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Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) is a public institution with eight locations in Eastern Oregon, serving Baker, Umatilla and Morrow County as well as students who live outside of the district. Founded in 1962, the college awards associate degrees and partners with a number of four-year institutions to accommodate students hoping to complete a baccalaureate degree.


Academic programs include a wide range of degree and certificate programs, from arts & humanities to medical lab tech and welding. In Agriculture and Farm Business Management, students can pursue AS degrees or AAS degrees in Agriculture Management or Production (Crops and Livestock specializations available). The popular Allied Health Program has programs in Nursing, Dental Assisting, Diagnostic Imaging Technology, EMT services and Human Performance. Arts and sciences programs include a focus on English, History, Psychology, Music, Theatre Arts, Economics, Anthropology and many more. Political Science, Criminal Justice and Sociology are also offered.

In addition, certificate and/or AAS degree programs in Welding, Diesel Technology and Career Readiness are offered. For students wishing to enhance their skill set, Continuing Ed classes are available. The Distance Learning offers students out of the district the opportunity to complete coursework without attending classes in person.

Accreditation is granted by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCU). It also has approval from the state and federal VA to offer training to military veterans. For specific programs, the Oregon State Board of Nursing has accredited the BMCC Nursing Program, while the Dental Assisting Program receives accreditation from the America Dental Association (ADA).

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Students can apply to Blue Mountain online, though a campus visit is recommended beforehand. Applicants will generally hear from the admissions office within 10 days of applying. Besides the application, transcripts of high school or GED equivalency must be forwarded to the admissions office.

Admissions requirements vary depending on the programs. Allied Health Program applicants may need to submit to a background check and verify prerequisite coursework has been completed satisfactorily (always with grades of C or better). Nursing students must also submit to fingerprinting and background checks and pass the computer literacy placement tests given. For a full list of requirements and specific deadlines, students should visit the program page on the website and contact admissions with questions.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office has assistance programs in place for students who qualify. Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step of the process. Students may qualify for Pell Grants and FSEOG Grants, which are both awarded without expectation of repayment. Other scholarships are available from BMCC and the Oregon Student Assistance Commission. Deadlines for fall term scholarships are generally in March and April. In addition, the Leon Severin Nursing Scholarship and James & Marion Miller Scholarships are offered by the college, with deadlines in early January.

Perkins and Stafford student loans are also available, with the possibility of subsidization by the government, which allows for the deferent interest accumulation until after graduation. For parents of enrolled students, PLUS loans can help pay for tuition. Work-study programs are another option, with students working on campus in federally supported employment.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4574th for the average student loan amount.
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The training facilities are open to all students. Activities like the Student Government Association and Community Theatre Group have been gaining interest over the years. While there is no housing on campus, many students do end up living together near campus in apartments facilitated by the Student Services Office.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletics program offers students the opportunity to compete in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWACC). Men’s baseball has had a number of successful seasons, while the men’s basketball team has made it to the NWACC championship game at the end of the 2009 campaign. Women’s sports include basketball, softball and volleyball. In addition, the coed rodeo team competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Athletes on campus can work out in the training room, weight room, gymnasium or swimming pool.

Information Summary

Ranks 38th in Oregon and 3344th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.04
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 17 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 15 0.09
Robbery 7 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 71 0.42
Larceny 496 2.95
Vehicle theft 30 0.18

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Pendleton, OR 97801
Surrounding communityFringe rural area (less than 5 mi. from an urban area)
Total Population21,649 (17,310 urban / 4,339 rural)
Households7,885 (2.48 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,985
Families5,228 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4102

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3175th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,960 $3,960 $11,880
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $302 $302 $302
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $88 $88 $264
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,936 $5,936 $13,328
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $16,430 $16,430 $23,822
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $8,612 $8,612 $16,004

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,662 $3,872 $3,662 $3,872 $10,382 $11,012
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,758 $1,845
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,092 $7,446
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,424 $2,547
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,424 $2,547

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1649th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $66,297 ($64,684 male / $60,097 female)
Number of FT Faculty 56 (22 male / 34 female)
Number of PT Faculty 186
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,105,477

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