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Spokane Falls Community College

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Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) is located in Spokane, Washington. It provides educational and community services to the rural, urban, and suburban populations of the county. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Spokane Falls CC is a relatively young college founded in 1969. It is named after the waterfalls and dams found off of the Spokane River and is part of a larger community college system comprised of Spokane Community College and the Institute for Extended Learning (IEL) as well.


Spokane Falls offers several different types of associate and certification degrees. There are the Associate in Science degrees that are designed for students that are interested in majoring in computer science or engineering for example and transferring that degree to a four year university. Spokane Falls also offers an Associate of Arts degree which is basically a general studies degree that one can use to transfer to a four year institution. This degree covers majors such as philosophy, art, mathematics, and political science.

In order to earn an AA degree, students must earn a total of 90 credits in certain areas of study such as mathematics and science, humanities, communication (English and speech, for example), social sciences, quantitative skills, physical education, and electives.

The Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) provides students with a strong background in art related courses and a combination of general education courses in order to enroll in an art school, major in liberal arts, or transfer into a fine arts degree program at a four-year institution. In addition, there is also an AFA in Music that students can use to transfer to a music program at a 4-year institution. Spokane also offers Associate in Applied Science degrees in the fields of audio technology and graphic design for example. Certificates are also offered in early childhood education and business operations.

Spokane Falls also has “direct transfer agreements” also known as DTA. These are transfer articulation agreements that guarantee junior standing upon entrance to a state public institution in Washington. Currently there are agreements in biology, business, elementary education, math education, and pre-nursing. Students are encouraged though to seek advisement from the elementary education or business advisors at their university of choice for specific transfer requirements.

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Unique Programs

Spokane Falls provides the community and its students with an array of services. Spokane Falls operates a Food Bank for students to use at maximum three times a quarter. The Spokane Falls food bank has proudly served “1000 students per quarter.” Student at Spokane Falls also have access to health care through the college’s health clinic. Called the People’s Clinic and located on the Spokane Community College campus, the clinic provides: physical exams, vaccinations, prescriptions, flu shots, and testing and treatment for minor problems.

Spokane has an extensive selection of continuing education programs available to the public. These continuing education courses are designed to provide life-long learning opportunities to community members, students, and others. Continuing education classes can also be used to fulfill professional development requirements, freshen up on workforce skills, as well as learn new ones to increase one’s marketability in the workforce. Accordingly, Spoken Falls has classes available in teacher education, parenting, fitness, photography and languages to name a few.

The Spokane Falls Community College Learning Center is also available to both students and the community. This child care facility offers a Head Start Program. Individuals employed by the center are both seasoned professionals as well as students studying early childhood education.

The college also has a program called Supplemental Instruction (SI). For students enrolled in difficult classes, SI acts as a large formal study group that is led by students who have previously passed the course. In these sessions students review material covered in class. SI sessions may be offered in courses such as anatomy and physiology or microbiology, for example.

There are two unique programs that were designed specifically with transferring in mind including the aviation and interior design programs. Once completing the aviation program students are able to transfer to University of North Dakota’s Center for Airway Services and Washington State University’s interior design program.

Spokane Falls also has a program for high school students seeking to get a “jump start” on college. This program is appropriately named “Running Start.” Through this program high school students can take college level courses. In order to apply, students must complete an application available online. Students are required to take a college entrance assessment, particularly the Compass Test in order to begin classes. Students must also submit a copy of their official high school transcript. A recommendation from their high school counselor is also part of the admission process. Those accepted into the program must maintain a 2.0 GPA.


All prospective students must first submit an application online. You can also request a paper application. Once you apply you will receive your student identification number (SID). You will then be required to complete a skills assessment test in reading, math and writing. Transfer students are required to submit transcripts from any school previously attended. The deadline for fall applications is late August.

International students are admitted after fulfilling the following requirements: completing an application for admission, paying the application fee, providing proof of completing high school, submitting a bank statement and a photocopy of their passport and successfully passing the TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, or TOEIC. Also, a student may choose to provide proof of completing an English language program if they have not taken any of the English language assessments mentioned above.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office offers the following types of aid to prospective students: the Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. There are also state grants such as the SFCC 3% Tuition Grant and the SFCC 3 ½% Tuition Waiver.

Students are required to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which determines your eligibility for federal financial aid. There are various forms of federal financial aid including, loans, grants, and the Work Study program.

Although Spokane Fall’s tuition and fees are not astronomical, sometimes a federal or state grant or loan is not enough to cover the entire expense of a semester or year. If your financial situation fits this scenario, you may wish to consider alternative means of financial aid including private scholarships and loans. Your financial institution such as bank or credit union can explain to you any available loan options. If a loan is not preferable, you can also research private scholarship options that may be available. There are many online sites that specialize in compiling scholarship search databases. Scholarships on these sites are available to individuals that fall into many different categories. Ultimately this means scholarships are available for nearly all individuals.

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Students have access to a Multicultural Center which was established with students of colors and international students in mind. The Multicultural Center provides student with access to peer mentors, a place to socialize with friends, and even receive tutoring.

E Tutoring

Spokane Fall Community College has an innovative way of offering tutorial services: Online!

If you have ever used the Live Chat feature to speak to a customer service representative online, then you may be familiar with this type of system. The only difference is that instead of talking to a customer service rep, you’ll be able to interact with a tutor through a service known as Live Tutoring via eChat. Also available through eTutoring is an online writing lab where you can submit a paper to a tutor and receive a response within 24 to 48 hours with suggestions and comments. And lastly is the “Offline Questions” where you can leave a question for a tutor to answer in which the turn around time is about 2 days.

Military Students

Spokane Falls also provides exhaustive services for military students. There is a Veterans Services Department, where you can have your questions answered regarding the G.I. Bill and other veteran benefits. There is also a separate scholarship available to military students.


Student housing is not offered by Spoken Falls. Students instead are encouraged to find housing through the many apartment options near the college. International students also have access to these apartments, but are strongly recommended to consider the Homestay Program instead. In the Homestay Program students are able to live with host families to become immersed in American culture. For an international student, this program may be a key factor in advancing one’s conversational English skills.

Global Learning

Speaking of going global, SFCC provides study abroad options to its students as well. Student can decide between short or extended study abroad or work abroad choices. The most popular destinations include Spain, France, Germany and Japan. International students are also welcomed to study abroad at Spokane for a year, taking intensive English classes, technical or professional courses.

The Intensive English Language Program is not restricted to just international students. Any student with limited English proficiency can choose to join the program. The program is divided into four levels, from high beginner to advanced. Courses cover reading, writing, grammar, conversation, listening, and pronunciation skills.

Student Life

Spokane Falls offers many clubs for its student body to enjoy. Club choices include the Asian-American Association, Concert Band, Teachers of Tomorrow and the Young Democrats Club, for example. Furthermore, students at Spokane Falls can enjoy events such as the International Film Festival, Career Fairs and the Spring Fling.

There is also a student recreation center which has been recently remodeled. The SFCC Recreation Center has billiards, table tennis, a bowling alley, and a video arcade onsite. This is also where students gather for live entertainment, participate in intercollegiate sports, and just to experience college social life at its best.

Student Enrollment Demographics


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Ranks 38th in Washington and 2710th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.03
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 732 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.00
Forcible Rape 84 0.04
Robbery 484 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,030 1.43
Larceny 10,231 4.82
Vehicle theft 1,778 0.84

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Spokane, WA 99224-5288
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population16,084 (9,745 urban / 6,339 rural)
Households5,608 (2.40 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,890
Families3,738 (2.87 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
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 offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5305

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3906th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,829 $2,928 $7,625
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $660 $660 $1,055
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $106 $106 $278
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 $4,515 $4,515 $9,706
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,907 $17,907 $23,098
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,415 $8,415 $13,606

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,122 $3,467 $3,122 $3,467 $8,312 $8,657
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $972 $1,002
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 $3,900(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,900(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

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 29 30 68 23 26 961 51 1,250
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 9 5 1 3 49 1 69
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 3
Business Administration and Management, General 1 1 3 13 1 23
Business/Commerce, General 3 1 16 1 21
Chemical Engineering 1 2 3
Commercial Photography 1 11 2 16
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 3 14 20
Computer Support Specialist 1 18 2 22
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology 1 1
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 3 1 4
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 1 1 1 28 32
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education and Teaching 7 8
Fashion Merchandising
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 2 1 4 45 2 56
Health Aides/Attendants/Orderlies, Other 1 1 6 8
Hearing Instrument Specialist 2 1 13 3 19
Interior Design 1 14 15
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 22 5 40 13 9 481 24 628
Library and Archives Assisting 3 9 12
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 1 1 1 19 1 24
Mathematics Teacher Education 1
Mechanical Engineering 5 1 6
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 2 1 2 1 19 26
Occupational Therapist Assistant 2 12 15
Office Management and Supervision 1 15 2 18
Orthotist/Prosthetist 1 8 10
Physical Sciences 1 6 2 9
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 13 13
Physics Teacher Education
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 2 28 2 37
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5 5
Retail Management
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation 5 2 8
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 1 7 3 12
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 1 11 13
Teacher Assistant/Aide 1 5 7
Upholstery/Upholsterer 5 1 1 1 44 1 54
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 2 27 32
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Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2879th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,276 ($56,841 male / $52,694 female)
Number of FT Faculty 169 (80 male / 89 female)
Number of PT Faculty 323
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $6,256,960

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