Greetings! As the president of Bellevue College, I’m delighted that you have taken the time to visit our website and learn about our wonderful college, located on a beautiful wooded campus in the heart of Bellevue. BC was founded nearly 50 years ago as part of a movement to provide affordable and accessible education to citizens of the Eastside and surrounding area, and we are proud to continue this tradition today.
BC is the third-largest institution of higher learning in the state of Washington. We’re a student-focused open-access institution that places a strong emphasis on excellent teaching and small class sizes. Last year, a tremendously diverse group of 37,000 students chose BC to fulfill a variety of educational and professional goals.
The majority of our students enroll in one of six transfer programs – they complete the first two years of their education here and then transfer to a university to complete their bachelor’s degrees. We send more transfer students to the University of Washington than any other community or technical college in the state.
Another group of BC students are career-focused – we offer close to 100 professional and technical programs in high-demand career fields that prepare our students for the jobs of today and the opportunities of tomorrow.
Others choose BC to learn English or improve their basic skills; retool their skills in our Worker Retraining program; continue their education to advance in careers with a Continuing Education class; or earn college credit while still in high school with the Running Start program. We’re working hard to ensure BC is equipped to meet the needs of students for the future. Over the next two years, we expect to add four additional bachelor’s degrees, in addition to the three programs we already offer. We’re in the process of developing a new East Campus in Issaquah that will make our classes more accessible to folks in East King County. And we plan to break ground on a state-of-the-art facility that will house our growing Health Sciences programs, educating people for jobs in the healthcare sector.
After exploring this website, I invite you to visit our campus soon so you can see for yourself what makes Bellevue College so special. You can schedule a campus tour, meet with an academic advisor or discuss your career goals with a counselor. Or, if you live far from campus or prefer a flexible schedule, learn more about our extensive online offerings. Again, thank you for taking the time to learn more about Bellevue College, and I hope you will take advantage of the amazing opportunities we offer.
Dave Rule President, Bellevue College
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