7662 Chanute St NE
Moses Lake, WA 98837
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  • The mission of Big Bend Community College is to serve the educational needs of a diverse population throughout its service district. As a comprehensive two-year community college, the institution works with its partners to provide a variety of educational opportunities, including courses and training for university and college transfer, occupational and technical programs, basic skills and developmental education, community and continuing education, pre-employment and customized training for local business and industry and support services for students.

School Highlights

Big Bend Community College serves 1,892 students (72% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 51% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 50%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,892 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,150
  • Out-state tuition: $4,550
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 51%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Big Bend Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Washington for:

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Attribute

School Overview

The teacher population of 214 teachers has grown by 229% over five years.
Big Bend Community College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
214 staff
353 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Big Bend Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 10:1 over five years.
The Big Bend Community College diversity score of 0.60 is less than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,892 students
4,189 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,359 students
2,116 students
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# Part-Time Students
533 students
1,887 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
175 students
384 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,359 students
2,116 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
533 students
1,887 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
200 students
160 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
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% Asian
2%
8%
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% Hispanic
40%
14%
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% Black
1%
5%
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% White
49%
50%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
1%
% Two or more races
2%
8%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
6%
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% Unknown races
5%
7%
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Diversity Score
0.60
0.71
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
2.12%
2.12%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$37,900
$36,400
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,150 is more than the state average of $4,105. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $4,550 is less than the state average of $7,359. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,150
$4,105
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$4,550
$7,359
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
69%
67%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$10,505
$11,794
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,292
$6,292
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • BBCC is one of the smallest community colleges in Washington State, yet it serves one of the largest rural districts of 4,600 square miles. The service district includes all of Grant and Adams Counties and the Odessa School District in Lincoln County. Big Bend Community College was authorized by the Washington State Board of Education in 1961. Beginning fall quarter 1962 BBCC held its first regular classes at night in Moses Lake High School. The college opened classes in a new facility located a short distance southeast of the city of Moses Lake fall quarter 1963. In 1966, BBCC acquired a 159-acre tract of land on the former Larson Air Force Base, which became the permanent college campus for all programs in 1975. Since 1962 our six-fold mission of college transfer, vocational and developmental education, community service/continuing education, business and industry partnerships, and student support services has provided the environment for their success. BBCC offers the Associate in Arts and Science (AA&S) DirectTransfer Agreement (DTA) degree, the Associate in Science (AS) degree, the Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP (Major Ready Pathway) degree, the Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degree, the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, the Associate in General Studies (AGS) degree and the Certificates of Achievement and Accomplishment. Big Bend Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Its transfer credits are normally accepted by other accredited colleges.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Big Bend Community College cost?

Big Bend Community College's tuition is approximately $4,150 for In-State students and $4,550 for Out-State students.

What is Big Bend Community College's ranking?

Big Bend Community College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Washington for: Least expensive tuition.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 1,892 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,150
  • Out-state tuition: $4,550
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 51%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,105 per year for in-state students and $7,359 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $19,532 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Washington community colleges have a diversity score of 0.71, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Washington is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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