Why Business Transfer?

We Set Our Graduates Up for Success

The Business Administration Transfer Program is the largest in the state and graduated 224 students in 2022. We transfer the most students to the combined business schools of the University of Washington.

Graduate Demographics

International Studentsapproximately 25%
Asian Students 40% – 50%
White Students 33%
Latino Studentsapproximately 12%
Black Studentsapproximately 5%
Running Start Students 10%
Alumni and Students at UW Foster Gala

We are thrilled that our program attracts diverse students and we are determined to close the wealth gap by supporting underserved communities.

A large graphic that states "Our students have completed their bachelor and master degrees at universities throughout the nation" and lists a number of colleges and universities.

Our students have completed their bachelor and master degrees at universities throughout the nation. This includes:

  • American University
  • Arizona State University
  • Babson
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brigham Young University-Provo
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Purdue University-West Lafayette
  • Rutgers-New Brunswick
  • Stanford University
  • State University of New York
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  • University of Indiana
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas-Austin
  • University of Texas-Dallas
  • University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma)
  • Western Washington University
  • Washington State University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Wake Forest University
  • Yale

Direct or Streamlined Admissions

The Business Transfer Program makes the transition to a business school even easier with direct or streamlined admissions to the top schools in the Pacific Northwest. You can continue to a bachelor degree in supply chain management right on the Bellevue campus with the University of Washington Bothell (UWB.) Supply chain management is designated as a STEM field. This makes international students eligible for the the STEM optional practical training OPT extension of 24 months.

In addition to the UWB, we have relationships with Seattle University, Washington State University and Eastern Washington University among others.

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Our alumni are employed at various tech companies and startups.
They run family businesses or have founded their own businesses.
They have positions of responsibility at:

  • Microsoft
  • Amazon
  • Starbucks
  • Boeing
  • Meta
  • TMobile
  • Accenture
  • Costco
  • SAP
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • The big four accounting firms (EY, KPMG, Deloitte, PWC)
  • Many midsize accounting firms
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Intellectual Ventures
  • Dropbox
  • and more
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Our alumni have jobs as:

  • Procurement Finance Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Analyst
  • Enterprise Benefits Accounting
  • Financial Analyst
  • Quality Assurance
  • BCA Profitability
  • Systems Analyst
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Accounting Manager
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Business Development Manager
  • Accounting Program Manager
  • Sales Operations Analyst
  • Investigation Specialist
  • Education Account Advisor
  • Associate Program Manager
  • Staff Accountant
  • Campaign Data Analyst
  • Custom Pricing Analyst
  • Software Design Engineer
  • Licensing Manager
  • Licensing Sales Specialist
  • Audit Manager
  • Sr. Product Marketing Manager
  • IT Program Manager
  • SEM Optimization Specialist
  • Business Planning in Azure
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Tax Associate
  • Senior Accountant
  • Tax Senior Consultant
  • Senior Associate Mergers and Acquisitions Tax
  • Deal Advisory Associate
  • Manager
  • Assurance Staff
  • Advisory
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Senior
  • Tax Associate
  • Controller
  • VP Strategic Performance
  • VP Finance
  • and more

What Do Our Grads Say About BC?

While at Bellevue College, BingYao Li was active in the Business Leadership Community and Phi Beta Kappa (honor society). She continued her leadership roles at UW Foster as an officer in Beta Alpha Psi (the accounting honor society). She worked as a senior tax consultant at Deloitte. BingYao was accepted to both Wharton and Columbia MBA programs and is currently studying at Wharton.

Bellevue College is definitely an excellent platform [with] resources to help students land a brilliant future, no matter what kind of career…”

University of Washington Bothell Eastside Leadership Center at Bellevue College

Dean Sandeep Krishnamurthy talks about the win-win in the partnership with Bellevue College.

The University of Washington Bothell Business School has moved its Eastside Leadership Center to Bellevue College so that students who complete their Associate in Business with Bellevue College can complete a four-year UW degree right on our campus.

The University of Washington Bothell has its Eastside Leadership Center at Bellevue College. Students who complete their Associate in Business will be able to stay on the campus and complete their UWB business degree. Supply chain management and a concentration in Entrepreneurship are offered.

The Business Transfer Program has transferred hundreds of students to UWB’s stellar Business School. Their joint alumni are thriving at companies like Amazon, TMobile, Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing or have started their own companies. The two higher educational institutions excel at attracting diverse and nontraditional students. With UWB on the Bellevue College campus we will work more closely together to seamlessly transfer qualified students.

We are thrilled about what UWB brings to our Business Transfer students. CNBC called out UWB as the number one public university that kept costs low for in-state students while preparing them for successful professional careers. 63% of UWB students graduate with no student debt. This is a huge benefit to students who already have many other stressors managing the pandemic. Running Start students who complete their Associate in Business at Bellevue College can save two years of university tuition. Nationally $1.7 trillion in student debt burdens those starting out in their careers, especially underserved students who struggle to manage student debt while foregoing or postponing other financial and life goals.

We are also excited to share in UWB’s learning and teaching excellence with underserved students. The USC Race and Equity Center ranked UWB #8 in their equity index for Black Students at Public Colleges and Universities. UWB received an A grade for representation (having a higher proportion of Black students than the state population), gender (gap between women and men) and completion equity (difference between average six-year graduation rates for Black students and students overall).

Our Students Get Real Experience with Real Businesses

Students and faculty posing for a picture
Student teams produce professional consulting projects for underserved businesses getting real-life experience as business practitioners.

Students have the ability to gain real-life experience as a professional consultant in the course Multicultural Consulting. Student teams work with emerging businesses guided by their Rotary mentors to pursue a business opportunity. This course was created in conjunction with the University of Washington Foster School Consulting and Business Development Center. In its first 25 years, the CBDC has helped small businesses in Washington add more than $250 million in new revenues while creating and retaining more than 200,000 jobs through this student consulting program.

Along with professors at the UW Foster and Arizona State, Professor Leslie Lum wrote the curriculum (Business Consulting in a Multicultural America) used in Management 445, the student consulting course at UW Foster. Applying the same model, students at Bellevue College along with their Bellevue Rotary mentors have consulted with over 60 underserved businesses and nonprofits to provide $500,000 in consulting expertise. The course won a national award for service learning from the Community College National Center for Community Engagement.

Our Students Make a Difference in the Entrepreneurial Community

In partnership with Startup 425, a consortium of five cities on Seattle’s Eastside (Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, and Renton) and the Port of Seattle, two Bellevue College faculty professors, Leslie Lum and Judith Paquette, are working to build an entrepreneur ecosystem to respond to the surge in business formations as part of the recovery from the pandemic recession.

Prior to the pandemic, minority-, women- and other under-served businesses were growing at a rate substantially faster than mainstream businesses. However, the pandemic has been particularly devastating for BIPOC and women with Black businesses (eliminating 41%), Latinx (32%), immigrant (36%), Asian (26%) and women (25%) as compared to white businesses at (17%).

The two professors developed Innovation Lab which prepares business owners to be business-ready (articulate a defensible business model and discipline to acquire targe market and manage business value stream) and banking-ready (reach $300,000 in revenues, manage employees and fund working capital so that funding can be used for growth).

The active engagement of professors in increasing the survival rate of underserved businesses is a huge plus to the Business Transfer Program. Finding solutions when resources are constrained is much more difficult than with large corporations. We understand that it is emerging businesses that hire the most. We want to lift economic development so our students can benefit from the opportunities that are created.

Bellevue: A Beautiful Innovation Hub

Mayor Lynne Robinson talks about the prominence of the City of Bellevue.

The City of Bellevue affords one of the best places to pursue an education. Many global brands are in the area including Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco and there are many tech companies.

39% of its population having been born in a foreign country in 2017, 50% of its population being of a non-white race or ethnicity and 43% speaking a language other than English at home. Asians comprise just over 34%, which is the 12th highest percentage in the nation for cities with 100,000 in population or more.

About 68% of Bellevue’s population had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2017, nearly half of whom had a graduate or professional degree. Bellevue also has a large share of workers who are in management, business, science and arts occupations, at about 64% in 2017.

Earning the 10th spot on a list of 100 cities, Bellevue scored high in terms of livability. Thanks to its quality schools, diversity, walkability and many outdoor recreational activities, Bellevue is consistently voted as one of the best cities to live in.

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Last Updated January 21, 2024