Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663-3598
(360) 699-6398
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Clark College is a two-year public institution in Vancouver, Wash., State that was established more than 75 years ago. Its main campus is in Vancouver’s Central Park, but it also offers courses through its Columbia Tech Center, Town Plaza, WSU Vancouver, and West Coast Bank locations, as well as online. About 16,000 part and full-time students are enrolled each quarter. Notable alumni include the actor Sam Elliott and Tim Leavitt, the mayor of Vancouver.

Programs Offered

Students can earn certificates and associate degrees at Clark College that focus on career and technical training in the arts and sciences. Areas of study include business administration, computer technology, dental hygiene, and early childhood education. Students may also pursue a variety of transfer associate degrees in the arts or sciences. Through partnerships with area colleges and universities, students can put these degrees toward continued study at the bachelor’s level. Clark College doesn’t offer fully online certificates or associate degrees. Instead students can find certain courses available online, which may be delivered through Moodle, a course management system, or in a hybrid format in which students attend class online in the classroom.


Clark College has been regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1948.


Students can apply to Clark College online or by mail. Admissions requirements vary based on whether the application has never gone to college, has taken classes at Clark College before or attended another college, or is an international student. They will also vary by program. Students must submit an application, an application fee of $20, and complete a placement test prior to registering for any courses in math or English, regardless of what type of student they are. All new students who haven’t had any prior college experience are also expected to attend an orientation session.

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