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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    C-
  6. Party Scene
    NG
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    NG
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
Whatcom is a public college located in Bellingham, Washington. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,392 undergraduate students. The Whatcom acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping, and Nursing Assistant. Graduating 44% of students, Whatcom alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,200.
About Whatcom Community College...
Athletic Division
NWAC
Athletic Conference
Address
237 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226
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Whatcom Community College Rankings

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Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$7,530/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,863/ year
  • $30-48k
    $7,409/ year
  • $49-75k
    $9,157/ year
  • $76-110k
    $10,979/ year
  • $110k+
    $12,672/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.42 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.42 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,392Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
3%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
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  • Beautiful campus, fun instructors
    32%
  • Great instructors
    28%
  • Beautiful campus, good facilities
    20%
  • Good teachers, no community
    12%
  • Cares more about student's feelings theneducation.
    4%
  • Linguistic, ethnically, and individually diverse
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$31,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
44%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
83%
National
83%

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Whatcom Community College encourages student involvement, student leadership, student lead conferences, diversity, and self expression. They have fantastic teachers, who respond to emails efficiently and are always welcoming. The environment on campus and in classes is very safe. Teachers try to engage students rather than lecture all of the time. Teachers are always encouraging discussions. The campus has great resources for students like tutoring, bus passes, computer labs, lots of studying areas, smoking areas, counseling, and lots transfer or job fairs. They have a lot of fun events as well as informational events held on campus. It's just a fantastic school.
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During the time I have been studying at Whatcom Community College, I really enjoy the excellent professors, advisors, and staffs who have helped me to deal with my academic lessons, student life as an international student, and my transferring plan to a four-year university. The campus and environment around campus are safe and peaceful even though the city is small and does not have a lot of fun places to go to. However, food in the cafeteria is expensive and not very tasty, which makes me never try to buy something there. Last but not least, the school does not have any dorm, so it hires local apartment for students to rent, which is more expensive than home-stays they offers for international students. That is why I am still living with a host family after two years starting to study here.
Though I am relatively new to WCC, I have to rate it as excellent because of the accessibility of educational opportunities for returning, non-traditional, and fully employed students. The course offerings and education options are available for those that can only attend at night, they have increasing offerings for distance learning, and their non-credit courses are enriching.