Green River College

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TypePublic community college
PresidentSuzanne Johnson
Students8,477 full-time, 11,237 part-time (Fall 2012)
LocationAuburn, Washington, United States
MascotSlater the Gator

Green River College is a public community college in Auburn, Washington, United States. It has a student body of approximately 10,000 and has satellite campuses in nearby cities of Kent and Enumclaw, Washington. The college primarily awards associates degrees but also offers 9 bachelor's degrees.


Green River College started as a program of adult evening education in 1945 as part of the Auburn School District. The school was approved to become a community college in 1963 and began technical and professional programs in September 1964. The school was originally located near the Auburn Boeing plant, but the following year the campus was relocated to its current location on Lea Hill. In 2014 the school changed its name from Green River Community College to Green River College and began offering the Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree.


Man Interacts With Ted Jonsson Sculpture On Lea Hill Campus

The main campus is on Lea Hill in Auburn, with satellite campuses in downtown Auburn, Enumclaw and Kent, Washington.


Green River College offers certificate, associate, and applied baccalaureate degree programs, as well as classes to prepare students for academic transfer to a four-year college or university; more than 40 professional and technical programs; and classes in Adult Basic Education and English for speakers of other languages. One of the college's signature programs is Aviation Technology, where students are trained for a variety of careers including Air Traffic Controller and Professional Pilot. Students learn in Green River's new state-of-the-art air traffic control lab and flight simulator. Top transfer programs include business, engineering and IT. Green River offers a wide variety of other majors in sciences, humanities and social sciences.

Green River is also known for its strong international program. As of fall 2014, GRC hosted over 1,700 international students from 64 countries, ranking it among the top 10 community colleges in the US in international enrollment. As of Fall 2007 self-reported data, 43% of students are male and 57% female. 61% of students are white, 13% multi-racial, 8% Asian/Pacific Islander, 8% Hispanic, 5% African American, 1% Native American, and 4% other. About 35% of students that leave GRC receive an academic associate degree, 7% earn a vocational associate degree, while another 44% gain vocational certificates.

In 2014, Green River College began offering Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs. In the 2017–2018 academic year, 118 (7%) of the 1,586 degrees awarded at Green River were bachelor's degrees.

Student life


Green River competes in the Western Region of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). The college athletic teams are nicknamed the Gators.


Green River College operates KGRG-FM and KGRG (AM) (formerly KENU - Pulse 1330). As with most college radio stations, the staff are mostly students. The GRC student newspaper, The Current, has been published since the college opened in 1965.

Notable people


  1. ^ "Report to the Community" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "About Green River College". 2007. Retrieved November 11, 2007.
  3. ^ "Green River College Changes Name after 50 Years". December 18, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  4. ^ "GRC's aviation program continues to aim high.The school is CTI approved". 2007. Retrieved December 17, 2007.
  5. ^ "Quick Facts". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-21. Retrieved May 14, 2007.
  6. ^ "Quick Facts". 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-03-21. Retrieved May 14, 2007.
  7. ^ "Green River College". National Center for Education Statistics. 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2019.

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