Whatcom Community College
Bellingham, WA 98226


Type 2 year
Control Public
Campus size Small
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad only
Calendar system Quarter
Total enrollment 4,507
Religious affiliation None
Open Admission
Students with disability 6%
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 164 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Whatcom Community College has an open admission policy. That means there is no standardized test or GPA requirements. Any high school graduate or GED certificate holder may get admission.

Tuition & Fees

Whatcom Community College charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $9,333 and in-state students paid $4,031.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $7,496
In State Tuition
National Average = $3,466
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $7,623
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 63% of Whatcom Community College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 43% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,107 (which is 6% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Whatcom Community College in 2016-2017, was 27, which is 9% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $4,199 (which is 7.9% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,368
Federal Loan
National Average = $4,557
Financial aid
National Average = 79%
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Student Body

In Fall 2016, Whatcom Community College has enrolled a total of 4,507 students (2,392 students full-time and 2,115 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 4,507 students, 289 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 43% men and 57% women and all students were enrolled for undergraduate studies.

The institution also enrolled 54 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 63%

Hispanic: 12%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%

Two or more races: 6%

Non-resident alien: 6%

Asian: 4%

Black/African American: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 9 largest majors offered at Whatcom Community College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 38% 1,398
Health Professions And Related Programs 15% 555
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 9% 339
Education 4% 141
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 4% 138
Communications Technologies/technicians And Support Services 1% 36
Physical Sciences 1% 30
Legal Professions And Studies 1% 28
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 1% 19

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 30%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Whatcom Community College full-time students who started class in 2013 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $25,082

The typical median income of Whatcom Community College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $32,600. Last year, out of the total 3,719 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 3,384 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 4,123 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 3,669 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $32,600 $44,400
Employment Rate 91% 89%
Total Graduates 3,719 4,123

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 2 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Whatcom Community College.

Everett Community College
56.1 mile away