887 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
519 students
384 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,492 students
2,116 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,331 students
1,887 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
160 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
7%
8%
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% Hispanic
9%
14%
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% Black
6%
5%
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% White
49%
50%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
8%
8%
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% Non Resident races
6%
6%
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% Unknown races
14%
7%
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Diversity Score
0.74
0.71
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
25%
30%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
3.53%
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$38,000
$36,400
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,194 is more than the state average of $4,105. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,354 is more than the state average of $7,359. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,194
$4,105
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$9,354
$7,359
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
54%
67%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$12,000
$11,794
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,000
$6,292
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Tacoma Community College cost?

Tacoma Community College's tuition is approximately $4,194 for In-State students and $9,354 for Out-State students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 5,823 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,194
  • Out-state tuition: $9,354
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 51%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Pierce County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.70, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Pierce County, WA is Tacoma Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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