Seattle Central College


The Seattle Central Community College traces its beginnings to the year 1902 when the Broadway High School was set up to accommodate the dramatic increase in Seattle’s population. In 1946, the high school transitioned to vocational training and adult education and was renamed as the Edison Technical School. It started offering college courses in 1965 and within a year evolved into the first community college of Seattle. The Seattle Central Community College was established in 1966. An extensive renovation and expansion of the Seattle Central Community College happened over a 7-year period which involved the construction of multiple buildings such as Broadway Performance Hall and the Student Government buildings. In 1995, the Seattle Central Community College started directing the activities of Seattle Vocational Institute offering short-term job training programs.

The Seattle Central Community College is located on Capitol Hill, minutes from downtown Seattle. The Seattle Central Community College has two satellite branches – the Wood Construction Center and the Seattle Maritime Academy. The Seattle Central is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


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Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $4,494
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 24 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) N/A / N/A
Enrollment Total (all students) 6,802


The Seattle Central Community College offers professional-technical certificate and associate degree programs, and a four-year baccalaureate degree in Applied Behavioral Science. The academic programs offered at Seattle Central Community College include college transfer degrees, adult basic education – ESL, career professional and training programs, continuing education programs, distance education eLearning, high school college programs/GED, and worker retraining.

The degrees offered by the Seattle Central Community College include Associate of Arts (College Transfer AA) degree, Associate of Science (College Transfer AS) degree, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Associate of Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T) degree, and a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science. The college transfer programs are offered in disciplines such as accounting, anthropology, biology, economics, environmental science, and mathematics. Various certificate programs offered at the college include Applications Support, Business Information Technology, Culinary Arts, Wood Construction/Cabinetmaking, and Web Design.

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As per the admissions policy of the Seattle Central Community College, anyone who is 18 years or above or who is a high school graduate can seek admission in the college. Students who are at least 16 years old but less than 18 years can also seek admission by filing the underage petition. Students are required to fill the admission application form and submit copies of official college or university transcripts. In certain cases, high school transcripts might even be required. Bachelor’s degree holders need to submit official transcripts for demonstrating proof of college-level English and math. Students are required to take the COMPASS placement test for initial placement in reading, writing, and math classes.

International students are required to fill the admission form, complete an online questionnaire, and submit proof of proficiency in English and the sponsor’s statement of support or financial statement from the sponsor.

Financial Aid

Seattle Central Community College provides financial assistance to students to help them meet their educational expenses. To apply for financial aid from the Seattle Central Community College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The Seattle Central Community College recommends a priority deadline of April 23 to apply for the financial aid.

The different types of financial aids offered to students of the Seattle Central Community College are grants, work-study programs, and scholarships. Two types of federal grants are available to eligible students of the Seattle Central Community College. These include the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Students who are Washington residents can also apply for the Washington State Need Grant. The Seattle Central Community College offers grants such as Tuition waivers and Seattle Central Grants to the students. Students can also apply for work-study programs wherein they can seek in-campus and off-campus work-study positions. Various Seattle Central Foundation Scholarships are offered to students. These include Safeco Insurance Foundation scholarship, Margaret K. Baldwin scholarship, Seattle Central Opportunity scholarship, Hisako Nakaya Apparel Design scholarship, the Boeing Company scholarship, and Ruth Taylor scholarship.

It must be noted that Seattle Central Community College does not participate in Federal Student Loan Programs such as Stafford Loan, PLUS Loan, and Perkins Loan.

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The students at the Seattle Central Community College come from diverse backgrounds. More than 50% of the Seattle Central students are people of color, and with ages ranging between 16 to 80 years.

The campus has Career Information and Career Placement centers that provide career guidance, career exploration assessments, and valuable advice for seeking a job. The campus also features the Library & Media Services which has a huge collection of books, periodicals, DVDs, and online databases. There is an Art gallery in the Atrium that adds to the cultural enrichment of the Seattle Central Community College. The Bookstore houses new and used books, school spirit clothing, school supplies, personal care items, snacks and gifts. There is a Childcare center for the convenience of student parents. The childcare center cares for children between 18 months to 5 years of age. Other facilities include the copy center and the recreation and fitness center.

Food services are available at the Atrium cafeteria, C-Store (convenience store), the Buzz Espresso Stand, the Square One Bistro, and the One World restaurant. International students aged 17 or older can opt for housing facilities at the Studios on Broadway.

The Seattle Central Community College has the membership of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges conference.

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The Seattle Central Community College has introduced a new deferred tuition payment system known as eCashier, wherein students can start budgeting for their education. This new payment plan provides a low cost option for budgeting tuition and fees. Since it is not a loan program therefore no debt is involved. Moreover there are no interest or finance charges. The enrollment is online and there is a monthly payment plan with flexible payment options.

The Seattle Central Community College has more than 50 clubs and organizations. The college has one of the most active and largest Phi Theta Kappa chapters in the nation and it has surpassed the $1 million mark in scholarships earned by members.


  • Seattle Central Community College. Apply For Admission. Web. 27 July 2011.
  • Seattle Central Community College. Financial Aid. Web. 27 July 2011.
  • Seattle Central Community College. Seattle Central Community College 2010-2012 Catalog. 2010. Print.

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