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Clark College, located in Vancouver, Washington, was founded in 1933, during the Great Depression. The school was quickly given accreditation, and expanded its role in the community, offering programs to educate and train individuals. The school saw particular growth after World War II, with the return of soldiers seeking career training and education in order to pursue employment and personal growth. Since that time the school has expanded in scope and size, increasing its enrollment greatly and requiring expansions to the campus in order to meet the needs of the community. The school is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community and individual students, and does so by reviewing programs and services and updating them as necessary to meet current and future student expectations.
Clark College offers a large variety of programs that allow for career development or academic transfer. Students will choose the program that best assists in the realization of their goals. Career programs provide training and education in a specific field and allow the student to develop the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as a qualified professional. These programs typically mix classroom theory and education with practical education, providing a controlled environment in order for students to utilize and perfect methods and techniques used within their field. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a certificate or associate degree which demonstrates competency to employers when seeking entry level employment.
Academic transfer is accomplished by through programs that cover the first two years of a four year education, followed by applying to a college or university to continue the student's education, completing the final two years and earning their bachelor's degree. Students will have an easier time transferring to public schools in Washington through preexisting transfer agreements that ease the process and guarantee admission if certain requirements are met. Students may apply to out of state or private institutions, through admissions will be more stringent and requirements may vary. Students should meet with an academic advisor to discuss transfer requirements and develop a curriculum that best meets the needs of the desired school or schools.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, any individual wishing to enroll at Clark College may do so by meeting the minimum admissions requirements and submitting a completed application. Students should also supply transcripts and standardized test scores, which may be used to determine course level for general education in lieu of a placement exam. Students should also participate in new student orientation to familiarize themselves with the campus and meet with a counselor to discuss goals, curriculum and program enrollment.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Aid is awarded based on need and aid program eligibility as determined by information provided through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be submitted prior to each academic year and is the primary source of information regarding a student's financial situation. Students may be chosen at random to supply additional information to be compared to their FAFSA in order to verify its accuracy. This is due to new federal regulations governing the disbursement of aid.
Clark College is home to a number of clubs and organizations that focus on varying topics and interests. Students are encouraged to participate in one or more of these clubs in order to meet new people, discuss new ideas, participate in campus events, and to grow outside for a classroom setting. A full list of available clubs may be found online or on campus, with posted meeting times and dates.
Clubs and organizations include:
- Aerospace Club
- Archaeology and History Club
- Diesel Dogs Club
- Engineering Club
- International Club
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,800. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $20 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition estimates per year:
- State Residents: $3,400-$4,100
- Out-of-State: $8,600-$10,320
- Charges for part-time students are:
- In-State: $110-$130 per unit
- Out-of-State: $280-$340 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||68%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||61%||$5,313|
|Receiving Student Loans||27%||$4,882|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 19%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To support students and graduates, Clark College may provide services to students including:
- Online classes
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Work study style employment
- Employment search assistance
- Day care for children
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for this school, versus those community colleges in Washington, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1970)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1970)
- Compare all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Washington
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Personal and Culinary Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Clark College.
- Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA (37 miles away)
- Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR (48 miles away)
- Tillamook Bay Community College in Tillamook, OR (59 miles away)
- Clatsop Community College in Astoria, OR (68 miles away)
- Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, OR (71 miles away)