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Bellevue College is a large school of over 35,000 students located outside of Seattle, Washington in the suburb of Bellevue. It is the third largest school in Washington behind Washington State University and the University of Washington. Originally a community college, in 2010 it was awarded baccalaureate accreditation by the NW Commission on Colleges and Universities. The college offers many educational options including associate degrees, bachelor degrees and other career related degrees and certificates.

The main campus is located in a suburban setting on 100 acres of wooded land that hold 12 buildings including a library, labs and a bookstore. The college also has an art gallery which showcases student and faculty artwork and a planetarium with a 30-foot dome. The planetarium was the first of its kind in Puget Sound and offers tours and education programs to the community. In addition to the main campus, Bellevue has interim facilities at the Robinswood and City University campuses as well as 25 additional sites throughout the community where continuing education courses are taught.


Some of the more recent degrees added include the Bachelor of Applied Science in Radiation and Imaging Sciences and Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design. The programs are designed to serve a diverse student body including traditional undergraduate students, as well as those wishing to advance their career opportunities by increasing their education or changing career direction. Many students take their freshmen and sophomore level courses and then transfer to the four-year institution of their choice to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

The college is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion within the student body and the wider community. One example of this is the associate’s degree program in Occupational Life Skills (OLS-Venture), which is a degree program designed for students with learning, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities. In addition, the Disability Resource Center provides accommodation services to any student with a documented disability. The program serves approximately 600 students with disabilities on an annual basis.

There are a number of flexible options to allow students to complete their education while working around career, family, and other obligations. The continuing education program allows students to enhance their career by taking professional certificate programs in Computer Programming, Database Administration, Information Technology Support, and Project Management. These courses are offered in day and evening sessions many of the certificates can be completed in 6 months.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to take classes free of charge. Students can receive recognition for personal study, certification examinations and work portfolios by offering non-traditional credits. Students can apply non-traditional credits towards up to 25% of the total credits required for a certificate or degree. Non-traditional credits do not count towards the GPA and can’t be used to meet requirements for residency.


Prospective students must submit an application online and pay the associated fees. Students are also required to take a math and English Skills Assessment prior to registering for classes. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis but students are encouraged to apply early to have the best selection of courses available to them for enrollment.

Some programs have a selective admission process with specific application dates. These programs include interior design, nursing, radiologic technology, radiation therapy, nuclear Medicine technology, diagnostic ultrasound and fire service. Students interested in these programs should contact the programs directly to understand specific application requirements and dates.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office can assist students with identifying financial aid resources to cover the costs of education. Financial aid options include scholarships, grants, loans and work study options. Because students come from a wide range of backgrounds, several additional sources of funding are available. The Student Tuition Easy Pre-Payment Plan, STEPP, allows student to pay tuition in three separate installments prior to the quarter in which the courses are taken. Other available programs include Workforce Education Programs including the Basic Food Employment Training Program, Opportunity Grant, Worker Retraining Program and Work First.

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Bellevue has both men’s and women’s sports teams including basketball, soccer, tennis and golf. Teams compete in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Athletic grants are available to student athletes. The Bellevue College baseball team plays their home games at Courter Field which is one of the top baseball facilities in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to Courter Field, students have access to the recently renovated, 19,000 square-foot gymnasium.

Additional School Information

The school encourages students to embrace a culture of diversity and pluralism. The Equity and Pluralism Office, Multicultural Services and Disability Resource Center, provide services to students and faculty to ensure that everyone in the academic community is welcome to enjoy the full services of the college. A Pluralism Compact affirms the commitment of the faculty and staff to provide an inclusive environment free from harassment and discrimination.

Notable alumni include actor Jim Caviezel. In addition, director Stanley Kramer taught film courses here in the early 1980s. In another claim to fame, the North Campus building was once the headquarters for a fledgling Microsoft Corporation.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 3 0.02
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.02
Arrest 7 0.05

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 58 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 23 0.02
Robbery 58 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 607 0.49
Larceny 2,775 2.23
Vehicle theft 157 0.13

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bellevue, WA 98007-6484
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population23,048 (23,048 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,233 (2.25 people per house)
Median Household Income$48,606
Families5,666 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work required2
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5309

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3832nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,523 $3,523 $8,713
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $231 $231 $231
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $107 $107 $279
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 $4,780 $4,780 $9,970
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,362 $17,362 $22,552
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $7,738 $7,738 $12,928

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,392 $3,763 $3,392 $3,763 $8,582 $8,953
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $972 $1,002
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,000 $9,240
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,928 $3,012
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,802 $2,883

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 2392nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,009 ($59,988 male / $64,460 female)
Number of FT Faculty 172 (76 male / 96 female)
Number of PT Faculty 741
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $10,451,511

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