Whatcom Community College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$3,527
22% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$9,156
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.5%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
3,340
49% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
42.4%
144 Graduates

About

Whatcom Community College is a higher education institution located in Whatcom County, WA. In 2022, the most popular Associates Degree concentrations at Whatcom Community College were Liberal Arts & Sciences (484 degrees awarded), General Business (57 degrees), and Computer & Information Systems Security (28 degrees).

In 2022, 1,193 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whatcom Community College. 58.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (770 degrees), 5.24 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (147 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whatcom Community College is $3,527, which is $−4,585 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Whatcom Community College is $3,527, which is $−4,585 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,156.

In 2022, 37% of undergraduate students attending Whatcom Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 5% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$3,527
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Whatcom Community College was $3,527. The cost of tuition at Whatcom Community College is $−4,585 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$9,156
2022 Value
3.11%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Whatcom Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,156. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Whatcom Community College grew by 3.11%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,650
Room and Board
$942
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whatcom Community College was of $10,650 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 12.4% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $942. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.29% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

37%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
5%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

37% of undergraduate students at Whatcom Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 21.3% with respect to 2021, when 47% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.5%
2019 Default Rate
13
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Whatcom Community College was 3.5%, which represents 13 out of the 371 total borrowers.

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Enrollment

Whatcom Community College had a total enrollment of 3,340 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Whatcom Community College is 1,636 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,704. This means that 49% of students enrolled at Whatcom Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whatcom Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.9% White, 12.9% Hispanic or Latino, 6.05% Two or More Races, 5.81% Asian, 1.74% Black or African American, 0.659% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.269% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Whatcom Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.2%), followed by White Male (24.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.15%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

49%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whatcom Community College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,340 students. The full-time enrollment at Whatcom Community College is 1,636 and the part-time enrollment is 1,704. This means that 49% of students enrolled at Whatcom Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

60%
2016 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Whatcom Community College was 60%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Whatcom Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,899 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    432 enrolled students
  3. Two or More Races
    202 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Whatcom Community College is 56.9% White, 12.9% Hispanic or Latino, 6.05% Two or More Races, 5.81% Asian, 1.74% Black or African American, 0.659% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.269% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 361 students (10.8%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 205 more women than men received degrees from Whatcom Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Whatcom Community College is white (770 degrees awarded). There were 5.24 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (147 degrees).

The most common Associates Degree concentration at Whatcom Community College is Liberal Arts & Sciences (484 degrees awarded), followed by General Business (57 degrees) and Computer & Information Systems Security (28 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Whatcom Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Communication Technologies (14 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (484 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (217 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,732,255 people), Accountants & auditors (1,063,404 people), Other managers (838,328 people), Software developers (674,295 people), and Financial managers (520,075 people).

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College in 2022 are Communication Technologies (14 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (484 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (217 degrees), Business (204 degrees), and Education (65 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys, Physicians, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Communication Technologies (14 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (484 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (217 degrees), Business (204 degrees), and Education (65 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Elementary & secondary schools (3,183,545 people), Computer Systems Design (1,069,151 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (598,281 people), Banking & related activities (560,851 people), and Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments (472,955 people).

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Communication Technologies (14 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (484 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (217 degrees), Business (204 degrees), and Education (65 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Whatcom Community College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 484 degrees awarded
  2. 57 degrees awarded
  3. 28 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common associates degree concentration at Whatcom Community College was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 484 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

494
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
699
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 494 degrees were awarded to men at Whatcom Community College, which is 0.707 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (699).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 170 degrees were awarded to men at Whatcom Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.541 times less than the 314 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 314 degrees were awarded to men at Whatcom Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.85 times more than the 170 male recipients with that same degree.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Whatcom Community College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (50% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    770 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    147 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    83 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whatcom Community College is white (770 degrees awarded). There were 5.24 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (147 degrees).

3.35% of degree recipients (40 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    442 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    328 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    89 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Whatcom Community College is white female (442 degrees awarded). There were 1.35 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (328 degrees).

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Operations

Whatcom Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $8.66M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of 61.2k (0.707%) compared to the 0.843% average return (43.9k on 5.21M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2022, Whatcom Community College had a total salary expenditure of 61.7M. Whatcom Community College employs 88 No academic ranks. Most academics at Whatcom Community College are Female No academic rank (55), and Male No academic rank (33).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whatcom Community College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 62 employees, Management, with 51 employees, and Service with 26 employees.

Endowment

$8.66M
2022 Endowment
5.57%
decline from 2021

Whatcom Community College has an endowment valued at about $8.66M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Whatcom Community College declined 5.57% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $3.45M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.49M - Federal
  2. $2.35M - State
  3. $4.73M - Local

As of 2022, Whatcom Community College received $4.49M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.35M from state grants and contracts, and $4.73M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$25.9M
2022 Salaries
6.74%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Whatcom Community College paid a median of $25.9M in salaries, which represents 41.9% of their overall expenditure ($61.7M) and a 6.74% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$7.02M
Instructional Salaries
88
Number of Employees

In 2022, Whatcom Community College paid a total of $7.02M to 88 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
88 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
62 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whatcom Community College was No academic rank with 88 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whatcom Community College were Office and Administrative Support with 62 employees, Management with 51 employees, and Service with 26 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whatcom Community College was Female No academic rank with 55 employees, and Male No academic rank with 33 employees.

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