Whatcom Community College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,305
2.33% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$8,111
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
10.8%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
4,152
55.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
33%
91 Graduates

About

Whatcom Community College is a higher education institution located in Whatcom County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Whatcom Community College were Network & System Administration (8 degrees awarded).

In 2019, 1,391 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whatcom Community College. 60.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (931 degrees), 7.89 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (118 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whatcom Community College is $4,305, which is $-3,519 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Whatcom Community College is $4,305, which is $-3,519 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,111.

In 2019, 33% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 8% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,305
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Whatcom Community College was $4,305. The cost of tuition at Whatcom Community College is $-3,519 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

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Average Net Price

$8,111
2019 Value
10.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Whatcom Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,111. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Whatcom Community College grew by 10.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,865
Room and Board
$870
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whatcom Community College was of $8,865 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $870. The cost of room and board increased by 1.9% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.57% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

33%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
8%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

33% of undergraduate students at Whatcom Community College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 5.71% with respect to 2018, when 35% 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.
10.8%
2017 Default Rate
48
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Whatcom Community College was 10.8%, which represents 48 out of the 446 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Whatcom Community College has a total enrollment of 4,152 students. The full-time enrollment at Whatcom Community College is 2,293 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,859. This means that 55.2% of students enrolled at Whatcom Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whatcom Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59.2% White, 13.6% Hispanic or Latino, 7.56% Two or More Races, 5.49% Asian, 1.76% Black or African American, 0.939% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.217% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Whatcom Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32%), followed by White Male (25.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.68%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

55.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whatcom Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,152 students. The full-time enrollment at Whatcom Community College is 2,293 and the part-time enrollment is 1,859. This means that 55.2% of students enrolled at Whatcom Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.9% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

N/A%
N/A 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 N/A%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Whatcom Community College had a retention rate approximately the same as its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,456
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    563
  3. Two or More Races
    314

The enrolled student population at Whatcom Community College is 59.2% White, 13.6% Hispanic or Latino, 7.56% Two or More Races, 5.49% Asian, 1.76% Black or African American, 0.939% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.217% 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 44% White, 26.9% 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, 275 students (6.62%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 297 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 (931 degrees awarded). There were 7.89 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (118 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Whatcom Community College is Network & System Administration (8 degrees awarded), followed by N/A and N/A.

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 Liberal Arts & Humanities (621 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (16 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (186 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Software developers (553,607 people), Other managers (172,573 people), Computer & information systems managers (116,501 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (109,614 people), and Postsecondary teachers (107,639 people).

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (621 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (16 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (186 degrees), Physical Sciences (20 degrees), and Human Sciences (22 degrees).

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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 Dentists, Surgeons, Physicians, Chief executives & legislators, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (621 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (16 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (186 degrees), Physical Sciences (20 degrees), and Human Sciences (22 degrees).

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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 Computer Systems Design (584,517 people), Elementary & secondary schools (282,443 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (246,804 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (140,439 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (103,712 people).

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (621 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (16 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (186 degrees), Physical Sciences (20 degrees), and Human Sciences (22 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 8 degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Whatcom Community College was Network & System Administration with 8 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

547
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
844
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 547 degrees were awarded to men at Whatcom Community College, which is 0.648 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (844).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 247 degrees were awarded to men at Whatcom Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.66 times less than the 374 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 374 degrees were awarded to women at Whatcom Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.51 times more than the 247 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Whatcom Community College is Male and Asian (50% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.4% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    931 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    118 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    99 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whatcom Community College is white (931 degrees awarded). There were 7.89 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (118 degrees).

7.12% of degree recipients (99 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    568 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    363 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    72 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Whatcom Community College is white female (568 degrees awarded). There were 1.56 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (363 degrees).

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Operations

Whatcom Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $8.49M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.1M (13%), compared to the 5.92% average return ($255k on $4.3M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2019, Whatcom Community College had a total salary expenditure of $53.1M. Whatcom Community College employs 22 Professors, 21 Assistant professors, and 18 Instructors. Most academics at Whatcom Community College are Female Professors (15), Female Assistant professors(12), and Female Instructors (10).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whatcom Community College are: Management, with 56 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 54 employees, and Service with 34 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$8.49M
2019 Endowment
11.9%
growth from 2018

Whatcom Community College has an endowment valued at about $8.49M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Whatcom Community College grew 11.9% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4.18M higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $3.26M - Federal
  2. $2.74M - State
  3. $5.15M - Local

As of 2019, Whatcom Community College received $3.26M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.74M from state grants and contracts, and $5.15M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$22M
2019 Salaries
1.28%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Whatcom Community College paid a median of $22M in salaries, which represents 41.4% of their overall expenditure ($53.1M) and a 1.28% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.97% growth from 2017 and a 14.5% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.6M (44.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.77M
Instructional Salaries
87
Number of Employees

In 2019, Whatcom Community College paid a total of $5.77M to 87 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.1M (30.7%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
22 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
56 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whatcom Community College were Professor with 22 employees; Assistant professor with 21 employees; and Assistant professor with 18 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whatcom Community College were Management with 56 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 54 employees; and Service with 34 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whatcom Community College was Female Professor with 15 employees, Female Assistant professor with 12 employees, and Female Instructor with 10 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Whatcom Community College.

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