Columbia Basin College

  • Since 1955, Columbia Basin College has helped students of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their dreams of a higher education. CBC offers bachelor and associate degrees, one-year certificates and basic skills in an effort to improve the lives of all in our community.
School Highlights
  • Columbia Basin College serves 11,368 students (54% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 39:1 is higher than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 54% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 41%.
  • Columbia Basin College is the only community colleges within Franklin County, WA.
  • The nearest community college to Columbia Basin College is Walla Walla Community College (41.9 miles away).

Top Placements

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

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 291 teachers has grown by 63% over five years.
Columbia Basin College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level4 or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty291 staff145 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Columbia Basin College has grown by 78% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 39:1 has increased from 36:1 over five years.
  • The Columbia Basin College diversity score of 0.52 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment11,368 students4,463 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio39:131:1
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# Full-Time Students6,120 students2,353 students
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# Part-Time Students5,248 students2,110 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
3%
7%
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% Hispanic
41%
10%
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% Black
2%
4%
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% White
46%
59%
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% Two or more races
4%
5%
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% Unknown races
3%
7%
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Diversity Score0.520.62
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College Completion Rate
32%
28%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,400$36,200
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Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,771 is more than the state average of $4,032. The in-state tuition has grown by 24% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,858 is less than the state average of $7,264. The out-state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,771$4,032
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Out-State Tuition Fees$6,858$7,264
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Tuition NotesNone
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid68%71%
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Median Debt for Graduates$11,000$10,614
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,172$5,830
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Sports

Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, VolleyballBaseball, Basketball,
Golf, Soccer,
Softball, Volleyball,
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Columbia Basin College (CBC) is a public community college serving the Tri-Cities and surrounding communities since 1955. CBC`s mission is to inspire, educate and support all students in an environment of academic excellence leading to the completion of degrees, certifications and educational transfers, while fostering meaningful employment, engaged citizenship and a life-long joy of learning. CBC offers both two and four-year degrees and one-year Certificates. Bachelor of Applied Science degrees are offered in Applied Management, Applied Management in Agriculture or Healthcare Administration, Cyber Security, Dental Hygiene, Information Technology, Project Management and Teacher Education. CBC also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. 

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