Olympic College is a public two-year community college located in Bremerton, Washington. Founded in 1946, it primarily serves student populations in Kitsap and Mason counties. The institution also has campuses in Poulsbo and Shelton. Notably, the school was recognized by Aspen Institute as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Overview of Olympic College (OC)
The college is dedicated to enriching the area’s diverse communities through quality education and support so that students can achieve their educational goals. It seeks to create life-long learners in a global society. Core values include public service, higher education, civil and constructive discourse, environmental health, and the thoughtful use of finite resources.
The total student population at Northern Arizona University is right around 5,000, all of whom are enrolled in undergraduate programs. The school also employs approximately 126 full-time and 302 part-time faculty members who focus solely on instruction. The student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1.
|Campus Setting||City: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||18:1|
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Olympic College Acceptance Rate and Admissions
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|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
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Olympic College Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The cost of attending Olympic College depends on several factors, including the type and number of classes taken. For lower division courses, students can expect to pay $119 in tuition and fees per credit hour. Those enrolled in 11 or more classes, however, begin to receive a discounted rate of $113. This cost decreases all the way down to $92 per credit hour for students taking 18 credit hours.
Rates are different for upper division courses. Students can expect to pay $232 in tuition and fees per credit hour at this level. Those enrolled in 11 or more classes, however, begin to receive a discounted rate of $212. This cost decreases all the way down to $134 per credit hour for students taking 18 credit hours.
Prospective students should also anticipate paying for additional services and fees. The college also charges tech, student service, and security enhancement fees based on the number of credits taken. Other anticipated expenses include housing, food, books, supplies, transportation, and personal items.
As an accredited school, Olympic College is allowed to provide financial aid to qualifying students. Students must meet all eligibility requirements and be pursuing an eligible degree or certificate. Free financial aid application workshops are offered regularly to help new students understanding the process and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As of the 2020-2021 academic year, only 41% of full-time, beginning, undergraduate students received some form of financial aid. The majority of money awarded was in the form of grants and scholarships, with only 1% of students requiring loans to attend the college.
|Average net price||2020-2021|
|Average Total Aid||$4,409|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||41%|
|Room & Board||$10,400|
- Tuition In-State - $4,095
- Tuition Out-of-State - $9,633
- Books and Supplies - $1,295
- Room & Board - $10,400
- Other - $4,000
Olympic College helps students build skills for the next phase of their life or career through its numerous educational options. Students can earn associate degrees or certificates. The institution also offers bachelor’s degrees in nursing, applied science in information systems, digital filmmaking, and mechanical engineering. Many also use their education and experience to enroll in bachelor’s degrees at other four-year schools later.
The primary offerings include:
- Associate in Arts (AA) – Direct Transfer Agreement
- Associate in General Studies (Non-Transfer)
- Associate of Science (AS) – Transferable
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS) – Transferable
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
- Associate in Technical Arts (ATA)
According to data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the overall graduation rate for full-time, first-time students who began their studies in fall 2015 was 31%, with a 16% transfer-out rate. This indicates how frequently students complete their degrees or certificate programs within 150% of standard time. Most graduates required three years or longer to complete their programs.
Olympic College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation and the Secretary of the United State Department of Education. While the commission accredits institutions, many of the university’s programs are also individually accredited by other agencies. Some prominent examples include the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), and American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||24 Total Graduates / 40%|
|Organizational Leadership||24 Graduates|
|Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services||16 Total Graduates / 27%|
|Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician||16 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||10 Total Graduates / 32%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||10 Graduates|
|Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services||10 Total Graduates / 31%|
|Information Technology||10 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||0%|
Outcome & Salary
Olympic College provides students with a wide variety of career services and resources including resume building, interview preparation, job fairs, and career expos. It also hosts internship and community volunteer service fairs to help those enrolled expand their experience base. PayScale also reports that the average base hourly rate for Olympic College graduates is $20.57.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$45,300|
|College Grads Average Salary||$62,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$65,400|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$620,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,274,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$45,908|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$574,092|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,228,092|
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|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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