Peninsula College is an accredited two-year community college offering associate degrees, champion sports teams, and a beautiful and unique location to study in Washington State, USA.
Why study at Peninsula College?
Peninsula College (PC) offers students a safe, affordable and unique study experience. Students who have an affinity towards sports can combine studies with champion soccer, basketball or eSports teams! Student athletes must undergo a strict selection process and be selected by the coaches as PC teams are highly competitive; the results show in their successes!
Peninsula College encourages students to be 'leaders' and strives to offer leadership opportunities for students to develop 'soft skills' or emotional intelligence to make them more well-rounded and competitive when they transfer to four-year universities for continuing studies, or return home to begin their work career. Students can join clubs, work on campus (based on position availability), work off-campus after completion of one year of study, and apply for scholarships. Students can live in study housing located only two blocks from campus and enjoy classes that are small enough to reallly engage with instructors and classmates.
As a community college, Peninsula College is far more affordable that four-year universities. As PC operates on quarter system, students have ample time between quarters to explore Washington State, Canada, and other states in the US, as well as Mexico. Classes are operate on a four-day weekly schedule, so students can get th emost from enjoyng long weekends!
Peninsula College Programs and Courses
Peninsula College offers accredited two-year Associate Degrees (the first two years of a Bachelor's Degree, then advising guidance to transfer to a four-year university in a 2 + 2 program scheme. PC also offers one year certificates and two-year professional/technical programs, such as Nursing, Welding, IT, Cybersecurity and others. Students can apply to join an Honor's Program, or continue after completing a two-year AB (Associate degree in Business) to PC's four-year Bachelor's Degree in Applied Management (BAS). Students who still need assistance with English, can enter PC's ESL program that prepares for PC academic programs.
Students have the opportunity to to work on campus (US Immigration allows international students to work up to 20 hours per week on campus depending on job availability) or the opportunity to work off campus up to 40 hours per week upon completion of an Associates degree or after completing one year of study. This benefit is called OPT (Optional Practical Training). Students must be recommended for this benefit by one of PC's Designated School Officials in the International Programs Office.
Student Athletes must study full time and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to remain on the teams and be in good standing at PC. International Programs advisors and coaches guide them to transfer opportunities at universities that help them achieve their sports and study goals.
Peninsula College Campus and Location
Peninsula College is located in one of the most beautiful locations in the United States! People travel from all over the world and from other states in the US to experience the natural beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities, and clean air of the Olympic Peninsula; to feel at one with nature and to feel small in a majestic location. The area’s topography is notable for its forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, and numerous watersheds, which have been central to its history and culture.
The region is home to six Native American tribal reservations, which are dispersed across the North Olympic Peninsula. Nestled between the foothills of the the Olympic National Park (a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage site) and the Straits of Juan de Fuca (the waterway border between the US and Canada), Port Angeles and it's nearlly 20,000 residents are spoiled by living amongst the most beautiful natural setting one could hope for and between two fantastic cosmopolitan cities; Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and Seattle, Washington.
The campus has approximately 1,300 students and over 200 professors and staff. The main campus is located in Port Angeles and occupies 75 acres in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. Extension sites are located in Forks, 57 miles west of Port Angeles, and in Port Townsend, 46 miles to the east. Peninsula College is the only institution of higher education on the North Olympic Peninsula.
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