• Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. According to the Aspen Institute (2016), WCC is rated among the top nine community and technical colleges in the state and recognized as one of the leading community colleges in the nation. Established in 1967, Whatcom has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1976.

School Highlights

Whatcom Community College serves 4,152 students (55% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 12:1 is lower than the state community college average of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 42% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,152 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,031
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 42%
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

The teacher population of 350 teachers has grown by 133% over five years.
Whatcom Community College
(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges: Associate's Dominant
Institution Level
Less than 2 yrs
Four or more years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
350 staff
353 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Whatcom Community College has declined by 62% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 12:1 has decreased from 47:1 over five years.
The Whatcom Community College diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
4,152 students
4,700 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
13:1
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# Full-Time Students
2,293 students
2,313 students
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# Part-Time Students
1,859 students
2,387 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
n/a
409 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
2,293 students
2,313 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
n/a
2,387 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
5%
7%
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% Hispanic
14%
15%
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% Black
2%
5%
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% White
58%
47%
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% Hawaiian
n/a
1%
% Two or more races
8%
8%
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% Non Resident races
5%
4%
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% Unknown races
7%
12%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in WA.
Diversity Score
0.63
0.73
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
31%
30%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
1.93%
2.2%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$36,200
$36,400
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $4,031 is less than the state average of $4,105. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$4,031
$4,105
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Tuition Notes
Includes tuition onl
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
58%
64%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,917
$11,794
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$6,055
$6,292
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%

Sports

Total Sports Offered
3 sports
Sports
Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student clubs and activities

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir and drama programs

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Clubs and intramural sports teams
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) , School Administrators

School Notes

  • Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. According to the Aspen Institute (2016), WCC is rated among the top nine community and technical colleges in the state and recognized as one of the leading community colleges in the nation. Established in 1967, Whatcom has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1976.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Whatcom Community College cost?

Whatcom Community College's tuition is approximately $4,031 for In-State students.

What sports does Whatcom Community College offer?

Whatcom Community College offers 3 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Soccer and Volleyball.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 4,152 students
  • In-state tuition: $4,031
  • Student:teacher ratio: 12:1
  • Minority enrollment: 42%
  • 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 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Washington is Highline College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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