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 Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College - Bellingham, WA

237 W Kellogg Rd, Bellingham, Washington 98226

General information:(360)383-3000
Awards offered:Associate's degree
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Campus setting:Rural: Fringe
Campus housing:No
Student population:4,790( All undergraduate )
Student-to-faculty ratio:17 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Associate's--Public Rural-serving Medium
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
More than 3%
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $3,105 $3,315 $3,630 -9%
Out-of-state $8,325 $8,550 $9,405 -9%
Books and supplies $1,080 $1,080 $1,080 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $ $ $ NAN%
Other $ $ $ NAN%
Off Campus
Room and board $8,460 $8,460 $8,460 0%
Other $3,897 $3,900 $3,900 0%
Off Campus with Family
Other $3,129 $3,132 $3,132 0%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $4,185 $4,395 $4,710 0%
Off Campus $16,542 $16,755 $17,070 -6%
Off Campus with Family $7,314 $7,527 $7,842 0%
On Campus $9,405 $9,630 $10,485 -10%
Off Campus $21,762 $21,990 $22,845 -5%
Off Campus with Family $12,534 $12,762 $13,617 -8%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $3,722
In-state fees $0
Out-of-state tuition $8,957
Out-of-state fees $0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 235 58% --
Grant or scholarship aid 199 49% $1,068,262 $5,368
Federal grants 175 43% $758,709 $4,335
Pell grants 175 43% $749,241 $4,281
Other federal grants 10 2% $9,468 $947
State/local government grant or scholarships 127 31% $244,073 $1,922
Institutional grants or scholarships 59 14% $65,480 $1,110
Student loan aid 65 16% $323,935 $4,984
Federal student loans 65 16% $323,935 $4,984
Other student loans 0 0% $0 Not applicable
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 1,562 32% $7,826,931 $5,011
Pell grants 1,377 28% $5,204,034 $3,779
Federal student loans 686 14% $3,551,452 $5,177


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $8,451 $5,936 $5,867
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $6,853 $4,940 $4,417
$30,001 - $48,000 $7,105 $6,496 $5,491
$48,001 - $75,000 $10,396 $8,931 $8,939
$75,001 - $110,000 $12,484 $10,637 $10,791
$110,001 and more $12,484 Not applicable $11,058

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 4,790
Undergraduate enrollment 4,790
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 1,175
Graduate enrollment 0

•This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.

First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 16 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


Basketball 1511
Soccer 2117
Volleyball -9


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities09/01/1976 Accredited


American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Physical Therapy (PTAA) - Programs for the physical therapist assistant

11/02/1994 Accredited
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs

02/26/2010 Accredited


Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations01 0
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession ------
Drug law violations ----
Liquor law violations ------
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 000
Aggravated assault 010
Burglary 200
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter ------
Negligent manslaughter ------
Sex offenses - Forcible ------
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) ------
Robbery ------
Aggravated assault ------
Burglary ------
Motor vehicle theft ------
Arson ------
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate18.3%
Number in default37
Number in repayment202

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 01036400

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMAssociate's degree Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping-4
Business Administration and Management, General18-
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry-1
Hospitality Administration/Management, General-4
Marketing, Other-1
Office Management and Supervision-1
Retail Management-2
Category total1813
Communication Technologies Technicians and Support Services Colleges
Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design17-
Category total17-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Support Specialist9-
Category total9-
Education Colleges
Early Childhood Education and Teaching122
Teacher Assistant/Aide11
Category total133
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk-3
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage712
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder-7
Medical Reception/Receptionist-6
Medical/Clinical Assistant1412
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant47-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse26-
Category total9440
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration7-
Category total7-
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Legal Assistant/Paralegal73
Category total73
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies709-
Category total709-
Physical Sciences Colleges
Physical Sciences3-
Category total3-
Grand total87759