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 10,993 students (36% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 34:1 is higher than the state community college average of 31:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 34% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 41%.
  • Whatcom Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Whatcom County, WA.
  • The nearest community college to Whatcom Community College is Bellingham Technical College (2.1 miles away).

Top Placements

Whatcom Community College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Washington for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 322 teachers has grown by 38% over five years.
Whatcom Community College(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate of Arts CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty322 staff145 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Whatcom Community College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has decreased from 47:1 over five years.
  • The Whatcom Community College diversity score of 0.54 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment10,993 students4,463 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio34:131:1
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# Full-Time Students3,999 students2,353 students
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# Part-Time Students6,994 students2,110 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
4%
7%
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% Hispanic
8%
10%
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% Black
1%
4%
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% White
66%
59%
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% Two or more races
6%
5%
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% Non Resident races
5%
6%
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% Unknown races
9%
7%
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Diversity Score0.540.62
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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 $4,032. The in-state tuition has grown by 29% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$4,031$4,032
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Tuition NotesIncludes tuition onl
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid63%71%
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Median Debt for Graduates$10,458$10,614
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Median Debt for Dropouts$5,500$5,830
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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: 2016 (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.

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