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Green River College | Field Guide 2023

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Founded in 1965, Green River College is a comprehensive community college with academic transfer classes, professional-technical programs, adult basic skills classes and continuing education. Green River is one of the top transfer community colleges in the state. It also boasts one of the largest Worker Retraining and Running Start programs, and offers nine Bachelor and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. At a time when most jobs require education past high school, Green River College offers paths to solid careers. We are accessible to all kinds of students, are affordable, and are connected to K-12 schools and universities.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate in Arts DTA*
  • Associate in Business DTA/MRP**
  • AAS-T–Cybersecurity and Networking
    AAS-T–Information Technology-Systems and Security
  • Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP
  • AAS–Practical Nursing
  • BAS–IT-Cyber Security And Network Administration
  • Associate in Computer Science DTA/MRP
  • AAA–Business Management
  • AAA–Accounting
  • AAA–Accounting Technology

*Direct Transfer Agreement
**Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program
***Bachelor of Applied Science


  • Headcount (all sources): 12,957
  • FTES (all sources): 6,572
  • Headcount (state-funded): 7,728
  • FTES (state-funded): 4,119

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 636
  • Apprentices: 3
  • I-BEST: 146
  • International: 1,007
  • Running Start: 1,689
  • Worker Retraining: 555

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 46%
  • Basic skills: 9%
  • Workforce education: 25%
  • Other: 20%


Students of color: 58%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 4%
  • Asian: 28%
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 15%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 54%


  • Full-time: 50%
  • Part-time: 50%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 13%
  • Students with dependents: 36%


  • Female: 51%
  • Male: 49%

Median age


Points of Interest

Training a global workforce

Green River works closely with local employers to design curricula for today’s jobs and tomorrow’s careers. Our Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Aeronautical Science prepares students for high-paying, high-growth careers in the aviation industry. Graduates help fill a global need for highly qualified employees in the airline industry. Students receive hands-on experience and industry certifications thanks to partnerships with area flight schools, airports and airlines.

Innovating for success

Green River College’s Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program prepares students for careers as bachelor's-prepared Registered Nurses. The LPN to BSN Program consists of 90 credits, which includes classroom instruction, campus lab practice, and community lab experiences. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Passage of this exam is the mechanism by which to receive a license to practice as an RN.

Sustaining students with support programs

Green River provides specialized services to help all students succeed. Students receive free help in math, public speaking and writing from the Tutoring and Resource Center. The Commencement Achievement Program and Outreach and Service-Learning Center provide opportunities that integrate community service with instruction and reflection to enrich learning, civic responsibility and community connections. Student government opportunities within 50 diverse organizations offer 100 to 150 co-curricular events to help students engage, persist and complete. Through our Open Doors program, Green River partners with the Auburn, Tahoma and Kent school districts to re-engage youth and give them a second chance to finish high school or pursue a degree. Recognized as a military supportive college, Green River provides financial assistance for veterans through the Veterans Education Transition Fund.

Data is from the 2021-22 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*Students of color percent based on unduplicated headcount. Students may be counted in more than one race, so race/ethnicity percentages may not total 100%. Percentages calculated on reported value.


Suzanne M. Johnson, PhD


  • Jennifer Ramirez Robson, chair
  • Sharonne Navas, vice chair
  • Jackie Boschok
  • Arlene Pierini
  • Elaine Chu

Year Founded


Service Area

Southeast King County

Legislative Districts

5, 11, 30, 31, 33, 37, 41, 47

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Last Modified: 3/8/23, 4:18 PM

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