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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.


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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2539th for the average student loan amount.
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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.


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  • 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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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.06
Arrest 3 0.04

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,126 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 20 0.00
Forcible Rape 100 0.02
Robbery 1,418 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6,807 1.10
Larceny 21,585 3.49
Vehicle theft 3,400 0.55

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Seattle, WA 98122
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population28,790 (28,790 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,820 (1.88 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,085
Families4,199 (2.87 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5307

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3800th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,523 $3,523 $8,713
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $370 $370 $370
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $107 $107 $279
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,919 $4,919 $10,109
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,501 $17,501 $22,691
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,877 $7,877 $13,067

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,493 $3,893 $3,493 $3,893 $8,683 $9,083
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $972 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,000 $9,240
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,928 $3,010
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,802 $2,880

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2525th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,830 ($58,295 male / $57,577 female)
Number of FT Faculty 149 (79 male / 70 female)
Number of PT Faculty 489
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $6,908,013

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