Established in 1969, South Seattle College is an accredited, public, two-year college located on an 87-acre hilltop overlooking Elliott Bay offering a panoramic view of the city skyline and surrounding mountains. This unique setting serves as a portal of opportunity for students with diverse needs to prepare to meet their educational and career goals.

Why Attend South Seattle College?

  • South Seattle College guarantees lower tuition cost than a university for the first 2-years of study
  • No TOEFL or IELTS needed for admission
  • Small class sizes (Average college class size: 15-22)
  • Get personal attention from professors and ease into the American college system
  • Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) to 17 universities across the United States
  • A perfect location in a quiet and safe neighborhood with downtown Seattle just 10 minutes away

Programs We Offer:

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  • 2+2 university transfer program
  • Intensive English Program (IEP)
  • Professional/Technical (career-ready) degrees
    • Aviation Maintenance Technology
    • Culinary Arts
    • And others...
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Hospitality Management
  • 6-month & 1-year Certificates
  • High School Completion Plus Program
  • Customized Short-Term Programs on Demand

International Programs & Student Life at South Seattle College

With over 500 international students enrolled from all over the world, South Seattle College proudly serves a globally diverse student population. The Center for International Education office provides comprehensive services for international students, which prepare them to meet their goals for life and work. Students can participate in all campus events and programs: university and company tours, athletics, clubs, and student government, and use of campus facilities such as the library, computer labs, and fitness center.

Location & Transportation

South Seattle College is located in West Seattle, in Washington State on a beautiful, spacious and safe campus, near Alki beach and minutes from downtown Seattle. South Seattle College students typically use the fast and reliable bus system.

Affordable Housing

In order to assist students with finding housing to fit their personal life-style, South Seattle College has arranged clean, safe, and affordable housing with reliable partners. Whether you prefer to live with a host family or desire to be independent, you will find an option that fits YOU. For more information, please visit:

The following are housing options that you can choose from:

  • American home stay
  • Apartment
  • Shared housing

Our Commitment to Affordable Education - A Great Value!

South Seattle College guarantees lower tuition costs than most 4-year universities for the first 2 years of study. Visit:

Study English at South Seattle College

South Seattle College’s Intensive English Program prepares international students for college level English and assists students who want to learn about American culture. Anyone who wants to learn English is welcome! No TOEFL, IELTS, or high school GPA minimum is required.

  • Five levels for a total of 20 instruction hours per week
  • Students are placed in appropriate level based on English placement test
  • Small classes
  • Interactive classes with activities
  • Earn college-level credits at 5th level

Students who choose to study at South Seattle College after graduating from the Intensive English Program do not have to take a test to enter South Seattle College (No TOEFL or IELTS required)!

For direct admission to academic level English classes (without IEP), students are required to have a TOEFL score of 64 (minimum 17 on Writing) or an IELTS score of 6.0 (minimum 5.0 on Writing) *Score requirements subject to change.

Academic Programs at South Seattle College

Choose an academic program to suit your future goals!

  • Associate of Arts or Science (A.A./A.S. university transfer) - a two-year university transfer program that requires 90 college level credits. Choose from 30+ programs.
  • Associate in Business (A.B. university transfer) - a two-year university transfer program that requires 90 college level credits.
  • Associate of Applied Arts & Science (A.A.S.-Non-transfer) - a two-year professional technical program. Choose from 40+ programs.
  • 1-year Certificate programs - about a year or less short-term professional technical training programs. Choose from 8 different programs.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Management - a four-year bachelor's degree which will prepare students in hotel, restaurant, and cruise line management.

The High School Completion Plus Program

The High School Completion Plus Program offers international students the opportunity to complete a college degree and high school diploma at the same time! Save money and time by completing a Washington State high school diploma and transferable university credit simultaneously.

American Language and Culture Program

The American Language and Culture program is a customized short-term group program for international students, visitors, and professionals who want to review and practice English speaking and listening skills while having a fun cultural experience in Seattle.