Clark College is a two-year, public community college, awarding associate degrees and certificates, that is located in the city of Vancouver, Washington.
The college was founded in 1933 as a private junior college called Vancouver Junior College and became a public institution in 1958.
Clark College offers classes in four locations: main campus, on the campus of Washington State University, at a satellite campus in east Vancouver at the Columbia Tech Center, and at the Columbia Bank. The main campus is on about 100 acres in Vancouver’s Central Park, just north of Portland, Oregon. Columbia Tech Center offers classes for degree-seeking students and is the home of Clark’s new Cooking and Wine School. Clark College at Columbia Tech Center also offers general education classes, professional and technical training, basic skills classes, workforce development and personal enrichment courses. This campus is certified gold by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). WSU Vancouver provides additional classrooms, science laboratories, computer labs, and support space to accommodate growing enrollment. Corporate and Continuing Education offices are located in the Columbia Bank Building on the corner of West 6th Street and Broadway.
Demographics at Clark College are as follows:
- More than 12,300 students enrolled
- Student to faculty ratio of 17:1
- About 51 percent of students study full-time
- More than 55 percent of students are female
- Approximately 71 percent of students are White
- About 58 percent of students are under the age of 25
Clark College offers high school diplomas, GEDs, certificates, and associate’s degrees in programs including nursing, dental hygiene, health informatics and mechatronics. High school students enrolled in the Running Start program earn college credit while enrolled in high school. Eastern Washington University also offers bachelor’s degrees in technology, dental hygiene, and social work at Clark. The college has partnerships with institutions such as Concordia University, Marylhurst University, Portland State University, and Washington State University Vancouver. Special learning opportunities include ROTC (Army and Air Force) and distance education. More than 80 classes are offered online each semester. Online learning options include online classes, hybrid classes, the Weekend Degree program, and web-enhanced classes. The Weekend Degree program meets one weekend per month, or three weekends per term, and integrates online and classroom instruction. Students can earn the Associates in Arts transfer degree completely online. Online courses are delivered through Moodle and Canvas.
Student life at Clark College is made up of more than 50 clubs and organizations, athletic programs, cultural events, and Student Government. The Thompson Fitness Center also offers intramural sports. Athletic teams include: men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s soccer, women’s soccer, men and women’s track, and women’s volleyball. Clark College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges
Clark College has an open admissions policy. To apply for admission to Clark College, pay the $20 application fee and submit a completed application form. The winter quarter application deadline is December 20.
After applying for admission, it is encouraged for students to apply for financial aid. About 72 percent of Clark College students receive some sort of financial aid. To determine eligibility, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 1 for summer or fall enrollment. Deadlines for winter enrollment and spring enrollment are November 6 and February 12, respectively. Forms of aid include Pell Grants, Federal SEO Grants, State Need Grants, Clark College Grant, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, College Bound Scholarship, Community and College Scholarships, and Work Study.
Clark College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:At least 2, but les than 4 academic years
Adult Age Enrollments:4,356
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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