Whatcom Community College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,419
2.65% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$7,919
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
11.2%
Default Rate
2020 Enrolled Students
2,719
57.6% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
42.1%
135 Graduates

About

Whatcom Community College is a higher education institution located in Whatcom County, WA. In 2020, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Whatcom Community College were Network & System Administration (12 degrees awarded).

In 2020, 1,252 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whatcom Community College. 60.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (773 degrees), 5.77 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (134 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whatcom Community College is $4,419, which is $−3,561 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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The median undergraduate tuition at Whatcom Community College is $4,419, which is $−3,561 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $7,919.

In 2020, 37% of undergraduate students attending Whatcom Community College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 8% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$4,419
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Whatcom Community College was $4,419. The cost of tuition at Whatcom Community College is $−3,561 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,980).

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Average Net Price

$7,919
2020 Value
2.37%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Whatcom Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $7,919. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Whatcom Community College grew by 2.37%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,135
Room and Board
$900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whatcom Community College was of $9,135 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 3.05% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.45% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

37%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
8%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

37% of undergraduate students at Whatcom Community College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 12.1% with respect to 2019, when 33% 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.
11.2%
2018 Default Rate
47
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Whatcom Community College was 11.2%, which represents 47 out of the 419 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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Whatcom Community College has a total enrollment of 2,719 students. The full-time enrollment at Whatcom Community College is 1,567 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,152. This means that 57.6% of students enrolled at Whatcom Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whatcom Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58.2% White, 12.5% Hispanic or Latino, 7.39% Two or More Races, 5.7% Asian, 1.43% Black or African American, 0.919% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.478% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Whatcom Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.6%), followed by White Male (27%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.02%). 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

57.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whatcom Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,719 students. The full-time enrollment at Whatcom Community College is 1,567 and the part-time enrollment is 1,152. This means that 57.6% of students enrolled at Whatcom Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.4% 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 (60%), 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
    1,582
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    339
  3. Two or More Races
    201

The enrolled student population at Whatcom Community College is 58.2% White, 12.5% Hispanic or Latino, 7.39% Two or More Races, 5.7% Asian, 1.43% Black or African American, 0.919% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.478% 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 44.5% White, 26.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.2% 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, 215 students (7.91%) did not report their race.

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In 2020, 252 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 (773 degrees awarded). There were 5.77 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (134 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Whatcom Community College is Network & System Administration (12 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 Communication Technologies (20 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (557 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (200 degrees).

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 (467,771 people), Other managers (173,701 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (133,137 people), Computer occupations, all other (120,198 people), and Computer & information systems managers (114,971 people).

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Communication Technologies (20 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (557 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (200 degrees), Human Sciences (38 degrees), and Physical Sciences (15 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 Surgeons, Skincare specialists, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Broadcast announcers and radio disc jockeys

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Communication Technologies (20 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (557 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (200 degrees), Human Sciences (38 degrees), and Physical Sciences (15 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 (543,407 people), Elementary & secondary schools (273,953 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (243,102 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (150,312 people), and Management, scientific & technical consulting services (99,928 people).

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Communication Technologies (20 degrees awarded), Liberal Arts & Humanities (557 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (200 degrees), Human Sciences (38 degrees), and Physical Sciences (15 degrees).

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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
  1. 12 degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Whatcom Community College was Network & System Administration with 12 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

500
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
752
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 500 degrees were awarded to men at Whatcom Community College, which is 0.665 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (752).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 197 degrees were awarded to men at Whatcom Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.547 times less than the 360 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 360 degrees were awarded to women at Whatcom Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.83 times more than the 197 male recipients with that same degree.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (50.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Whatcom Community College is Female and White (50.8% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 6.67% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    773 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    134 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    95 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whatcom Community College is white (773 degrees awarded). There were 5.77 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (134 degrees).

7.59% of degree recipients (95 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    449 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    324 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    102 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Whatcom Community College is white female (449 degrees awarded). There were 1.39 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (324 degrees).

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Whatcom Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $8.43M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $429k (5.09%), compared to the 5.11% average return ($226k on $4.42M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2020, Whatcom Community College had a total salary expenditure of $56.6M. Whatcom Community College employs 24 Professors, 18 Instructors, and 17 Associate professors. Most academics at Whatcom Community College are Female Professors (18), Female Instructors(12), and Female Associate professors (9).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whatcom Community College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 61 employees, Management, with 54 employees, and Service with 36 employees.

Endowment

$8.43M
2020 Endowment
0.676%
decline from 2019

Whatcom Community College has an endowment valued at about $8.43M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Whatcom Community College declined 0.676% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $4M 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. $4.74M - Federal
  2. $2.88M - State
  3. $6.98M - Local

As of 2020, Whatcom Community College received $4.74M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $2.88M from state grants and contracts, and $6.98M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$23.6M
2020 Salaries
7.34%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Whatcom Community College paid a median of $23.6M in salaries, which represents 41.6% of their overall expenditure ($56.6M) and a 7.34% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.28% decline from 2018 and a 6.97% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (43.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$5.77M
Instructional Salaries
85
Number of Employees

In 2020, Whatcom Community College paid a total of $5.77M to 85 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.98M (29.6%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
24 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
61 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whatcom Community College were Professor with 24 employees; Instructor with 18 employees; and Instructor with 17 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whatcom Community College were Office and Administrative Support with 61 employees; Management with 54 employees; and Service with 36 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whatcom Community College was Female Professor with 18 employees, Female Instructor with 12 employees, and Female Associate professor with 9 employees.

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

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