- 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.
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)
Big Bend Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Washington for:
The teacher population of 214 teachers has grown by 229% over five years.
Big Bend Community College
(WA) Community College Avg.
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Four or more years
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.
Student : Teacher Ratio
# Full-Time Students
# Part-Time Students
# Enrollment Undergraduate
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
# Full-Time Graduate Students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
Total Dormitory Capacity
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Two or more races
% Non Resident races
% Unknown races
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
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
Out-State Tuition Fees
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
Median Debt for Graduates
Median Debt for Dropouts
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
- 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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