Bates Technical College

Tel: (253)680-7000
2,409 students
Public institution
Bates Technical College helps students realize their potential for growth and success through innovative instruction in a nurturing, diverse environment. Students achieve their career and personal goals, strengthening the region's social and economic vibrancy. Strong local and global partnerships with business, industry, labor and the public make the College a respected contributor to community vitality. Bates offers two-year associate of technology degrees, certificates of competency, certificates of training, industry certifications and, in specific programs, prepares students for the achievement of state licensure achievement.
School Highlights:
Bates Technical College serves 2,409 students (70% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is lower than the community college average of 31:1.
Minority enrollment is 49% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 43%.
Bates Technical College is one of 6 community colleges within Pierce County, WA.
The nearest community college is Everest College-Tacoma (0.90 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 145 teachers has declined by 45% over five years.
College Bates Technical College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 145 staff
61 staff
Bates Technical College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 2,409 has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has increased from 10:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.73 is more than the national average of 0.68. The school's diversity has grown by 62% over five years.
Total Enrollment 2,409 students 1,296 students
Bates Technical College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 17:1
Bates Technical College Student Staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students 1,681 students
814 students
Bates Technical College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 728 students
1,040 students
Bates Technical College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Bates Technical College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Bates Technical College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Bates Technical College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Bates Technical College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Bates Technical College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Bates Technical College White (2006-2013)
% Hawaiian
Bates Technical College Hawaiian (2010-2013)
% Two or more races
% Unknown races
Bates Technical College Unknown (2006-2013)
Bates Technical College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.73 0.68
Bates Technical College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,151 is less than the state average of $5,660. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The out-state tuition of $5,151 is less than the state average of $10,250. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,151 $5,660
Bates Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
Out-State Tuition Fees $5,151 $10,250
Bates Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2013)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 59%
Bates Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Associated Student Government clubs, Intramural sports Associated Student Government clubs,
Intramural sports,
Source: 2005 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

  • At Bates Technical College, we focus on career education. Nestled in the shadow of Mount Rainier in the state’s second-largest county, the college boasts three vibrant campuses throughout Tacoma — including a new Advanced Technology Center (slated to open winter 2015) which will house engineering, information technology, and digital media programs. You’ll find a variety of interesting, satisfying career education programs that deliver practical, concentrated and hands-on training, with a goal of providing an affordable, accessible path toward successful employment.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Everest College-Tacoma
    Private for-profit
    903 students | 0.90 Mi2156 Pacific Avenue
    Tacoma, WA 98402
  • 7,053 students | 3.80 Mi6501 S 19th St
    Tacoma, WA 98466
  • 3,407 students | 5.80 Mi4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
    Lakewood, WA 98499
  • 5,799 students | 8.10 Mi9401 Farwest Dr SW
    Lakewood, WA 98498
  • 3,243 students | 10.50 Mi1601 39th Ave SE
    Puyallup, WA 98374
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Did You Know?
For Pierce County, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,208 per year for in-state students and $8,378 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Pierce County, WA community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.69, which is higher than the national average of 0.52. The most diverse community college in Pierce County, WA is Everest College-Tacoma. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.