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In 1945, adults started meeting at night to receive further education at Auburn High School in Washington State. About 20 years later, the program grew into a community college known as Green River Community College. The name changed to Green River College in 2014, and it now offers associate and bachelor’s degrees, as well as certificates. Still, the college reflects its roots by continuing to offer Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language.

Overview of Green River College

The college offers numerous majors including carpentry, welding, and computer and information systems security. The most popular areas of study are liberal arts and humanities and air transportation.

While the school does not offer full degrees online, online classes are available for certificates or a mix of in-person and digital learning known as a hybrid program. Interestingly, Green River College also has a 100% acceptance rate. It aims to provide an accessible way for adults to gain further education to improve their job opportunities.

General Information

School Type Primarily Associate's, Public
Campus Setting City: Small
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 12:1
Graduation Rate 37%
Year Founded 1963

Student Enrollment

Total Students8,435


Undergraduate Student

Male 4,217.5
Female 4,217.5

Graduate Student

Male NA
Female NA

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Acceptance RateNA

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Enrollment NA

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Application Fee NA
High School GPA NA
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts NA
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
Application Deadline May 15
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The tuition costs for Green River college have increased slightly over the past couple of years. In-state students pay around $4,140, while out-of-state students pay closer to $4,580. The price of materials, however, is quite low, costing only $900 or so. However, the cost of living varies greatly. If the student chooses to live off-campus with family, they will only pay $3,100 but the dorms on campus cost up to $10,770.

The total cost of studying at Green River College can vary from $8,161 for in-state students living with family, to $19,614 for out-of-state students living on campus. Only about half of the students receive financial aid, with 30% receiving Pell grants and 28% getting local grants or scholarships.

After including the financial assistance discount, the average net price to study at Green River college comes in around $8,200. For low-income houses, the cost can drop to $7,286 due to increased financial aid availability. Likewise, higher-income households can expect to pay closer to $14,283 because they have less access to this aid.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $7,746
Average Total Aid NA
Students Receiving Financial Aid 47%
Room & Board $10,770

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $4,141
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $4,584
  • Books and Supplies - $900
  • Room & Board - $10,770
  • Other - $3,360


Green River College is an average size school, with 8,435 undergraduate students. The smaller size of this school is reflected in the somewhat lower student-to-faculty ratio compared to many other schools, with 12 students for every staff member.

The transfer-out rate is relatively low for this school, coming in at only 16% for students who started studying in 2013. Of those students, 38% of them graduated. The percentage of males and females graduating is almost equal, with slightly more women getting a degree.

The most popular academic programs offered here are computer and information sciences and support; business, management, marketing, and related; transportation and materials moving; and natural resources and conservation.

Student Population Total

Student Population 8,471

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Computer Information Science Majors 114 Total Graduates / 62%
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 59 Graduates
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 55 Graduates
All Business Majors 42 Total Graduates / 23%
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 42 Graduates
Transportation and Materials Moving 18 Total Graduates / 10%
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General 18 Graduates
Natural Resources and Conservation 11 Total Graduates / 6%
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 11 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 0%

Outcome & Salary

First-time students at Green River College have the lowest percentage chance of earning a degree. Only 29% of those who studied full-time received an associate degree, and 1% earned a bachelor’s. The part-time students followed a similar pattern, with 17% leaving with an associate and only 1% with their bachelor’s degree.

For these first-time students, the transfer rate is high. As many as 32% of full-time students ended up moving to a different institution in a recent year, while 38% of the part-time students enrolled elsewhere. Students that have already studied at a college or university have a much higher rate of degree completion. Of those that study full-time, 43% receive an associate degree and 32% of part-time students earned their associate degree.

Overall, undergraduates that had already done some studying elsewhere received more degrees from Green River College and had a lower transfer-out rate. More first-time students seem to start their time in university at Green River College and then move elsewhere.

As for the economic outcome for students from this school, graduates earn an average of $45,300 in their early careers. This may seem low but remember that most graduates only have an associate degree. And that number increases to $66,800 toward the middle of their career. Graduate’s 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) is $599,016 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,935,016. So, that’s not a bad return overall.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $45,300
College Grads Average Salary $63,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $66,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $630,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,966,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $30,984
10 Year Projected ROI $599,016
20 Year Projected ROI $1,935,016
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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