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Skagit Valley College

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About Skagit Valley College

Founded in 1926, Skagit Valley College (SVC) is one of 33 colleges that are part of the Washington state system of higher education. SVC has five locations in Washington, including campuses in Mount Vernon and Oak Harbor, as well as the college's San Juan Center in Friday Harbor, the South Whidbey Center in Clinton and the Marine Technology Center in Anacortes. The Mount Vernon campus is the school's largest location with 4,000 students.

SVC's student services include career counseling and advising for selecting a major or transferring to a four-year college. Free campus-wide tutoring is available on campus and online for students. SVC also offers intercollegiate tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, basketball, track and field and cross-country.


SVC offers a variety of certificates and degrees for students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution. The school's Associate in Arts University and College Transfer degree enables students to transfer to most four-year institutions in Washington and other colleges outside of the state. The college also offers statewide transferable associate degrees by major and articulated academic transfer degrees in music and visual arts. Additionally, many of SVC's Associate in Technical Arts degrees offer transfer options. SVC's 25 professional and technical programs prepare students for employment in a variety of fields with one-year and two-year certificates and associate degrees.


SVC has an open admissions policy. To enroll, entering students with a high school diploma, GED or who are 18 and older must submit an online application for admission. Transfer students must submit a copy of official transcripts. For advising, students may choose between sessions that are offered online or in person. Students must complete a placement test to determine the appropriate level for enrolling in English and math courses.

While nearly 60% of entering students in 2012 were recent high school graduates, the average age for the student body was 32. In fall 2011, 53% of students were full-time and 59% were female.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In 2011-2012, tuition was $3,600 per year for in-state residents and $4,100 for out-of-state residents, with books and supplies costing an additional $1,000 per year. A tuition payment plan enables students to make a down payment of 40% and continue with payments during the quarter with a processing fee of $30.

Students can apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid before the start of each quarter, with deadlines listed on the SVC website. The Skagit Valley College Foundation provides scholarships that can be applied for online. Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year were accepted January 16, 2012 to April 13, 2012. Students can inquire about community scholarships through the financial aid office.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Less than one year certificate, one but less than two years certificate, associate degree*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 5,136*
Student Housing On-campus dorms are available at the nearby Campus View Village**
Programs More than 40 majors in certificates and associate degrees*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Less than one year certificate: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration (66)
One to less than two year certificate: Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (68)
Associate Degree: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (355)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Students Who Began in Fall 2007) 15% within normal time for the program
21% within 150 percent of normal time for the program
25% within twice as long as normal time for the program*
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size Estimated 475 in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 51% for full-time students, 41% for part-time students*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Tuition (2011-12) $3,600 for in-state residents, $4,100 for out-of-state residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of All undergraduates Receiving Aid) In 2010-11: grant or scholarship aid (28%), federal student loans (12%)*
Percent of Full-Time Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 52% in 2010-11*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Skagit Valley College, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 2405 E. College Way, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
  • Phone: (360) 416-7600
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