Pierce College District encompasses two main campuses in Lakewood and Puyallup, education centers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, virtual education through its growing distance learning program, and extensive continuing education opportunities, as well as additional programs at sites through Pierce County.
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Lakewood
At Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, learning takes place on a serene, 140-acre campus replete with its own lake, hiking trails and views of Mount Rainier. Unique educational facilities include an International House with global conferencing and a digital design lab. The Olympic Building's north wing houses state-of-the-art computer labs and is a wonderful place for students to study, reflect and socialize. The college is also home to the Milgard Child Development Center, where infants and children are nurtured in a compassionate, family-like atmosphere, and the Health Education Center, a fully-equipped recreation and fitness facility. The campus is home to the Pierce College Raiders volleyball, women's and men's basketball, and baseball teams.
With approximately 60,000 residents, Lakewood is the 15th largest city in Washington and the second largest in Pierce County. Lakewood is just minutes away from Puget Sound and a short drive to Seattle and the Sea-Tac International Airport. The college's neighbors include Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the Washington National Guard state headquarters at Camp Murray. It is the home to many popular tourist attractions, including the Grand Prix Raceway, Lakewold Gardens, Thornewood Castle, Fort Steilacoom Park, American Lake Park, and Lakewood Game Refuge. With its great educational opportunities, strong business district, and numerous recreational opportunities, Lakewood is the place to be.
Pierce College Puyallup
Pierce College Puyallup occupies a beautifully wooded 85-acre site on Puyallup's South Hill, commanding a spectacular view of Mount Rainier. The college features a large, modern library and science building, state-of-the-art laboratories and spacious classrooms. The College Center includes interior commons, a dining area with cafeteria, game and sports equipment, and high-tech computer labs. Also on campus is the Garnero Child Development Center, a facility aimed at developing whole-child health and wellness, and the Health Education Center, a full-service fitness and recreation facility. Both the Pierce College Raider men's soccer and women's softball teams are housed in Puyallup.
Home to more than 37,000 residents, Puyallup is about 10 miles east of Tacoma in Pierce County. From most perspectives in Puyallup, Mount Rainier is visible to the southeast, making the snow-covered volcano a symbol of the city's strong northwestern tradition and culture. One of the prides of Puyallup is the annual Puyallup Fair, the largest state fair in Washington and one of the 10 largest in the country. Puyallup's rich history is displayed through various notable landmarks, including the Meeker Mansion, the historic home of one of the town's founding families. Through many years of development, Puyallup has transformed to a booming scenic community with an interesting and profound history.
Step 1: Application
You can apply for admissions online on the Pierce College website. There is a $25 non-refundable admissions fee that must be paid at the time you submit your application. If payment is not made at the time of application, the admissions process will be delayed. The athletic department will not be able to assist you with registration if you have not submitted an application.
Step 2: Money for College
Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online on the FAFSA website. You must have all of the required materials submitted on time to be considered for financial aid. Check the Pierce College Financial Aid website
Step 3: Assessment
Complete a COMPASS assessment to determine the best English, math, and reading classes for you. There is a $15 non-refundable fee for taking the COMPASS assessment. For more information regarding the COMPASS assessment, please visit the Pierce College Testing Center.
Step 4: New Student Orientation and Advising
New Student Orientation and advising sessions will welcome you to Pierce and help you start planning your academic goals. If you are unable to attend the orientation sessions, please contact the District Athletic Office so we can get you started. Team orientations will also help you in your planning and understanding of being a Pierce College student-athlete.
Step 5: Register and Pay
All athletic scholarships will be generated through the District Athletic Office. If you have questions regarding your athletic awards before you pay tuition, please contact the District Athletic Office. It is important that you pay your tuition and fees before the deadline. If you fail to do so, you will be dropped from your classes with no guarantee of getting the same schedule. To assist students with paying, Pierce College offers the Tuition Installment Plan (TIP). TIP will break your tuition into three separate payments throughout the quarter. There is a $15 enrollment fee. You can sign up for TIP at the cashiers office.
Pierce College Athletics are governed by the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAC) and complies with all NWAC rules and regulations surrounding athletic scholarships and tuition waivers.
Washington State NWAC schools are able to offer up to 65 percent of tuition in the form of tuition waivers and scholarship. Currently (for 2011-2012), Pierce College has the ability to offer no more than $295 in the form of a tuition waiver and $472 in athletic scholarship awards. This makes the maximum athletic award offer $767 per quarter. Student-athletes may also be eligible for work grants. Work grant positions are determined by the members of the District Athletic department.
All of the athletic awards are subject to change if the student-athlete does not meet the academic eligibility requirements and/or the eligibility requirements outlined by Pierce College and the NWAC. Student-athletes in good standing, who maintain normal progress towards graduation and are in compliance with all eligibility requirements of Pierce College and the NWAC are considered each subsequent year of participation for renewal of their athletic award.
Coaches determine how they will allocate their athletic awards each quarter; they have specific information about these awards and should be contacted directly. For general information about athletic awards, contact the District Athletic Office.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used by virtually all two- and four-year colleges, universities and career schools for the awarding of federal student aid and most state and college aid. Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. Federal Student Aid plays a central and essential role in supporting postsecondary education by providing money for college to eligible students and families.
All students must complete a FAFSA to be considered for most financial aid. The Athletic Scholarship Awards are the exception to this rule. Student-athletes will be eligible for Athletic Awards even if they have not filed a FAFSA.
Student-athletes at Pierce College are required by Northwest Athletic Association for Community Colleges (NWAC) rules and regulations and Pierce College Athletic eligibility standards to complete the following forms as part of their Athletic Compliance Packet.
These forms are printable and must be submitted to the District Athletic Office. Student-athletes will not be eligible to participate in Pierce College athletics until they have submitted a complete compliance packet. Contact the District Athletic Office for any questions or concerns.
If you are interested in getting more information regarding our intercollegiate sports program, click on the sport of your choice, and complete and submit the online interest form.