Bellevue College (formerly Bellevue Community College) is an open-access, community-based, public (state-assisted) institution of higher education located in Bellevue, Washington, a city on the Eastside of Lake Washington, near Seattle. With an annual enrollment of 37,000 students, Bellevue College (BC) is the largest of the 34 institutions that make up the Washington State Community and Technical Colleges system, and the third largest institution of higher education overall in the state (behind the University of Washington and Washington State University).
The institution offers transfer associate degree programs that cover the first two years of a college education, a multitude of professional-technical degrees and certificates, a large continuing education program, and a variety of pre-college programs. The college also has a variety of distance education and online learning options. Since 2007, BC has offered four-year bachelor’s degrees.
BC’s service district includes the public school districts of Bellevue, Mercer Island, Issaquah, Skykomish and Snoqualmie Valley.
Founded in 1966, the college will celebrate its 50th anniversary during the 2015-16 academic year.
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