Clark College: Quick Facts

All numbers based on 2016-2017 academic year unless otherwise noted. For more in-depth or time-sensitive facts about the college, please visit our Research and Planning web area.


Founded: 1933
First accreditation: 1937 (from the University of Washington)
First received funding from Washington State: 1948
Became part of statewide community college system: 1967

Educational Excellence

More than 100 academic and technical programs.
Career and technical programs include:

Percentage of career and technical graduates who were employed within nine months of graduation: 83%

Degrees & Awards:

Clark College offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management.

Clark College has established educational partnerships with Bellevue College, Centralia College, City University Seattle, Colorado State University, Concordia University, Eastern Washington University, Evergreen State College, Portland Community College, Portland State University, University of Phoenix, University of Portland, Warner Pacific College, Washington State University Vancouver, and Western Governor's University to provide pathways to baccalaureate degrees.


The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). Intermural sports include: Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Softball, Men’s Baseball, Track & Field


Service District: District 14 (Clark, Skamania and western Klickitat counties)
Clark Headcount: 12,804
FTES (Full-Time Equivalent Student): 7,981
Average age: 26
Female: 57%
Male: 43%
Percent of student body who are first-generation college students: 72%
Percent of student body who are low-income: 43%
Percent of student body who have dependent children: 23%
Percent of 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 2015-2016 academic year)

Budget and Tuition

Annual full-time tuition: $4,023 (2016-2017 academic year, 45 credits)
Operating budget (2016-2017): $55.5 million
Financial aid disbursed (2015-2016): $39.2 million for 6,145 students including $1.6 million in scholarships


President: Robert K. Knight

Board of Trustees:

View Clark's five-year Strategic Plan