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Facts & Statistics

Grays Harbor College was founded in 1930, and serves a two-county district comprised of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties in southwestern Washington. Within this 3,000-square-mile district, numerous rural communities combine for a total population of approximately 95,890 people. For comparison, the population of the combined Olympia, Tumwater, & Lacey metropolitan area was 134,481 as of the 2020 Census. Grays Harbor College has campuses in Aberdeen, Raymond, and Ilwaco, and provides educational opportunities at Stafford Creek Correctional Center (SCCC), which is located in the service area.

Students at SCCC are able to complete their high school equivalency and earn certificates in several professional/technical fields, such as carpentry, welding, and business. Due to a recent change in state law, GHC now offers an Associate in Applied Science in Business Management at SCCC.

Grays Harbor and Pacific counties are mostly rural and traditionally have relied heavily on the fishing and timber industries. The region has been heavily affected by the decline of these industries and the recent recession.

Grays Harbor and Pacific counties are also home to several Native American nations, including the Quinault, Chehalis, Shoalwater Bay, and Chinook Indian Nations. Many members of the Grays Harbor and Pacific County communities are employed by Nation-owned businesses.

Summary of Student & Service Area Demographics

   2021-2022 All GHC Students  2021-22 State Funded  GHC Service Area of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties
Unique Headcount   2,544  2,021  95,890
 % Female2  49%  61%  49%
 % HU Students of Color  32%  29%  16%
 Median Age  26  22  44.3 (GH)/54.4 (P)
 % Attending Full Time  40%  49%


Without Running Start:   2021-22 (State Only)


Unique Headcount n/a 1,670


Median Age n/a 25


% Receiving Need-Based Aid3 n/a 41%


% Receiving Pell Grant n/a 31%


[1] State-Funded FTE includes Basic Education for Adults (High School Degree), English Language Acquisition (ELA), Developmental Education (Pre-College), Associates and Bachelors level courses. Excludes 50+ Community Service and Stafford Creek

[2] Of those who answered the question.

[3] From SBCTC 2022 Field Guide (2020-2021 Academic Year). 

2021-22 Enrollment

In addition to college-level certificates, Associates, and Applied Baccalaureate degrees, GHC provides contract training, continuing and community education, and education at the Stafford Creek Correctional Center. The following table counts each student once, and shows the breakout of enrollment across the types of students that GHC serves.

 Cohort  Unique Students  Annual FTES  % of Annual FTES  Median Age


 958  66.2  25
 Running Start  351  280  19.3  17
 Stafford Creek  523  210  14.5  38
Grand Total 2,544 1,448 100.0% 26


2021-22 Enrollment Charts

% Of Annual Headcount by Student Type

A pie chart breaking out GHC’s 2021-22 annual headcount by student type: 66% from State Funded, 14% from Running Start, and 21% from Stafford Creek Correctional Center.

% of Annual FTE by Student Type

A pie chart breaking out GHC’s 2021-22 annual FTE by student type: 66% from State Funded, 19% from Running Start, and 15% from Stafford Creek Correctional Center.

FTE By Course Intent: Selected populations

The following pie chart details enrollments for State Funded and Running Start Students by the intent of the course: Basic Education (includes ELA), Developmental Ed (Pre-College), Transfer courses, and Workforce/Vocational courses. This chart only includes enrollments for State Funded and Running Start Students.

A pie chart breaking out GHC’s 2021-22 annual FTE by course intent: 56% from Academic Transfer, 31% from CTE, 9% from Basic Skills, and 4% from Developmental Ed. This data only includes state-funded and Running Start students. (Stafford Creek students are excluded.)

2021-22 Demographics (Selected Populations)

The demographics in this section reflect all unique State-Funded and Running Start Students from 2021-22. State-Funded includes ELA, Transitions, Developmental Ed (Pre-College), and College-Level Courses. 50+ Continuing Education courses are excluded.

Unique Students by Student Type

A bubble graph titled “Headcount: 2021-22.” There are three circles, showing the unique count of students in three groups: the largest circle is labeled State-Funded, with 1,670 students, the second largest is labeled Stafford Creek with 523 students, and the smallest is labeled Running Start with 351 students.

% Female: 60.7%

% Full/Part-Time:

  • Full Time: 49.3%
  • Mixed: 3.9%
  • Part-Time: 41.6%
  • Summer Only: 5.1%

By Age Group:

 Age Group  State + Running Start  State Alone
 19 & Under 34% 20%
 20-24 24% 29%
 25-29 11% 14%
 30-39 18% 21%
 40 and Above 13% 16%

% Received Pell: 31%

Note: Received Pell only includes State-Funded students, Running Start students are not eligible for Pell Grants.

% Historically Underserved Students of Color: 29%

Historically Underserved Students of Color include American Indian / Alaska Native, Black or African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, and students reporting Two or More Races, where one of the races is in that list.

By Race/Ethnicity:

 Race Ethnicity  State-Funded + Running Start
 American Indian/Alaska Native 3.6%
 Asian 2.3%
 Black or African American  1.7%
 International 0.1%
 Latino/Hispanic 16.4%
Pacific Islander 0.4%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown 10.4%
Two or more groups 8.0%
White 57.1%

2021-22 Completions

The number of completions by Academic Year. The count is the number of degrees earned, and not number of students. Some students will have earned more than one degree and will be represented more than once in the count.

 Degree Type 2018-19 2019-20  2020-21 2021-22
 High School/GED 37 27 35 79
 Certificate: <45 Credits 305 161 81 48
 Certificate: 45+ Credits 64 44 51 58
 Associates in Applied Science 63 58 61 75
 Associates of Applied Science, Transfer 48 14 12 7
Associates of Arts DTA 198 239 211 183
Associates of Science 25 14 12 11
Associates of Science DTA 5 16 11 5
Associates of Technology 27 27 22 13
Bachelors of Applied Science 26 28 31 27
Total Awards 798 628 527 506

DTA means “Direct Transfer Agreement,” these degrees have articulation agreements with certain 4-year colleges where students can transfer in as a junior.

SBCTC provides dashboards for tracking enrollment, award completion and other student progress measures, faculty and staff, and financial information for all colleges in the WA Community and Technical College system.

In order to productively engage with equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) issues, it is important to have a shared understanding of the language that we use. The Diversity Advisory Committee developed a glossary of Diversity Definitions during the 2021 academic year. To access this glossary, please visit https://www.ghc.edu/edi/diversity-definitions.