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Yakima Valley Community College

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About Yakima Valley Community College

Yakima Valley Community College (YKCC) is a 2-year, public college serving south-central Washington. The main campus is in Yakima, about 150 miles southeast of Seattle. There is also a branch campus offering a limited number of programs in Grandview, approximately 40 miles southeast of Yakima.

Some on-campus housing is available for students; however, no meal plan is available. The student housing buildings contain a communal kitchen which is available to all residents, but students must supply their own cooking equipment.


YKCC offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. For those intending to transfer to a 4-year institution, Yakima Valley Community College offers associate's degree programs in 39 concentrations of business and the arts and sciences. In cooperation with Perry College of Technology, 4 programs are offered which lead to associate's degrees in engineering or industrial technology. In addition, the Workforce Education division of YVCC offers 42 associate's and 67 certificate programs in vocational concentrations. Many courses are available online, although a few require an in-class orientation.


The college offers open admissions. There is a $20 application fee, and applicants must supply transcripts from any colleges they have previously attended. Most must take a placement test unless exempted by previous successful college work. The placement exam is available at either college campus or at other educational institutions throughout the state.

The student body is 67% full-time students, and is 62% female. Washington state residents make up 97% of the student body, and 64% of attendees are age 24 and under.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at Yakima Valley Community College depends on the number of credits taken. For those on a full-time schedule, tuition and fees for in-state students range from $1,273.38 for 12 credits to $1,618.32 for 18 credits per quarter as of the 2012-2013 school year. For out-of-state students, tuition and fees range from $3,003.40 for 12 credits to $3,378.40 for 18 credits at that same time. On-campus housing was available for $305.00 per month for a 2-person room. A single room can vary from $330 or $360 per month depending on size.

The college participates in a variety of financial aid programs. Most are need based and require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The college also provides lists of scholarships for which applicants may apply.

School Type 2-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarter**
School Setting Small city*
Student Body 4,232 in fall 2011 (all undergraduates)*
Student Housing Yes - no meal plans**
Schools and Programs 12 departments, 55 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Undergraduate Study (Number of Recipients) Certificate: licensed practical/vocational nurse (46)
Associate's: liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (340) (2010-2011)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate 23% (students beginning in fall 2008)*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 448 (fall 2011)*
First-Year Retention Rates 61% full-time, 45% part-time (2010-2011)*
Application Due Date August 23 for fall quarter, March 1 for spring quarter (2012-2013) **
Tuition $1,445.85 per quarter in-state, $3,190.90 per quarter out-of-state (for 15 credits including fees, 2012-13)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving it) Federal grants (60%), state/local grants (47%), institutional grants (5%), federal loans (14%) (2010-2011)*
Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 78% (2010-2011)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Yakima Valley Community College

School Contact Information

  • Address: Yakima Valley Community College, South 16th Ave. & Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima, WA 98907-2520
  • Phone: (509) 574-4600
  • Website: www.yvcc.edu

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