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Shoreline Community College | Field Guide 2024

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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.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Transfer degrees to four-year institutions 
  • Transitional Studies and High School Completion
  • Parent Education 
  • Nursing
  • Business
  • Automotive


  • Headcount (all sources): 8,527
  • FTES (all sources): 4,012
  • Headcount (state-funded): 6,684
  • FTES (state-funded): 2,943

Students in Selected Programs

  • I-BEST: 126
  • International: 929
  • Running Start: 544
  • Worker Retraining: 247

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 48%
  • Basic skills: 13%
  • Workforce education: 24%
  • Other: 14%


Students of color: 57%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 3%
  • Asian: 25%
  • Black/African American: 15%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 17%
  • Pacific Islander: 2%
  • White: 55%


  • Full-time: 48%
  • Part-time: 52%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 27%
  • Students with dependents: 25%


  • Female: 59%
  • Male: 41%

Median age


Points of Interest

Note: Points of Interest provided for 2023 Field Guide.

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 leading the charge to greater sustainability in the automotive industry. Programs such as Clean Energy, 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 in fields that employers will need.  

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. 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 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 is continuing its mission to drive our purpose: to serve the educational, workforce, and cultural needs of our diverse students, staff, and surrounding community. With an intentional and transparent approach to bring greater accountability and execution, collectives like Guided Pathways, DEI Advisory Group, and affinity groups work together to create strategic planning with initiatives and goals, enrollment excellence, and professional learning/development. The most important action is bringing a sense of belongingness back to campus so that we can eradicate barriers prohibiting success for our students, staff, and faculty. Together we are creating more cohesive practices and harboring shared learning so silos within the system will cease to exist and progression is made, lifting up those that were previously marginalized, disenfranchised, and unheard.

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.


Dr. Jack Kahn


  • Rebecca Chan, chair
  • Eben Pobee
  • Rebecca Ringer
  • James Stark
  • Kim Wells

Year Founded


Service Area

North King County

Legislative Districts

1, 32

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Last Modified: 4/9/24, 8:32 AM

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