Peninsula College

  • 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 2,342 students (57% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 30:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 29% of the student body (majority American and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 41%.
  • Peninsula College is the only community colleges within Clallam County, WA.
  • The nearest community college to Peninsula College is Olympic College (51.1 miles away).

Top Placements

Peninsula College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Washington for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 77 teachers has declined by 33% over five years.
Peninsula College(WA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty77 staff145 staff
Peninsula College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Peninsula College has grown by 6% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Peninsula College diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 31% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,342 students4,463 students
Peninsula College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio30:131:1
Peninsula College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,344 students2,353 students
Peninsula College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students998 students2,110 students
Peninsula College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Peninsula College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Peninsula College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Peninsula College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Peninsula College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Peninsula College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Peninsula College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Peninsula College Hawaiian (2013-2016)
% Two or more races
Peninsula College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
Peninsula College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Peninsula College Ethnicity Breakdown WA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.480.62
Peninsula College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,600$36,300
Peninsula College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,191 is more than the state average of $4,032. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $4,591 is less than the state average of $7,264. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,191$4,032
Peninsula College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$4,591$7,264
Peninsula College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid73%71%
Peninsula College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$13,950$11,000
Peninsula College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,711$5,833
Peninsula College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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.

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Peninsula College is Olympic College (51.1 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 7,349 students | 51.10 Mi1600 Chester Ave
    Bremerton WA  98337
  • 8,993 students | 53.80 Mi20000 68th Ave W
    Lynnwood WA  98036
  • 6,015 students | 54.50 Mi16101 Greenwood Ave N
    Seattle WA  98133
  • 4,993 students | 55.70 Mi2405 E. College Way
    Mount Vernon WA  98273
  • 8,139 students | 56.10 Mi2000 Tower Street
    Everett WA  98201
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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,032 per year for in-state students and $7,264 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,830 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Washington community colleges have a diversity score of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Washington is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.