Whatcom Community College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$4,116

2.11% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$7,291

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

12.9%

Default Rate

2017 Enrolled Students

4,411

55.5% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

31%

115 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 .

In 2017, 1,269 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whatcom Community College. 62.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (859 degrees), 7.6 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (113 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whatcom Community College is $4,116, which is $-3,298 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Whatcom Community College is $4,116, which is $-3,298 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $7,291.

In 2017, 34% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 10% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,116

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Whatcom Community College was $4,116. The cost of tuition at Whatcom Community College is $-3,298 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,414).

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Average Net Price

$7,291

2017 Value

3.17%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Whatcom Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $7,291. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Whatcom Community College grew by 3.17%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,608

Room and Board

$827

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whatcom Community College was of $8,608 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $827. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

34%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

10%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

34% of undergraduate students at Whatcom Community College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 34% 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.

12.9%

2016 Default Rate

66

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Whatcom Community College was 12.9%, which represents 66 out of the 513 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 4,411 students. The full-time enrollment at Whatcom Community College is 2,449 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,962. This means that 55.5% of students enrolled at Whatcom Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whatcom Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61.9% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 7.41% Two or More Races, 4.38% Asian, 1.25% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.13% Black or African American, and 0.431% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Whatcom Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (32.3%), followed by White Male (27.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.98%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

55.5%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whatcom Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 4,411 students. The full-time enrollment at Whatcom Community College is 2,449 and the part-time enrollment is 1,962. This means that 55.5% of students enrolled at Whatcom Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 36% 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

    2,731

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    528

  3. Two or More Races

    327

The enrolled student population at Whatcom Community College is 61.9% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 7.41% Two or More Races, 4.38% Asian, 1.25% American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.13% Black or African American, and 0.431% 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 45.9% White, 25.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.8% 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, 271 students (6.14%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 317 more women than men received degrees from Whatcom Community College. The majority of degree recipients at Whatcom Community College are white (859 degrees awarded). There were 7.6 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (113 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Whatcom Community College is N/A, 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 (687 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (21 degrees), and Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (76 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 Registered nurses (1,314,098 people), Software developers (449,391 people), Other managers (220,879 people), Physicians (173,421 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (166,120 people).

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (687 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (21 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (76 degrees), Physical Sciences (19 degrees), and Health (215 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, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Public relations specialists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (687 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (21 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (76 degrees), Physical Sciences (19 degrees), and Health (215 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,535,340 people), Computer Systems Design (544,214 people), Elementary & secondary schools (406,175 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (355,634 people), and Offices of physicians (230,805 people).

The most specialized majors at Whatcom Community College are Liberal Arts & Humanities (687 degrees awarded), Communication Technologies (21 degrees), Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (76 degrees), Physical Sciences (19 degrees), and Health (215 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. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  2. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

  3. N/A

    N/A degrees awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Whatcom Community College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 476

  2. 793

In 2017, 476 degrees were awarded to men at Whatcom Community College, which is 0.6 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (793).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 290 degrees were awarded to men at Whatcom Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.73 times less than the 397 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 397 degrees were awarded to women at Whatcom Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.37 times more than the 290 male recipients with that same degree.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (50%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Whatcom Community College is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (50% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

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, 10.4% of graduates (12 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    859 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    113 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    82 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whatcom Community College is white (859 degrees awarded). There were 7.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (113 degrees).

6.46% of degree recipients (82 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    542 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    317 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 (542 degrees awarded). There were 1.71 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (317 degrees).

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Operations

Whatcom Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $5.12M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $203k (3.97%), compared to the 2.22% average return ($81.1k on $3.66M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2017, Whatcom Community College had a total salary expenditure of $49.4M. Whatcom Community College employs 27 Professors, 17 Instructors, and 17 Associate professors. Most academics at Whatcom Community College are Female Professors (17), Female Assistant professors(13), and Female Associate professors (11).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whatcom Community College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 52 employees, Management, with 38 employees, and Service with 31 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$5.12M

2017 Endowment

19.5%

growth from 2016

Whatcom Community College has an endowment valued at about $5.12M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Whatcom Community College grew 19.5% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.46M 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. $3.11M - Federal

  2. $842k - State

  3. $4.55M - Local

As of 2017, Whatcom Community College received $3.11M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $842k from state grants and contracts, and $4.55M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$20.8M

2017 Salaries

14.5%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Whatcom Community College paid a median of $20.8M in salaries, which represents 42.1% of their overall expenditure ($49.4M) and a 14.5% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3% growth from 2015 and a 3.8% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 14.9M (41.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$4.91M

Instructional Salaries

81

Number of Employees

In 2017, Whatcom Community College paid a total of $4.91M to 81 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $7.66M (28%) for similar Associates Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

27 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

52 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whatcom Community College were Professor with 27 employees; Instructor with 17 employees; and Instructor with 17 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whatcom Community College were Office and Administrative Support with 52 employees; Management with 38 employees; and Service with 31 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whatcom Community College was Female Professor with 17 employees, Female Assistant professor with 13 employees, and Female Associate professor with 11 employees.

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

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