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Tacoma Colleges, Universities, Trade and Vocational Schools

Tacoma Colleges and Schools

Colleges in Tacoma, Washington

There are at least 9 colleges in Tacoma, listed and described below. These schools represent 20,776 or more students (full-time and part-time), a combined student body equivalent to 17,595 full-time students, and a reported 3,276 dorm rooms.

The largest schools here include Tacoma Community College, Bates Technical College, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound.

We also provide an extensive list of Washington Colleges.

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The Art Institutes system of schools


Seattle, WA

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

  • Program Categories: Art and Design, Communications and Media
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Associate

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America


Lakewood, WA

Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) is committed to be a leading educational institution offering effective training while maintaining a high standard of quality and integrity.

  • Program Categories: Vocational and Trade
  • Degrees: Certificate

Charter College


Tacoma, WA; Lacey, WA

You can prepare for a new career with help from Charter College.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate

Saybrook University


Kirkland, WA

Be a part of the world’s premier institution for humanistic studies at Saybrook University.

  • Program Categories: Psychology Counseling and Mental Health
  • Degrees: Master

Everest College


Tacoma, WA

Leave that dead-end job behind with training from Everest College.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Diploma

Cortiva Institute


Federal Way, WA; Seattle, WA

Cortiva Institute School of Massage Therapy's innovative program will help you learn the art of massage therapy and introduce you to a range of career opportunities.

  • Program Categories: Health, Healthcare and Nursing
  • Degrees: Certificate
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Tacoma Colleges with Open Admissions

Schools open to most or all qualified applicants (qualifications vary).
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: truck and bus driver, construction equipment operation, phlebotomy, EMT paramedic, construction trades, fire-fighting, mechanic and repair, licensed practical nurse
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 5,463 students, 4,101 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services.

BJ's Beauty and Barber College
5239 S Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA 98409

  • Programs: cosmetology, cosmetoloty instructor, barber
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates.
  • Student Body: 63 students, 67 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Placement assistance.

Tacoma Community College
6501 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98466-6100

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: liberal arts and sciences, registered nursing, business, accounting technology, mental and social health services, EMT ambulance attendant, teacher aide, applied horticulture
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Associate's.
  • Student Body: 5,811 students, 4,682 full-time equivalent.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. On-campus daycare. Remedial services. Study abroad option.

Colleges in Tacoma with Selective Admissions

These schools do not admit all qualified applicants.
Based on 2008-2009 information.

Faith Evangelical Seminary
3504 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407-0186

  • Programs: theology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 275 students, 140 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT: not generally required.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Northwest Baptist Seminary
4301 N Stevens
Tacoma, WA 98407-6699

  • Programs: theology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Master's.
  • Student Body: 78 students, 33 full-time equivalent.
  • Notable: Career counseling.

Pacific Lutheran University
1010 122nd St So
Tacoma, WA 98447-0003

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, registered nursing, biology, teacher education, communication studies, psychology, creative writing, elementary school teaching
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 3,661 students, 3,707 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,642 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 490-630. Math: 500-620. Writing: 490-600.
  • Flexibility: AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Placement assistance. Remedial services. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

University of Puget Sound
1500 N Warner
Tacoma, WA 98416

  • Programs: Many programs. Most popular include: business management, psychology, education, English, economics courses, physical therapy, sociology, biology
  • Degrees/Certificates: Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,772 students, 2,619 full-time equivalent.
  • Dorms: 1,634 student capacity.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 570-675. Math: 570-665.
  • Flexibility: AP credits.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Study abroad option. Member of a national athletic association.

University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
1900 Commerce St
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100

  • Programs: Several programs. Most popular include: interdisciplinary studies, social work, accounting, business management, registered nursing, computer and info science, education, finance
  • Degrees/Certificates: Certificates. Bachelor's. Master's.
  • Student Body: 2,653 students, 2,246 full-time equivalent.
  • SAT 25-75th percentile: Verbal: 420-540. Math: 440-540.
  • Flexibility: Distance learning. Weekend classes available. AP credits. Some high school credits accepted.
  • Notable: Career counseling. Study abroad option.
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Colleges in Nearby Cities and Towns

(Student count includes part-time and full-time; not all students live in the city or town. Data as of 2007.)

City/Town Colleges Pop.
(2000)
Students Dorms
Auburn Colleges 1 40,314 6,919  
Federal Way Colleges 3 83,259 302  
Lacey Colleges 1 31,226 1,605 643
Lakewood Colleges 2 58,211 17,333  
Puyallup Colleges 1 33,011 3,068  

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