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Located in Washington State’s South Puget Sound region, Tacoma Community College was established in 1965 following a positive referendum outcome in 1962 on the topic of a new community college for the area. In addition to the school’s main campus serving the city of Tacoma and Pierce County, Tacoma Community College operates satellite campuses in Tacoma Mall and Gig Harbor.


Following Tacoma Community College’s own language, the school focuses on four fundamental areas of education, which are: Transfer Education (aimed at providing students with credits and experience that will be recognized at other, four-year colleges or universities in the state of Washington, some of which may have official liaisons with the school); Workforce Education (specialized professional and technical programs culminating in a certificate or an associate degree); Corporate and Continuing Education (which brings together a few different formats for working adults and corporate entities such as proctored examination, development services, etc.); and Adult Basic Education (to help those 19 or older obtain their GED, improve their digital literacy levels, learn English as a Second Language, and so on).

Among the more popular programs at Tacoma Community College, students show a preference for obtaining degrees or certification in the fields of the liberal arts as well as nursing and emergency medicine, as well as medical administration in general.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Applying for admission to Tacoma Community College is quick and easy, which is completely in keeping with the school’s basic mission. Online applications can be submitted through the school’s main website, and hardcopy application forms can be picked up from the main campus in Tacoma or from the Gig Harbor campus.

Though not necessary in all cases, it will often be necessary for applicants to take the ACCUPLACERTM exam, which assesses students’ abilities in the key areas of math and English reading and writing.

Though admissions deadlines are not set in stone, Tacoma Community College encourages applicants to submit their materials at a minimum of 8 whole weeks prior to the beginning of the academic quarter during which they aspire to enter into a program. Basic conditions for consideration at Tacoma Community College include either having graduated from high school, having a GED, or being above the age of 18.

Financial Aid

Though the cost of tuition at Tacoma Community College is already quite accessible for the majority of aspiring applicants, the school (which participates in the Federal Title IV academic assistance programs) does present students with an ample array of financial aid resources to be taken advantage of, with aid being almost exclusively assigned on the basis of demonstrated need. As always, students should start by filling out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms, which open the door to such forms of aid as Pell Grants, Washington State Need Grants, Work Study opportunities, and Federal Stafford Loans, among other possibilities.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5105th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at Tacoma Community College is punctuated by the many organizations and clubs that abound on campus, and is complemented by the surrounding urban community of Tacoma. Among these, it is worth mentioning the presence of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Environmental Club, the Native American Student Union, the International Students Organization, and the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The sports teams at Tacoma Community College are collectively referred to as “The Titans,” which is the school mascot. The school’s athletics administration has made a bit of a reputation for itself—based on not only savvy management but equally on the good performance of the various men’s and women’s sports teams—as one of the only community colleges in the country to land an apparel contract (with Adidas in this case). The school competes in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAAC).

In all, Tacoma Community College fields men’s sports teams in baseball, basketball, soccer, and athletics; women’s teams include basketball, soccer, volleyball and athletics as well. The school’s various Titans teams have won several NWAAC championships over the last decade-plus, and Tacoma Community College has a strong reputation as being one of the best community colleges for athletes in the western US.

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Ranks 52nd in Washington and 3138th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 2 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.04
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 925 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 11 0.01
Forcible Rape 125 0.06
Robbery 446 0.22
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,709 1.34
Larceny 7,228 3.59
Vehicle theft 2,125 1.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Tacoma, WA 98466-6100
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population24,598 (24,598 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,615 (2.32 people per house)
Median Household Income$47,286
Families6,707 (2.88 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
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 District5306

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3842nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,606 $3,606 $8,795
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $120 $120 $120
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $110 $110 $282
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 $4,752 $4,752 $9,941
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,334 $17,334 $22,523
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,710 $7,710 $12,899

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,350 $3,726 $3,350 $3,726 $8,541 $8,915
  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 $3,008
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,802 $2,879

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 2374th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,237 ($61,357 male / $55,748 female)
Number of FT Faculty 122 (47 male / 75 female)
Number of PT Faculty 499
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $5,539,729

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6501 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98466-6100
p. 253-566-5000
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