General Information

Clatsop Community College is a public, two-year educational institution serving northwest Oregon and southwest Washington since 1958. Clatsop is located at the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Oregon and serves all of Clatsop County and part of Columbia County in Oregon as well as Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties in Washington. As a comprehensive community college, Clatsop offers students

  1. A low cost, high quality alternative for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree;
  2. Developmental education courses to help sharpen math and writing skills before beginning a degree program;
  3. Career technical education programs that train students for jobs upon graduation;
  4. Fun classes for personal enrichment such as bird watching, physical fitness, jewelry making, and wooden duck carving;
  5. Occupational training courses; and
  6. Specialized workforce training courses

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing a degree or certificate program learn essential transferable skills crucial to their success. Upon graduation, Clatsop Community College graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, and imagery;
  2. Solve problems with current and emerging discipline-appropriate technology;
  3. Act with integrity;
  4. Understand and appreciate diversity;
  5. Work competently through knowledge of content, mastery of skills, and effective work habits;
  6. Work effectively individually, collaboratively, and as a leader;
  7. Solve problems through critical and creative thinking
  8. Demonstrate the skills and tools needed for life-long learning.

Convenient, Student-Centered Facilities

The College’s historic main campus in Astoria, on a hillside overlooking the magnificent Columbia River, has undergone extensive redevelopment to provide state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, full-accessibility, and inviting, student-centered learning spaces. Columbia Hall houses the Bookstore, cafe, student classrooms, modern science labs, Student Services, and a community meeting room. Patriot Hall opened Summer 2017 and features a new gymnasium, classrooms, and indoor running track.

In addition to the main campus, the College's MERTS campus, approximately four miles east of Astoria, houses maritime science, fire science, and industrial technology training facilities for welding/fabrication, automotive, and historic preservation and restoration. The South County Campus in Seaside is the location for small business and economic development services as well as various classes convenient to South County residents.

A Sense of Place

The College district covers all of Clatsop County, bordered on the north by the Columbia River, on the west by the Pacific Ocean, and nestled against the mountains of the Coast Range on the east. This magnificent natural landscape provides inspiration for the College’s art students and a living laboratory for its science students. The area’s colorful history of exploration, fishing, and maritime trading is also evident in the College’s regionally unique Maritime Science and Historic Preservation and Restoration programs. Astoria, the county seat, is said to be the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Its beautiful, Victorian-era homes and commercial buildings, many constructed before the turn of the 20th century, speak to the craftsmanship of a bygone age and have inspired the College’s degree program in Historic Preservation.