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Bellevue College | Field Guide 2024

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Bellevue College (BC) prepares students for what's next in their lives — whether it's pursuing a degree pathway, preparing for the academic rigor of a four-year university, advancing in a current career, or simply learning a new skill.

With a strong history of innovation and national recognition for exemplary programs, BC enrolls nearly 20,000 students annually, awarding certificates, associate degrees, and a growing list of bachelor's degrees in high-demand, specialized career fields. BC transfers the most students to four-year universities than any other college in Washington state.

The campus stretches across 100 wooded acres and is located within easy reach of the city centers of Bellevue and Seattle.

Key Facts

Highest Enrolled Programs

  • Associate of Arts & Sciences (AAS) Direct Transfer Agreement
  • Associate of Arts in Business Direct Transfer Agreement
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies (AA)
  • Associate in Science–Transfer (AS-T) Track 1
  • Associate in Science–Transfer (AS-T) Track 2


  • Headcount (all sources): 19,248
  • FTES (all sources): 9,696
  • Headcount (state-funded): 13,727
  • FTES (state-funded): 5,969

Students in Selected Programs

  • Bachelor's: 1,228
  • I-BEST: 56
  • International: 1,286
  • Running Start: 2,963
  • Worker Retraining: 171

Student Profile

Type of Student

  • Academic/transfer: 49%
  • Basic skills: 6%
  • Workforce education: 21%
  • Other: 24%


Students of color: 59%

  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 2%
  • Asian: 38%
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 13%
  • Pacific Islander: 1%
  • White: 54%


  • Full-time: 46%
  • Part-time: 54%

Family and Finances

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 23%
  • Students with dependents: 23%


  • Female: 58%
  • Male: 42%
  • X: 1%

Median age


Points of Interest

BC noted for medical programs

BC’s medical programs offer both in-person and remote environments to prepare students for a wide range of high-demand health care careers. Students can earn certificates, Associate of Applied Science Transfer degrees (AAS-T), or Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees (in high-demand fields such as Radiation Therapy, Radiation Technology, Healthcare Informatics, Medical Dosimetry, Nursing, and Healthcare Management). Certificate options include Medical Administrative Assistant, Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, Phlebotomy Technician, Clinical Lab Assistant, Emergency Department Technician, and Medical Assistant–Certified (MA-C).

Success in business fields

The School of Business and Technology offers bachelor’s degrees in high-demand career fields. Students can choose from a variety of degrees or certificates in Business Management and Technology, Accounting, Marketing, Data Management, and Analysis with a concentration in Business Intelligence.

In addition, artificial intelligence has emerged as a high-demand field over the last decade. BC’s BAS in Software Development with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence was specifically designed to meet this demand. It is a four-year, 180-credit program that prepares students for a career in AI. This concentration includes fundamentals of AI and uses Python programming languages. 

The BAS program in Cybersecurity meets employer-identified need for systems administrators and security analysts. The program provides a pathway to a bachelor’s degree for students with two-year technical associate degrees in IT (Information Technology).

Nationally ranked online programs

Newsweek magazine ranks BC’s online programs at #13 in the country — just below Harvard and Yale. These rankings are based on detailed surveys of over 9,000 online learners and backed by quantitative research.*

*America's Top Online Colleges 2024 (

Data is from the 2022-23 academic year. Reflects headcount unless otherwise noted.

*Students of color percent based on unduplicated headcount. Students may be counted in more than one race, so race/ethnicity percentages may not total 100%. Percentages calculated on reported value.

Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.


Dr. David May


  • Richard Fukutaki, chair
  • Richard Leigh, vice chair
  • Pradnya Desh
  • Greg Dietzel
  • Merisa Heu-Weller

Year Founded


Service Area

Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island,
Skykomish, Snoqualmie

Legislative Districts

5, 11, 12, 41, 45, 48

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Last Modified: 4/9/24, 8:33 AM

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