Pierce College, located in Puyallup, Washington, is a multi campus public two year institution founded in 1967 and was originally known as CLover Park Community College. That same year the state of Washington passed a law shifting control of community colleges from local school districts to the state, resulting in new operations for the school and a new campus in Fort Steilacoom, resulting in a name change to Fort Steilacoom Community College. Increased enrollment resulting in a name change to the current, as it better reflects the role of the school and its service area. The campus in Puyallup was built in 1989 and opened a year later, becoming a full service college in 1999.
Pierce College at Puyallup is a comprehensive community college that offers academic and career training opportunities. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of education locally and at low cost, followed by transfer to their school of choice to complete a bachelor's degree. Career training programs are for individuals seeking employment in skill oriented high demand fields or industries. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a degree or certificate upon completion.
Programs offered include:
Individuals interested in enrollment at Pierce College may do so by completing an application for admission and paying the associated fees. Students should be at least eighteen years of age or have a high school diploma. Students are asked to provide transcripts and test scores if available, and to meet with a counselor prior to registration to discuss program enrollment options. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships and is awarded based on need as determined by the information provided by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $8,200. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $25 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: $8,700-$10,470
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $100-$120 per unit
- Out-of-State: $280-$330 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||61%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||44%||$5,597|
|Receiving Student Loans||15%||$4,731|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help support students, Pierce College at Puyallup may provide services to students like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Academic counseling for students
- Student employment
- Day care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how Pierce College at Puyallup compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Pierce County and community colleges in Washington in total.
|Pierce College at Puyallup||Pierce County||Washington|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2007)
- 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.
Get more information about the programs offered by Pierce College at Puyallup by clicking the request information to the right.
(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
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Security and Protective Services
Other Community Colleges Nearby
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