Lower Columbia College

1600 Maple Street, Longview, WA 98632-0310

School Details

Lower Columbia College is a two-year public school located in Longview, Washington. LCC is a member of the Washington Community and Technical Colleges system that was created by the Community College Act of 1967. Lower Columbia College was established in 1934 as Lower Columbia Junior College.

Lower Columbia College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees in nearly 50 fields of study. LCC also offers vocational/technical education and worker re-training in addition to university transfer programs. The top five areas of study include: Registered Nurse, Welding, Business Management, Medical Assisting, Automotive Technology, and Information Technology Systems. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend.

Lower Columbia College has 3,642 students (all undergraduates) and 206 faculty members, giving the university a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 64 teach full-time and 142 teach part-time. About 57 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 43 percent study part-time.

The student body contains 63 percent female students and 37 percent male students. About 78 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being Hispanic (10%), black (4%), Asian (4%), and American Indian (4%). About 51 percent of students are ages 24 and under with 49 percent of students being ages 25 and above. About 89 percent of students are from Washington while 11 percent are from out-of-state.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 57 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 31 percent. The overall graduation rate is 33 percent and the overall transfer-out rate is 12 percent. The overall graduation rate by gender is 30 percent for males and 35 percent for females.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, and on-campus daycare.  Special learning opportunities include distance education and teacher certification.

There are nearly 30 student clubs and organizations at LCC and students are able to easily create a new club if they wish to do so by contacting the Student Activities Office on campus.  LCC competes in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges and competes in 6 intercollegiate sports. Two male teams compete in baseball and basketball while four women’s teams compete in basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

Tuition costs $4,272 per year for in-state students and $4,812 per year for out-of-state students. Books and other supplies are estimated to cost  $1,104 per year. Tuition payment plans are offered. Off-campus living is estimated to cost $10,164 per year with $3,303 in additional living expenses.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form (school code is 003782) and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 75 percent of those attending Lower Columbia College receive financial aid.

Students are encouraged to apply early. To begin the enrollment process, students should submit an online application and wait to hear back from the Admissions Office. Students must then schedule an appointment to take a placement test, meet an advisor, and register for classes. Applications at LCC are only offered online and the undergraduate application fee costs $30.  

Louisiana Tech University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.




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    Public, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
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