Each professor is different at Bellevue College. Sometimes you get a teacher that strictly goes through PowerPoint presentations quickly and does nothing else. Sometimes teachers slowly tutor and cover each point thoroughly. It really varies from professor to professor. Just like how teachers are different, each class is also different from another. Bellevue has a variety of courses, but it's known for its great nursing and Japanese programs. Most classes grade based on tests and the final. A typical class has tests that are 30 percent of students’ grades, so homework assignments and group participation are needed in order to get a good grade.
The first week of class usually starts off slow, and then it gets faster toward the end. The school functions in quarters, so classes go by really fast. Workload depends on what classes you take, but in classes like Japanese, you have to cover an extensive amount of material in a short amount of time. Timelines are well planned, without too much overlapping, and there's a decent amount of time scheduled for projects and papers. Workload is about average, approximately two to three hours of homework per week for each credit hour. For example, five credits equal 10 to 15 hours of homework. Small classes equal better one-on-one time with teachers. Class sizes vary from 20 students to 40 students, depending on the subject matter.