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Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) was founded in 1928, making it one of the oldest community colleges in the state of Washington. Yakima Valley is a two-year institution offering programs in adult education, lower division arts and sciences, community services, and English as a second language. The Yakima Valley Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving institution. The Yakima Valley Community College is also affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. The college believes in two primary student learning outcomes: Critical thinking and communications. The Yakima Valley Community College had a total enrollment of 12,500 students in the year 2008-09.

The Yakima Valley Community College operates through two campuses located in Yakima and Grandview. In addition to these campuses, the Yakima Valley Community College has learning centers at Ellensburg, Sunnyside, and Toppenish. The college offers various modes of instruction. These include: summer classes, evening and weekend classes, eLearning courses, and learning communities and integrated learning.


The academic programs offered by the Yakima Valley Community College include adult basic education, degrees and certificates, programs for high school students, and transfer degrees. The adult basic education offered at Yakima Valley Community College emphasizes on math, writing, and basic reading skills. Students find these skills useful while preparing for the GED. The adult basic education program is beneficial for students for seeking entrance in occupational programs and for improving their employment opportunities. The Yakima Valley Community College offers the Associate in Applied Sciences degree and certificate programs in technical fields. The Associate in Applied Sciences degrees are offered in various areas such as agriculture, allied health, business technology, criminal justice, medical assisting, and surgical technology. Students can also opt for the Perry Tech Coop degree program wherein they get the opportunity to obtain specialized training at the Perry Technical Institute while simultaneously pursuing the specific coursework at Yakima Valley Community College. The Perry Tech Coop degrees are awarded in areas such as Electrical Technology, Machine Technology, and Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Heating Technology.

The Yakima Valley Community College has a tie-up with the Washington state public high schools for the Running Start program wherein eligible high school juniors and seniors can enroll for regular college classes and receive both high school and college credit for those classes. The Yakima Valley Community College also offers the Associate in Arts DTA (Direct Transfer Agreement), Associate in Business DTA, and Associate in Science transfer degrees. These degrees are intended for students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university. The Yakima Valley Community College offers various certificate programs such as Beginning Word Processor, Legal Receptionist, Bilingual Office Assistant, Crime Scene Investigation, Toddler Instructional Assistant, and Ethnic Studies.

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The Yakima Valley Community College has an open-door admissions policy. Adults who do not possess a high school diploma but are likely to benefit from the program can seek admission in the college. To apply to attend Yakima Valley Community College, students are required to submit an application for admission along with an accompanying application fee. Students are also required to take a placement test. The placement tests are required for assessing appropriate-level courses for the students. Students must submit any previous college transcripts for evaluation. All students above 16 years are eligible for the basic skills program and are only required to complete the application form. International students are required to submit their application form for admission, original/attested transcripts, TOEFL/IELTS/TOEIC/EIKEN scores (if English is not their first language), and a statement from a financial institution showing availability of funds to finance the academic and living expenses. International students are also required to appear for the placement test.

Financial Aid

Yakima Valley Community College students who do not have adequate resources to fund their education expenses can apply for various forms of financial aids. Financial aid offered to students is either need-based or merit-based. Different forms of need-based financial aids available to the students include grants, scholarships, work-study employment opportunities, and student loans. To receive financial aid, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education.

Different types of need-based financial aid that are available to the students of the Yakima Valley Community College include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Washington State Need Grant, YVCC Tuition Waiver, YVCC Grant, William D. Ford Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, and federal or state-funded student employment programs.

Merit-based financial aid is typically offered in the form of scholarships. Common scholarships available for the students of Yakima Valley Community College include Terry Abeyta, Dorothy l. Aiken, Allard Sisters, Robert J. & Hope Allan, and Kingsley & Jeanne Fairchild scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Yakima Valley Community College offers various opportunities for students to get involved in extracurricular activities. There are numerous clubs and student organizations to support the academic experience of the students. Students also have the freedom of forming their own clubs if existing clubs do not meet their requirements.

There is on-campus housing at the Hopf and Lyon Residence Halls, which provide a well-furnished kitchen for residents. The Hopf Union Building (HUB), within the Yakima Campus, offers food service, an espresso bar, student lounge, internet access, and meeting rooms. There is also an information desk and a bookstore within this building. Students have access to the gymnasium, weight room, and fitness center in the Sherar Gymnasium. Students interested in drama can seek the guidance of the YVCC Playmasters, who produce two to three full-length productions every year. There are various vocal and instrumental groups and a salsa band on the campus.

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Yakima Valley Community College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The college participates in intercollegiate competitions in sports such as volleyball, wrestling, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s soccer. The Yakima Valley Community College’s athletic teams are called the Yaks. The women’s wrestling team of the college claimed their third straight National Collegiate women’s wrestling championship in March 2011.


  • Yakima Valley Community College. About YVCC. Web. 25 July 2011.
  • Yakima Valley Community College. Academic Options. Web. 25 July 2011.
  • Yakima Valley Community College. Yakima Valley Community College Catalog 2010.2011. 2010. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 37th in Washington and 2682nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 5 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 2 0.05
Burglary 3 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.05
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 271 0.29
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
Forcible Rape 48 0.05
Robbery 156 0.17
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,619 1.75
Larceny 2,841 3.07
Vehicle theft 660 0.71

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
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 District5304

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2660th 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 $3,917
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $297 $297 $297
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $102 $102 $114
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 $15,316 $15,316 $15,710
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,428 $17,428 $17,822
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,804 $7,804 $8,198

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,850 $3,820 $3,850 $3,820 $4,249 $4,214
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $972 $1,000
On-Campus – Room & Board $3,240 $7,290
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,928 $3,010
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 $3,318 $3,410

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)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 Capacity234
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$3,330
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3221st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $52,220 ($54,822 male / $55,991 female)
Number of FT Faculty 111 (49 male / 62 female)
Number of PT Faculty 282
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $3,922,344
South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd.
Yakima, WA 98907-2520
p. 509-574-4600
w. www.yvcc.edu

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