Our Students

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.

Demographics

Bellevue College Students

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)*

* 5.8% of these students self-identified as Latino or Hispanic independent of Race. 
Asian and Pacific Islander American 20.3%
African American 6.1%
Native American 1.1%
Multi-Racial 3.4%
White 69.1%

 

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)

 

Student Success

BC conferred its first baccalaureate degree in academic year 2008-09. 
Baccalaureate degree 19
Two-year degree 1,616
Certificate, one year 92
Certificate, less than one-year 294
GED 21

 

Professional/Technical Graduates

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

Programs Offered

  • 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

 

For more information about for-credit programs at Bellevue College, visit: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/programs/degrees/

For more information about non-credit programs at Bellevue College, visit: http://continuingeducation.bellevuecollege.edu/

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