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Reviews 309 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Senior

Student Body: This is my first year in college but i have been enjoying myself immensely, getting to know these awesome people. Some are acquaintances that i see on occasion and others have become dear friends that i have gone on camping trips with and excitedly debated the content of courses we may be sharing at the time. The general student body is diverse culturally, people from many backgrounds. i get to hear at least 3-4 different foreign languages in a given week there; Chinese, Japanese, Punjabi, Spanish, German, and so on. There are students AND staff that make sure that we are a very accepting group of people-- no matter racial or political background, no matter sexual orientation or economic status, all are welcome and any conglomeration of students is welcome. It is good, going to college in the 21st century in the Pacific NW, and this school is a fine example!

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: There could be more instruction on financial aid, a bigger office for this (current status: 2 windows at which to sit and talk with an officer), and yet the funding from the U.S. government is simply not there to allow for this. As i understand it, the funding for higher education is dwindling in favor of other aspects of governance. Financial aid is dwindling as the interest rates for student loans climb. The tuition costs at WCC are reasonable though, roughly $110 per credit if attending full time and i do feel that i am getting my money's worth in educational fulfillment. Some people are immensely concerned when their financial aid is not available at the beginning of the quarter (understandably!) but the pattern seems to be the same elsewhere, with disbursement taking time, aid not becoming available until after classes begin.

College Senior

Online Courses: The above choices are not reflective of my personal experiences, as i have refused to take online classes. I want to have direct encounters with instructors and students to experience the blend of humanity that such a situation can bring, as well as the camaraderie that is born between each of these can foster. The opinions expressed in the check boxes/Likerts scale above reflects the reviews of students that i have spoken with, some of them experiencing a teacher i have taken before in person. There are favorable experiences mostly, the occasional disappointment of course crops up too.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Though i am new to the process of "higher education" i am enjoying this past year. One thing i have noticed though, is that some of the 3-credit classes i have taken are equal or greater in their requirements for a good grade. It almost feels like i have put more work into some of those 3-credit classes than some of the others! Transferring credits is not an aspect i have yet experienced, but i hear that it works well enough, going from Whatcom C C to another college, but there have been a couple people that had trouble coming to WCC from other Community Colleges; merely a matter of what was taught and how these classes are categorized, i think...

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: A quality library, staffed by good people! They are willing and able to help delve into their resources for the information needed to succeed in research for class or for fun. Since we are so close to Western Washington University, we have access to their library as well so our on-campus library need not grow out of control. Athletic centers are good yet currently under construction for what i understand are to be great improvements. The weight room is, however, rather tiny and not the best that i have seen but at least there is one. There are many student activities, funded through clubs and general campus resources. Japanese club had a noodle eating contest a while back; music club hosts occasional open mic events; German club took a trip to the Seattle Film Festival to view an applicable film; the entirety of campus is apart of "Orca Day," a day of celebration, food, games and so forth near the end of the school year.

College Senior

Academic Experience: My interests are too varied to assume a specific degree. Right now i am working towards an associates (transfer) degree and so it will be a while until i know what specifically i am aiming to become. Though there are specific studies i wish to pursue, i don't believe i can achieve them through this college.

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: Though i am not apart of the programs that i have heard are among the best at Whatcom Community College (medical, dental assisting) i know that the people enrolled in them are having a good and challenging time of it. Registration is sensible, though the interface is a bit clunky and reminiscent of the internet as it appeared in 1995. Once the system is understood and a student registers for classes the output from the system makes sense and is easy to amend later. Professors at Whatcom are well informed and know what they are talking about, the best among them (and there are several of these) teach with an enthusiasm on their subjects of study that i find encouraging, inspiring.

College Senior

Career Services: i don't understand the concept of "post-grad services." Likely the fine people at Whatcom Community College are on top of such things; i'd assume that such services help those who are transferring to another school, and in that they are doing a fine job.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I've had some good teachers and some bad teachers. Right now I have a bad math instructor but am transferring so it will be fine.

3 College Senior

Student Body: Pretty good people and alot of ambitious people in some programs

3 College Senior

Online Courses: Haven't taken but one course and it was average

3 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: It's pretty average. I don't like how we had to wait 30 days to receive loans due to the high default rate.

3 College Senior

Career Services: I've only heard the services are ok.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: It's a pretty convenient place to get stuff turned in. All the staff make it easy and are friendly.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Is equipped well with the finest in Technology for Welding and computer Technicians.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: Transferring credits into WCC was really quite simple. I did however learn quite a bit later (after I thought I was finished with the transfer process) that there was a very important step I had missed - no one had mentioned it in the process. There was a form that was necessary to fill out for the credits to be reviewed and actually applied towards my new educational goals/plan. I was thankful it was not too late when I was made aware if this form as I had applied for the Medical Assisting program and had that form not been submitted, my application would have been thrown out as it would have looked as though I had not completed the prerequisites.

5 College Senior

Academic Experience: The unique aspect about my experience at Whatcom Community College is that I'm actually also a high school student. This means that I'll graduate from my high school and the community college at the same time. People are very accepting of Running Start people in my experience, and there's a whole office just to help people in my program. It's a wonderful experience.

5 College Senior

Academic Experience: There's so many classes to choose from! The variety is almost daunting- I want to take everything, but I only have two years to complete my degree. I've had very positive experiences with the professors so far, the curriculum is manageable as long as you keep up with it, and I generally enjoy being in class.

4 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The only complaint I would have about the Academic Flexibility is that some classes are only offered once a year, MAYBE. It's hard to find out which classes are only offered, say, Winter Quarter, and that can complicate the scheduling significantly.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: There's lots of places to study on campus. The library is large, and the librarians are friendly and eager to help. The student life office is also very accessible. The campus is very aesthetically pleasing, with a good layout and well maintained buildings.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: There is wireless access across campus. I personally like having a personal computer, since the school's computers fill up quickly, especially around 1 or 2. Printing on campus is great, though- Whatcom provides $15 dollars free of charge for students to print assignments (it's $0.10 a page).

5 College Senior

Career Services: When I approached a counselor about transferring my credits to a four year university after I complete my Associates, and my confusion at which school to pick, she was instantly helpful, providing me with lots of resources to figure out what I want to do in the future. I would definitely go to her again, it was a very positive experience.

5 College Senior

Facilities: One thing that separates Whatcom from other schools is the social scene. Since it is a community college, there's a huge amount of diversity in the students. I have been able to learn with and from people of all walks of life, and my education has been greatly benefited by that.

5 College Senior

Online Courses: I've had a great experience with online classes, but that might be biased because I took an education class online, and so my teacher had to be an amazing teacher, since she was teaching us how to teach. My online complaint is that the online module can be a little hard to figure out.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love Whatcom! It's a great school. It has a small student body, so you don't feel lost in the crowd, but it's not so small that you feel claustrophobic. There's lots of art around campus that's enjoyable to look at. I would definitely choose to go to Whatcom again if I could, because I'm saving money doing prereqs and enjoying an amazing campus.

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