Our Students

As the third largest institution of higher learning in Washington State, Bellevue College serves more than 30,000 students per year, and we send more transfer students to bachelor’s degree-granting institutions than any of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. Our transfer graduates perform as well at four-year colleges as those who started as freshman at the four-year schools.


Total Students Enrolled

34,000 annually (making Bellevue College is the third largest educational institution in Washington state, behind only the University of Washington and Washington State University).

Areas of Study

  • 79% of all enrollments are in degree or certificate programs; others are in Continuing Education and Adult Basic Skills.
  • 55% of credit students are pursuing Freshman/Sophomore studies prior to transfer to a four-year program (Bellevue College sends more transfer students to four-year schools–primarily the University of Washington–than any other community college in the state). Others are pursuing professional and technical training.

Student Race/Ethnicity (credit students) *

* Note: 5.8% of these students self-identified as Latino or Hispanic independent of Race.

Asian and Pacific Islander American20.3%
African American 6.1%
Native American 1.1%
Multiracial 3.4%
White 69.1%

Other Student Characteristics

  • 60/40 female/male ratio
  • Average age: 26 for credit students, 31 for all students
  • 55% full time, 45% part time
  • 65% employed while enrolled
  • 22% have dependents
  • 13% receive financial aid
  • 550 use the services of Bellevue College’s Disability Resource Center
  • 62% are from Bellevue College’s formal service area (which covers the Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island,
  • Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valley school districts). Others are from other areas of King County, primarily south King County and south Seattle.
  • More than 1,300 are international students from around the world.
  • More than 1,200 are Running Start students (high school students taking college classes)

Student Success

BC conferred its first baccalaureate degree in academic year 2008-09.

Degree Type# of Degrees
Baccalaureate degree 19
Two-year degree1,616
Certificate, one year92
Certificate, less than one-year294

Credit & Non-Credit Programs

Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees:  Applied Accounting, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Digital Marketing, Health and Wellness, Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Management and Leadership (two concentrations Heath Care General and Radiation and Imagining Management), Software Development (two concentrations Artificial Intelligence, Application Development), Interior Design, Molecular Biosciences, Nursing (RN to BSN BS), Radiation and Imaging Sciences (four concentrations Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Dosimetry, Nuclear Medicine and Technology) (more bachelor’s degree program will be offered in the near future)
  • Associate-degree transfer programs (the freshman and sophomore years of college) in 58 focus areas
  • Professional and technical associate degrees and/or certificates in 87 areas of health science, information technology, business and design
  • Career-training certificate programs in Microsoft technology, business, health professions, technical communication, translation & interpretation and art, through our Continuing Education division
  • Developmental programs in Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language

Last Updated February 2, 2023