Bellevue College offers associate degrees and certificate programs to more than 37,000 students at its campus near Seattle, Wash. The college also offers bachelor’s degrees through educational partnerships with online colleges. The school’s programs provide technical training that prepares students for careers after they graduate, as well as continued study at the bachelor’s level. In academic year 2009-10, about 10% of community and technical college students that transferred to a Washington public four-year institution came from Bellevue College. That’s more than any other state college, according to the school.
Students can earn an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certificate online through Bellevue College. The school currently offers three associate degrees that can be taken online in arts, sciences, and business, which can directly transfer to a participating four-year university, and general studies, which is not transferable. Through educational partnerships with other universities, students can complete a bachelor’s degree. They can earn a transferable associate degree through Bellevue and then put those credits towards an online bachelor’s degree at Capella University, Washington State University Online, or Western Governor’s University. Areas of study through this method include business management, healthcare, information technology, psychology, public safety, business administration, criminal justice, humanities, social sciences, and human development.
Bellevue College has been regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1970.
Bellevue College accepts applications from high school graduates, those who are 16 or 17 years old and have proof of GED completion, or those who are 18 years of age and older. The application process is fairly basic. Students must submit an application and pay an application fee. The school does not require or maintain transcripts for admissions. Out-of-state students applying for online credit classes must fill out a separate application form from the general admission form, as well as an application fee. Applications are available online or can be mailed to the admissions office.