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Tacoma Community College

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About Tacoma Community College

Tacoma Community College (TCC) is a 2-year public school located in Tacoma, Washington. In addition to its main campus, the school has a location in Gig Harbor. TCC also partners with Evergreen State College in Tacoma to offer a bridge program for students seeking bachelor's degrees.


TCC awards certificates and associate's degrees in more than 60 areas of study, including business, accounting, computer science, nursing and health information management. The main campus and the Gig Harbor campus provide small class sizes ranging from 15 to 80 persons, with an average size of 30 students; some classes are offered online. TCC has close relationships with a team of more than 140 advisers from varying fields of business, creating a bridge between the educational and professional communities in the Tacoma area. The school claims 86% overall placement for graduating students in their chosen career industries.

According to TCC, the number of full-time students at the school was 17% higher than any other Washington community college in 2010. During this time, students enrolled in workforce training programs accounted for 36% of the student body, while 43% of TCC undergraduates transferred to a 4-year college or university.


Tacoma Community College has an open enrollment policy, and students are encouraged to apply at least eight weeks before their desired quarter begins. Applications can be submitted online, by mail or in person. Students who don't have college experience are required to take placement tests. Admission information sessions are hosted on campus each month for prospective students.

As of 2010, almost 15,000 students attended TCC on an annual basis. Of the student population, 64% were women and 34% were men. During this time, about 40% of students were in their 20s, while 21% of the student body was 20 years or younger. Individuals in their 30s accounted for 18% of the student population, and about 22% of students were over the age of 40.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs differ for in-state and out-of-state students. As of the 2011-2012 school year, Washington state residents paid about $4,322 in tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Out-of-state student costs were around $9,513. Tuition payments must be submitted within two business days of class registration. An installment option is available, based on an automatic payment plan.

In addition to federal, state, and institutional sources of financial aid, TCC has awarded more than seven million dollars in grant money to students as of 2010. The TCC Foundation gifted more than $200,000 in scholarships during the 2009-2010 school year. For students beginning their education in Fall 2010, 67% received some sort of financial aid.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Certificate, associate's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 7,501 undergraduate students as of Fall 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Programs of Study 56 college transfer programs, 13 career training programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (422)
Less than 1-year certificate: Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other (138)
Less than 2-year certificate: Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (43)*
Graduation Rates For students who began in Fall 2007:
12% in two years
21% in three years
26% in four years*
Entering Class Size About 692 as of Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 62% for full-time students, 49% for part-time students as of 2011*
Application Due Date Applications accepted year-round, but submission at least eight weeks prior to the start of a chosen quarter is recommended**
Tuition $3,350 per year for in-state students, $8,541 per year for out-of-state students (includes fees, 2011-2012)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For first-time beginning students in 2011: Federal grants (46%), state and local grants (36%), institutional scholarships (14%), federal loans (21%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 67% of first-time beginning students in 2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; **Tacoma Community College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466
  • Phone: (253) 566-6042
  • Website: www.tacomacc.edu

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