Why Seattle Central
TOP 10 reasons why students choose Seattle Central:
Seattle Central is THE only community college in downtown Seattle. All others are miles away. Shops, restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, museums, libraries, movie theaters, city parks, and sport facilities are all just a short walk or bus ride away from our campus!
#2: National awards and recognition
Seattle Central was named “College of the Year” in a one-time study by TIME Magazine and recognized by the New York Times as one of the best community colleges nationwide in the article, “For Achievers, A New Destination.” Pretty good, don’t you think?
#3: Large student body
Seattle Central hosts more than 10,000 U.S. students and 1,500 international students. In terms of numbers of international students, our school is #4 out of all 1,200 community colleges nationwide. Clearly, our college is a popular choice!
#4: About 70 countries represented
Seattle Central is one of the most international and diverse campuses nationwide. International students account for about 15% of our total student body. You will feel right at home, make friends from all over the world, and learn about many different cultures on our campus. Get to know some of our students by clicking on their photos.
#5: Housing options
Seattle Central has it all: brand new apartments right on campus, many apartment buildings nearby, and homestay agencies that can help you find the perfect host family. All waiting for you to move in!
Seattle Central offers many scholarship opportunities to its CURRENT international students. A great way to save money and improve your resume!
#7: Student Leadership Office
Seattle Central offers students lots of opportunities to get involved, volunteer, and learn skills outside the classroom. With 80+ clubs, weekly workshops, free activities and events, our renowned Student Leadership Office has plenty to keep you busy after class!
#8: Student Development Transcript
Seattle Central knows the recipe to success: good grades + leadership skills + volunteer experience = your entry to the TOP U.S. universities. Seattle Central highlights all your extra-curricular accomplishments in a special transcript so you can stand out from the crowd!
#9: Transfer Admission Guarantee
Seattle Central offers a transfer admission guarantee to several universities, including: Arizona State University, San Francisco State University, Eastern Washington University, University of Washington (Bothell and Tacoma), California State University - Northridge, Montana State University, Washington State University, Seattle University, and Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. We've got you covered before you even leave home!
#10: Highly-ranked universities within minutes
Seattle Central is located within 10 minutes of two high-ranking U.S. universities: University of Washington and Seattle University. Both accept many of our students every year. So when it is time for you to transfer and continue on with your studies, you won’t have to go very far!
Seattle Central was founded in 1966 and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Seattle Central is part of the Seattle College District, which serves all of metropolitan Seattle and its surrounding communities, and comprises the largest community college district in the state, educating nearly 55,000 students each year.
Every year, 10,000 American students and 1,500 international students from about 70 countries choose Seattle Central College. Here they enjoy outstanding faculty, small classes, personal attention, and low tuition.
Seattle Central offers a wide variety of program options for students, as well as many excellent services and resources. As a group, international students at Seattle Central maintain a grade point average of approximately 3.3 on a scale of 0-4. Once they have completed their studies at Seattle Central, students can transfer to 4-year colleges and universities inside and outside of Washington to complete their Bachelor's degree.
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