Fast Facts

Fast Facts about Renton Technical College

Renton Technical College prepares a diverse student population for work, fulfilling the employment needs of individuals, business and industry.

2015-16 Fast Facts

2014-15 Fast Facts


STUDENT RIGHT TO KNOW

  • Fall to Fall Retention Rate - 69% compared to 60% for comparable colleges
  • Graduation Rate - 61% compared to 22% for comparable colleges
  • Transfer-Out Rate - 9%
  • Estimated Placement Rate - 85% (9 months after completion for the 2013-2014 academic year)

Retention, graduation, and transfer-out rates are reported as part of the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students. For more information about RTC, please visit the IPEDS website here.


STUDENT PROFILE

GENDER

  • Male - 60%
  • Female - 40%

MEDIAN AGE

  • 31

RACE/ETHNICITY

  • Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander - 19.1%
  • African/African-American - 15.7%
  • Hispanic/Latino - 16.8%
  • Native American - 1.1%
  • Other/Multiracial - 6.8%
  • White - 40.5%

PURPOSE FOR ATTENDING

  • Career Training (Certificates/Degrees) - 21.9%
  • Basic Studies (ABE/GED/ESL) - 30.7%
  • Academic/Transfer - 10.8%
  • Apprenticeships/Journeymen - 36.6%
  • Other - .02%

STUDENTS WE SERVE

  • Immigrants/Refugees - 916
  • First-Generation Students - 893
  • Pell Grant Recipients - 1,229
  • Veterans - 169
  • Single-Parents - 984
  • Working Students - 3,287

RTC PROFILE

TUITION COSTS*

  • Quarterly and yearly (15 credits): $1,387 or $4,161
    *This is an estimate for base tuition only. For more detailed information on tuition and fees, see the notes at the end of this document.

PROGRAMS

  • RTC offers 52 career training programs with 90 certificate options, 37 Associate in Applied Science degree options, 16 Associate in Applied Science Transfer degree options, 1 Bachelor of Applied Science degree, 27 Apprenticeships, and 3 Direct Transfer Agreements.

FACULTY/STAFF

  • Full-Time Faculty - 93
  • Adjunct Faculty - 157
  • Administrators - 33
  • Professional-Technical Staff - 48
  • Classified Staff - 122

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO

  • 17:1

HEADCOUNT

  • 10,160

FULL-TIME EQUIVALENT - STUDENT (FTE-S)

  • ​4,141

COMPLETIONS

  • Certificate - 816
  • AAS - 200
  • AAS-T - 89
  • HSD/GED - 130
  • Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) - 5
  • Apprenticeship - 186

RTC FOUNDATION

  • The RTC Foundation awarded over $50,000 in scholarships.

SERVICE AREA

  • Renton, Kent, Auburn, Tahoma, Enumclaw, and Issaquah school districts.
  • Central and south portions of the Seattle school district

Notes

  • Certificate: Students who want to obtain expertise in a field without earning a college degree may earn a certificate. Depending on the subject, students can complete most college certificate programs in a few weeks or up to 18 months because these programs focus on one discipline and do not include general education courses.
  • Associate in Applied Science: The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a two-year undergraduate degree. The AAS degree is designed for students who intend to enter the workforce immediately following graduation from their program.
  • Associate in Applied Science Transfer: The Associate of Applied Science Transfer (AAS-T) degree is built upon the technical courses required for job preparation but also includes a college-level general education component.  The distinguishing characteristic of the AAS-T is a minimum of 20 credits of general education courses. AAS-T courses are designed for the dual purpose of immediate employment and as preparation for the junior year in a bachelor’s degree commonly described as the bachelor of applied science (BAS).
  • Bachelor of Applied Science: The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree is an interdisciplinary degree designed for students who have completed a technical Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. The BAS degree builds upon the AAS degree to complete the equivalent of a 4 year undergraduate degree.  
  • Apprenticeship: Apprentices work full time in their field and attend related schooling part-time, a few weeks/year or evenings/week. In several programs, apprentices have the option of earning an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in addition to their journey-level certificate.
  • Direct Transfer Agreement: The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree, sometimes called the Associate in Arts or Associate in Arts and Sciences, is the community college degree designed to transfer to most bachelors of arts degrees at all Washington four-year institutions.
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