South Puget Sound Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,458
3.31% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$10,565
After Financial Aid
2022 Enrolled Students
3,788
58.8% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
44%
229 Graduates

About

South Puget Sound Community College is a higher education institution located in Thurston County, WA. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at South Puget Sound Community College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (686 degrees awarded), General Business (59 degrees), and Physical Sciences (44 degrees).

In 2022, 1,329 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South Puget Sound Community College. 60.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (772 degrees), 4.77 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (162 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South Puget Sound Community College is $4,458, which is $−3,654 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at South Puget Sound Community College is $4,458, which is $−3,654 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $10,565.

In 2022, 50% of undergraduate students attending South Puget Sound Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 5% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,458
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at South Puget Sound Community College was $4,458. The cost of tuition at South Puget Sound Community College is $−3,654 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$10,565
2022 Value
12.4%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 South Puget Sound Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $10,565. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of South Puget Sound Community College grew by 12.4%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,274
Room and Board
$942
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South Puget Sound Community College was of $11,274 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.4% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $942. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.29% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

50%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
5%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

50% of undergraduate students at South Puget Sound Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 31.6% with respect to 2021, when 38% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Enrollment

South Puget Sound Community College had a total enrollment of 3,788 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at South Puget Sound Community College is 2,229 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,559. This means that 58.8% of students enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South Puget Sound Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 55.4% White, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino, 9.82% Two or More Races, 7.42% Asian, 3.75% Black or African American, 0.977% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.634% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (31%), followed by White Male (22.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

58.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South Puget Sound Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,788 students. The full-time enrollment at South Puget Sound Community College is 2,229 and the part-time enrollment is 1,559. This means that 58.8% of students enrolled at South Puget Sound Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

60%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at South Puget Sound Community College was 60%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), South Puget Sound Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    2,097 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    565 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    372 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at South Puget Sound Community College is 55.4% White, 14.9% Hispanic or Latino, 9.82% Two or More Races, 7.42% Asian, 3.75% Black or African American, 0.977% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.634% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 199 students (5.25%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 285 more women than men received degrees from South Puget Sound Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at South Puget Sound Community College is white (772 degrees awarded). There were 4.77 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (162 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at South Puget Sound Community College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (686 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (59 degrees) and Physical Sciences (44 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at South Puget Sound Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Precision Production (76 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (686 degrees), and Physical Sciences (44 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Puget Sound Community College are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,575,172 people), Secondary school teachers (457,487 people), Education administrators (253,407 people), Special education teachers (186,878 people), and Preschool & kindergarten teachers (169,834 people).

The most specialized majors at South Puget Sound Community College in 2022 are Precision Production (76 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (686 degrees), Physical Sciences (44 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (40 degrees), and Education (111 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Puget Sound Community College are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Physicians, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at South Puget Sound Community College are Precision Production (76 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (686 degrees), Physical Sciences (44 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (40 degrees), and Education (111 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South Puget Sound Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (2,740,027 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (337,137 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (175,252 people), Computer Systems Design (106,721 people), and Child day care services (100,114 people).

The most specialized majors at South Puget Sound Community College are Precision Production (76 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (686 degrees), Physical Sciences (44 degrees), Mechanical Technologies (40 degrees), and Education (111 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by South Puget Sound Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 686 degrees awarded
  2. 59 degrees awarded
  3. 44 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at South Puget Sound Community College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 686 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

522
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
807
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 522 degrees were awarded to men at South Puget Sound Community College, which is 0.647 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (807).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 246 degrees were awarded to men at South Puget Sound Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.559 times less than the 440 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 440 degrees were awarded to men at South Puget Sound Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.79 times more than the 246 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

32%
100% Completion Time
44%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 32% of students graduating from South Puget Sound Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 44% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 46% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (79.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at South Puget Sound Community College is Female and Asian (79.2% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 8.3% of graduates (19 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    772 degrees awarded
  2. Two or More Races
    162 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    160 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South Puget Sound Community College is white (772 degrees awarded). There were 4.77 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (162 degrees).

6.77% of degree recipients (90 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    497 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    275 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    96 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at South Puget Sound Community College is white female (497 degrees awarded). There were 1.81 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (275 degrees).

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Operations

South Puget Sound Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $11.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNk (−0.105%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, South Puget Sound Community College had a total salary expenditure of 73.8M. South Puget Sound Community College employs 102 No academic ranks. Most academics at South Puget Sound Community College are Female No academic rank (55), and Male No academic rank (47).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Puget Sound Community College are: Management, with 91 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 49 employees, and Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance with 22 employees.

Endowment

$11.4M
2022 Endowment
13.9%
decline from 2021

South Puget Sound Community College has an endowment valued at about $11.4M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of South Puget Sound Community College declined 13.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $6.14M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $6.34M - Federal
  2. $6.14M - State
  3. $9.74M - Local

As of 2022, South Puget Sound Community College received $6.34M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.14M from state grants and contracts, and $9.74M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$25.7M
2022 Salaries
1.88%
growth from 2021

In 2022, South Puget Sound Community College paid a median of $25.7M in salaries, which represents 34.8% of their overall expenditure ($73.8M) and a 1.88% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$6.92M
Instructional Salaries
102
Number of Employees

In 2022, South Puget Sound Community College paid a total of $6.92M to 102 employees working as instructors, which represents 27% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
102 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
91 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at South Puget Sound Community College was No academic rank with 102 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South Puget Sound Community College were Management with 91 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 49 employees, and Natural Resources, Construction, and Maintenance with 22 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South Puget Sound Community College was Female No academic rank with 55 employees, and Male No academic rank with 47 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at South Puget Sound Community College.

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