Skagit Valley College

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Skagit Valley College
Type Two-year Community College
Established 1926
President Dr. Thomas Keegan
Undergraduates 4418
Location Mount Vernon, Washington, USA
Graduation rate 99.4%[1]
Colors Cardinal Red and White
Nickname Cardinals
Mascot Fighting Cardinal

Skagit Valley College (SVC) is a two-year community college serving Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties in northwest Washington state. Established in 1926, SVC grants academic transfer degrees, professional/technical degrees, and certificates. The academic transfer degree and several professional/technical degrees can be completed online. Many SVC individual courses in over 20 disciplines are also available online. It is known throughout many English-speaking countries for its offering of learning communities[citation needed]. Courses are offered during Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.

The SVC district includes two campuses and three centers: the Mount Vernon Campus, SVC's main campus, is located in Mount Vernon, Washington, and the Whidbey Island Campus is located in Oak Harbor, Washington. The South Whidbey Center is located in Langley, Washington, the San Juan Center is located in Friday Harbor, and the Marine Technology Center in Anacortes, Washington. Also, SVC serves many military and their dependents at the college’s Whidbey Island Campus.

SVC offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation at the Mount Vernon Campus. [2]


Skagit Valley College competes in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) as the Cardinals, fielding men's teams for baseball, women's teams for softball and volleyball and men's and women's teams for basketball, golf, soccer and tennis.[3]


Among notable alumni of the college is the Malawian writer Legson Kayira (c.1942–2012), who after walking all the way from Nyasaland to Uganda as a young man applied to the College and was awarded a scholarship, which he took up in January 1961.[4]

Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan also attended Skagit Valley College, where he played basketball before being sidelined by injury.


  1. ^ "College completion: Skagit Valley College". Chronicle of higher education. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Wanielista, Kera (10 April 2014). "SVC gets approval for first four-year degree". Skagit Valley Herald. Retrieved 15 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Skagit Valley College - Athletics". Skagit Valley College. Archived from the original on 2016-09-18. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ Legson Kayira obituary, Skagit Valley Herald

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Coordinates: 48°26′15″N 122°18′38″W / 48.43750°N 122.31056°W / 48.43750; -122.31056