Green River College

University typeCommunity 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. You can find out more about the college in this recording of a webinar from June 2020 with Jelle Draper, their European Ambassador.


Why Choose A Community College?

Affordable tuition fees

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 College costs $10,350 or approximately £7,800 vs. $30,000 to $50,000 per year at an American 4-year university. The total cost with living expenses for one quarter at Green River College is $7,000 (more information about costs here). 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.

"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.

According to US News and World Report

Excellent facilities

Green River College’s main campus, established in Auburn’s Lea Hill neighbourhood 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.

Academic Flexibility

At Green River College, 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.

Dutch student Remco Zwetsloot has shared on this site about his experience of studying at Green River Community College and how it paved the way for his Master's degree at the University of Oxford and PhDat Yale University.

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:

What our students have to say

After finishing school in the UK, Gouresh Kamble moved to America to attend Green River College. He majored in social sciences and later successfully transferred to University College Roosevelt.

Green River College is a leading institution in university transfer. In this video, our successful transfer students shared their experience of Green River College's 2 + 2 programme.



Green River: A Top Community College in the USA

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

Other courses at Green River College

About A Star Future

A Star Future provides information and guidance to British students looking to pursue their undergraduate studies abroad.

Through our presentations in schools and our websites we aim to ensure that British-educated students are well informed about their choices.