Green River College
Green River College is a public two-year community college where students from all over the world come together to learn, grow and enrich their lives.
Why Choose A Community College?
A community college provides the first two years of a university experience. With the rising costs of university education, almost half the American undergraduate population and many international students attend community colleges for their first two years of college to save money.
For example, one year of tuition at Green River costs $9,900 or approximately £6,000 vs. $30,000 to $50,000 per year at an American 4-year university. See costs. The first two years of university at an American university consist of general requirements which would be the same whether you are at a two-year or four-year university.
According to US News and World Report, "American community colleges offer international students a cheaper entry point into their higher education pursuits via low tuition rates on freshman and sophomore level classes, often with the added bonus of an easier transition to U.S.-style academics, experts say. Students then transfer to four-year schools to complete their bachelor's degree." - Read more.
Green River’s main campus, established in Auburn’s Lea Hill neighborhood in 1965, stretches over 180 acres of beautifully forested land and is a 45-minute drive from Seattle. Branch campuses, located in downtown Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw, bring the college’s unique educational experiences to local communities.
At Green River, students can choose from a wide variety of transfer degrees, career and technical education, pre-college and basic skills courses and continuing and community education classes.
After successfully completing two years at Green River many students go on to transfer to leading US universities such as University of California Berkeley, University of Washington, University of California Los Angeles, Cornell University, American University, and Universities of Seattle, Indiana, Michigan.
Read about Dutch student Remco Zwetsloot's experience of studying at Green River Community College and how it paved the way for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford.
Find out more by watching the video below about Green River's International programmes.
Green River is a great choice for students who would like to:
- Study in America
- Explore different programmes of study
- Take a Gap Year with the opportunity to be in California, Hawaii or Australia and New Zealand
- Transfer to a top US university after the two years at GRCC
- Enjoy an active student life
- Save money
- Learn in a smaller class setting
- Have more one-on-one interaction with faculty and advisors
- Get to know students from all over the world
- Live on campus or with a host family close by
A Video Testimonial From UK Student Gouresh Kamble
Green River: A Top Community College in the U.S.A.
Green River is rated in the top ten community colleges in the USA for international students. It is also the winner of the prestigious 2013 Paul Simon Award for Internationalisation.
Applying to Green River
Green River has an open admission and accepts students in the autumn, winter, spring and summer (See dates and deadlines). There are no entrance exams or SATs required.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Exploring the Pacific Northwest
International student at Green River, Ramon Peekel shares his adventures through his video: