Thurston County hosts three higher education institutions: two four-year institutions and one community college.
South Puget Sound Community College
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is the largest institution of higher education in Thurston County, with an enrollment of approximately 4,200 students. The college offers day and evening classes, continuing education courses, basic education, job skills training, and personal-enrichment courses.
The Evergreen State College
The Evergreen State College (TESC) is a public college of liberal arts and sciences with a national reputation for innovation in teaching and learning. Founded in 1967, Evergreen opened its doors in 1971 and now enrolls around 2,100 students.
Saint Martin's University
Saint Martin's University (SMU) is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. The university has an enrollment of approximately 1,600 students and offers 29 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate degrees.
Student Headcount and Full-Time Enrollment
In the charts above, student headcount refers to the total number of enrolled students and includes both full-time and part-time students. Full-time enrollment takes the total number of enrolled students and calculates how many full-time equivalent students there are.
TRPC Survey; Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, Fall Quarter Enrollment and Staffing Reports