Facts and Statistics
Facts & Statistics Topics
- General Information
- Summary of Student & Service Area Demographics
- 2021-22 Enrollment
- 2021-22 Demographics: Selected Populations
- 2021-22 Completions
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|
|% 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)||
|% Receiving Need-Based Aid3||n/a||41%||
|% Receiving Pell Grant||n/a||31%||
 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
 Of those who answered the question.
 From SBCTC 2022 Field Guide (2020-2021 Academic Year).
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|
2021-22 Enrollment Charts
% Of Annual Headcount by Student Type
% of Annual FTE by Student Type
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.
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
% Female: 60.7%
- 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%|
|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.
|Race Ethnicity||State-Funded + Running Start|
|American Indian/Alaska Native||3.6%|
|Black or African American||1.7%|
|Two or more groups||8.0%|
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.
|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|
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.