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Mission, Accreditation, Equal Opportunity

Bellevue College Mission and Vision Statement


Bellevue College is a student-centered, comprehensive and innovative college, committed to teaching excellence, that advances the life-long educational development of its students while strengthening the economic, social and cultural life of its diverse community.  The college promotes student success by providing high-quality, flexible, accessible educational programs and services; advancing pluralism, inclusion and global awareness; and acting as a catalyst and collaborator for a vibrant region. (The BC Mission was approved by the BC Board of Trustees, June 11, 2008.)


Bellevue College is the region’s college of choice, based on its excellence, innovation, and national recognition for exemplary programs. (The BC Vision was approved by the BC Board of Trustees, June 11, 2008.) Read more...

Distance Education Program Mission Statement

Distance Education enhances and supports the mission of the college by delivering a comprehensive selection of college courses, degrees, and certificates via the Internet and other digital communication systems. We maximize educational and training options for all students, enabling them to achieve their academic goals and meet the challenges and opportunities posed by new careers, new technologies, and life transitions.

Bellevue College Is An Accredited Academic Institution

Bellevue College is accredited as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2010.  The accrediting body is located at: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100 Redmond, Washington 98052-3981. Learn more...

Equal Opportunity and Reasonable Accommodation

Bellevue College reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Bellevue College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities and education for individuals with disabilities.

To request disability accommodation in the admission application process contact the Disability Resource Center at—Voice:  (425) 564-2498 TTY: (425) 564-4110 Fax: (425) 564-4138 E-mail:  Website:

Any discriminatory action can be a cause for disciplinary action. Coordination of the compliance efforts at Bellevue College with respect to discrimination laws is under the direction of Vice-President for Human Resources, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA 98007-6454,VOICE: (425) 564-2274 TTY: (425) 564-4184.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Bellevue College Student Handbook includes information about campus policies, including procedures for grade challenges and academic concerns.    

Information regarding campus policies is on the Bellevue College website at

For those students residing in states other than Washington who are taking Bellevue College classes, you may wish to contact your local regulatory offices. For more information, please contact Liz Anderson, Director of Distance Education, at or by phone at 425-564-2453 (toll free: 1-877-641-2712). 

About Bellevue College

Bellevue College opened its doors in 1966. Now serving over 38,000 students annually, more than half of those in credit degree or certificate programs, Bellevue College is the third largest institution of higher learning in Washington State. Over 70% of students are full-time, credit-seeking students, 59% female and 41% male, with an average age of 31.  Eighty-six percent of professional/technical graduates are employed within nine months and professional/technical graduates earn a median hourly wage of $19.80, well above the community college system average of $12.89 for the state.

BC graduates over 2,000 students annually, sending more transfer students to four-year schools than any other community college in the state of Washington. BC offers associate degrees, certificates and continuing education programs in the traditional arts, humanities and sciences, computer technology, communications, business, health sciences, social sciences, educational development and numerous other professional and technical fields.

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