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Olympia, WA 98512-6292
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South Puget Sound Community College

South Puget Sound Community College Rating: 4.0/5 (2 votes)

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The lush green mountains and hip, arty scene of Olympia are both within easy reach of South Puget Sound Community College, located just a few minutes’ drive from the city’s downtown area in a quieter, residential area. Both full-time and part-time students are welcome, and there are a number of different certificates available, as well as associate’s degrees and general education classes for members of the community.

Formed in 1962, originally as a technical institute that focused on adult education classes, South Puget Sound Community College has undergone a great deal of growth and change, today offering a vast array of different programs. Students can enjoy a number of different hands-on programs, some of which are the best technical training in the state. Whether it’s learning how to be a nurse or weld, there is something at the college for just about everyone’s interests.

South Puget Sound Community College offers an associate degree in the arts in four different areas, as well as an associate degree in science in a few different areas. The areas of emphasis for the associate in the arts are media, cinematography performance, cinematography production, and international intercultural studies. In the sciences, students can choose from two different tracks. One focuses more on the physical and biological sciences, with classes covering everything from chemistry to environmental sciences. The other track is more focuses on engineering and computers, with additional classes in physics and atmospheric sciences, too.

The most popular programs at South Puget Sound Community College include the associate in pre-nursing and the professional-technical degree in early childhood education. For other technical-oriented degrees and certificates, the school’s most popular fields are automotive technology, business intelligence, the culinary arts, fire and emergency services technology, and welding.

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Students interested in attending South Puget Sound Community College should pick up an application from the school’s admissions office, or download one online. First-time college students should provide proof of their GED or high school diploma, their high school transcript, and a nonrefundable application processing fee. For students who are coming back to college for a second time, it is highly recommended that you also submit your college transcript, to see if you can get credit for any of your previous coursework.

Financial Aid

Most students who attend South Puget Sound Community College receive some sort of financial aid, often in the form of state or federal assistance. Since the school is accredited, students can receive aid via the FAFSA, which should be completed as soon as possible after acceptance is confirmed. The South Puget Sound Community College Financial Aid Office is open weekdays with counselors ready to assist students who need help filling out their FAFSA forms. Counselors can also help students look for community-based scholarships, apply for other loans, and consider work-study options. With college quite the investment, it makes sense to get started as soon as you can sorting out your financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5650th for the average student loan amount.
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For those students who long for a college that feels more a part of nature than a bustling metropolis, South Puget Sound Community College is an excellent choice. Located just a few minutes away from downtown Olympia by car, the campus is actually right in the middle of the woods, with lush greenery everywhere. More of Washington’s best camping and hiking trails are less than a half hour from campus, and the buildings are designed to blend right into the wilderness.

With over 7,000 students in total, South Puget Sound Community College is a medium-sized community college that serves not just the city, but also the surrounding counties. Students can take advantage of a number of on-campus resources outside of the classroom, including the ever-growing library, the school’s Clipper Cafe, and even Campus Child Care, which makes it possible for working parents to attend classes and not have to worry about childcare on top of everything else. Students can purchase all of their textbooks for class on-campus at the bookstore, and there is even on-campus free transportation between the parking area and campus, due to an influx of students driving to school and not enough space for parking.

Clubs and organizations are popular at South Puget Sound Community College, with a number of different ones to choose from depending on interest. One of the longest running student organizations is the school newspaper, The Sounds, which is available free on-campus and features coverage not just of events at school, but also events all over Washington.

Student Enrollment Demographics


While students can choose from various club sports and clubs that might have an athletic focus, official sports teams are not a part of campus life at South Puget Sound Community College.

Information Summary

Ranks 46th in Washington and 2889th overall
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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 3 0.06
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 78 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 17 0.04
Robbery 31 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 342 0.72
Larceny 1,535 3.25
Vehicle theft 99 0.21

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Olympia, WA 98512-6292
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population24,173 (15,521 urban / 8,652 rural)
Households9,639 (2.45 people per house)
Median Household Income$50,286
Families6,479 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
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 offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5310

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3620th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,200 $4,200 $9,591
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $270 $270 $270
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 $5,496 $5,496 $10,887
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,078 $18,078 $23,469
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,454 $8,454 $13,845

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,585 $4,200 $3,585 $4,200 $8,820 $9,438
  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 $8,460 $9,240
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,216 $3,011
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,108 $2,882

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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 20 33 72 86 30 865 179 1,389
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 2 4 1 2 21 2 33
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 1 29 30
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 1 16 2 20
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 1 9 2 15
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef 1 6 7
Banking and Financial Support Services
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 6 2 11
Business Administration and Management, General 1 17 18
Business/Commerce, General 4 2 4 2 18 4 41
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 2 15 3 21
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD 1 12 2 15
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 12 1 17
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 1 20 4 26
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 2 8 3 14
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 1 1 3
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 1 8 9
Dental Assisting/Assistant 2 2 32 4 40
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 16 4 23
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 5 4 10
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 10 2 13
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 10 12
Fire Services Administration 1 1
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1 1 6 8
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 1
Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary 1 1
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 1 9 14
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 11 10 39 36 9 324 106 572
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 3 29 3 41
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 17 4 22
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary 1 2 1 6 10
Medical/Clinical Assistant 1 22 5 31
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 9 10 10 3 71 7 119
Office Management and Supervision 1 1 2 6
Physical Sciences 1 2 5 19 9 39
Receptionist 1 5 1 10 1 19
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 2 4 7 1 63 7 102
Surveying Technology/Surveying 1 1
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 7 1 12
Welding Technology/Welder 2 1 8 12

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2892nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,163 ($55,424 male / $54,203 female)
Number of FT Faculty 93 (50 male / 43 female)
Number of PT Faculty 240
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $3,350,811

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