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About the College and Community

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Quality education and a strong tradition of achievement and excellence are trademarks of Centralia College. With approximately 2,300 full-time students, smaller classes ensure faculty members are accessible and available to students when they are needed. Centralia College graduates have high success rates progressing into four-year universities and the professional world.

What Centralia College offers

  • Small, friendly college atmosphere
  • Safe, caring campus community
  • Prominent faculty
  • Career counseling and student support services
  • Peer tutoring
  • Student computer labs and technical assistance
  • On- and off-campus student activities
  • Host family placement assistance and college-owned apartments
  • Variety of student clubs and organizations

Student safety

Student safety is a major goal of the college. The crime rate in Centralia is low, and the campus is protected by security personnel and the Centralia Police Department. Students are further protected by their participation in a medical insurance plan. International students are required to pay quarterly for the Centralia College insurance plan through Lewer.

About the community

Centralia has a population of approximately 17,000 and is centrally located in the Pacific Northwest, between Seattle and Portland. It is within an easy traveling distance to the Cascade Mountains, Pacific Ocean beaches, and the Puget Sound. Centralia’s location, combined with its mild climate, offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities year-round. For the avid shopper, Centralia College is within walking distance of Centralia’s historic downtown shopping and restaurants. Centralia is also home to a factory outlet mall.

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What our students say...

"My favorite experience at Centralia College was making friends with students and instructors, getting good grades, and meeting a very good host father."
-Hoi Peng (Poe) Wong, Macau

"Centralia College is like my hometown in the United States. People are so kind and they want to share their cultures. "
-Masashi Tominaga, Japan

"Centralia College has prepared me for an easy transition to a four-year university."
—Yewon Han, Korea

"I met many people, like my host family, who are kind and helped me a lot."
—Tsukasa Tsuna, Japan

"The International Program is a gateway for international students to get ready for challenge and change during their involvement on campus and in the community."
—Ning Ting, Hong Kong

"Centralia College is a small college; everybody is very friendly and knows each other. It's like a family. And Washington State scenery is very beautiful."
-Miyuki Nakamura, Japan

"International Night, potlucks, Cultural Café, and my host family helped me learn more about America and its culture."
-Navin Pradhan, Nepal

"I like the classes. In Japan, we just listen, and here, we do stuff and argue in class. It's much more interactive."
-Nozomi Kohama, Japan