Seattle Central College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Quarter

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Computer Science, Biology

  • Setting


  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

Did you know…?

  • There are 1,200 community colleges in the USA
  • Seattle Central is ranked #6 in international student enrollment among community colleges in the USA (Institute for International Education, 2015-2016)

Why do so many international students choose Seattle Central?

Wide variety of programs for international students

  • College Transfer (“2+2”) degree
    Transfer to university with 3rd year status
  • High School Completion Plus (High School Diploma and College Transfer Degree)
    Take the fast track and save time and money by getting a high school diploma AND a College Transfer degree at the same time
  • Short-Term Programs
    3 – 12 month options in many fields, including certificate programs. Perfect for semester abroad, gap year, high school and other short-term study!
  • Internships
    Our downtown Seattle location, internship preparation courses, workshops, and connections in the city make Seattle Central the place to be if you’re looking for work experience after finishing your college-level certificate or degree.
  • Intensive English
    Improve your listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills in our highly popular and results-oriented ESL program
  • College Bridge
    This part-time college, part-time ESL program allows you to earn up to 21 transferrable college credits while you're learning English!
  • Professional & Technical Programs
    One and two year career training programs in exciting fields such as Graphic Design, Web Programming, Nursing, and Culinary Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
    After completing a professional/technical degree, students can stay at Seattle Central and complete one of several applied Bachelor’s degrees in IT or Healthcare. 


You’ll find us in Seattle’s lively and popular Capitol Hill neighborhood, about a 15-minute walk or a 3-minute subway ride from the downtown central business district and many tourist destinations. The college is surrounded by restaurants, coffee houses, clubs, movie theaters, and shops -- and the subway, street car and numerous bus stops are just a few steps away. Seattle is safe and friendly, and has been on many national lists of “most livable” cities.

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 11 U.S. community colleges noted for transfer success in the article, “For Achievers, A New Destination.”

Transfer Success

International students complete their 2-year degree and transfer to a 4-year college or university for the last two years. Students have been admitted to Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell University, University of Washington, and hundreds of others.

Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG) and Pathways (TAP)

Secure your transfer to a 4-year college or university. Partners include University of California at Irvine; University of Washington, Tacoma and Bothell; San Francisco State University; California State University – Northridge; Seattle University; Washington State University and many more.

Three different housing options

Live in Seattle Central’s beautiful on-campus apartments, off-campus apartments (many just a short walk from campus), or a homestay with a host family.


Seattle Central provides scholarship opportunities every year to international students.

Internship support

Seattle has one of the strongest economies in the United States, and we take advantage of our connections to business and industry to assist international students in finding internships and other work experiences. Seattle Central's convenient location in downtown Seattle makes it possible for a student to take classes AND work in a local business or non-profit organization during the course of a normal day.

Services, facilities, and activities

Seattle Central offers academic advising, personal counseling, university transfer fairs, workshops, activities and free tutoring. Facilities include a library, computer lab, 2 restaurants, coffee house and an activity center/gym right on campus. With 60+ clubs and hundreds of activities every year, it is easy to develop new skills, get involved, volunteer, and have fun.

Four start dates and an easy application process

Students can begin their studies in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. And whether you plan to study for two years or two months, your admission application will be processed quickly – usually in just a few days!

No TOEFL? No Problem!

Seattle Central accepts specific TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and ACT scores to prove English proficiency. Students without scores can take a placement test upon arrival at Seattle Central.



Seattle Central College

1701 Broadway
Seattle WA 98122
P: 206.934.3893
For more information: Seattle Central College