Peninsula College

Tel: (360)452-9277
2,029 students
Public institution
Peninsula College provides educational opportunities in the areas of academic transfer, professional/technical, basic skills, and continuing education. The College also contributes to the cultural and economic enrichment of Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
School Highlights
Peninsula College serves 2,029 students (64% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 29:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
Minority enrollment is 40% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 43%.
Peninsula College is the only community colleges within Clallam County, WA.
The nearest community college is Olympic College (51.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 69 teachers has declined by 31% over five years.
College Peninsula College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 69 staff
61 staff
Peninsula College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,029 has declined by 18% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 29:1 has increased from 20:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.63 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 80% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,029 students 1,315 students
Peninsula College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 29:1
Peninsula College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,294 students
815 students
Peninsula College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 735 students
1,061 students
Peninsula College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Peninsula College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Peninsula College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Peninsula College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Peninsula College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Peninsula College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Peninsula College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Peninsula College More (2008-2013)
% Unknown races
Peninsula College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Peninsula College Non Resident (2006-2013)
Peninsula College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.63 0.70
Peninsula College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $4,246 is less than the state average of $5,590. The in-state tuition has grown by 27% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $4,687 is less than the state average of $10,086. The out-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,246 $5,590
Peninsula College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,687 $10,086
Peninsula College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 75%
Peninsula College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Peninsula College was founded in 1961 because a group of local citizens wanted to be able to continue their education without having to travel great distances to college centers in Bremerton or across Puget Sound. The first classes were held in a small building on the Port Angeles High School campus, but the number of students who enrolled in the college quickly became more than the available facilities could accommodate, and plans were soon underway to build a permanent campus elsewhere in the city. Peninsula College is located in the foothills of the beautiful Olympic Mountains in Port Angeles, Washington. Extension sites, located in Forks and Port Townsend, provide local learning opportunities for students who reside in areas at considerable distance from the Port Angeles campus. The main campus has twenty-five buildings, including classrooms, a Microsoft training center, computer labs, a library media center, a lecture hall, a student union, a theatre, and a student services center. The college also has two extension sites. One is located in Forks, Washington, 57 miles west of Port Angeles, and the other is in Port Townsend in Jefferson County, some 46 miles east. Altogether, almost 8,000 students attend Peninsula College, including those who come from other states and from several international countries. Peninsula College offers degrees intended for transfer to four-year schools, degrees in professional/technical disciplines, programs for high school students interested in college-level courses, and a high-school diploma program for adults. Peninsula College is one of 35 community and technical colleges in the state of Washington. We are accredited by the Commission on Colleges, of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and approved by the Veterans Administration.

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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,000 per year for in-state students and $7,107 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,169 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Washington community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.63, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Washington is The Art Institute of Seattle. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.