As the third largest institution of higher learning in Washington State, Bellevue College serves more than 37,000 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.
Bellevue College’s professional and technical program graduates earn a median wage of $18 per hour, which is well above the community college graduate average of $12.89 per hour. And 57% of our graduates earn more than $30,000 per year.
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 American||20.3%|
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)
BC conferred its first baccalaureate degree in academic year 2008-09.
|Degree Type||# of Degrees|
|Certificate, one year||92|
|Certificate, less than one-year||294|
85% employed within 9 months of graduation (vs. 81% state-wide average), at $19.38 median hourly wage (vs. $14.19 state-wide average)
Credit & Non-Credit Programs
- Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiation and Imaging Sciences (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 September 8, 2017