Whatcom Community College

  • 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 4,263 students (56% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 13:1 is lower than the state community college average of 27:1.
Minority enrollment is 39% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 53%.

School Overview

The teacher population of 322 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Whatcom Community College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelFour or more yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty322 staff157 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Whatcom Community College has declined by 61% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 13:1 has decreased from 32:1 over five years.
The Whatcom Community College diversity score of 0.60 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 10% over five years.
Total Enrollment4,263 students4,698 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio13:127:1
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# Full-Time Students2,368 students2,397 students
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# Part-Time Students1,895 students2,301 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
153140
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
4%
7%
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% Hispanic
12%
13%
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% Black
1%
5%
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% White
61%
47%
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% Two or more races
7%
7%
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% Non Resident races
7%
7%
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% Unknown races
7%
12%
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Diversity Score0.600.73
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College Completion Rate
31%
31%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$36,200$36,200
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Finances and Admission

The public in-state tuition of $4,031 is less than the state average of $4,058. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,031$4,058
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Tuition NotesIncludes tuition onl
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid59%65%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,450$11,595
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,100$6,271
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Sports

Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Soccer, VolleyballBasketball, 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: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

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.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Whatcom Community College is Bellingham Technical College (2.2 miles away).
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