Whatcom Community College is a regionally and nationally accredited two-year college with an accomplished faculty and staff who serve nearly 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, Wash., and through online courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional-technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes. According to the Aspen Institute (2016), WCC is rated among the top nine community and technical colleges in the state and recognized as one of the leading community colleges in the nation. Established in 1967, Whatcom has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1976.

 

Year founded

1967 (Read more about Whatcom's history)


Location

Located on 72 acres in Whatcom County in Bellingham, WA


School colors and mascot

Burgundy and blue
Orca whale 


Enrollment

10,993 annually
6,379
quarterly
3,999
 FTE


Student demographics*

57% female; 43% male
70%
between the ages of 16-24
78%
from Whatcom County (of students 20 and younger)
51%
attending full time
21%
students of color
41% 
first-generation
*Credit-seeking students


Faculty & staff

20:1 student-faculty ratio
510
employees
78
full-time faculty
244 
part-time faculty 


Student profiles

6,817 credit-seeking students annually
900+
 Running Start students annually (569 FTE)
300+
international students from 30 countries
200+ 
veterans
4,387
community & continuing education students annually


Degrees & certificates

79% academic transfer (view degrees & certificates here)
21% 
professional technical (healthcare, technology, business, education, law & justice)


Top degrees WCC grads earn at two or four-year colleges

Business, finance, accounting
Social sciences
Humanities
Sciences and environmental sciences
Nursing
Engineering, engineering technology