Bellevue College

  • Bellevue Community College is a comprehensive and innovative college that advances the life-long educational development of its students consistent with their needs, interests, and abilities while strengthening the economic, social, and cultural life of its diverse community. The college accomplishes this purpose by providing high-quality, flexible educational programs and services that are academically, geographically, and financially accessible. Committed to teaching and learning excellence and employee growth and development, the college nurtures a supportive environment throughout its programs and services.
School Highlights
  • Bellevue College serves 13,469 students (49% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 50% of the student body (majority Asian), which is more than the state average of 41%.
  • Bellevue College is one of 13 community colleges within King County, WA.
  • The nearest community college to Bellevue College is Renton Technical College (6.8 miles away).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 366 teachers has grown by 9% over five years.
Bellevue College(WA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty366 staff145 staff
Bellevue College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Bellevue College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Bellevue College diversity score of 0.69 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 38% over five years.
Total Enrollment13,469 students4,463 students
Bellevue College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio37:131:1
Bellevue College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students6,556 students2,353 students
Bellevue College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students6,913 students2,110 students
Bellevue College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Bellevue College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Bellevue College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Bellevue College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Bellevue College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Bellevue College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Bellevue College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
Bellevue College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
Bellevue College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Bellevue College Ethnicity Breakdown WA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.690.62
Bellevue College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate (Year 2007)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$47,000$36,200
Bellevue College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $3,754 is less than the state average of $4,032. The in-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,944 is more than the state average of $7,264. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$3,754$4,032
Bellevue College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,944$7,264
Bellevue College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid40%71%
Bellevue College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$10,614
Bellevue College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$6,334$5,830
Bellevue College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Bellevue Community College officially opened its doors on January 3, 1966, fulfilling the community's dream of a local, accessible institution of higher education. Lacking facilities of its own, the college held classes in the evening at Newport Senior High School. In the decades since, the college has grown to become the third largest institution of higher learning in the state, and has emerged as an educational leader, known nationally for its innovations. A two-year associate degree from BCC provides you with options—to transfer to a four-year university, learn a new career or pursue general studies. Certificate programs, which require less time to complete than an associate degree, help you acquire skills and experience in a variety of career areas in a shorter time period. BCC's flexible class options allow you to complete program requirements at convenient times that work for you. You may also choose to earn a degree or certificate completely online. Bellevue Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (Redmond, Wash.), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and/or the U.S. Department of Education.

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Did You Know?
For King County, WA public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $3,883 per year for in-state students and $7,386 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

King County, WA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.68, which is higher than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in King County, WA is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.