Skagit Valley College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $5,000—$10,000 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, Liberal Arts, Science

  • Setting

    Small/College town

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay

  • Social Media

Location — Voted Best Small City in the USA

Skagit Valley College is located in Mount Vernon, Washington, which was voted "Best Small City in America" by the New Rating Guide to Life in America's Small Cities. This city of 36,000 has a lower cost of living and better personal safety than large cities, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful surroundings of sea and mountains.

The area is near recreational areas and larger cites such as Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. Students travel to these places during weekends and holidays.


Skagit Valley College is accredited and has been teaching and graduating students since 1926. The college is a public two-year institution offering the Associate of Arts University College Transfer, Associate of Arts General Studies, and Associate of Technical Arts degrees. Over 60 majors and 25 technical programs may be studied at Skagit Valley College.

Student Success is our Primary Interest — Innovative Advance Levels

We help students succeed in the college environment. Students who need ESL preparation prior to taking a full load of college level classes are given two quarters of ESL and academic classes. In ESL the emphasis is on reading, writing, oral communication and integrated skills.

Outstanding Community Members

Members of the community welcome international students with open arms. They open their homes with the homestay program, host progressive dinners, organize events and have created strong friendships, enabling students to meet members of the community.

Housing to Meet Your Needs

Skagit Valley College is one of the few colleges in the state of Washington and amongst community colleges in the United States that has campus housing (dormitories). Students who choose this living style will live in student apartments that feature four bedrooms with a bath and a living/dining/kitchen area.

Hear it From Our Students

Student from UAE: "SVC offered everything I wanted. The other students are friendly, and I am learning so much." Student from Indonesia: "SVC is the right place to start. The faculty and staff are really concerned about student achievement." Student from Japan: "It's a friendly place with helpful teachers. I like the small classes too." Student from Sweden: "The people here at SVC have broadened my horizons academically and personally" Students in the advanced levels: "If you enroll, you will find at the end of the quarter that you will understand more about American culture and communication; as well, you will be surprised with the improvement in your English." Student from Japan who now studies at a university: "For the first few quarters, I was just struggling and faced many high walls which I needed to get over, such as improving my writing skills. However, those struggles brought me some tips to survive the battlefield which is called 'college'."

Environment that Supports Your Learning Goals

"Skagit Valley College is a place where you can study," students tell us. The campus supports an environment for student learning. It has an excellent library, access to computers, email and the Internet, and many informative activities.

Lower Cost of Living

Tuition is $11,192 per academic year (based on 15 credits per quarter) and living expenses and remaining costs are estimated at $9,870 for a total cost of $21,062.

Skagit Valley College

Adrienne Hamann, Director of International Programs
2405 East College Way
Mount Vernon WA 98273
P: 360.416.7974
For more information: Skagit Valley College