Grays Harbor College: Narrative Description

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1620 Edward P Smith Dr.
Aberdeen, WA 98520-7599
Tel: (360)532-9020
Admissions: (360)538-4030
Fax: (360)538-4293
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State-supported, 2-year, coed. Part of Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Awards certificates, diplomas, transfer associate, and terminal associate degrees. Founded 1930. Setting: 125-acre small town campus. Endowment: $927,238. Educational spending 2003-04: $2463 per student. Total enrollment: 2,181. Full-time: 1,156 students, 50% women, 50% men. Part-time: 1,025 students, 49% women, 51% men. 6% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 1% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships.

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission. Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission. Recommended: high school transcript. Placement: ACT ASSET, CPT required. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $2313 full-time, $69.35 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7521 full-time, $241.05 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $177 full-time, $2 per credit hour part-time, $35 per term part-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 14 open to all. Most popular organizations: PTK, TYEE, Student Nurses Association, Human Services Student Association, student council. Major annual events: sporting events, Bishop Center, drama events. Student services: personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Spellman Library with 39,220 books, 2,309 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $342,859. 145 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Aberdeen is located in a heavily wooded area and is known chiefly for its lumbering and fishing. The area has good harbors where the fishing fleet anchors. The city has mild winters and cool summers, with up to 75 inches of rainfall per year. Aberdeen may be reached by bus and state highways. There is a public library, YMCA, two hospitals, churches of major denominations, theatres, public parks, and civic, fraternal, and veteran's organizations serving the community. Local recreation includes hunting, fishing, golf, swimming, tennis, and skiing three hours drive away. Part-time employment is available.

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