Facts and Stats of Pierce College — 2016

Board of Trustees

Angela Roarty, Jaqueline Rosenblatt, Steve Smith, Amadeo Tiam, Brett Willis

Chancellor and CEO

Michele L. Johnson, Ph.D.

Serving Pierce County With Two Colleges and a Military Campus

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA  98498

Denise R. Yochum

Pierce College Puyallup

1601 39th Avenue SE
Puyallup, WA  98374

President (updated July 2018):
Darrell L. Cain, Ph.D.

Pierce College at JBLM

Education Centers at Fort Lewis and McChord on Joint Base Lewis McChord

Fall 2015 District Enrollment

  • Total students: 20,230
  • Total FTE: 8,445
  • Total employees: 1,131

Students may be counted in more than one category below:

  • Fort Steilacoom: 6,142
  • Puyallup: 6,480
  • Military: 3,194
  • eLearning: 4,788
  • Continuing Education: 1,976
  • Contract/Other: 589

Funding Sources

  • State funds: 48%
  • Tuition: 31%
  • Local funds: 21%


  • 2 Bachelor degrees
  • 38 Associate degrees
  • 44 Professional certificates
  • 68 Programs of study

Highest enrolled programs:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Business
  • Science
  • Criminal Justice

Enrollment Fall 2015

By Gender:

  • Female: 61%
  • Male: 39%

By Intent:

  • Academic transfer: 57%
  • Workforce education: 32%
  • Basic skills: 4%
  • Other: 7%

By attendance:

  • Full-time: 50%
  • Part-time: 50%

By race/ethnicity:

  • Caucasian/White: 53.7%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 11.3%
  • Not reported: 10.83%
  • Multi-Race: 9.73%
  • African American/black: 8.07%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 3.36%
  • Alaska Native/American Indian: 1.2%
  • Other race: 1.7%

Points of Interest

Washington’s Most Successful Community College

CNNMoney.com named Pierce College the most successful community college in the state, based on the percentage of students who graduated or transferred to a four-year college.

Achieving the Dream Leader College

Pierce College is one of 16 community colleges selected as an Achieving the Dream Leader College – a national designation awarded to community colleges that have demonstrated results in improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

Best Community College for Veterans

The Military Times rates Pierce College as the best community college for veterans in the state of Washington, and No. 13 in the nation. This list is the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement in the country.

Among the Best Community Colleges in the Nation

The prestigious Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Pierce College to its list of the nation’s 150 best community colleges. This makes us eligible to apply for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which is awarded every two years.

AACC Pathways Recipient

Pierce College has been selected as one of 30 community colleges in the country to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges’ Pathways Project, which includes a series of six institutes over two years.