South Puget Sound Community College

South Puget Sound Community College

South Puget Sound Community College was founded in 1962 as the Olympia Vocational Technical Institute. It was renamed Olympia Technical Community College in 1976 and became a fully comprehensive community college in 1980. The college adopted its current name in 1984 and is also referred to as SPSCC. The college campus sits on 125 acres of land in Olympia, Washington. It offers a number of degrees and certificate programs in several fields of study. The college offers enrollment to more than 6,500 full-time and part-time students.

SPSCC participates in a wide variety of sports like men's soccer, women's softball and men's and women's basketball. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Clippers. The college is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.

Some of the scholarships offered by SPSCC include the American Rhododendron Society Bruce Briggs Memorial Scholarship, Olympic Outfitters Scholarship in Accounting, Patrons of South Sound Cultural Activities Scholarship in the Arts and South Puget Sound Community College Bookstore Textbook Scholarship.

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Contacting South Puget Sound Community College

South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd SW
Olympia , WA 98512-6292
General Phone: (360) 596-5241

South Puget Sound Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts349liberal arts and sciences
Nursing and Emergency Medicine108registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Business and Management64business, business management, accounting technology, banking
Engineering Technician58drafting, architectural drafting, civil drafting, mechanical drafting
Medical Support and Technology36dental assistant, medical assistant
Computer Science and Engineering23data processing tech, web design, database administration, computer networking
Law19legal secretary, legal assistant
Office and Administration17data entry, office management, receptionist, general office occupations
Security and Law Enforcement10fire-fighting
Science9physical sciences
Medical Administration7medical transcription, medical secretary
Mechanics and Repair7automobile mechanics
Education and Teaching6early childhood education
Cooking and Culinary Arts5pastry, chef training
Landscaping and Horticulture4applied horticulture
Production Trades4welding

Number of programs and degrees for South Puget Sound Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years10210
Associate's degree60024
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years245

South Puget Sound Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, South Puget Sound Community College had a total enrollment of 4,947 students (3,794 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 56%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 5%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 31%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 12%
18-19 23%
20-21 12%
22-24 12%
25-29 13%
30-34 8%
35-39 7%
40-49 9%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

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


South Puget Sound Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 59 %
Part-Time 50 %

South Puget Sound Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Olympia, 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.

South Puget Sound Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,824
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,038
Books and supplies $ 904

Financial Aid:
South Puget Sound Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 537200)

South Puget Sound Community College Faculty

South Puget Sound Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track87
Non-tenured and not on tenure track10

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year48$55,76639$55,428
All faculty totalacademic year48$55,76639$55,428

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

South Puget Sound Community College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports10717

South Puget Sound Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Banking and Financial Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

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
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Medical/Clinical Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
Office Management and Supervision

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Physical Sciences

Security And Law Enforcement
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

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What Sets South Puget Sound Community College Apart:

% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 6%South Puget Sound Community College % of degrees in liberal arts
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%South Puget Sound Community College Number of students
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%South Puget Sound Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Number of degree programs
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 17%South Puget Sound Community College Number of degree programs

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 Offers weekend classes
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 Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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