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Tacoma Community College Overview

Tacoma Community College is a public institution located in Tacoma, Washington. The location of Tacoma Community College is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Tacoma Community College Known For?

1,992 Undergraduate Awards
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Tacoma Community College.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.

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Tacoma Community College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Tacoma Community College has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#232 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Tacoma Community College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular General Sales & Marketing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Most Popular Public Administration & Social Service Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Most Popular Horticulture Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Most Popular Legal Support Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Most Popular Legal Professions Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Value Health & Medical Administrative Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Engineering Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#117 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#148 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Tacoma Community College?

Location of Tacoma Community College

Contact details for Tacoma Community College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 6501 S 19Th St, Tacoma, WA 98466-6100
Phone: 253-566-5000

How Do I Get Into Tacoma Community College?

You can apply to Tacoma Community College online at:

Tacoma Community College has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Tacoma Community College?

12% Take Out Loans
14.3% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Tacoma Community College, approximately 12% of students took out student loans averaging $5,675 a year. That adds up to $22,700 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Tacoma Community College is 14.3%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

Tacoma Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,708 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,095 undergraduate students at Tacoma Community College, with 3,708 being full-time and 2,387 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Tacoma Community College

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,708 full-time undergraduates at Tacoma Community College, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Tacoma Community College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Tacoma Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Tacoma Community College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 264
Black or African American 251
Hispanic or Latino 399
White 1,603
International Students 200
Other Races/Ethnicities 991

Over 57 countries are represented at Tacoma Community College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and Japan.

Online Learning at Tacoma Community College

828 Took All Classes Online
2,336 Took At Least One Class Online
3.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,336 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Tacoma Community College has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 28th most popular in Washington for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Tacoma Community College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Tacoma Community College was 3.3%. This is the #1,792 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Tacoma Community College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Tacoma Community College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 34%

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Tacoma Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 714 0 0 714
Accounting 108 25 22 0 155
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 107 18 0 0 125
General Sales & Marketing 90 0 21 0 111
Horticulture 83 0 17 0 100
General Business/Commerce 0 99 0 0 99
Human Services 41 23 31 0 95
Nursing 0 91 0 0 91
Information Technology 78 0 0 0 78
Allied Health Professions 0 40 19 0 59
Health & Medical Administrative Services 19 22 11 7 59
Legal Support Services 0 16 30 0 46
Teacher Education Grade Specific 23 12 0 0 35
Business Administration & Management 15 14 1 0 30
Computer Systems Networking 0 29 0 0 29
Mechanical Engineering 0 23 0 0 23
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 17 0 0 0 17
Electrical Engineering 0 16 0 0 16
Entrepreneurial Studies 14 0 0 0 14
Computer Science 0 14 0 0 14
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 0 14 0 14
General Biology 0 13 0 0 13
Computer Software & Applications 13 0 0 0 13
General Physical Sciences 0 13 0 0 13
Human Resource Management 11 0 0 0 11
Health Sciences & Services 0 10 0 0 10
Chemical Engineering 0 3 0 0 3
Music 0 3 0 0 3
Data Processing 0 0 2 0 2
Teaching Assistants 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 619 1,198 168 7 1,992


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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