About Clark College

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Clark College was founded in 1933, and serves District 14 (Clark, Skamania and western Klickitat counties) with a headcount of 12,804 students, of which 7,981 are FTES (Full-Time Equivalent Students). More quick facts. All numbers based on 2016-2017 academic year statistics, unless otherwise noted.

Average age: 26

Female: 57%  Male: 43%

First-generation college students: 72%

Student body who are low-income: 43%

Student body who have dependent children: 23%

Student body who self-report as being of color: 33%

Running Start students: 2,433

International Students: 105

Student Veterans: 616 (self-reporting, as of the 2015-2016 academic year)


Events and Rentals

Events and Rentals

Clark hosts many events that are open to the community throughout the year, including music concerts, athletic events, lectures, and more. Community members may also rent facilities on campus for events.

Activities Calendar

Arts and Events

Rental Information

News and Media

News and Media

Our Communications and Marketing department works within the college and with media, community, and business partners to tell the story of Clark College. They also run and maintain the main social media channels and clark.edu website. 

Clark College News Site

News Releases

Media Resources

Contact Us

maps and directions

Maps and Directions

Clark College's main campus is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Washington. We also have satellite locations throughout the area. 

Maps and Directions

About Southwest Washington




Clark College inspires learners to excel, transforms lives, and strengthens our increasingly diverse community. 


Clark College, in service to the community, guides individuals to achieve their educational and professional goals.

History and Traditions

Founded in 1933, Clark College is the oldest institution of higher education in Southwest Washington. Founded as a private, two-year, junior college, Clark College received its first accreditation in 1937 and has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1948. It was incorporated into the statewide community college system in 1967. Clark has developed a rich history and relationship with both its own community and the community around it. Many of its annual events, like its Jazz Fest and Sakura Festival, are traditions that go back years or even decades.

College Theme: Transformation

A college theme represents a common idea that the entire college, and the community that we serve, can gather around. Clark College’s Strategic Plan is founded on the core principle of the learning college: the work undertaken by each and every member of the college community shares the common outcome of student learning. In alignment with this, the college theme will be integrated across a broad sweep of college services. 



Hours of Operation

Gaiser Hall, Penguin Union Building, O'Connell Sports Center, and Hanna/Hawkins Halls

Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: CLOSED

Cannell Library, Bookstore, and individual academic departments: Please visit department's website. 

Clark College at Columbia Tech Center

Monday-Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Security and Safety

Disability Support Services