Whatcom Community College

Tel: 3603833000
10,980 students
Public institution
School Highlights
Whatcom Community College serves 10,980 students (36% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 47:1 is higher than the state community college average of 32:1.
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 232 teachers has grown by 61% over five years.
College Whatcom Community 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 232 staff
63 staff
Whatcom Community College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 10,980 has grown by 134% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 47:1 has increased from 29:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.55 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 14% over five years.
Total Enrollment 10,980 students 1,371 students
Whatcom Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 47:1
Whatcom Community College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 3,999 students
779 students
Whatcom Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
Whatcom Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Whatcom Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Asian
Whatcom Community College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Whatcom Community College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Whatcom Community College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Whatcom Community College White (2006-2014)
% Two or more races
Whatcom Community College More (2008-2014)
% Unknown races
Whatcom Community College Unknown (2006-2014)
% Non Resident races
Whatcom Community College Non Resident (2006-2014)
Whatcom Community 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. 0.55 0.70
Whatcom Community College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $8,580 is more than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 176% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $8,580 $5,664
Whatcom Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)


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


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Choir and drama programs, Clubs and intramural sports teams, Student clubs and activities Choir and drama programs,
Clubs and intramural sports teams,
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 (2014), WCC is rated among the top six 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. Top degrees WCC grads earn at two- or four-year colleges: Business, finance, accounting; Social sciences; Humanities; Sciences and environmental sciences; Nursing; Engineering, engineering technology.

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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,000 per year for in-state students and $7,107 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,169 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 higher than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Washington is The Art Institute of Seattle. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.