Facts & Figures

Peninsula College is a public, comprehensive community college. It was founded in 1961 and is one of 34 community and technical colleges in the state of Washington. The College service district encompasses Clallam and Jefferson Counties—an area of over 3,600 miles of land—and extends from the Pacific Ocean at Neah Bay to Brinnon on the Hood Canal, a distance of about 140 miles.

The area’s topography is notable for its forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, and numerous watersheds, which have been central to its history and culture. The region is home to six Native American tribal reservations, which are dispersed across the North Olympic Peninsula.

The main campus is located in Port Angeles and occupies 75 acres in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. Extension sites are located in Forks, 57 miles west of Port Angeles, and in Port Townsend, 46 miles to the east. Peninsula College is the only resident institution of higher education on the North Olympic Peninsula.

STUDENT EXPERIENCE - 2015-16*  
State supported FTE   1,591
Total enrolled students (Headcount) 4,619
Inmate Students 766
Enrolled students (excluding inmate students) 3,853
Full-time 41.3%
Part-time 58.7%
Female  60.1%
Male 39.9%
Median age*** 27.6
Students of color*** 26.7%
Students with disabilities 6.2%
Students who work while attending classes*** 34.0%
Students with children***  24.8%
International Students 161
CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE - 2015-16  
Student/faculty ratio (State support)+ 15.43
Full-time teaching faculty** 48
Full-time faculty with a master's degree**  33%
Full-time Faculty with a doctoral degree** 38%
STUDENT OUTCOMES - 2014-15§  
Total number of degrees and certificates*  1,240
Bachelor's of Applied Science* 22
Associate of Arts/Associate of Science degrees*  265
Associate of Applied Science degrees* 141
Vocational certificates* 775
GED/HS Diploma* 37
Transfer to WA public, 4-year institutions + 97
Transfer to other WA 4-year institutions + 11
Transfer to out of state 4-year institutions + 62
Employed within 9-months of completing a job-preparatory program + 66%
STUDENT OPINION - 2015-16  
Courses at Peninsula are challenging, stimulating and worthwhile.  67%
Respondents who rated their overall impression of the quality of education at Peninsula College as "good" or "excellent." # 79%
Respondents who stated that if they could start college over, they would still choose Peninsula College. # 80%
Source: IR/various Prepared: 
Aug 2016


* Peninsula College Data Warehouse
** PMIS database
*** of those responding
# 2014 PC_ACT Student Opinion Survey
## 2015 Peninsula College Student Experiences Questionnaire
+ Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment - 2013/14 graduates
§ includes inmate student awards

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