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Olympic College is a public two-year post-secondary community college that educates approximately 12,000 students per year. It caters primarily to the people of Kitsap and Mason counties in the state of Washington. Olympic College was established in 1946 with a total of 545 students and was known as the Olympic Junior College. The main building of the college (formerly known as the Lincoln School) was located in Bremerton. The initial classes of the Olympic College were held at Lincoln School, Bremerton High School, and several other buildings vacated by the military personnel on Chester Avenue. In 1951, the Board of Trustees renamed the college as the Olympic College. Since then, several buildings such as the Science Building, Olympic College Theater, Art, Technical, Music, and the English-Social Science buildings were constructed.

Olympic College has two additional campuses located in Kitsap and Mason counties. The Olympic College at Poulsbo is a 20-acre campus in North Kitsap County and the Olympic College at Shelton is another 27-acre campus located in the Mason County. The main campus of the Olympic College is located in Bremerton, on a 33-acre campus overlooking the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier.

The Olympic College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


The academic programs offered at the Olympic College include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, associate degrees, professional and technical certificate programs, and high school completion programs. The BSN degree is intended for Registered Nurses and enrolled students have the option of completing the program in one, two, or three years. The Olympic College offers several transfer associate degrees aimed at students who want to transfer to a four-year college or university. The Associate in Arts (AA) Direct Transfer degree is offered in general education, elementary education, and pre-nursing. The Associate of Science (AS) Direct Transfer degree is offered in various areas such as Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, and Atmospheric Sciences. The Olympic College also offers the Associate in Applied Science – DTA, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Technical Arts degrees in various areas.

In addition to the associate degrees, the Olympic College offers several professional and technical certifications in areas such as Construction Management, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Fire Service, Medical Assisting, and Welding.

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Olympic College has an open-door admissions policy and accepts any candidate who is competent to benefit from a college education. To be eligible for admission to the Olympic College, students should be at least 18 years of age or should have completed high school or GED graduation or should be able to provide a written release from the high school district. Students are required to complete and submit the admission form. If students have attended other colleges or universities, official transcripts are not required for admission unless it is a specific prerequisite for certain degree or certificate programs. Admission for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is competitive and candidates must meet the application and entrance requirements. Students are required to complete the Olympic College’s placement assessment test (Accuplacer Test) if they want to seek admission in English and mathematics courses or courses that require English and mathematics prerequisites.

Financial Aid

Olympic College participates in a variety of financial aid programs to help students meet their educational expenses. The different forms of financial aids available to students include grants, scholarships, loans and alternate payment options. To apply for financial aid from the Olympic College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Olympic College recommends a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for financial aid.

Different types of grants available to Olympic College students include the federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Olympic College Grant, and Washington State Need Grant. Students can also apply for the need-based Tuition-Waivers. Students can avail various loan options such as Federal Direct (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) loans, Federal Direct Parent loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loans and private loans. Different student employment options include on-campus employment – regular and work-study and off-campus employment – community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs. Additional financial aid programs available to the Olympic College students include Opportunity Grant, Students in Need Group, WorkFirst, and Worker Retraining.

Various scholarships available for the students of the Olympic College include the Charles Gale Masonic Memorial Scholarship, Bremerton Pilot Association scholarship, Washington Society of Certified Public Accountant Foundation scholarships, and Emerald City BPW Foundation scholarship.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4188th for the average student loan amount.
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Olympic College encourages students to get involved in extracurricular activities to ensure an all-round development. The Career Center provides valuable career and employment guidance to the students. The Tutorial Services present on the campus are designed to help students who need further assistance beyond the classrooms. The Writing Center is another online tutoring facility available for the students.

The Associated Students of Olympic College (ASOC) is a student body which represents the interests of the students on various committees in the college. Students in the ASOC are free to share ideas, voice concerns, and can start their own clubs.

For music enthusiasts, the Olympic College offers a high quality Vocal and Instrumental Music program. The Olympic College Recreation Department offers gym facilities with a variety of games such as basketball, table tennis, and volleyball. It also plans off-campus trips such as skiing, whitewater rafting, and hiking. Olympic College students publish their own newspaper, The Olympian, every two weeks. There are numerous student clubs such as Campus Crusade for Christ, Clay club, Photography Club, Rhythm City, and Welding Club.

Olympic College does not have residential housing on campus but provides assistance to students in searching for off-campus housing. Dining facilities are available for students at OlympiCafe and Fireside Bistro. The OlympiCafe serves breakfast and lunch and offers freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, grill, soft drinks, desserts, and snacks. The Fireside Bistro offers gourmet salads, flambe desserts, and carved roasts.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Olympic College is a member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). The intercollegiate sports teams include men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, distance track and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, volleyball, distance track. Olympic College’s athletic teams are known as the Rangers.


  • Olympic College. Office of Student Financial Aid. Web. 30 July 2011.
  • Olympic College. About OC. Web. 30 July 2011.
  • Olympic College. 2011-2012 OC Catalog. 2010. Print.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.05
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 146 0.38
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 41 0.11
Robbery 53 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 397 1.04
Larceny 1,457 3.80
Vehicle theft 184 0.48

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bremerton, WA 98337-1699
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population8,332 (8,332 urban / N/A rural)
Households2,869 (2.21 people per house)
Median Household Income$27,988
Families1,374 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5306

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2243rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,531 $3,531 $4,002
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $195 $195 $195
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $96 $96 $109
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,334 $17,334 $17,805
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,334 $17,334 $17,805
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,710 $7,710 $8,181

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,297 $3,726 $3,297 $3,726 $3,732 $4,197
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $972 $1,002
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,000 $9,240
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,928 $3,012
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,802 $2,880

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity34
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,560
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2540th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $57,751 ($57,744 male / $56,323 female)
Number of FT Faculty 111 (51 male / 60 female)
Number of PT Faculty 397
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $4,637,239
1600 Chester Ave
Bremerton, WA 98337-1699
p. 360-792-6050
w. www.olympic.edu

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