About the Campus & Community

The cultural & intellectual heart of our community...

welcome bannerAs the oldest continuously operating two-year public college in the state of Washington (founded in 1925), Centralia College has a rich heritage of transfer, workforce & basic skills programs serving the community. We also offer bachelor degree programs. Check out our College Catalog and Class Schedules.

A community college in the truest sense, we are in the center of Centralia, WA, on a tree-lined, 30+ acre campus. The college serves Lewis and south Thurston counties with a population over 75,000. Our enrollment averages 10,444 total annual students with 2,300 full-time equivalent (FTEs).

The region...

student Stephanie SchieleThe college is located in southwest Washington on the I-5 corridor midway between Seattle and Portland, in a beautifully green area of forests and farmland. Wide fertile valleys are bordered by picturesque Mt. Rainier and the Cascade Range on the east, and the Willapa Hills on the west. Puget Sound and Hood Canal to the north and the Columbia River and the famous Columbia River Gorge and Mount St. Helens to the south are within a short commute from the college. The populace enjoys the mild climate of the Pacific Northwest with low mean temperatures of 38 in January and a high mean of 78 in July.

Top 10 — Reasons to choose Centralia College

With family budgets now under the microscope, community colleges have become attractive alternatives to the more expensive four-year colleges and universities. There are many reasons that nearly half of American undergraduates choose to start their higher education in a community college. Here are the Top 10:

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    The cost...

    Because of our low tuition and fees, you can get an amazing education for less than half the price of a state four-year college. It’s a smart investment.

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    Flexible classes...

    Take classes on your own schedule. Days, evenings, or online—Centralia College has it all!

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    Year-round start...

    Centralia College is open year-round for anyone with a high school diploma or GED. If you don’t have a high school diploma or GED, we can help you with that, too! We’re here when you’re ready.

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    Happy employees...

    Centralia College staff and faculty love the college. In fact, 94 percent said Centralia College is a great place to work!

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    Small classes...

    Our class sizes average about 25 students, which means you'll have opportunities to interact with instructors and other students.

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    Support services...

    We offer counseling, advising, tutoring, health care, financial aid, and library services. Our computer labs make it easy to complete assignments.

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    Loads of choices...

    Whether you want to train for a new career, upgrade your current career, or earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, Centralia College is the place to start. Choose your direction and we’ll help you get there!

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    Awesome people...

    At Centralia College, you’ll meet students from around the world with many different backgrounds and a variety of life experiences.

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    New technology...

    Because of its strong partnerships with business and industry, Centralia College provides cutting-edge equipment to students in the classroom. You’ll learn on equipment that’s in use today.

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    Centralia College students do incredible things every day. They’re changing the world, here and everywhere, and you can too!