Who We Are
Why do almost 16,000 students choose Seattle Central College each year? We offer what they need to succeed. Top academic programs, many paths to academic transfer, career prep, and basic studies – all in one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in one of the nation’s most diverse, thriving cities.
Whatever you want to do, we have a program to help you do it. Three bachelor's degrees, 29 associate degrees and 16 professional certificates in 26 programs of study. Almost half of our students are working towards Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees to prepare them for transfer to four–year colleges or universities. To build successful careers, about a third of our students pursue career training programs to learn marketable skills in fields such as healthcare, information technology, business, culinary arts, maritime, social and human services and more. We also serve students with courses in basic studies, continuing education and other programs.
Focus on Teaching and Learning
The true strength of our college is our incredible teaching and learning environment. Our teachers are nationally known for their dedication to student success, and it shows. From the large number of our students who transfer to the University of Washington each year, to those running successful businesses, standing out in arts and music or as community leaders – we are committed to helping our students thrive in whatever they choose to do.
We were Seattle’s first community college. We started on the outskirts of downtown in 1966, and grew into a thriving center for higher education in the heart of the city. For 50 years, we have made higher education a possibility for a wide variety of students in Seattle and surrounding areas. Although our home is Seattle’s vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, our perspective is global, with the nation’s sixth-largest community or technical college international program. Each year, we host more than 2,000 students from around the world.
Diversity in Action
Seattle Central College is one of the most diverse colleges in Washington state, which is great, but what makes us most proud is that our student body is a true reflection of our community. We draw people from all walks of life who want to improve their lives. They represent a multitude of ages, races, ethnicities and backgrounds. From high school students and recent grads just starting out, to mid–career professionals looking to add new skills (many of whom are juggling work and family) – Seattle Central welcomes you.