Life at Pierce College

For more than 40 years, Pierce College has been committed to helping people realize their possibilities. It is no surprise then that Pierce College’s own story is one of transforming humble ideas into ambitious possibilities.


Pierce College creates quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.


Start at Pierce...

Seattle, Washington is just 45 minutes from the Pierce College campuses. As the gateway to the Pacific Northwest, this area is famous for its mild climate, beautiful views of Mount Rainier, futuristic Space Needle, coffee houses, and indie music scene. At the center of it all is the great outdoors. You can enjoy kayaking, sailing, hiking, and biking in national parks or orca watching in Puget Sound. But it’s not all about the outdoors! Discover the city’s eclectic boutiques and retail stores, and an exciting nightlife filled with great food, live music, theatre, and art.


...Go Anywhere

Graduates of American Honors have unlimited options for where they’ll go next. Our network of four-year colleges and universities extends from coast to coast, including institutions such as University of Puget Sound and Ohio State University. American Honors program graduates have been accepted at Stanford University, University of Washington, Georgetown University and many other top-tier schools. Learn how the transfer process works through American Honors.


Student Clubs & Organizations

The International Student Club makes it easy to connect with American and international students from around the world during field trips, game nights and community service projects.

Other campus clubs host dances, film screenings and other social activities. There’s always something fun to do at Pierce.


Starting your college career close to home doesn’t mean that living at home is your only option. At Pierce, both domestic and international applicants have housing options close to campus.

Homestay. (For international students.) Live with an American family and enjoy a fully furnished private room with three meals a day and bus transportation to campus. Homestays are generally located within 45 minutes of campus and convenient to public transportation.

Single Room. Rent a private furnished room in the home of a local family. Accommodations include access to bathroom facilities and the family kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. Single rooms are generally located within 45 minutes of campus and convenient to public transportation

Apartment. There are many apartments near campus. However, we do not make specific placement arrangements. We recommend that international students first live in a temporary homestay, then choose an apartment when you are familiar with the area.

Academic Pathways & Courses

The following presents an example of the coursework you might take as you pursue an Associate’s Degree through American Honors. Most American Honors Programs require that 40% of your credits come from Honors courses.

Individual student curricula will vary based on their intended degree path. For example, if you are interested in the health sciences you would take Biology courses instead of Physics courses to satisfy your science requirements.

Example class schedule

Year 1

2 English

2 Math

2 Science

1 Social Science

1 Honors Leadership Seminar

1 Elective

Year 2

2 Science

2 Social Science

1 English

1 History

1 Honors Transfer Seminar

1 Honors Capstone

1 Elective

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American Honors takes a holistic approach to admissions, which means that we take into account both the competitive and compelling attributes of students to determine if they would be a good fit for the program.

Speak to an admissions officer: 253-733-3442

There is no fee to apply to American Honors.
For details on deadlines, tuition and fees, and application requirements please view the Admissions Details.

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