Whatcom Community College

Tel: 3603833000
10,993 students
Public institution
  • Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. According to the Aspen Institute (2016), WCC is rated among the top nine community and technical colleges in the state and recognized as one of the leading community colleges in the nation. Established in 1967, Whatcom has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1976.
School Highlights
Whatcom Community College serves 10,993 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 20:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 41%.
Whatcom Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Whatcom County, WA.
The nearest community college is Bellingham Technical College (2.10 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 322 teachers has grown by 114% over five years.
Whatcom Community College (WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 322 staff 138 staff
Whatcom Community College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 10,993 has grown by 130% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 20:1 has decreased from 32:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.54 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 54% over five years.
Total Enrollment 10,993 students 3,682 students
Whatcom Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 20:1 31:1
Whatcom Community College Student Staff Ratio (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 3,999 students 2,087 students
Whatcom Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 6,994 students 1,890 students
Whatcom Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2012)
Whatcom Community College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Whatcom Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Asian
4%
7%
Whatcom Community College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
8%
10%
Whatcom Community College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
1%
4%
Whatcom Community College Black (2006-2014)
% White
66%
59%
Whatcom Community College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
6%
5%
Whatcom Community College More (2008-2014)
% Non Resident races
5%
6%
Whatcom Community College Non Resident (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
9%
7%
Whatcom Community College Ethnicity Breakdown WA All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.54 0.62
Whatcom Community College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $4,065 is more than the state average of $3,898. The in-state tuition has grown by 30% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $9,415 is more than the state average of $8,657. The out-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,065 $3,898
Whatcom Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $9,415 $8,657
Whatcom Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)

Sports

Total Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Basketball, Soccer, VolleyballBasketball, Soccer,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Choir and drama programs, Clubs and intramural sports teams, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student clubs and activities Choir and drama programs,
Clubs and intramural sports teams,
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society,
Student clubs and activities,
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. According to the Aspen Institute (2016), WCC is rated among the top nine community and technical colleges in the state and recognized as one of the leading community colleges in the nation. Established in 1967, Whatcom has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1976.

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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,898 per year for in-state students and $8,657 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,683 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Washington 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 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Washington is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.