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South Seattle College | Field Guide 2024

South Seattle College logoFounded in 1969, South Seattle College is located on an 87-acre hilltop campus in West Seattle with panoramic views of the city skyline and surrounding mountains. South serves students with diverse needs to meet their educational and career goals, whether they are just starting their higher education, looking to advance their careers, or trying a new direction. We also offer apprenticeship training at our Georgetown campus. With our affordable and accessible programs, South Seattle College helps people of every age and background thrive in today’s economy.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • College Transfer programs
  • Apprenticeship programs
  • Basic and Transitional Studies programs
  • Aviation Maintenance Technology
  • Automotive Technology


  • Headcount (all sources): 9,216
  • FTES (all sources): 4,033
  • Headcount (state-funded): 8,144
  • FTES (state-funded): 3,361

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 69
  • Apprentices: 3,804
  • I-BEST: 180
  • International: 155
  • Running Start: 447
  • Worker Retraining: 235

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 24%
  • Basic skills: 13%
  • Workforce education: 52%
  • Other: 11%


Students of color: 58%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Black/African American: 19%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 18%
  • Pacific Islander: 3%
  • White: 54%


  • Full-time: 35%
  • Part-time: 65%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 47%
  • Students with dependents: 32%


  • Female: 34%
  • Male: 66%

Median age


Points of Interest

Programs to support regional workforce needs

South Seattle College (SSC) offers a wide range of programs that prepare students for careers or continued education at a university. Pre-college and English as a Second Language programs give students a jumpstart into college and the workforce, while professional-technical programs train students for our region’s most in-demand careers. These include careers in aviation, automotive, diesel maintenance, welding, nursing, landscape horticulture, culinary arts, and wine studies. SSC also trains thousands of apprentices each year in over 40 different trades.

Wellness Center brings holistic health to the college

South Seattle College students, faculty and staff are enjoying an incredible new facility on campus with the full opening of the Wellness Center in fall quarter 2023. The space includes traditional exercise spaces like a basketball court, full gym, and cardio room and attends to broader wellness with a mothering room and prayer/reflection space. The center creates opportunity for the South community to attend to their wellness in a holistic way, adding to their educational experience.

Fully renovated Automotive Technology Center opens

South Seattle College celebrated the grand opening of the Steve and Sharon Huling Automotive Technology Center on May 23, 2023, recognizing both the amazing new learning space for Automotive Technology students and the charitable contributions to South from the Huling family over many years. The 49,000-square-foot fully renovated and expanded training facility (funded through the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges major capital project system) boasts large shop spaces with 20 service bays and all-new lifts, updated classrooms including a virtual reality training space, common spaces to relax and connect with fellow students between class time, and new equipment throughout to provide safe, relevant training in line with modern automotive technology industry standards.  

Data is from the 2022-23 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*Students of color percent based on unduplicated headcount. Students may be counted in more than one race, so race/ethnicity percentages may not total 100%. Percentages calculated on reported value.

Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.


Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap

Acting President

Dr. Sayumi Irey


  • Rosa Peralta, chair
  • Brian Surratt, vice chair
  • Teresita Batayola
  • Louise Chernin
  • Colleen Echohawk

Year Founded


Service Area

West and South Seattle, King County

Legislative Districts

11, 32, 34, 36, 37, 43, 46

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Last Modified: 4/9/24, 8:32 AM

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