Why Seattle Central?

Founded in 1966, Seattle Central is a public community / two-year college located in downtown Seattle and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.

In the United States, studying at a community college is a very popular option. Each year, 45% of U.S. high school graduates and 75,000 international students choose to enroll at a community college, rather than at a four-year college or university. By doing so, they make a smart choice and enjoy many great benefits:

- Lower tuition and fees 
- Smaller class sizes
- Dynamic, interactive teaching style
- Personal attention and support
- Greater chances to practice English
- Additional internship opportunities

TOP 10 reasons students choose Seattle Central

Each year, 10,000 American students and 1,000 international students from 70 different countries enroll at Seattle Central College. Here are the main reasons why they choose our school:

#1: Location

Seattle Central is THE only community college in downtown Seattle, and our very popular Capitol Hill location provides an exciting and lively environment: 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: A Top Choice

Seattle Central hosts more than 10,000 American students and 1,000 international students. In terms of numbers of international students, our school is #11 out of all 1,100 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: 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!

#6: Scholarships

Seattle Central offers many scholarship opportunities to its CURRENT international students. What 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 Guarantees

Seattle Central offers transfer admission guarantees 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 5 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!



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