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  1. Academics
    C
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    C-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  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 2,368 undergraduate students. The Whatcom acceptance rate is 100%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping, and Early Childhood Education. Graduating 37% of students, Whatcom alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,700.
237 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226
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Athletic Division
NWAC
Athletic Conference

Whatcom Community College Rankings

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Whatcom Admissions

Acceptance Rate
100%
Application Deadline
August 18
SAT Range
ACT Range
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$8,111/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,581/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
58%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    24%
  • On Campus
    76%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,368Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,895
Undergrads Over 25
18%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
5%
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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
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What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
  • Beautiful campus, fun instructors
    33%
  • Great instructors
    26%
  • Beautiful campus, good facilities
    22%
  • Good teachers, no community
    11%
  • Cares more about student's feelings theneducation.
    4%
  • Linguistic, ethnically, and individually diverse
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
37%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
84%
National
83%

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Everyone that I have interacted with that is associated with WCC has been pleasant, helpful, and informative/knowledgeable. The only thing that I struggled with was the need to have multiple accounts to sign into and potentially have messages, announcements, or notifications. This was my first quarter as a returning student though. Some of the enrolling processes were difficult when it was done all online or over the phone. Some of the ratings I am supposed to answer below are not applicable so I wasn't able to answer truthfully. I have no experience with the physical campus or the "school scene".
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Whatcom has a wonderful staff and is in a nice area for those looking for the college experience without the bulk of Seattle. Theres many good places for food with in walking distance and plenty of night time activities in the city. The professors were all enthusiastic about teaching and accommodating of those needing help. The math department was the only department that left much to be desired, but I only had two teachers for the whole department and don’t want to lessen my opinion for a mediocre course. Advisors are all helpful at helping you achieve your goals and the staff are friendly. I would definitely recommend this college and am sad to be leaving.
Phenomenal staff! Super helpful and competent even throughout the pandemic. Thanks, WCC. Can't wait to start in the Fall!