Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College, also referred to as WCC, is located in Bellingham, Washington, United States. The college was established in the year 1967 and offers degrees and certificate programs in the fields of arts, science, and technical studies. The community college also offers various online courses for the benefit of outstation students.

The athletic teams of Whatcom Community College are named the Orcas. They participate in sports such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer. The college also houses the Whatcom Pavilion, a multi-purpose areana which is home to the Orcas as well as the International Basketball League's Bellingham Slam. Students of the college also have access to numerous clubs and organizations. Among those available on campus are societies such as the Business Club, Phi Theta Kappa, Queer Student Association, Communication Club, and Campus Christian Fellowship.

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Contacting Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College
237 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham , WA 98226
General Phone: (360) 383-3000

Whatcom Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts481liberal arts and sciences
Therapy and Counseling47physical therapist assistant, massage therapy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine28registered nursing
Medical Support and Technology18medical coding, medical assistant
Media15desktop publishing and imaging
Business and Management12business management, accounting technology, marketing studies
Computer Science and Engineering9computer networking, computer support
Education and Teaching8early childhood education, teacher aide
Law8legal assistant
Hospitality6hospitality management
Security and Law Enforcement3criminal justice and administration
Office and Administration1administrative assistant

Number of programs and degrees for Whatcom Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree61114
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years249
Award of less than 1 academic year11

Whatcom Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Whatcom Community College had a total enrollment of 4,127 students (2,832 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 72%
Black 1%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 4%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 15%
18-19 26%
20-21 18%
22-24 13%
25-29 11%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Whatcom Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 54 %
Part-Time 48 %

Whatcom Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Bellingham, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Whatcom Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,799
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 8,013
Books and supplies $ 1,080

Financial Aid:
Whatcom Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1036400)

Whatcom Community College Faculty

Whatcom Community College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
No academic rankacademic year32$49,94342$47,181
All faculty totalacademic year32$49,94342$47,181

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Whatcom Community College Athletics

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports7714

Whatcom Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Business Administration and Management, General
Marketing, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design

Medical Support And Technology
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical/Clinical Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage
Physical Therapist Assistant

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Whatcom Community College Highlights

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What Sets Whatcom Community College Apart:

% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 2%$pretty_college $award_cats{$char}
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Whatcom Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 15%Whatcom Community College % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Whatcom Community College Number of students
% of degrees in media
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 19%Whatcom Community College % of degrees in media

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships

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