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Estd 1966Established Year

Bellevue College: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Founded in 1996, The Bellevue College is a public, co-educational institute that offers an array of courses for international students at the ranging levels of undergraduate and graduate. As the third-largest institution of higher learning in Washington, the organization continues to maintain its founding standards and is one of the coveted institutes in the US Education System.

Every year, the college welcomes over 14,000 international applicants from more than 60 countries across the globe which makes it a site of diverse ethnicities and cultures. Admissions at Bellevue College are provided in multiple rounds for the seasonal intakes of Fall, Winter and Spring.

The organization is believed to observe one of the highest acceptance rates in the state and enrolls any candidate with a decent profile and promising skillset, thus making it one of the choicest institutes among international candidates looking to study in the USA.

Bellevue College Campus


  • 1st on CollegeSimply’s list of colleges and Universities in Washington with highest acceptance rates. 
  • The institute ranks at #1 by on the list of best schools with a Nursing degree in Washington.
  • It also ranked at 15th on CBSnews’ 25 cheapest state universities and colleges in the US. 


Type of UniversityPublic (State-assisted)
Rank1st in list of top Colleges and Universities in Washington (College Simply)
Percentage of international students5.6%
Season of IntakeFall, Winter and Spring
Application Fee50 USD
Test Scores acceptedTOEFL: 61/ IELTS: 60(overall) or equivalent
Financial AidAvailable as Scholarships and Awards
Work StudyAvailable both on and off campus

Programs, Campus and Residence


Bellevue College offers a plethora of undergraduate and graduate courses for international and domestic students. These programs include:

  • 7 transfer Associate Degree programs,
  • 104 professional-technical programs,
  • 2 non-transfer associate degree programs,
  • 12 bachelor degrees.

These programs incorporate courses such as Computer Science, Engineering, Marketing Management, Web Design, Biology, Nursing, among others, that are taught across its various faculties and departments.

It is pertinent to note that there has been recent accreditation to courses like Medical Dosimetry, Radiation Therapy, Nursing, Interior Design, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Neurodiagnostic Technology, and Nuclear Medical Technology.

The institute also provides other programs such as International High School Completion Program (IHSC), International Professions Program, Learning English in Action Program (L.E.A.P), Intensive English/University Preparation (UP program) and Bridge pathway programs for its students. 


Bellevue College Campus

With 100 wooded acres serving as its Main Campus, the college incorporates another campus called the North Campus, which was built to provide additional structural assistance. 

The main campus consists of:

  • 18 total buildings (the first Student Housing building inclusive) opened in 2018 and the new Student Success Center opening in February 2020 totaling 982,000 square feet and one parking garage.
  • A 735,500 square feet of classroom/instructional space in 12 academic buildings.
  • The first residence hall opened in August 2018, measuring a total of 133,000 square feet with 137 units, 400 beds in a mix of studios; 2 bedrooms; 2 bedroom/4-bed; and 4-bedroom apartments. All units include in-unit kitchens and private bathrooms.
  • Sports facilities include our Gymnasium, Baseball Field, Soccer Field, and Softball Field.

North Campus: It can be navigated in through Seattle on the east, Redmond on the west, from the Main Campus up north and south. The North Campus consists of a 62,000 square foot building on a two-acre property along the Highway 520 corridor in north Bellevue.

Housing Facilities

The institute provides its students with both on and off-campus residence options which caters up to 400 students in its various suites and apartments. 


Students opting for on-campus accommodation residences can opt for suites and apartments which come with all the basic facilities like full-sized kitchen, living room, storage closet, et al. The rates of on-campus housing usually ranges between 2,650 and 3,960 USD per quarter. 

Off-campus Residence:

Applicants applying to the college can also opt for off-campus alternative which includes Homestays, Apartments and hotels.

Homestay: Students can apply for a homestay with the homestay agents where they can live with a host family. Homestay agents working with the school are American Homestay, Network USA international, Inc. and Intercultural Homestays, and services, Inc.

Apartments: Students can also rent an apartment within a short walking mile to the school in Bellevue. Applicants must be at least 18 years old before applying. Apartments agents include Edgewood Park Apartment, Madison Bellevue Apartments, Sammamish View Apartments, The Villas in Bellevue, etc.

The rates for off-campus housing ranges between 1,200 to 1,700 USD excluding basic facilities.

Bellevue College Application Process

Below is detailed information concerning admission procedures for international students.


The deadlines for various intakes available at the institute are tabulated as follows:

Season of IntakeLast Date
Spring 2020February 19, 2020
Summer 2020May 20, 2020
Fall 2020August 10, 2020
Winter 2021November 23, 2020
Spring 2021February 26, 2020
Summer 2021May 25, 2020

How to apply

Application Portal: 

Application Fee: A nonrefundable fee of 50 USD.

Basic Requirements

  1. Official transcripts and relevant documents, translated in English, from all current and/or previous schools.
  2. Additional program-specific requirements like portfolio, letters of recommendation, etc may apply.
  3. Copy of a valid passport.
  4. A bank statement with a minimum balance of 28,440 USD not earlier than six months before application.
  5. Valid test scores as proof of English Language Proficiency some of which are as mentioned below.
ProgramsTOEFL (iBT)IELTSOther tests
L.E.A.P52Sub scores of 4.5 or higherTOEIC: 550
Bridge Pathway Program58Overall of 5.5 with sub scores of 5.0 or higherSuccessful completion of the Bellevue College intensive English program
Associate degree, Bachelor, IHSC or IBP616.0 overall with sub scores of 5.5 or higherFirst Language on the IGCSE or O-level: a 'C' or higher in English.

Bellevue College Cost of Attendance

The cost of attendance at a glance shows the summary of the current costs of tuition and living expenses for the 9-month academic year (October-June) . An estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US by enrolling at the college in the session year 2020-21 are as compiled below.

Estimated CostsWith Parents (USD)Away (USD)Non-resident away (USD)B.A.S program (Res. Away) (USD)Resident on campus (USD)
Books and Supplies930930930930930

Scholarships/Financial Aids

The institute provides financial aid in the form of scholarships for international students to study in the USA. However, these students must meet certain criteria attached to each scholarship before they can be qualified and considered for that particular aid.

Some of the studentships and awards available for the candidates are as follows:

  1. Bellevue College Foundation Scholarships: These scholarships are funded by several sources for both domestic and international students. Prospective and current students are eligible to apply. 
    1. The average amount of the award ranges from 1,000 to 3,000 USD for each student. 
    2. This scholarship applies only to Bellevue College fees and cost and it is not available for summer quarters.
    3. Students must maintain a 2.00 or higher in high school or maintain 2.00 or above in college to qualify. 
    4. An application form is submitted with transcripts, supplementary essays and letters of. 
    5. Application is done on the school's scholarship webpage and the deadline for the 2020/2021 academic year is March 9, 2020.
    6. Bellevue Institutional Waiver
    7. Bellevue College Institutional Grants
  2. Workforce Education Grants: These grants spread across to various students and it has several aids under its umbrella. Students are to take a survey at the Workforce Education Grants webpage on the school website to determine their eligibility. Funding programs under the WEG umbrella include Worker Retraining, BFET (Basic Food Employment and Training), Opportunity Grants, etc.

Work While You Study

International students can work in various regards in Bellevue while they study. There are jobs on campus and off-Campus in the city for students.

On-Campus jobs

Food service Student Employee: Students can work at the Food service centre by applying through the school's food services webpage. The salary is 14.50 USD per hour.

Student Housing: Students living in the residence halls are given opportunities to work as Desk Attendants (DAs) at the residence hall front desk. Students are to watch their Bellevue College emails for DA application openings.

The institute also provides jobs through the 'Connect website' where students can apply and search for jobs using their college network ID to log in. Students need a résumé to apply. Students can work for 19 hours per week

Off-Campus Jobs

 There are several jobs outside the campus for international students in the city of Washington. The institute guides students to apply to these jobs through the 'Connect Website' mentioned earlier where external employers post jobs for students.

Alumni Network

 Bellevue College alumni network is a robust and profiting organization to the alumni and the institution itself. The alumni network organizes fundraising events whilst managing and raising funds for awards and scholarships for students and staff through the Bellevue College Foundation. Alumni members get discounts from the alumni association community partners while also getting support for their educational and career goals. 

Notable Alumni Includes Jim Caviezel – Actor, Nick Thune – American Actor, Jaime Herrera Beutler -US representative, Even Meek – Baseball Pitcher and Duane Davidson – Accountant, among others.

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Bellevue College Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population20297
FAFSA Code003769
Application Cost$55
Accreditation NWCCU
Average Cost of Attendance$9,585 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio4 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Attendance Cost


Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$9,585 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$840 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$10,260 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$3,450 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$2,950 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$2,970 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Program Wise Accreditations
Medicine ProgramsJoint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing ProgramsAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing


Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants

College rating

based on 1 student ratings




Madelyn brown, UNITED STATES Engineering
Bellevue College
Current student , Batch : 2019


Proximity to home, ability to transfer easily to a 4-year university, running start program, right next to several bus stops, familiarity with the area (safe area of town). The school also has a deep History in its area. There are also many hikes nearby.

Course Curriculum - 

Some of the associates in Arts courses were laid out and presented in full on the first day. Unlike the associates in science courses, which were encountering and I gained knowledge. However, the professor's organization was lacking. The courses were well put together. Each subject had a strong director that met and communicated with several other directors to ensure students were well rounded.

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1000 Galvin Rd S, Bellevue, NE 68005, US


Bus Station

Kelsey Creek Rd & Tye River Rd0.26 Km
Kelsey Creek Rd & Tye River Rd0.26 Km
139th Ave SE & SE 32nd St0.29 Km
142nd Pl SE & SE 32nd St0.43 Km
142nd Pl SE & SE 32nd St0.5 Km
Eastgate Park & Ride Acs & 140th Ave SE - Bay 2120.56 Km
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Shopping Mall

Sunset Village0.64 Km
Bel-East Shopping Center1.38 Km
Factoria Mall1.98 Km
Proactiv Kiosk2.18 Km
Kelsey Creek Center2.73 Km
Crossroads Bellevue4.11 Km
Newport Hills Shopping Center4.24 Km
K Lash & Spa4.56 Km
Evergreen Village4.62 Km
Design Market4.8 Km
The Shops At The Bravern4.88 Km
Overlake Fashion Plaza4.92 Km
Lincoln Square South5.19 Km
Overlake Center5.37 Km
Sunglass Hut5.41 Km
Bellevue Square5.42 Km
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Book Store

Deseret Book0.72 Km
Sashawna Robinson Book STore1.48 Km
Mighty Moose Comics2.07 Km
Half Price Books4.03 Km
Illumination Arts Publishing4.99 Km
Wee Tots Children's Store5.02 Km
Stargazers5.14 Km
Barnes & Noble5.18 Km
Amazon Books5.41 Km
Kathleen Ruth6.33 Km
Island Books6.34 Km
Guadalupe book6.65 Km
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Super Market

South Korean Supermarket1.84 Km
Jing Jing Asian Market2.02 Km
Target Grocery2.23 Km
Walmart2.23 Km
Grocery Outlet Bargain Market3.77 Km
Town & Country Markets3.8 Km
La Superior4.03 Km
Trader Joe's4.3 Km
H Mart4.64 Km
Whole Foods Market4.65 Km
Asian Family Market4.72 Km
India Supermarket4.8 Km
Apna Bazar5.16 Km
New Seasons Market6.58 Km
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Novilhos Brazilian Steak House2.04 Km
Ebru Mediterranean Deli4.08 Km
Torero's Taqueria4.08 Km
The Melting Pot - Bellevue4.76 Km
John Howie Steak4.83 Km
Mediterranean Kitchen5.01 Km
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar5.02 Km
Chutneys5.09 Km
Cantinetta Bellevue5.14 Km
Wild Ginger Bellevue5.24 Km
The Cheesecake Factory5.35 Km
Maggiano's Little Italy5.36 Km
P.F. Chang's5.41 Km
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Overlake Medical Center - Heliport4.97 Km
Evans Heliport5.51 Km

*All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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