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Bellevue, WA
Undergrads
6,507
Tuition (in-state)
$8,953 ($3,763)
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Reviews 386 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Honestly, you can't argue with the tuition. Whether you've got a big-time job now, or you're working as a life-guard at the local pool: you can afford Bellevue College, and it's well worth your money.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Pros: The library has a ton of computers, as does the computer lab. The library has helpful faculty, and there are tutors in every subject available. The student center is full of fun people, and affordable coffee. Free internet is everywhere on campus. Clubs are numerous and diverse.

Cons: You can't use the gym except by taking classes. Making friends is a serious challenge, because nobody sticks around on campus. Nobody sticks around because they have jobs, and there's nothing better to do. This isn't a campus centered around students having fun.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: There are tons of computers available, and there are always computers free (except for the last Friday and Thursday before finals, then watch out!). Internet is free, fast, reliable, and everywhere on campus. Every student has a print budget of $15.00, which very few people ever have to go over. You don't need a personal computer to get around on this campus.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: BC is set on getting you to university, no matter what.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: Requirements are clear, quality is up to teachers.

3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: im horrible at taking online classes. i prefer on-campus classes way more

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3 College Sophomore

Career Services: can't speak for it. i haven't use any service...........

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: this college is small but if you want an affordable education. Here's a place to go

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3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Sometimes financial aid will tell you one thing then do another, but mostly, they genuinely want to help. Tuition seems affordable and appropriate for what you get.

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2 College Sophomore

Student Body: It's such an odd mix. You have a range of ages from high school students in the Running Start program to folks who have been in there careers or the job market for a long time before starting at BC. You make friends mostly through your extracurriculars, sometimes in your classes. Mostly though, people go to class and go home. Oftentimes, I went a whole day on campus without speaking, except in class discussions.

Cool thing though, there are TONS of international students, so the student body is very, very diverse. You can sit in the cafeteria and listen to conversations in five different languages.

3 College Sophomore

Career Services: I don't know too much about it, but there were lots of workshops and programs available for career exploration and help.

3 College Sophomore

Online Courses: Everyone says that online classes are more work because it's a lot more writing, and that's very true. It's soo easy to get a poor grade in an online class versus a classroom. But the system is usually reliable and intuitive, and it's easy to interact with your classmates, which is nice.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Bellevue College is pretty much a glorified community college, so you can't expect the type of resources you'd get at a university. There is a gym in the athletic center, but you must sign up for the associated class or be on a sports team to use it. No free time in the gym as far as I know, only classes. There is a small outdoor rec program, with outings five or six times a quarter.

Lounging and study areas are scattered nicely throughout campus. The student center with the ASG and cafeteria and what not is nice, although can be crowded and loud. Seating is hard to get there sometimes.

Campus activities are infrequent and done on a small-scale, but usually well-done for what they are. Bake sales and other fun stuff put on by clubs in the cafeteria show up pretty often, but you usually don't know much about them ahead of time. Campus-wide events pretty much equal cafeteria events.

The library is quiet, well-managed and has plenty of room. If you need a computer, good luck getting one during the afternoon, but there's plenty of seating available, with lots of outlets for laptop plugs. Books are a good resource, and the librarians are friendly and helpful.

I've always said that when the weather's nice, the grounds turn into a college ad. Dumb kids with guitars, four-square games, footballs and frisbees come out of no where the minute the sun starts shining.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The computer lab has great hours (so does the library), especially considering the commuter campus atmosphere. It's usually easy to print an assignment off in a pinch if you know where to go, and if you still have free credits (you basically get 100 free pages a quarter), it's free, but otherwise it's 10 cents a page. Pro-tip: The business center's printer is free the first five pages, whether you have credits or not. Computers and printers are also available at all study labs, which is nice.

My only complaint is that the network connection can be flaky. A lot of the time I couldn't connect in the cafeteria, and it's really flaky when you're outside.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have met a lot of great people at Bellevue, including students and staff. The tuition was fairly low to go here, and I received scholarships that helped out as well. My credits are transferring to Western Washington University for next quarter, and I am prepared. Although I missed out on the dorm life and university experience, I would go to Bellevue again. I have made friends through the volleyball team and also my classmates.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: I have never used the student center, but I have used the athletic centers from being on the volleyball team. The workout facility is mediocre, and the gymnasium is average, but they serve their purposes. The library is pretty average as well, but it has some books on reserve for people who don't buy textbooks.

5 College Junior

Campus Resources: Our computer network is great! We large a large computer lab in the N building on campus. I can always access an open computer there, and printing is easy. We get fifteen dollars worth of printing for the quarter, which is more than enough for me. Also, the staff in the computer lab is friendly and helpful in setting up your account if you are new. I have also never had any problems with the wireless network, but sometimes it is slow in the science building.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: I have never really disliked a professor at Bellevue College, especially the science teachers. They are so dedicated to their students and try different methods of getting an idea across. Most are available during office hours, and some will even give us their number so we can text them if we have a quick question. We also have a math lab, which I really exploited when I was taking Calculus II. The tutors were extremely helpful, and by going there almost every day, I earned an "A" in the class. The workload is manageable, but only if you can manage your time. I work and go to school, so I have to use my free time to study. The registration process here is very simple too. I have heard of registration nightmares at other schools, but it takes me about one minute to register for classes at Bellevue.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: I am going to be a Kinesiology/ Pre-physical Therapy major. At Bellevue, I have taken several science classes. The science building is definitely the best with the most helpful resources. We have a science study center, where there are tutors, computers, and study aides, such as skeletons and science books. I always see familiar faces in there and have gotten to make study groups with people who are just as dedicated to their academic success as I am.

5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition amount is straightforward. There are minor fees for laboratory classes, but nothing shocking. I have learned so much here, and I have paid way less than the price of a university. I am transferring to Western Washington University next quarter, and I feel like I am prepared academically. I have gotten some scholarships through Bellevue. My freshman year, I was on an athletic scholarship, and this year I got an academic scholarship. A tip for future or current students is to check out the scholarships Bellevue offers. There are quite a few and they are due in June so be on the lookout!

3 College Junior

Facilities: Our facilities at Bellevue are, for the most part, average. I played volleyball here, and the gymnasium is pretty average. The thing that sets this school apart from others though, is that it is a very "green" school. Our science building has implemented many environmental-friendly aspects, such as its construction, which saves heat and uses electricity from renewable sources.

3 College Junior

Career Services: I have never exploited the career center at Bellevue College.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: The only online class I have taken at Bellevue College was Statistics (BA 240). I was nervous about taking an online course, but it turned out to be great. There were clear online lectures with example problems that helped a lot. Also, there were Q and A sessions before quizzes and exams. There was a neat schedule with clear expectations for the course. The teacher also emailed back promptly within one day. There was a group project as well, and by using the online communication tools available, my group was able to successfully complete our project.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Most of my credits transferred to Western Washington University, because Bellevue College is a well-known and respected community college/four-year school. I was able to get all the classes I wanted at Bellevue as well. The tuition cost was relatively low, so I have saved a tremendous amount of money by starting out at Bellevue. Although, there aren't a variety of class times for some classes, so I had to take an online class for statistics. I usually try to avoid online classes, but I still was able to learn the material and do well in the class.

3 College Junior

Facilities: It's hard to find seating in the common area and really anywhere around campus to talk with friends or study with a group. We can't be in the library because we would be too loud but we also can't be in the common area or any of the tables in the buildings because there is rarely open seating.

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Hometown
Seattle
Grad Year
2012
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Mostly, things at Bellevue run pretty smoothly. The classes are fine, and the teachers can be a little subjective at times, but generally, the professors are awesome, and the student body is very diverse. If you work hard, the school takes an interest in you. The school has amazing academic programs, and most teachers really teach you on an above-and-beyond level. The school is really friendly. Many classes do make you work hard. Some classes revolve around projects in a group setting, which have potential to raise much conflict. You not only learn how to be a better leader, but you also learn how to resolve conflict and communicate more efficiently. There are many classes catered to helping a student achieve his or her desired career. You do well in those classes, and you will most likely do well in your future career.

Bellevue is unique in the fact that the student population is huge. In the state of Washington, it is second only to the University of Washington in student population. There are also varying age groups, from young teens to the elderly. There are many Running Start and international students that attend Bellevue, too. BC is a completely diverse school, which is what many love about it.

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