Home » University List » Washington

Shoreline Community College

Shoreline Community College Rating: 4.3/5 (6 votes)

Compare This School

Nearby Schools

Schools geographically nearby

Similar Schools

Schools similar in rank, size, etc.


North of Seattle, Washington, a small community school district recognized a dire need for additional post-secondary education options for its graduating high school seniors. The Shoreline school district superintendent, Dr. Ray Howard, suggested the idea for a community college in Shoreline to the community government in 1959. The community agreed, and Shoreline Community College was formed.

Initially, the funds for construction of a college campus were not readily available and students enrolled in the college took night classes at Shoreline High School. Soon, though, a campus was built and initial class of nearly nine hundred students represented the first graduating class of Shoreline Community College.

The campus of Shoreline Community College is unique in that its architecture reflects the Japanese heritage of many of the immigrants who live in the surrounding Washington area. Artificial rock gardens were created to further develop the aesthetic Japanese imagery evoked by the Shoreline Community College campus.


The forty-year-old Shoreline Community College offers a limited academic program structure to the students who attend the school. Operating mostly as a technical college, Shoreline Community College only offers seven different transfer associate’s degree programs. Most of its additional programs are career certification programs. These programs provide students with a brief education that prepares them for specific industry and career positions.

For students who wish to leave Shoreline Community College and immediately transfer to a four-year institution and seek a bachelor’s degree, Shoreline offers associate’s degree transfer programs. These programs are designed to provide a student with a basic liberal arts education and make transferring credits as simple as possible. Students can pursue an associate’s degree in business, arts, sciences, fine arts and music.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Shoreline Community College also offers a unique arrangement with all Washington State post-secondary schools. Students who intend to transfer to Washington State University or one of its affiliate schools can enroll in the direct transfer program at Shoreline Community College. This program offers courses that are guaranteed to transfer to a Washington State school.

This associate’s degree also makes applying for and gaining acceptance into a Washington State school much easier for the graduating student. Students who enroll in this program and later decide to transfer to an out-of-state school can still have these credits transferred to the school of their choice.

Many students who enroll at Shoreline Community College choose to complete a career certification program instead of an associate’s degree. These degrees can often be completed in as little as one year and serve to assist a graduating student in securing a career position immediately after graduating.

Many of the technical certification programs are related to either automotive work or business. Students can receive technical training in automotive maintenance and service and secure jobs at auto shops or automobile manufacturing plants. Business related technical certification programs are available in administration, fashion merchandising, retail management, accounting and much more. Technical certification is also offered in the fields of education, criminal justice, dental hygiene, health care, and music. Each of these certificates provides unique knowledge and experience that will assist a student in the competitive workplace.


Students are encouraged to apply to Shoreline Community College online using the template on the school’s official website. However, many students who attend high schools in the Shoreline school district are able to apply for admission from within their high school. Shoreline Community College advocates and recruiters visit many of the area high schools and offer easy ways for students to apply to the college.

Students must graduate from high school or complete an equivalency test such as the GED before being accepted into the school. While academic performance is considered in a student’s application, poor academic performance or a low high school grade point average will not prevent a student from being accepted into this institution.

After the student applies to Shoreline Community College, he or she is encouraged to visit the campus and familiarize his or herself with the course offerings. After a student is accepted, an academic advisor will be assigned to the student. This individual will help the student choose courses specifically designed to fulfill his or her unique career or college goals.


The students at Shoreline Community College are actively involved in a wide variety of clubs and student organizations. Some of these clubs are academic in nature and participation is strongly encouraged in clubs associated with specific majors or career certification programs. For example, participation in the Dental Hygiene Club is compulsory for all students seeking a career certificate in Dental Hygiene. In this club, students will visit local dentists and volunteer in community dental hygiene events around the state of Washington. Many academic clubs provide unique and important experiences that can help a student in his or her career search.

Other campus clubs are purely social or recreational in nature. Some clubs exist to raise awareness for events and social situations for which Shoreline Community College students have a passion. Other clubs provide students with unique opportunities to explore the natural beauty offered by the state of Washington. Students can also get involved with performance arts clubs like the Jazz Improv Club, athletic clubs like the Fencing Club, or entertainment clubs like the Video Gaming Club.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Local Community

Shoreline, Washington is a medium-sized city located at the Southwest corner of the Puget Sound in the state of Washington. Students who attend Shoreline Community College will be impressed by the stunning vistas and wide array of outdoor recreational activities offered by the unique location of this college.

Shoreline is also very near Seattle, Washington. Seattle offers a wide variety of cultural and entertainment options for students to experience during their time at Shoreline Community College. From the outdoor fish, fruit and produce market in downtown Seattle to the many shopping centers, dining establishments, live concert venues, pubs, theaters and city parks, Seattle seems to have something for everyone.

Many students take camping trips on the weekend to experience the natural beauty of Washington and even Canada. Students who attend Shoreline Community College can receive survival education before trekking into the wilderness and are provided with information about navigation and wild animals.


  • Samson, Karl. Frommer’s Washington State. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2008. Print.
  • Shoreline Community College. 2011. Web. 21 May 2011. <http://www.shoreline.edu>.
  • Shoreline Visual Arts. 2011. Web. 21 May 2011. <http://www.shoreline-visualarts.com>.

Information Summary

Ranks 44th in Washington and 2873rd overall
See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list

Add an image …

Contributed Photos

College Science Building :: Shoreline Community College College training centre :: Shoreline Community College College Campus :: Shoreline Community College

Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest N/A N/A

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

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5834th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Washington.

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Shoreline, WA 98133-5696
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population42,896 (42,896 urban / N/A rural)
Households19,103 (2.19 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,743
Families9,812 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
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 4257th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,427 $3,427 $6,075
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $560 $560 $560
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $105 $105 $192
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 $4,959 $4,959 $7,607
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,635 $16,635 $19,283
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,977 $7,977 $10,625

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,596 $3,947 $3,596 $3,947 $6,243 $6,595
  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 $3,216 $3,150
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,018(N/C)

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 2274th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,051 ($61,066 male / $60,037 female)
Number of FT Faculty 112 (45 male / 67 female)
Number of PT Faculty 364
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $5,132,556

Add a video …

Related and Contributed Videos

There aren't any videos for this school. Be the first to share your video to thousands of people!

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696
p. 206-546-4101
w. www.shoreline.edu

This website and its associated pages are not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by this school.
StateUniversity.com has no official or unofficial affiliation with Shoreline Community College.