Bellingham, Washington (WA) Colleges and Universities

There are six schools located in a 25-mile radius of the town of Bellingham, Washington. Learn about the traditional schools with the closest campuses, lowest net prices, highest graduation rates and largest student bodies to find the school for you.

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Of the six schools near Bellingham, Washington, the five traditional institutions include a community college, a 2-year technical college, a public university and two 4-year public colleges. We compare and contrast these schools in different categories based on information compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Bellingham, Washington

Since Bellingham is a relative sparse area, there are not many schools located within a 25-mile radius. If you are still interested in applying for schools in this area, these five schools have the closest campuses to Bellingham:

  • Bellingham Technical College (located in Bellingham)
  • Western Washington University (located in Bellingham)
  • Northwest Indian College (2.7 miles away)
  • Whatcom Community College (2.7 miles away)
  • Skagit Valley College (24.8 miles away)

Largest Schools near Bellingham, Washington

The schools in the area surrounding Bellingham have a great variety of student populations, ranging from a few hundred to over 15,000. These five schools have the largest student bodies in the Bellingham area:

  • Western Washington University (15,332 students)
  • Skagit Valley College (5,290 students)
  • Whatcom Community College (4,391 students)
  • Bellingham Technical College (2,403 students)
  • Northwest Indian College (641 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The net price for a certain school--as compiled by the NCES--refers to the amount left over once you subtract the average financial aid given to full-time undergrads from the average cost of attendance. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the following schools had the lowest net prices near Bellingham:

  • Bellingham Technical College ($4,420)
  • Northwest Indian College ($5,665)
  • Whatcom Community College ($8,422)
  • Skagit Valley College ($8,765)
  • Western Washington University ($15,914)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

The graduation rate for a specific school describes the percentage of that school's full-time undergraduate population who finishes their degree programs no later than 150% of the normal time length for that program. The following schools near Bellingham had the highest graduation rates in 2015:

  • Western Washington University (71% graduation rate)
  • Bellingham Technical College (46% graduation rate)
  • Whatcom Community College (33% graduation rate)
  • Northwest Indian College (25% graduation rate)
  • Skagit Valley College (21% graduation rate)

Even in areas with fewer schools nearby--such as Bellingham--prospective students should still make sure that they pay attention to these kinds of factors when comparing and contrasting the educational options available to them.

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