About Us

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About BC

  • Public (state-assisted)
  • Open-access and community-based
  • Coeducational
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Academic Calendar

  • Quarterly (fall, winter, spring, summer)
  • Academic year runs July through June
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Service District

  • Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valley school districts
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  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
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Award Levels

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Certificates
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Founding Fact

  • Bellevue College was founded in January 1966 under the name Bellevue Community College.


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  • Any applicant who has graduated from high school, or
  • Is 16 or 17 years old with proof of GED completion, or
  • Is 18 years of age or older
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2021 Enrollment

  • 27,334 Students
  • 20,569 Students Enrolled for Credit
  • 12,286 Fall Students Enrolled for Credit
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  • The average age of BC credit students is 22.8; the median age is 20.0
  • 44% are full-time students, taking 15 or more credits
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International Enrollment

  • Over 1,300 International students (all visa types) enrolled in credit classes
  • Over 769 International students enrolled through the International Education department
  • Enrollment from 57 countries outside of the U.S.
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Enrollment By Country

  1. China
  2. Taiwan
  3. Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)
  4. Vietnam
  5. South Korea
  1. Japan
  2. Hong Kong
  3. Indonesia
  4. Brazil
  5. Kyrgyzstan
  6. India
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Asian and Pacific Islander28%
African American4%
Native American1%
Latinx 11%
Multiracial 6%
White 39%
Other 4%
Did not Report7%

Programs Of Study

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Degree/Certificate Programs

  • 7 Transfer Associate Degree Programs
  • 2 Non-Transfer Associate Degree Programs
  • 14 Bachelor’s Degrees
  • 104 Professional-Technical Programs
  • 81 certificate career-preparation programs
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Course Offerings by Intent

  • Academic Transfer: 61%
  • Workforce Education: 22%
  • Basic Skills: 9%
  • Continuing Education/Personal Interest: 7%
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Highest-Enrolled Programs

  • Business Administration/ Management/ Accounting
  • Nursing
  • Computer Science/ Programming/ Database Administration/ Network
  • Radiologic Technology/ Imaging/ Allied Health
  • Interior Design
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Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Art in Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Science
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Specialized Learning

  • Occupational & Life Skills (OLS) is an accredited associate degree program for adults with learning disabilities.
  • The Neurodiversity Navigators Program serves BC students who identify as neurodivergent, including those who identify as autistic.
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# 1 Degree

  • Transfer to 4-year institutions is the #1 degree for Bellevue College students.

Did You Know…

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17% of all enrollments…

  • … are in Continuing Education, Basic Skills and English as a Second Language
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83% of all enrollments…

  • … are in courses leading to a degree or certificate
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Running Start

  • More than 2,600 students from local schools are in the Running Start program for high school students.