About Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College is an accredited, comprehensive two-year college serving 11,000 students annually. On its 72-acre campus in Bellingham, WA, and through on-line courses, Whatcom offers transfer degrees, professional and technical training programs, as well as basic education, job skills, and Community & Continuing Education classes.  According to the Aspen Institute (April 2012), WCC is rated among the top six 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)


Located on 72 acres in Whatcom County in Bellingham, WA

School Colors and Mascot

Burgundy and blue
Orca whale 


10,980 annually
6,457 quarterly
4,126 FTEs

Student Demographics

55% female; 45% male
66% between the ages of 16-24
75% from Whatcom County (of students 20 and younger)
50% attending full time (12 credits or more)
20% students of color (of degree/certificate seeking students)
40% first-generation (of degree/certificate seeking students) 


20:1 student-faculty ratio
479 employees
78 full-time faculty
232 part-time faculty 



Student Profiles

6,861 credit seeking students annually
900+ Running Start students annually (405 FTE)
250 International students from 30 countries
200+ veterans annually
4,496 Community Ed students annually

Degrees & Certificates

81% academic transfer (click here for full list)
19% professional technical (healthcare, technology, business, education, law & justice)

Top Degrees WCC Grads Earn at Two or Four-Year Colleges

Social Sciences
Sciences and Environmental Sciences
Engineering/Engineering Technology

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