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Green River College | Field Guide 2024

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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): 13,356
  • FTES (all sources): 6,864
  • Headcount (state-funded): 7,620
  • FTES (state-funded): 4,127

Students in Selected Programs

  • Applied bachelor's: 635
  • Apprentices: 2
  • I-BEST: 278
  • International: 1,040
  • Running Start: 1,808
  • Worker Retraining: 605

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 42%
  • Basic skills: 11%
  • Workforce education: 22%
  • Other: 25%


Students of color: 58%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 27%
  • Black/African American: 14%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 15%
  • Pacific Islander: 3%
  • White: 55%


  • Full-time: 49%
  • Part-time: 51%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 40%
  • Students with dependents: 31%


  • Female: 52%
  • Male: 48%
  • X: 1%

Median age


Points of Interest

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 a registered nurse.

Training a global workforce

Green River collaborates with local employers to craft curricula for current and future jobs. The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Aeronautical Science readies students for well-paying, rapidly advancing roles in aviation. Graduates meet global demand for skilled airline professionals, gaining hands-on experience and industry certifications through partnerships with flight schools, airports, and airlines.

Sustaining students with support programs

Green River is dedicated to supporting student success through specialized services. The Tutoring and Resource Center offers free assistance in math, public speaking, and writing. The Commencement Achievement Program, Outreach and Service-Learning Center, and student government in 50 diverse organizations provide opportunities for community engagement, enriching learning, fostering civic responsibility, and building community connections. With 100 to 150 co-curricular events, students are encouraged to actively participate and persist. The Open Doors program partners with local school districts to offer a second chance to complete high school or pursue a degree. Recognized as military-supportive, Green River extends financial assistance to veterans through the Veterans Education Transition Fund.

Data is from the 2022-23 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.

Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.


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: 4/9/24, 8:33 AM

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