Peninsula College

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  • 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 same as the state community college average of 30:1.
  • 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 is Olympic College (51.10 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 77 teachers has declined by 24% over five years.
Peninsula College (WA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 77 staff 138 staff
Peninsula College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,342 has declined by 5% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 30:1 has increased from 23:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.48 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 29% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,342 students 3,977 students
Peninsula College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 30:1 30:1
Peninsula College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,344 students 2,087 students
Peninsula College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 998 students 1,890 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 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. 0.48 0.62
Peninsula College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $31,600 -
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 $4,077. 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 $7,465. The out-state tuition has grown by 11% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,191 $4,077
Peninsula College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $4,591 $7,465
Peninsula College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 73% 72%
Peninsula College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $13,950 -
Peninsula College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $6,711 -
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.

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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,077 per year for in-state students and $7,465 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,903 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 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Washington is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.