- 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.
- The teacher population of 77 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
|Peninsula College||(WA) Community College Avg.|
|Institution Level||Four or more years||Four or more years|
|Total Faculty||77 staff||145 staff|
|Total Enrollment||2,342 students||4,463 students|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||30:1||31:1|
|# Full-Time Students||1,344 students||2,353 students|
|# Part-Time Students||998 students||2,110 students|
|% American Indian/Alaskan|
|% Two or more races|
|% Non Resident races|
|% Unknown races|
|Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)||$31,600||$36,200|
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS
- 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.
- 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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