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Academic Experience


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4 College Senior

Academic Experience: Great opportunities to take prerequsites for engineering majors planning to transfer. One downside is that for advance math classes they are only offered once a day by just one professor, so not so many choices there.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: The school has put together a group of educators focused on getting you to where you need to be. Specifically the science department is focused on giving real life applications for what they are teaching you. This is a school focused on the health sciences and so they often give case studies even in the early levels to help prepare you to succeed.

3 College Freshman

Academic Experience: the thing is, my major is international studies, being such a broad subject, it makes it hard to find programs and to find a clear curriculum to follow to get to it.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: I haven't decided on a major. After talking to the counselors though, it was clear to me that there were tons of different classes that I could take that would satisfy the requirements to get my AA. The workload has been all over the place for me. I took a class that had a ridiculous amount of homework and I've taken others that had little homework or none at all.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: I'm not in a program per say, but a track degree, so I can transfer to UW for chemical engineering. They provided you with a workload necessary to gain understanding. Provide you with a study center specific to science and math where you can not only get expert help, but build a community of people who are study the same topics


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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): Yes
Programs/Majors Offered
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping: Unknown
  • Business/Commerce, General: Unknown
  • Interior Design: Unknown
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: Yes
Weekend/Evening College: No
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Generally, class sizes range from 20 to 40 students. Since this is a community college, you do not get the huge class sizes of 400 students that you would at a university. Most classes are intimate, and you do get that one-on-one attention from the instructor.
Student/Professor Relationships
Most instructors are friendly, but they are there to teach-not to become your best friend.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Each class differs in testing and grading procedures. Some classes take attendance and have participation points as a good part of your grade, while some don't take attendance. For most classes, the tests and final are what make most of the classes' points.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
Some classes include just straight lectures, while other classes involve students in class activities. Working with partners or groups happens in class, too.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
The College functions in quarters, so classes are 11 weeks long. You do learn a lot, and all of the tests and assignments administered throughout the course get you ready for the final. Finals are a three-day process, and determining the time of your final depends on what time your class starts. It is two hours for each class.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • For Running Start students, some classes at Bellevue will be of the same credit equivalent in high school.
  • Make an appointment with an adviser early because the spots get taken really fast.
Tips to Succeed
Go to math, writing, and reading labs for help.
Full-Time Faculty
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 13%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 0%
Native American: 2%
White: 77%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Did You Know?
  • Running Start is a program for high school juniors and seniors that want to take college courses as a part of their high school education.
  • Summer classes are available.

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 125 responses

  • 30% Applicable to the real world
  • 26% Will advance my career
  • 24% Learned a lot of new things
  • 12% Learned a few new things
  • 8% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 0% Waste of time



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