Bates Technical College

  • 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 2,596 students (99% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 46% 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 to Bates Technical College is Everest College-Tacoma (0.9 miles away).

Top Placements

Bates Technical College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Washington for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 194 teachers has declined by 21% over five years.
Bates Technical College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty194 staff145 staff
Bates Technical College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Bates Technical College has grown by 27% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 17:1 over five years.
  • The Bates Technical College diversity score of 0.65 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 34% over five years.
Total Enrollment2,596 students4,463 students
Bates Technical College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio13:131:1
Bates Technical College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,571 students2,353 students
Bates Technical College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students84 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 Score0.650.62
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$36,200
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 $4,032. 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 $7,264. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,151$4,032
Bates Technical College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$5,151$7,264
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$10,614
Bates Technical College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,750$5,830
Bates Technical College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate100%74%


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Associated Student Government clubs

Recreational Athletic Programs:
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.

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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 score of 0.65, which is equal to the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Pierce County, WA is Everest College-Tacoma. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.