Clark College

Clark College

Clark College is a community college that was originally known as the Vancouver Junior College. It was founded in 1933 as a private, 2-year, junior college. The main campus of the college sits on 101 acres of land in Vancouver's Central Park.

Clark College offers a variety of associate's degrees, preparation for four-year university degrees and general adult education programs. In addition, it is well known for its programs in dental hygiene, nursing, and industrial arts like welding and auto maintenance. The figures for the full and part-time enrollment of students at this college exceeds 10,000.

Clark College's sports club is called the Penguin Athletic Club. There are separate men's and women's teams for volleyball, soccer and cross-country. The men's soccer team has been the winner of a NWAACC championship.

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Contacting Clark

Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver , WA 98663-3598
General Phone: (360) 992-2000

Clark Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts621liberal arts and sciences
Medical Support and Technology156dental hygienist, medical coding, medical assistant, pharmacy tech, radiographer, phlebotomy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine131EMT ambulance attendant, registered nursing, nursing assistant
Business and Management125business, business management, accounting technology, small business management, human resources, sales
Production Trades99machinist, welding
Office and Administration72data entry, executive secretary, receptionist, office data entry, general office occupations
Engineering Technician46electronics tech, telecommunications tech, manufacturing tech, construction engineering tech, CAD and design
Medical Administration34medical records tech, medical transcription, medical receptionist, medical secretary
Cooking and Culinary Arts28pastry, chef training
Science26physical sciences
Computer Science and Engineering23computer programming, web design, computer networking, webmastering
Law12legal secretary, legal assistant
Education and Teaching12early childhood education
Landscaping and Horticulture12applied horticulture, landscaping, plant nursery
Media11audiovisual tech, desktop publishing and imaging
Mechanics and Repair10automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8sports and fitness management
Construction Trades5power transmission
Therapy and Counseling2substance abuse counseling

Number of programs and degrees for Clark in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree1,04735
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years13624
Award of less than 1 academic year24916
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years11

Clark Student Body

In 2007-2008, Clark had a total enrollment of 9,705 students (6,734 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 2%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 5%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 11%
18-19 24%
20-21 14%
22-24 10%
25-29 11%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 8%
50-64 6%
65+ 3%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Clark Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 43 %

Clark Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Vancouver, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Clark Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,645
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 7,822
Books and supplies $ 924

Financial Aid:
Clark participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 377300)

Clark Faculty

Clark has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1022
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1424

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year85$57,392100$54,733
All faculty totalacademic year85$57,392100$54,733

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Clark Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports261339

Clark Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Selling Skills and Sales Operations
Small Business Administration/Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades
Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Engineering Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Telecommunications Technology/Technician

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Plant Nursery Operations and Management

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician

Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

Medical Administration
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Reception/Receptionist
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance)
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services

Production Trades
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Welding Technology/Welder

Physical Sciences

Therapy And Counseling
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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Clark Highlights

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What Sets Clark Apart:

Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Clark Number of students
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Clark Number of degree programs
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Clark Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Clark % of degrees in liberal arts
% of degrees in production trades
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Clark % of degrees in production trades

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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