Whatcom at a Glance

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.



10,694 annually
6,435 quarterly
4,208 FTEs
82% academic transfer
18% professional technical


7,059 degree/certificate students annually
900+ running start students annually (580 FTE)
250 International students from 30 countries
200+ veterans annually
1,447 community education students quarterly 

Student Demographics

56% female; 44% male
65% between the ages of 16-24
77% from Whatcom County (of students 20 and younger)
51% attending full time (12 credits or more)
20% students of color (of degree/certificate seeking students)
35% first-generation (of degree/certificate seeking students)