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 2,052 students (56% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 27:1 is same as the state community college average of 27:1.
Minority enrollment is 43% of the student body (majority Hispanic and Black), which is less than the state average of 53%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 77 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Peninsula College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's DominantBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty77 staff157 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Peninsula College has declined by 12% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 27:1 has increased from 24:1 over five years.
The Peninsula College diversity score of 0.65 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 35% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,052 students4,698 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio27:127:1
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# Full-Time Students1,156 students2,397 students
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# Part-Time Students896 students2,301 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
4%
1%
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% Asian
2%
7%
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% Hispanic
9%
13%
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% Black
5%
5%
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% White
57%
47%
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% Hawaiian
1%
1%
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% Two or more races
6%
7%
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% Non Resident races
6%
7%
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% Unknown races
10%
12%
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Diversity Score0.650.73
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$31,600$36,200
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $4,191 is more than the state average of $4,058. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,591 is less than the state average of $7,211. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,191$4,058
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Out-State Tuition Fees$4,591$7,211
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid74%65%
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Median Debt for Graduates$13,600$11,595
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,333$6,271
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Source: 2019 (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 (51.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • 6,620 students | 51.00 Mi1600 Chester Ave
    Bremerton WA  98337
    (360) 792-6050
    51.006,620
  • 8,041 students | 53.80 Mi20000 68th Ave W
    Lynnwood WA  98036
    (425) 640-1459
    53.808,041
  • 5,949 students | 54.40 Mi16101 Greenwood Ave N
    Shoreline WA  98133
    (206) 546-4101
    54.405,949
  • 5,159 students | 55.70 Mi2405 E. College Way
    Mount Vernon WA  98273
    (360) 416-7600
    55.705,159
  • 7,957 students | 56.30 Mi2000 Tower Street
    Everett WA  98201
    (425) 388-9100
    56.307,957
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