Bates Technical College

1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405-0000
Tel: 2536807000
  • Bates Technical College helps you realize your potential for growth and success through innovative instruction in a friendly, supportive and diverse environment. You'll achieve your career and personal goals, and help strengthen the region's social and economic vibrancy. Strong local and global partnerships with business, industry, labor and the public make Bates a respected contributor to community vitality. We offer two-year Associate in Applied Sciences degrees, Associate in Applied Science-Transfer degrees, certificates of competency, certificates of training, industry certifications, and, in specific programs, prepares students for the achievement of state licensure.
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 state 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 41%.
  • 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 32% over five years.
Bates Technical College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty145 staff145 staff
Bates Technical College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 2,409 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 has increased from 9:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.65 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 47% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,409 students4,463 students
Bates Technical College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio17:131:1
Bates Technical College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students1,681 students2,353 students
Bates Technical College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students728 students2,110 students
Bates Technical College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Bates Technical College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Bates Technical College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Bates Technical College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Bates Technical College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Bates Technical College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Bates Technical College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Bates Technical College Hawaiian (2012-2016)
% Two or more races
Bates Technical College More (2014-2016)
% Unknown races
Bates Technical 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.0.650.62
Bates Technical College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Bates Technical College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,200$36,300
Bates Technical College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,151 is more than the state average of $4,074. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $5,151 is less than the state average of $7,461. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,151$4,074
Bates Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,151$7,461
Bates Technical College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid59%71%
Bates Technical College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$6,537$11,000
Bates Technical College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$5,833
Bates Technical College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Associated Student Government clubs, Intramural sports Associated Student Government clubs,
Intramural sports,
Source: 2016 (or 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 Building that houses engineering, information technology, and digital media programs. You`ll find a variety of interesting, satisfying career education programs that deliver practical, concentrated 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
    795 students | 0.90 Mi2156 Pacific Avenue
    Tacoma WA  98402
  • 7,189 students | 3.80 Mi6501 S 19th St
    Tacoma WA  98466
  • 3,682 students | 5.80 Mi4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
    Lakewood WA  98499
  • 5,927 students | 8.10 Mi9401 Farwest Dr SW
    Lakewood WA  98498
  • 3,671 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 $4,513 per year for in-state students and $9,089 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 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in Pierce County, WA is Everest College-Tacoma. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.