Whatcom Community College

Tel: 3603833000
  • 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 30:1.
  • 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 is Bellingham Technical College (2.10 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 322 teachers has grown by 114% over five years.
Whatcom Community College (WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 322 staff 138 staff
Whatcom Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 10,993 has grown by 130% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has increased from 33:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.54 is less than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 54% over five years.
Total Enrollment 10,993 students 3,977 students
Whatcom Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 34:1 30:1
Whatcom Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 3,999 students 2,087 students
Whatcom Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 6,994 students 1,890 students
Whatcom Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Whatcom Community College Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
Whatcom Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
4%
7%
Whatcom Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
8%
10%
Whatcom Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
1%
4%
Whatcom Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
66%
59%
Whatcom Community College White (2007-2016)
% Two or more races
6%
5%
Whatcom Community College More (2009-2016)
% Non Resident races
5%
6%
Whatcom Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
9%
7%
Whatcom Community College Ethnicity Breakdown WA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.54 0.62
Whatcom Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
31%
31%
Whatcom Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $36,200 $36,300
Whatcom Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $4,031 is less than the state average of $4,077. The in-state tuition has grown by 29% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $4,031 $4,077
Whatcom Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 63% 72%
Whatcom Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2013)
Median Debt for Graduates $10,458 $11,000
Whatcom Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $5,500 $5,833
Whatcom Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)

Sports

Total Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Basketball, Soccer, VolleyballBasketball, Soccer,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Choir and drama programs, Clubs and intramural sports teams, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student clubs and activities Choir and drama programs,
Clubs and intramural sports teams,
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society,
Student clubs and activities,
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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Did You Know?
For Washington public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,077 per year for in-state students and $7,465 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,903 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Washington community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.62, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Washington is South Seattle College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.