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Shoreline Community College | Field Guide 2021

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Founded in 1964, Shoreline Community College offers more than 100 rigorous academic and professional-technical degrees and certificates to meet the lifelong learning needs of its diverse students and communities. Dedicated faculty and staff are committed to the educational success of its over 8,000 students who hail from across the United States and over 50 countries. Located 10 miles north of downtown Seattle, Shoreline’s campus is one of the most strikingly beautiful college campuses in the state. The grounds once served as a special place to the Coastal Salish and Duwamish people for gathering traditional foods in ways that increased the bounty of the land.

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Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Transfer degrees to four-year
  • Nursing
  • Automotive
  • Music Technology
  • English as a Second Language


  • Headcount (all sources): 9,767
  • FTES (all sources): 5,086
  • Headcount (state-funded): 7,890
  • FTES (state-funded): 3,638

Students in Selected Programs

  • I-BEST: 148
  • International: 1,217
  • Running Start: 552
  • Worker Retraining: 392

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 41%
  • Basic skills: 7%
  • Other: 2%
  • Workforce education: 50%


  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 21%
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 13%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Other race: 2%
  • White: 60%


  • Full-time: 44%
  • Part-time: 56%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 32%
  • Students who work: 27%
  • Students with children: 15%


  • Female: 59%
  • Male: 41%

Median age


Points of Interest

Premier training for 21st century jobs

Shoreline’s professional-technical programs continue to earn regional and national recognition for exceptional curricula, stellar faculty and thriving business partnerships. With a nationally recognized Automotive program, Shoreline is one of only eight community colleges in the nation to offer innovative Tesla START training, leading the charge to greater sustainability in the automotive industry. Programs such as Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, Health Informatics and Information Management, Biotechnology, and Manufacturing impart real-world skills that position graduates at the forefront of the job market.

Supporting students’ academic and personal success

Shoreline Community College has a longstanding reputation for excellence in transfer to the University of Washington and top universities nationwide, with a robust offering of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and specialized associate degrees. The Honors College offers students advanced coursework, undergraduate research opportunities and additional transfer support. A residence hall offers a convenient and safe environment for students to call home, with housing scholarships for formerly homeless students. In a partnership with United Way of King County, the Benefits Hub connects students with financial and personal resources on and off campus. Shoreline supports students with English language, math and reading barriers through ESL, Adult Basic Education classes, and the I-BEST integrated learning model. Shoreline supports out-of-school youth through the Career Education Options program and Learning Center North (in partnership with King County Work Training Program).

A Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)

The college’s continued commitment to inclusive excellence is demonstrated through focused attention to campus-wide work on Guided Pathways, strategic plan initiatives, strategic enrollment management (SEM) efforts and DEI professional learning opportunities. A dedication to closing opportunity gaps, supporting historically underrepresented students, and reducing barriers for student success and learning is shared across campus departments and divisions.

Data is from the 2019-20 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*May not add up to 100% because students may be counted in more than one race. Percentages calculated on reported value.


Dr. Cheryl Roberts


  • Catherine D'Ambrosio, PhD, RN, chair
  • Douglass Jackson, DMD, MS, PhD
  • Tom Lux
  • Eben Pobee

Year Founded


Service Area

North King County

Legislative Districts

32, 46

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Last Modified: 2/17/23, 12:01 PM

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