• 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 6,745 students (56% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 15:1 is higher than the state community college average of 11:1.
Minority enrollment is 52% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 50%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 6,745 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,771
  • Out-state tuition: $6,858
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 52%
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Columbia Basin College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Washington for:

Category
Attribute
Community Size

School Overview

The teacher population of 436 teachers has grown by 144% over five years.
Columbia Basin College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
436 staff
353 staff
This chart display total faculty of Columbia Basin College and community college average number of faculty in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Student Body

The student population of Columbia Basin College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 15:1 has decreased from 17:1 over five years.
The Columbia Basin College diversity score of 0.61 is less than the state average of 0.71. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,745 students
4,189 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Columbia Basin College and community college average number of enrollment of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
11:1
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# Full-Time Students
3,770 students
2,116 students
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# Part-Time Students
2,975 students
1,887 students
This chart display the total number of Part-time students enrollment of Columbia Basin College and average number of community college Part-time students enrollment of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
This chart display the Full-time students and Part-time students enrollment breakdown of Columbia Basin College.
This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of WA.
# Enrollment Undergraduate
557 students
384 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
3,770 students
2,116 students
This chart display the total number of Full-time undergraduate students enrollment of Columbia Basin College and average number of community college Full-time undergraduate  students enrollment of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
2,975 students
1,887 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
126 students
160 students
This chart display the dormitory capacity of Columbia Basin College and the community college average dormitory capacity of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
1%
This chart display the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan students in Columbia Basin College and the percentage of American Indian/Alaskan community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
% Asian
3%
8%
This chart display the percentage of Asian students in Columbia Basin College and the percentage of Asian community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Hispanic
40%
14%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Columbia Basin College and the percentage of Hispanic community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Black
1%
5%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in Columbia Basin College and the percentage of Black community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% White
48%
50%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
1%
% Two or more races
4%
8%
This chart display the percentage of Two or more races students in Columbia Basin College and the percentage of Two or more races community college students in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
% Non Resident races
n/a
6%
% Unknown races
4%
7%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Columbia Basin College.
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in WA.
Diversity Score
0.61
0.71
This chart display the diversity score of Columbia Basin College and the community college average diversity score of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
32%
28%
This chart display completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of Columbia Basin College and community college average completion rates for First-Time of Full-time students of WA by year, with the latest 2007-08 school year data.
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
4.82%
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,400
$36,400
This chart display average graduate earnings (10 Years) of Columbia Basin College and community college average graduate earnings (10 Years) of WA by year, disaggregated by student subgroups with the latest 2012-13 school year data.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,771 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 $6,858 is less than the state average of $7,359. The out-state tuition has grown by 5% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,771
$4,105
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Columbia Basin College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees
$6,858
$7,359
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Columbia Basin College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Tuition Notes
None
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
67%
67%
This chart display the percent of students who is receiving some financial aid in Columbia Basin College and the percent of community college students who is receiving some financial aid in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Graduates
$12,500
$11,794
This chart display median debt for students who have completed a certificate or degree in Columbia Basin College and average median debt for community college students who have completed a certificate or degree in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,192
$6,292
This chart display median debt for students who have not completed a certificate or degree in Columbia Basin College and average median debt for community college students who have not completed a certificate or degree in WA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
6 sports
Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Columbia Basin College cost?

Columbia Basin College's tuition is approximately $4,771 for In-State students and $6,858 for Out-State students.

What sports does Columbia Basin College offer?

Columbia Basin College offers 6 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball and Volleyball.

What is Columbia Basin College's ranking?

Columbia Basin College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Washington for: Largest student body.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 6,745 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,771
  • Out-state tuition: $6,858
  • Student:teacher ratio: 15:1
  • Minority enrollment: 52%
  • Source: Verified school update

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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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