Whatcom Community College

Bellingham, WA 98226
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Whatcom Community College is one of the thirty-five public 4-year colleges in Washington. The campus is located in an urban area, in Bellingham.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 4,411 students attend the school. Every year 31% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Whatcom Community College's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $4,116, and fees were $344. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $9,534 and $344 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students4,411
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate-

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 8 22
Certificate 12 90
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 95%

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Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
09/01/1976 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
09/01/2009 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$111/credit
In State Students$111/credit
Out of State Students$288/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $4,995 $4,995 $12,960
ADN 70 $7,770 $7,770 $20,160
BSN 125 $13,875 $13,875 $36,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 64% of Whatcom Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 46% $4,018
Other Federal Grant 3% $622
State Grant & Scholarships 39% $2,891
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 20% $1,454
Federal Student Loans 8% $5,589
Private Loans 1% $5,489


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$5,749
$30,001 to $48,000$6,659
$48,001 to $75,000$7,746
$75,001 to $110,000$10,646
Over $110,000$12,828

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Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Washington state board of nursing.
Whatcom Community College
237 W Kellogg Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226

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