Seattle Colleges

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $5,000—$10,000 Year

  • 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, Engineering

  • Setting

    City, Suburban

  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

Why do so many international students choose Seattle Colleges?

Three unique campus locations

  • Seattle Central College: Located in the energy-filled Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle Central College is in the heart of the city, surrounded by coffee houses, shops, restaurants, and more. The subway connects Seattle Central to downtown in two minutes, the University of Washington in three minutes, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 30 minutes. Students who choose Seattle Central are often looking for the sights and sounds of a fast-paced city environment. As part of the community, you will develop a close connection to and affinity for Seattle as both a city and a home.
  • North Seattle College: North Seattle College offers a unique mix of both city life and natural beauty. Student artwork, a community garden, and environmentally-protected wetlands surround classroom buildings. On a lucky day, you might even spot the pair of ducks that calls the campus home. A major public transit center is within walking distance and offers frequent, reliable bus service to anywhere in the region. On a regular day, North Seattle students can be found attending classes, shopping at a nearby mall, or strolling around the popular Green Lake neighborhood. If you're looking for the perfect balance of accessibility and tranquility, you'll find it at North Seattle College.
  • South Seattle College: Though located within the city of Seattle, South Seattle College is far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. The campus features panoramic views of the Seattle skyline, expansive lawns, manicured gardens, and access to several local nature trails. Check out the bluffs at nearby Lincoln Park, ride your bike to Alki Beach, or catch the water taxi downtown for a stop by Pike Place Market. Faculty, staff, and students alike take pride in the strong sense of community at South Seattle College—a perfect destination if you're looking to experience a more traditional college campus.



  • University Transfer (Associate Transfer Degree): Earn a two-year associate degree (i.e., the first two years of a bachelor's degree) and transfer to hundreds of four-year colleges and universities across the U.S. Students enjoy low tuition and small class sizes.
  • High School Completion Plus (High School Diploma + Associate Transfer Degree): Complete a Washington state high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time. 
  • Career Training (Certificate, Associate of Applied Science Degree, BAS, etc.): Get hands-on, skills-based training in preparation for in-demand technical fields, including graphic design, hospitality management, nursing, aviation maintenance, and culinary arts, among many others.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL): Improve your English language skills at novice, intermediate, and advanced levels in a results-oriented environment. Earn up to 21 credits toward your associate degree while you study English.
  • Short-Term Certificates: Study your favorite subjects and take classes with American students for 3 – 12 months

Nationally Recognized

Out of 1,200 U.S. community colleges, all three Seattle Colleges were listed in the Top 40 “Leading Associate’s Institutions” section of the Institute of International Education's 2019 Open Doors® Report. We're proud to be a national leader in serving international students!

Transfer Admission Guarantees

Transfer admission guarantees ("TAGs") provide pathways to competitive, four-year universities. Partners include the University of Washington, Bothell; San Francisco State University; California State University, Northridge; Seattle University; Washington State University; and many more.

Transfer Success

Recently, students of Seattle Colleges have been admitted to Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Cornell University, and the University of Washington, Seattle, among hundreds of others!

Three Different Housing Options

Live with an American family in a nearby homestay, in our on-campus apartments (at Seattle Central only), or off campus with friends! We can help you find clean, safe, and reliable housing options to fit any budget or lifestyle.

Student Services, Facilities, & On-Campus activities

Our colleges offer computer labs, libraries, cafeterias, restaurants, coffee shops, gyms, and employment opportunities, as well as free academic advising, counseling, and tutoring. Furthermore, with 60+ clubs and hundreds of activities every year, it is easy to develop new skills, get involved, volunteer, and have fun!


Seattle Colleges offers four academic periods (“quarters”) per year, including:

  • Fall: late September through mid-December
  • Winter: early January through late March
  • Spring: early April through mid-June
  • Summer: late June through late August

Each quarter lasts about 3 months (i.e., 10-12 weeks). That means that you have four opportunities each year to apply and enroll. And, whether you plan to study for three months or two years, your admission application will be processed quickly!

NO TOEFL? NO Problem!

Seattle Colleges accepts TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, and ACT scores as proof of English proficiency. However, students without scores can take a placement test upon arrival.

Learn More about Seattle Colleges!

Visit our websites to learn more about each college's unique campus environment, academic programs, student services, and more. If you have questions, e-mail us at We look forward to hearing from you!

Seattle Central College:

North Seattle College:

South Seattle College:

Seattle Colleges

1500 Harvard Avenue
Seattle WA 98122
P: +1 (206) 934-4100

1701 Broadway
Seattle WA 98122
P: +1 (206) 934-3893

9600 College Way N
Seattle WA 98103
P: +1 (206) 934-3672

6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle WA 98106
P: +1 (206) 934-5360
For more information: Seattle Colleges