Whatcom Community College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Bellingham, WA
Website
www.whatcom.ctc.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
2,435
Part-Time Undergrads
2,117
Setting
Rural
In-State Tuition
$4,065
Out-of-State Tuition
$9,415
Room & Board
Not Reported
Acceptance Rate
Not Reported
Admission Difficulty
Not Available

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Whatcom Student Reviews

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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.

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