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  • 10/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Bellevue College is great for any type of student. If your planing on tranfering or get your degree here at BC, You can count on getting a great education here. They have so many programs to offer for any type of person who wants to get into any job feild. You can earn your AA or even your bachlors degree in some programs. Their is also so many clubs and activities for the students to be involved in throughout the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to do well at Bellevue College, apply early and on time for your classes. There is so many students and if you apply late for registration, theres a slim chance you will get any classes. Secondly, just be prepared to get your brain rocked. Lots of studying, determination, and hard work will help lead the way to a great education at Bellevue College. Dont overwhelm yourself with so many credits. The last thing you want to do is drop your grades because your so stressed out.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to what students pay at a university, here at Bellevue College you get the same education and level of classes for 1/4 of the price. As of right now personally, i am taking 15 credits and my tuition for the quarter was about 1500. Compared to a university it would be 10X that. Bellevue College is a great place for low income people that want an education as good as any other university but is quite affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a current student, I really am enjoying it here at Bellevue College. The students, staff, and enviroment make Bellevue College enjoyable, safe, and very college atmosphering looking.

    Am learning a lot

    Being here is absolutly great. I am learning alot and do feel like I am getting a University level education even though Bellevue college isnt classified as a University. The classes here are about 30-40 students which allow you for a lot of one on one help with the proffesors.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 2 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very secured campus. Security available 24/7 for your safety! Just a call and they will be there.

    What to do for fun

    Attend an event, join a club, and socialize!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria here can certainly satisfy your hunger. However, one bad thing is they usually serve fast food more than healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    Engaging learning environment with lots of activities going on all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes, especially the core major classes, are challenging. Most of the classes at BC is very fun and helpful to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active in campus activities by joining clubs, programs, or just attending fun on-campus events.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is a great institution with a diverse student body and a very engaging learning environment.

  • 10/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I know and i am sure that study for interior design is the best over here.

    Am enjoying being here

    Feel like fun-not only study.Everybody is so cooperative.

    Am learning a lot

    I am in interior designing department; so i am learning very challenging things here. Instructors are very dynamic.I can feel the real experience of design field.Library is good. lots of reading and work is required here. reasonable fees and good atmosphere. Students can use computer lab till late night.Interior design department is really nice here.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Super safe but at night those big tree areas around the parking lot can seem scary at night if you are by yourself. But really a medium sized girl like me has had no problems. There are lots of security guards on campus if you have a problem or you can always let a professor know everyone is very kind. Though every once in a blue moon a car might get broken into but nothing really bad has happened since I've been there for 3 years.

    Greek Life

    We have a Phi Theta Cappa and they are nothing but nice people wanting to do community service. It is not like a click environment the people there are bettering the lives of those around them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are soo many like fishing, acting, art, culture, GSA, religous, and so many more. The people in the clubs are really friendly because they are your fellow friendly college students.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for Art sudents but not ones who want to goof off.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There isn't anything really weird on campus, the campus it self is unique so nothing would seem weird or unusal.

    Bang for the buck

    As an art major student this is a great college for improving your skills with spending the least amount of money. I took and love about 95% of the college art coures and would gladly take them all again if I could. Again, a great way to prepare yourself for transfering to an art major college. And who knows some of those credits might transfer there saving you lots of money.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the dances, sports events, local school general events, clubs, and school plays. A lot of people hang out in the stairwell area of the cafeteria and you can always hangout at the crossroad mall nearby.

    Food and Dining

    They have a lot of options more than a public high school cafeteria but costs more for average quality food. However there are at least 30 food restaurantsin a 10 mile range of bellevue college vicinity so going out to eat before class is easy.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm, however there might be for international students.

    Academic Rigor

    The only thing I would say they lack is the Bachelor degrees available I would like one for animators. Also they could evaluate their professors better on how they teach math or english.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do searches on reviews of professors before you pick a class some professors are superb and some hard confusing. Also use your writing lab tutors and math tutors they really know what there talking about and make the hardest things understandable.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has a great learning atmosphere with a variety of people. The art professors are great for getting you prepared with transferring to art major colleges. There are a lot of after school activities ranging from Asian culture events to sports.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is wandering around campus and the school also has an alert system that can send emails or text messages.

    Greek Life

    The campus does not have a greek system.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many student clubs and organizations on campus! As mentioned before, it is great to get involved!

    Great for these types of students

    I believe that it is a good campus for all types of students. There are a variety of programs offered and so that attracts a large age group.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus mascot is a Bulldog and you can see him running around sometimes!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely! I financed my education personally by working and going to school. It was hard at times but manageable.

    What to do for fun

    Bellevue College is very close to both Bellevue and Seattle so there are plenty of things to do in the city. If you are looking for things to do on campus, the clubs and organizations always have some type of event going on but it can be hard to stay informed if you don't stop by Student Programs or follow Facebook/Twitter.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is okay. It can be a bit pricey. There are plenty of options to eat nearby and off of campus though so I never thought of it to be an issue.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms available on campus. However, there are plenty of apartments nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not too difficult. It depends on what classes you are taking and what teacher. Some teachers have varied material although it might be the same class. It is helpful to ask other students and find out how classes are structured with specific teachers before enrolling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Although it is not a typical college, there are plenty of opportunities available for students.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is well known for their transfer degree programs and running start programs. I attended to complete my transfer degree. This school is very cost efficient and the people are from all areas of the city. It is extremely diverse.

  • 08/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I'm somewhat unsure of what this section great for these types of students exactly means. I will simply leave a breif conclusion of what I think about the school. Overall BC is an excellent school and a great place to start for GED and high school grads alike!

    Tips for prospective students

    Simply pay attention, do the coursework and take notes if it helps, go to class and strive to succeed and if you do those few steps obtaining a degree isn't too difficult.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is inexpensive compared to other colleges and univeristys as it used to be a community college. However, the recent washington state tax hike of 7% did increase tuition a bit.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do enjoy being here and am very glad I made the decision to even start going to college. Previously to my college career, I only had a G.E.D. and in today's economy etc, its hard to find a good job without a college education.

    Am learning a lot

    I have been a student at Bellevue College (formally know as Bellevue Community College) for a full year. All of my teachers to the most part have been friendly and helpful. I have learned so much since the beginning of my college career. Every class Is packed with information, sometimes it seems overwhelming but that seems to be somewhat normal in college.

  • 08/22/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    7 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Possibly the greatest quality about Bellevue College is that it isn't geared to just one or two types of students. The student body is one of the most diverse populations one could imagine. Interests, activities, and styles vary astronomically from person to person. However, if you're looking for the ultimate college experience, complete with lots of school spirit and a huge group of friends, BC probably isn't your best bet. But if you're looking for a calm environment where you can truly learn and focus on your classes and activities, BC is the perfect choice. Most importantly, BC is perfect for people who have a lot on their plate (i.e., jobs, families, etc.). I guarantee that whoever you are, you will be able to find something to love at Bellevue College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to campus early or take the bus! Parking is an absolute nightmare at Bellevue College. Because of the fact that there is no campus housing, each and every student commutes to school on a daily basis. Therefore, despite the nearly fifteen parking lots, it still becomes next to impossible to find parking between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. So, it is definitely wise to invest in a student bus pass or organize a carpool system with friends. Join a club. If you're interested in meeting people and making friends during your time at BC, you're definitely going to have to reach out. It's possible to meet good people, but not if you don't put in the effort.

    Bang for the buck

    It's easy to feel like a thief as a BC student because you get a top notch education for next to no cost. Having just recently gone through the transition from CC to four-year college, BC still has the tuition of an average community college. However, the education you receive is far superior to any CC. Therefore, as a student at Bellevue College, you will receive an extremely high level education for an extremely low cost.

    Did enjoy being here

    In my first quarter at BC (then BCC), I was a high school junior and running start student. Being able to leave behind the constraints of my high school for the freedom of a college campus was one of the greatest opportunities I've ever been given. This transition rejuvenated my passion for school and allowed me to excel more than I had in the past. Also, the campus itself is perfect for a new college student, with a centrally located cafe for socializing and meeting new people as well as plenty of open grassy areas for studying and relaxing. So far as the classroom experience goes, I've never had a better experience than I did at BC. The professors and students alike are extremely welcoming and the learning environments are open and comfortable. It truly pays off to be able to have small classes and personal relationships with each of your professors. Like every campus, Bellevue College has its cons. For example, although the campus is a great place to be, the weather hardly ever permits any outdoor relaxation. For most of the school year, students have to trek through the rain, sleet, and snow. Also, because of the fact that BC is a commuter school, meeting and maintaining friendships proves to be quite difficult. Most students are on campus strictly to take their classes, rather than to meet people and socialize. This can result in a rather lonely feeling sometimes. So, in order to form a network of friends, you will have to reach out to interest groups and campus clubs.

    Did learn a lot

    When I attended Bellevue College, it was still considered a community college. For this reason, the school and it's students did not receive the respect they deserved. However, despite its CC status, Bellevue provided me with some of the most eye-opening and educational experiences of my life. The classes and professors at Bellevue College are interesting, unique, and cutting edge. As a sociology and English student, I took several classes regarding social issues through the ages. After studying with the professors in these areas, my mind has been forever changed. Upon leaving Bellevue, I have been armed with a completely new and much more informed outlook on life. I think about my classes and professors on a daily basis and will never forget what I learned.

  • 09/09/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    8 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for any of your classes early! Just like all colleges, to ensure that you get what you need, you need to make sure you get in as soon as you can because this college is a fairly large school, so there's a lot of other students trying to do the same thing. And if you don't get in, you'll be on the waitlist, which doesn't necessarily grant you a spot in the class. Also! The beginning of the quarter is always a busy time for the main office, so if you need to go in for a counselor or to register or to pay for anything or to buy books (all conveniently located in one giant room, which can obviously make it even more busy), go in there a lot earlier than you think you'd need to. There was always a huge and slightly confusing line for the first two weeks.

    Bang for the buck

    Bellevue's tuition costs were relatively the same to other community colleges. Of course now it is a regular college, so I am not so sure now. But I don't expect it to be too different.

    Did enjoy being here

    It was truly an enjoyable experience. It was a hard decision to continue my education elsewhere.

    Did learn a lot

    As of this is my first college I went to, this school taught me a lot about being responsible. Not only for my classes and great education, but for myself. It may sound cliche, but it was a wonderful school with enthusiastic teachers. Every single one of my teachers truly and thoroughly taught their lessons to us, and had a great passion for what they did.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    i would say pick your classes early because you don't know when you will be stuck on the waiting list. Also pay right after you sign up for your classes so you don't get bumped from your classes that you are already signed up in.

    Bang for the buck

    It is worth the money and commute to go here!

    Am enjoying being here

    Ive met a lot of new people in the athletic program and I love it. people are nice here and are willing to help the freshmen.

    Am learning a lot

    Great school to go to. All the classes fit their criteria also the teachers here help students no matter what.

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Independent people, those working a large amount (online classes available), those who can't commit to a university away from home/work, or anyone struggling to find money for a college education!

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for your classes on time! You don't want to miss out on the classes you really want or need because someone else got your spot first! Also, don't overload yourself. Though it's not a university, it's still easy to become overwhelmed!

    Bang for the buck

    I have visited many other universities and sat in on their classes, and Bellevue College is in no way lacking in prestige. If money is an issue for you, then Bellevue College is definitely a great place to start your education. You save so much without sacrificing a ton!

    Am enjoying being here

    Although it is nothing like living on campus at a university, Bellevue College offers plenty of ways to get involved around campus. It's also small enough that you are able to build community with classmates or the people you just happen to meet around school!

    Am learning a lot

    What a great continuation of education! Bellevue College has prestigious and engaging professors who really wish to help you succeed. The subjects are intriguing and spark quite the intellectual mind!

  • 04/22/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    11 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Will enjoy being here

    D< i will enjoy being there...i just need to get there first o_O;

    Will learn a lot

    Im not accepted yet...and i live in California. i will be graduating in less than five weeks, and i wish to further my education by majoring in radiologic technology. :D this school seems perfect and the thought of moving away somewhere new seems really amazing (x i hope i get accepted and i will work very hard to move forward :D

  • 10/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Defiantly. Comparing the prices to UW this school is three times cheaper and you get more education because the classes are smaller so you get hands on experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere at Bellevue College. It is a very active school with many diverse students.

    Am learning a lot

    Bellevue College is one best schools to get knowledge. Professors are very passionate about passing over their knowledge and wisdom to the students.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    13 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many different classes as possible. I particularly enjoyed the sociology and communication studies classes. Make sure to check out your teachers before signing up for the class. They can make or break your enjoyment level.

    Bang for the buck

    Can't get any better prices for such great classes.

    Did enjoy being here

    Bellevue is not a traditional college. Most, if not all, students commute to campus. It can be difficult to become involved at Bellevue. Its all about putting in the effort, but once you do its well worth the time.

    Did learn a lot

    I learned so much at Bellevue College. I wish I would have had the chance to take more classes. Once I figured out what I loved it was already time to graduate. Bellevue offers excellent classes with excellent teachers.

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    single parents, diverse backgrounds, high school graduates who are nervous about college--this is the place to be!

    Tips for prospective students

    talk to the advisors. they can help you plan ahead for classes. attend the free events. they are a lot of fun, and you get to meet other students.

    Bang for the buck

    bellevue college costs a lot less then other schools. it also has a lot of specific programs for different majors.

    Am enjoying being here

    Because it's a smaller school, I have friends in every class. There are free events the students can attend and lots of clubs to join. The campus is beautiful and it's easy to find your classes. I also love the diversity here.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors really try to get to know you and are happy to explain anything you don't understand. for them, it's not about getting through a certain amount of material; it's about making sure the students learn about the subject.

  • 09/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students looking to fulfill general education courses before transfer. Students looking to transition slowly into college life. Students returning to school to complete or perfect or renew education requirements. People who just want to learn something new in a college environment, for less money.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to do or where you need to go academically. There are councilors here, but there are so many people all the time and the lines are so long that it can be discouraging, so find out stuff on your own and talk to other students. Then go to the advisers to fill in the gaps. Usually, if you're on top of it, you won't need to. Also, if you're looking to transfer, look into the transfer degrees and what they require. If you don't plan on getting a degree, look at the classes themselves. Classes with an ampersand (&) will easily transfer. And finally, make sure you get to school on time. Because this is a commuter campus, the parking fills up fast! Know traffic on your way here and know where the nearest parking will be.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely! Who wouldn't mind having to pay only $2000 for 16 credit hours per quarter? The classes teach you so much and there is a really good level of student interaction within the classes themselves. The size of the school is such that you can easily reach your teachers and establish connections with your classmates in order to enhance your educational experience. Definitely get so much more than that tiny bill implies.

    Am enjoying being here

    Most of the students here are really enjoying what they are learning and are very dedicated to what they are studying. It is a really nice environment. It is a commuter campus so there is a lot of flexibility, while still providing ways for students to get involved.

    Am learning a lot

    BC definitely has a lot to offer. It does require you to know what you're looking for or else you might spend a lot of credit hours doing nearly nothing...but once you find the things you need its great! The staff is very good. They all usually have advanced degrees in what they are teaching and are all very good instructors. Since this was only recently a community college they all seem very used to the idea that students need to be at a community college pace. They might be returning learners or perhaps don't speak english as their first language. Even if you don't fit into those descriptions, definitely savor the in-between pace while it lasts.

  • 11/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    16 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Easy commute to the college, good selection of classes and programs, not too expensive compared to other colleges.

    Will enjoy being here

    Really great laid-back environment with a lot of students.

    Will learn a lot

    Planning to go here for a transfer associate degree into business school.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    17 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    for young students

    Tips for prospective students

    just go, you will not regret it, its mosty full of young people just like if it were a high school

    Did enjoy being here

    yes its a very friendly environment with all the techers, the toutors and the students, overall I enjoyed Bellevue college alot

    Did learn a lot

    yes the teachers there are very challenging and only want the best to succeed, their really good teachers but hard which in turn lead only good student out of there

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    With budget cuts, the cost of textbooks and tuition has gone up substantially. There are many extra fees and expenses that go beyond the cover price of attending, such as all students having to pay for parking. However, Bellevue is cheaper than a regular major 4 year University, and with programs such as Running Start for high school students, the rate of quality classes to fees is above average.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and groups that have been created for the students and run by the students which is an awesome way to get involved in the community and connect with other students.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, it's basic standard cafeteria food that might be expected at a college. They are a little pricey, but the coffee stands scattered around the campus are very good and accessible.

    Academic Rigor

    Bellevue's academic rigor is very difficult compared to most community colleges, but as long as students come in with good study habits and an expectation of putting in many study hours, it is possible to do very well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ratemyprofesser.com is an excellent website for checking out student reviews of the teachers because it really makes all the difference with the grade you will get in the class. When registering, don't wait to sign up for classes otherwise you take the risk of losing out on the best teachers and classes.

    In three sentences

    As an accredited 4 year university, Bellevue has become one of the top community colleges in the Northwest. With a wide variety of class choices, the teachers are for the most part very interested in the student's success and very helpful. The campus may be small, but their location and website are very well organized.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe lots of security around campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nope

    Bang for the buck

    it is definitely a good price for the courses you take

    Food and Dining

    the food isn't bad on campus however its a bit over priced. its better to eat off campus at some of the other restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    none there aren't dorms

    Academic Rigor

    not too difficult it depends on the classes you take. but there are a lot of resources that the school has that can help you succeed.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    great for students who plan on transferring. around $1400 per quarter (15 credits).

    What to do for fun

    most students hang out in the student union building before classes. there is always something going on in the cafeteria (live djs, competitions, free food/ stuff)

    Food and Dining

    food is great but it is expensive, so i wouldn't buy food everyday!

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    we have very knowledgeable teachers who have at least 10+ years working experience in their subjects. a lot of our teachers have actually taught at surrounding universities (uw, western)

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early in order to apply for financial aid and register for classes before spots fill up.

    In three sentences

    bellevue college is very affordable and in a great location (easy to get to). the students and faculty are all friendly and it is easy to get involved in school activities. the workload is very manageable and working part time is very doable.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    21 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i feel safe.

    Bang for the buck

    the school is clean, easy to get to, great studying environment.

    What to do for fun

    join a club.

    Food and Dining

    don't eat there.

    Dorm Life

    not in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    challenging, prepares you for the work force.

    Tips for prospective students

    talk to your counselor, they will guide you on the right path, be honest with them and let them know your work schedule and how that might effect your school time.

    In three sentences

    bellevue college is a great school with outstanding professors and counselors who have an open door policy and welcome your feedback and communication. the programs are up to date with the job markets available now and in the future. they are accredited.

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    the classes are very educational and the price is good. they participate in the textbook renting program so my book prices have been low.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria is awesome, with a great deal of healthy choices. the prices are fantastic. there are two coffee bars with excellent espresso drinks (though i think the lady at the one in r building is the friendliest).

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are educational without being overwhelming. i feel like i understand a lot of concepts when i am done with a class, but i do not feel swamped in homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    get into contact with the financial aid department early because the deadlines are super early. check your registration date online early, because sometimes the email notifications do not get sent out.

    In three sentences

    bellevue college is a large school with many opportunities for students. between small class sizes and skilled teachers it is easy to get the education that you need. it is also easy to get into the classes you are interested in during the quarter you want to take them in.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i've never felt unsafe on campus, it's a really safe school

    Clubs and Activities

    bellevue has every type of club and activity anyone could ever want. and if they don't have it, you can organize it yourself!

    Bang for the buck

    the running start program is great and i've heard ceo is awesome too. bellevue is a great school.

    What to do for fun

    bellevue is really close to bellevue square, where there is the movie theater, lots of places to eat and shop. there is a bowling ally close to the school and tons of places to eat within five minutes from school.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria is pretty good, but there are lots of places to eat a few minutes drive away.

    Academic Rigor

    bellevue is not a hard school, just go to class, pay attention and do the work.

    Tips for prospective students

    use ratemyprofessors.com, it is very helpful. i have not had a bad teacher yet. also do not skip classes. join clubs or events, it's a lot easier to make friends that way.

    In three sentences

    i love bellevue college, it's a great experience for running start students, like myself. i would recommend bellevue to anyone. bellevue is a great school for everyone, returning students or running start.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus seems proactive about safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    digital media arts club

    Great for these types of students

    career and professional oriented students who what to get into viable work in the digital media arts industry.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    im really focused on work/employment skill building and have not spent much time on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    i like the combination of online courses, class room and hybird classes that are a bit of both. some classes are offered later in the day to help working around working students.

    What to do for fun

    the college offers lots of events to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    there is a cafeteria, espresso bars and vending machines on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i am not living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    you are expected to be professional that will carry over to employment.

    Tips for prospective students

    bellevue digital media arts program is geared for you to experience all basic levels of this industry during your first year then focus your area of study in the second year towards employment. excellent portfolio courses geared to get you out into the job market and networking.

    In three sentences

    excellent school with a view towards developing skills needed in the industry of digital media arts. the faculty are experienced and knowledgeable professionals. i recommend this school to anyone interested in staying current in their careers.

  • 03/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    theres a nice caffeteria.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    work really hard, it really pays off .

    In three sentences

    i really like bellevue college, the staff is very helpful. it wasnt hard to apply for financial aid, i ended up getting a grant. the campus is small but nice.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do around the area. Seattle is only 15 minutes away and there are lots of local cities to explore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and get started right away. Don't wait for final deadlines. Stay on top of everything.

    In three sentences

    There are a lot of accommodating classes, and the staff is incredibly friendly when you're registering. The process is overall very quick and easy.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is available 24/7. I feel that if I ever need anything, even just being walked out to my car after a night class that I can call them.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for all types of students. Anyone who wants a great education without paying university prices.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bellevue College is a campus that is going green. They already have composting, recycling, and an active sustainability program which encourages all students to make a difference, by taking the bus, carpooling, and using less resources. Plus if you don't know how to help with the sustainability there are multiple ways that you can find out about it.

    Bang for the buck

    You are getting the same education, from professionals currently working in their field of study, that you would get at university for less than half of the cost.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has the typical food fare for a college campus, so it can be harder to find healthier options. On the other hand they do have a deli so you can make your own sandwiches, and even your own salads. They also have coffee shops scattered throughout campus, which makes it nice for getting your morning cup of coffee at least somewhat closer to your class.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging if you don't keep up with your work. So my best advice is to keep on top of your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register for classes early. Since Bellevue College has a large student population there can be some competition for getting into classes. As soon as your registration date and time comes up register, or be prepared to be put on a wait list for your classes.

    In three sentences

    Well rounded college, with a lot of clubs, sports, activities, and a wide range of classes for all different kinds of majors. Plus it's the same education as a University, but for about 1/3 of the price!

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Enough cameras and security staff to make me feel safe enough.

    Clubs and Activities

    While I know there are plenty of clubs of all types, I didn't get involved in much of them.

    Great for these types of students

    Most types of students really, the place is built for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing too outlandish

    Bang for the buck

    The professors are very well qualified while the tuition is only around $2,000 per quarter for Washington citizens.

    What to do for fun

    Not a whole lot. There's a computer lab and a campus commons to hang out and entertain oneself in, but nothing placed specifically for entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't the best but it isn't McDonald's quality either. I found it acceptable when I couldn't put something together in the morning. I liked the salad bar the most.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but not too difficult, and do a very good job of preparing you for your degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on taking classes between 10 am and 4 pm, I strongly advise taking the bus if you can - the parking is a mess.

    In three sentences

    Being near Redmond and Seattle, BC is brimming with new technology and is making a constant effort to be more Green - the entire science building is built around this idea. The campus is a good size with everything within walking distance and is quite aesthetic. The classes themselves are usually 20-30 students and there is free tutoring.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've always felt very safe when I am on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The advisors have always been more than helpful and I love that you are now able to rent books rather than buying them every quarter.

    What to do for fun

    Hangout with friends in the library.

    Food and Dining

    Have found it very affordable and pretty tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Does not apply to me.

    Academic Rigor

    I find that some courses are harder than others but Im always up for the challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to buy a parking pass either for the day or quarter.

    In three sentences

    Very easy to navigate. BC has always felt very welcoming. All the staff on campus has always been super helpful.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    excellant! Security is so helpful when you need help with your car or anything

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs!!!!

    Great for these types of students

    close to bellevue area or work close, running start students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    lunch, gym

    What to do for fun

    lunchroom, sports, open gym every friday, clubs

    Food and Dining

    fast food, expensive, ew! only the fries are good. Everytime I have a burger I get sick and I love burgers...

    Dorm Life

    none

    Academic Rigor

    Few bias teachers, but most are fair

    Tips for prospective students

    attend class daily, learn effective note-taking tactics, dont slack off!!

    In three sentences

    Very knowledgeable teachers

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    At BC, Public Safety is a priority so you will always see officers and cars patrolling the campus. If crime does happen, all students are notified immediately.

    Greek Life

    No Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs to join and so many activities to participate in!

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated and determined students will succeed here.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get your bang for the buck at BC! To be considered a full time student you have to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, participate in on campus events (there are hundreds!!), and spend time outdoors with BC's outdoor program.

    Food and Dining

    There are three cafes, a cafeteria, and a ton of vending machines. The food is mostly local which is very cool. The school is working hard toward becoming green so most of the products they use are also compostable.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms! It's a commuting school.

    Academic Rigor

    STEM classes are challenging. A lot of students underestimate the school for being a two year college but the courses are rigorous and the instructors expect you to work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with your advisors, connect with your teachers, and get involved with Student Programs on campus.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is a great place for fresh out of high school students who do not know what they want to study yet or for those who want to come back to school. It has 32,000 students so feels like a big school while having classroom sizes of around 25 students. There are sports teams, clubs, counseling programs, and everything you need for success.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    32 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's Bellevue. Safe and non-threatening.

    Great for these types of students

    Lots of diversity. Love it! Seems very welcoming for all types of students.

    Bang for the buck

    Really nice school for the money.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of opportunities for fun here. There are tons of clubs and organizations to join, and I recently was a part of a festival that informed people of the different organizations at the school. There was a d.j. and dance party, free hamburgers and ice cream bars!

    Food and Dining

    Have not eaten there, but nice cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Have not experienced this.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is not as difficult as a university, but better than the Seattle colleges I have attended.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research different schools and find out about programs of study and the requirements before you apply and begin attending. Explore the campus and parking. Attend as many information sessions as possible before making your decision.

    In three sentences

    Very nice campus. Helpful staff. Great parking.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The grilled cheese in the cafeteria was my favorite snack!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes which I found to be most challenging and also most rewarding were those taught by Debbie Pope (CMST & ENG).

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to research your prospective teachers on ratemyprofessor.com I have found this to be very helpful.

    In three sentences

    I have taken several classes at Bellevue College, some have definitely been better than others. If you are looking for innovation I am not sure that Bellevue College is the place to go, but the teachers have been quite consistent.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe!

    Greek Life

    I believe there is a sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Millions!

    Great for these types of students

    Foreign, Local, and honestly anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are dances and themed months on campus

    Bang for the buck

    I have taken several classes that my friends have taken at other schools and I have paid considerably less and had smaller class sizes and received better grades then they did.

    What to do for fun

    There a several social events that the school hosts and tons of clubs to be in.

    Food and Dining

    Food in the dining hall is good, a little over priced though.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at Bellevue College.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like small classes sizes and helpful teachers that will work one on one with you, this is a perfect school.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has amazing teachers and student life. The teachers get to know students on a personal level and care about their students.Also, Bellevue has great class sizes.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    35 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus police here on campus are sticklers for rules. If you're not by the book, you get a ticket. They aren't even all that big on warnings either. So be sure to read all of the student manual before going about your business. The college has working lampposts ever 5-6 feet throughout both the main walkways and parking lots. So even when I haven't been able to get a parking space close to the front, I still feel incredibly safe walking around by myself at 10 o'clock at night. There's just nowhere for criminals to hide. There is a fire station just across the street from the main campus and a city police station just a few blocks north.

    Great for these types of students

    You must absolutely LOVE the city. I am a country girl myself through and through and I nearly had about three mental breakdowns for the lack of small town cordiality. Even if you are standing just behind someone and they know you're there, don't ever expect them to get the door for you! The atmosphere, the people, and the attitude here are all very much City. People who are considering the UW would do well to have their undergraduate work from here. The portion of international asian students (mostly from Japan, Korea, and Vietnam) is even greater than that of the Caucassian Americans. There are also a great deal of middle eastern students here, nearly all of them friendly. Because of all the different cultures and backgrounds, it first seems like no one wants to even look at anyone they don't expressly know, which can be quite awkward for the lone duck wanting company. You have to be unafraid to just go up and introduce yourself to someone.

    Bang for the buck

    While Bellevue is admittedly a bit expensive of a school, they also have amazing undergrad programs and regarded highly all over the state of Washington. For example, I have several friends in radiology who are making just above B grades. However, competitive graduate programs are still looking at them as likely candidates because those B grades are from Bellevue College. Another example is that my own GPA this past fall was just above a 3.0 and I was still accepted by my dream school (on Christmas Eve no less!) for their tough undergraduate program. Why? Because my transcripts were from Bellevue. This place will mostly certainly put you through your paces, but other colleges recognize that and will give you credit where credit is due because of it.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of hiking/biking/horseback riding trails scattered all over the place near Bellevue, however you will need either a car or a good friend with a car to get to any of them. Downtown Seattle is about a 10-15 minute drive away in good traffic, but once again, you will need a car to get there. There are buses that come to the college every five minutes on the dot that can take you all over the city of Bellevue. I personally have never used the buses and can tell you no more about them. The college itself often has events such as Ice Cream Socials (with FREE ice cream!), ASB barbeques, concerts, LGBT dances (they even had a prom this year C: ) and school sponsored trips going on. All events are posted on the school calender located in the cafeteria and most events will also have fliers set up at the bulletin boards located around every corner on campus. They're very difficult to miss.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food wasn't all that appetizing and they don't tell you any of the prices until you're at the cash register. I always preferred to just bring in my lunches and dinners from home. Also, the cafeteria tables are almost always filthy. The janitorial staff are either highly overworked and underpaid or simply don't give a rip. The bathrooms, hallways, and even some classrooms are all quite filthy.

    Dorm Life

    I am honestly unable to truthfully answer this as I did not live in the dorms during my time at Bellevue College.

    Academic Rigor

    In the state of Washington, all colleges (especially community colleges) are graded on their academic rigor in correlation to a grade transfer to the University of Washington. For example, a 4.0 in macroeconomics at some colleges transfers to the UW as a 3.0 or even a 2.5 in some cases. However, Bellevue courses transfer almost exactly; a 4.0 often becomes merely a 3.8 or 3.9. The amazing thing about Bellevue though is that the courses don't Feel rigorous. For example, I took Japanese 121 last Fall Quarter. During that course we learned an average of three new characters, twenty new words, and six cultural phenomenons in a single one hour class period. However, the coursework was fun and interactive. I felt less as if my brain was being pummelled and more like I was basking in the sun of knowledge, soaking up every last ray.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are unsure about what classes to take, talk to the professors and fellow students (and the secretaries! they are very smart people) Before talking with an advisor. My experience with the advisors has been that they will say just about anything to make you stay for as long as possible. Also, Bellevue provides study labs for each subject (Science lab, Math lab, Writing lab, Language lab, etc.). Go There if you need help! The tutors there are miracle workers! They'll get you sorted out.

    In three sentences

    Incredibly diverse with an emphasis on eastern cultures. Most professors are superbly knowledgeable in their subject and explain that knowledge well. Tucked into the western part of Bellevue, WA so there's city, but no mall right outside your door.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    36 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are sometimes cars broken into.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Decent selection to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Undecided or working.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not too many on-campus activities.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely helped me decide on a career path.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Otherwise there are not too many on-campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, just somewhat expensive, and not a lot of options.

    Dorm Life

    No on-campus living.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor and the class of course, but almost never too difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try as many different classes as possible; You never know what might peak your interest.

    In three sentences

    A great place to go if you're unsure of what you would like to pursue as a career. It really helped me secure myself in my decision towards music, and let me explore other options that I had not considered.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    37 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Someone was stabbed in class last year. Not exactly safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are looking to get an associate/transfer degree to save money, or those who are still trying to find out what they want to do with their lives.

    Bang for the buck

    The classes aren't exactly ivy-league, but they aren't poor either. You definitely learn enough out of them.

    What to do for fun

    Bellevue if located in an excellent location if you have a car. If you don't have one, there isn't much entertainment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not hesitate to take advantage of the financial aid office and counselors!

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is a good place for someone going for an Associates, or who is not sure what their major is going to be. The campus and student size is small, but not too small. The counselling department is excellent at helping you figure out your plan.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    38 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of games to play outside on campus

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive

    Dorm Life

    None

    Academic Rigor

    The oblige courses are tough, you have to keep up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make time for your classes, ESPECIALLY. ONLINE!! As much as you can meet with an advisor. Know where you are going, it is easy to get lost at Bellevue.

    In three sentences

    Great advisory for registration. Registration, financial aid, and bookstore are all in the same area. Everyone wants to help you, but you have to make the time.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    BC has a huge variety of clubs for people to join. There is something for someone.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who aren't ready for the college life, but want to get ahead on their schooling.

    Bang for the buck

    Incredibly cheap for the quality of classes you get.

    What to do for fun

    Visit Seattle and walk around Pike Place Market, join a local soccer team, visit various bars, or attend a concert.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of good restaurants around Bellevue, plus you can drive 15 minutes either towards Seattle or Issaquah which both have a great variety of food establishments.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms for Bellevue, or at least that I know of.

    Academic Rigor

    Bellevue's classes a challenging, but not full of busy work. Every paper you right and assignment you complete has a purpose towards the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    When deciding your classes, a good professor always outweighs a good class time. Look up various professors online on various rating websites. If a professor has a high review but isn't you're preferred time, I would recommend you accept the time scheduling as it is and get the professor.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is a great college to attend. When you get a great teacher, you will learn so much and enjoy the time you spend in their class. The various statues and pieces of art that dot the campus also make it feel like a quality campus.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students without a plan have many choices in courses and certificated programs. Students with a plan have good opportunities to complete their requirements. There is also the option of online courses.

    Bang for the buck

    Great advising available! I frequently check in with a counselor to make sure I am on the right track. Planning to spend only a few quarters here, I would like to make sure I fit in requirements.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I like to try new activities. In the winter I ski.

    Food and Dining

    I would prefer to bring my lunch to school. The food is expensive and I am trying to save money. When I have bought lunch on campus it has been O.K.

    Dorm Life

    This is a commuter school. I live at home and enjoy clean towels, a quiet room and good food. When I transfer I will live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I like to balance paper writing classes with my science and lab classes. This allows me not to be overwhelmed with due dates. There are plenty of challenging classes to take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take some fun classes. I start each day with a P.E. class. It wakes me up and keeps me social.

    In three sentences

    This school is very accomodating. There are plenty of courses to choose from including online opportunities. I also take advantage of the advising services.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Since you only have the option of 18 credits at this college, the court yard always has something to do on campus if you are looking for something to do in your spare time, off campus there is a bowling ally and several other areas in down town Bellevue that make socializing easy. There are so many varieties of clubs too that the social life may seem kind of dull, but everyone has a group of people that they have met, usually in this way.

    Food and Dining

    The dining area in Bellevue College is generally the same thing each and every day, there is one item that does change every day, although they continue in a cycle of the same items being switched out over a period of time. While it gets boring after a while, the food is not horrible.

    Dorm Life

    This school does not have dorms of any kind so there is not much to say about it. But living in the area is nice because of how calm and beautiful this part of Bellevue is.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor for the accedemics here is not the hardest I have experienced, some high school classes have been noted as harder, but they do expect you to behave like an adult even if you are a running start student looking to gain college credits while still in high school. While it always depends on the professor, there have only been a small handful that I have encountered that are irrational.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should think of the classes here as seriously as they would a university, it is not as simple as some make it out to be to get an A in a class. Always pre-order your books so they are there the day classes start because teachers expect you to have them on the first day, and the book store line will keep you waiting for hours!

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has a lot to offer for two year degrees considering they used to be a Community College. Today, their degrees and majors are still blossoming out but are always creating new classes in order to fulfill student needs. They have a lot of kind hearted professors and make it easier to transition into the college life.

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They will jump start your car, but other than that remember security doesn't have the power of a certified peace officer. Dial 911 and let them sort it out. You can also visit the security building to get a list of incidents on campus. Use common sense and you will be safe on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student Services has a list of clubs and activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best location is walking down from Landerholm Circle, towards the S building at the top of the hill you can see the mountains, The Space Needle the view is beautiful.

    Bang for the buck

    They started charging for parking, they charge student loan students $99 every quarter for deferment (they know when financial aid comes out-this is a ridiculous charge).

    What to do for fun

    For fun join any of the clubs, get involved life in college is better with a variety of friends and activities. If you are an older student, or first time student the hardest thing is going to the first meeting after that you will be glad you did.

    Food and Dining

    Coffee is the best. The other food is your typical cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    there is none available

    Academic Rigor

    The rating system on this really isn't fair. This will depend on your professor and course of study. Stay away from hybrid classes and online classes. Hybrid classes tend to give you homework on line and in class making the work load more than double. On-line classes forget you have a life and there is a reason you are an on-line student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep everything..if you have to ask should, I keep this? the answer is yes. Read the syllabus and don't be afraid of your professors. If you have to do anything on-line, do it early the computer system tends to go down, or need maintenance when projects are due.

    In three sentences

    I would recommend this college to my friends or family. The location is beautiful. The staff is usually helpful. The activities and clubs are amazing. You will always find help, a good cup of coffee and a place to study in between classes.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have teachers that are cops and former cops, plus campus safety has a presence that is really easy to reach out to. Trust me, it feels so safe that I can almost leave a laptop unattended...you know if it weren't a laptop.

    Greek Life

    None really...or at least none that I've seen.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and activities but you kind of have to go searching for them. But they are out there.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated, running-start, returning to school. It's a community college so really EVERYONE is the perfect student here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't been here for very long but it's very woodsy around and there are so many little tables and outside areas that help you feel like you aren't in Northern, Western Washington (unless of course it's cold outside).

    Bang for the buck

    I'm getting financial aid and a lot of it so I don't have to pay for my classes...but books are REALLY expensive at the bookstore. Chances are students are selling them for cheap or you can find them elsewhere for a steal.

    What to do for fun

    Talk to random people in the Student Union building. Most people love making new friends and can usually give you awesome advice on teachers and how to succeed at Bellevue College.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat in the cafeteria but the coffee shops stationed all over campus sell awesome coffee and snacks.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms...community college is typically like that.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on what you can handle. It also depends on the teachers and courses you're taking. My advice, meet with a counselor before signing up for your first classes so you can get an idea of what is right for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do homework and reading and you'll do fine. Remember that having an opinion is a lot of the times a good thing in college, not like high school where you need to keep your opinion to yourself.

    In three sentences

    Friendly atmosphere to all students. Feels like a community. Instructors are there to help you succeed.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get your AA degree first before applying for any major university.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is a great school to jump start your future career. They have amazing teachers and everything is very accessible. You can now get four year degrees.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Adults returning for career change or enhancement or traditional students wanting to complete some courses from home before moving on to a larger university.

    What to do for fun

    Network with fellow students.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is reasonably priced and convenient.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should take advantage of the small class sizes and the opportunities for networking with fellow students and the personal attention from the instructors.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has been a good experience as an adult returning to school for an additional degree for a career change. Programs are rigorous, teachers have been qualified and helpful, and there is a good mix of students of all ages and backgrounds. I find the diversity of the mix of students a good addition to the learning experience.

  • 10/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    there is almost a club for everything.

    Bang for the buck

    bellevue college has good programs for community college prices!

    What to do for fun

    study

    Tips for prospective students

    do not procrastinate

    In three sentences

    As a first time college student Ive noticed that the services a bellevue college are significant. The students are also very helpful especially if you are close in the same major. Last but not least bellevue college has many programs that help you with homework or financial assistance.

  • 10/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are campus security that walks around or rides around searching for students in need of help! My car battery died one time and the security came to me and helped me right away to get me back in the track! Very reliable!

    Clubs and Activities

    Bike club is really awesome! You get to enjoy the ride with great people!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who wants to meet other students from around the globe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I've seen so many clubs and organizations and my best one is the athletic ones! Be sure to check out the bicycle club!

    Bang for the buck

    Lets just keep it simple. You'll get more for what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and be involved in lots of activities!

    Food and Dining

    The foods in cafeteria are cozy and delicious!

    Dorm Life

    There isn't a dorm for our college but there are apartments and home stays nearby everywhere

    Academic Rigor

    The reason I commute from Lakewood to Bellevue even though it is about 30-40 minute drive is because of its academic rigor. I learn so much from the classes that I take in my school that the commute is worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to experience the campus life without living in dorms, this is the best college to attend. You'll meet friends from all over the world. You'll enjoy learning! enough said!

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has the campus of a university that allows students to roam freely in campus. Teachers as well as students are very friendly and lively and not to mention diverse. Best of all, education from this institute is simply the best!

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Coach a little girls softball team and take dance lessons

    Food and Dining

    I havent ate at the school yet!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bellevue advising center is very helpful and fast!

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown Seattle is only 30 minutes away by bus if you don't have a car. Bike friendly area. Great nightclubs and food.

    Food and Dining

    Unknown - distance learner.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown - distance learner.

    Academic Rigor

    Distance learning classes require a lot of reading, internet research and writing. I found that the average 5 credit class has required about 15 hours of studying per week (I am a very fast reader) to consistently get A's in the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid early - the financial aid office is understaffed. Use Rate My Professor to check out the quality of specific instructors - I have found it pretty accurate. Select an adviser early - it will save you time and money.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is a very good school for adult students returning to college. The on-line program is extensive and the distance learning advisers are responsive and helpful. The quality of the professors does range from excellent to poor.

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never worried about my safety on campus. I've also never heard a story of someone getting something stolen on campus. Don't leave your valuables out or anything. But with common sense safety in mind, you should be good.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of clubs and activites. You name it, they have it. If they don't, you can always start one. They even give you a budget and everything.

    Great for these types of students

    It's a great stepping stone for students who plan on transferring to another university. Also, many people going back to school.

    What to do for fun

    The have fun out door activities. That are available to sign up for. I have a friend that plays pickle ball every Friday in the gym. Bellevue College also has varies sports teams and classes. They also have a cheerleading team.

    Food and Dining

    The food is overpriced and unimpressive. It's okay to have every once in a while. But I would search for other options. Also, the food isn't extremely healthy either.

    Dorm Life

    I do not have a dorm there. Nor do I know anyone that does. So I can't shed light on this topic. Sorry!

    Academic Rigor

    Thus far, I have not found BC classes extremely challenging. You still have to study but not a lot. It's very comparable to high school classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Running Start is a great program for students still in high school. Take advantage of the nice people. Try to meet some people in your classes. Bellevue College has a thriving foreign exchange student program. I�ve had the opportunity to meet people from Columbia and Israel so far.

    In three sentences

    Overall, I like Bellevue College. People are usually nice and I've had great teachers. Be sure to check rate my professor.com to make sure you don't get stuck with a dud.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Good prices for great education.

    What to do for fun

    Seattle is pretty close and the bus comes right to the front of the school.

    Food and Dining

    Variable menu with adequate selection.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you take. All my classes have been very challenging but well taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your teachers. They really can help you and want to give you the tools you need in order to succeed in their class as well in your chosen profession.

    In three sentences

    I rate bellevue college highly. They offer a wide variety of courses. I have always had great teachers,

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Should go to CampCasey leadership retreat.

    What to do for fun

    Join Bulldog! Join clubs or create your own club.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely check out student programs and student services to learn more about BC so you won't be shocked. Get involved in people and campus.

    In three sentences

    I rate Bellevue College 10 out of 10. They have excellent programs which prepare students to go to work. They are also a leader in leadership excellent.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have security guards who will actually roam around and approach people who look suspicious.

    What to do for fun

    Check out some of the clubs and events on the fliers.

    Food and Dining

    Food there can be pretty good depending on what you get. The hamburger meal is a pretty good deal but that's probably because the burgers are super dry...

    Dorm Life

    Didn't dorm. Ignore the 5 star rating, it wouldn't let me skip it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Schedule an appointment with a counselor in advance, it's usually at least a 3 week wait before you can talk to one.

    In three sentences

    It's a pretty good college, I like most of the teachers there. The parking police are a bit too strict, they'll give you a ticket and won't say what you did wrong. Overall I enjoyed the school.

  • 12/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great safety, well lit and is always quiet.

    Greek Life

    No fraternities on this campus that I am aware of.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great clubs. Lots of choices. Also several student activities throughout the school year. Dances, talent shows, and socials.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to transfer to a four-year university. Lots of resources and advisers come to campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Great rates around 85 a quarter for WA residents.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is great. PHO is served once a week, and the chicken sandwich meal for under five bucks is great!!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging. Teachers are ready to help whenever you ask though.

    Tips for prospective students

    See an advisor as soon as possible to plan out your schedule. Classes fill up fast and you don't want to have to take one you dont want or that doesn't fit in your schedule. Also, use the math and writing labs, they are great if you are struggling.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is great for your first experience with college! There is so many resources available to ensure your success. I am returning to school after 15 years and thanks to the math lab and the writing lab, I currently have a 3.77 GPA!

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There is a very helpful ASG. Helping all clubs. The friendliest and most enthusiastic people that want to help the students.

    What to do for fun

    There are fun cafe socials that allow fellow students to talk about what they are doing. There are sports events from the college as well as open gym available. The most fun I have is being involved in clubs/chapters at Bellevue College.

    Food and Dining

    I did not eat there often but when I did it was very delicious. It depends on what you like but they have several available choices for food. As well as a wide cafeteria where people can come together to interact and socialize.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms. I do not stay on campus

    Academic Rigor

    The student should try his/ her hardest at learning the material at hand, and asks questions along the way rather than focusing on getting an A in the class. The teachers are willing to help in any way that they are able to. Most are willing to take the time to help a student understand the information.

    Tips for prospective students

    Who ever goes to Bellevue College should get involved in club activities. It gives you the skill set of an actual career setting. Social interaction between fellow peers. Do not feel afraid anywhere you are at. Everyone at Bellevue College wants to help you succeed in life even with transferring questions.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has given me the opportunity to become something more than a student. The college is helping me with networking career opportunities and with leadership skills. The college has allowed me to feel comfortable in the learning environment and it has taught me that no idea is a bad idea.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel incredibly safe on campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    I've had a lot of friends involved in the clubs and many of the activities at the school, including student government, and I've heard nothing but good things.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't want to be overwhelmed by a huge school, and who enjoy connecting with their professors on a more personal level, rather than just being another face in the crowd.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved in extra-curricular activites!! I was involved in music and the choirs, and it's an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life. The music teachers are a blast, and the friends you'll make will be lifelong!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is actually pretty good! The only thing I would say is maybe increasing the size of the cafeteria...it's pretty small for the number of students we have at the school.

    Dorm Life

    Although Bellevue College doesn't actually have dorms, I'm sure they would be in tip-top shape!

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are true to their descriptions, and challenge yet encourage at the same time. If you put forth the effort, it will show. If you slack off, it will also show.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to have all of the details of your student loan (should you need one) worked out as soon as possible. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help and e-mail/call the staff of the office. They have been incredibly helpful the whole time I've been there. Don't be afraid to ask your teachers for help, either. The ratio of students to teachers is perfect in all of the classes that I've taken, and it pays off to form positive relationships with your teachers.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has been a wonderful experience. Their willingness to help the students and ensure their success is great, and the campus is beautiful. The online courses (which I am currently taking) are a great option and experience, as well.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    A lot of clubs and study groups :)

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is great! It's never been too busy when I stopped by and the food is excellent!

    Dorm Life

    I don't stay in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    For me the academics aren't as challenging as I would like since I came from a very challenging high school - but others certainly wouldn't agree with me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you can handle the workload. Always read the textbook assignments. Also, ask for help if you need it; no one will think your less smart than another for asking help, in fact you will be the smarter one with the better grade by the end of the quarter.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is a safe learning environment, not only are the teachers very supportive but so are your classmates. Tuition is a lot less stressful when attending Bellevue College and helps me to stay more focused on my education. I wouldn't of chosen another school to start my college career!

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Love the fact I can do everything online.

    In three sentences

    It was easy to sign up. Lots of great help from the admissions office. And I love that I can do it all online.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They are all about safety on campus and they even have a hotline to call if you feel unsafe while on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can think of, and people can even start their own clubs if they want.

    Great for these types of students

    -People who like to learn -Those intimidated by college classrooms/settings -Those looking to stay close to home in WA -Anybody who can't afford a university tuition

    Bang for the buck

    By attending this college, you're going to a four-year school for the price of a community college.

    What to do for fun

    Volunteer! Get a job on campus! Go shopping downtown! Tons to do around here.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good, but there are plenty of places around if you want to eat out.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Very similar to a high school honors/AP class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the coursework. But don't take on more than you can handle; only take three classes AT THE MOST.

    In three sentences

    It's pretty easy to get around. Has a comfortable and welcoming classroom setting. Good transition from public school.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Baseball, basketball football, soccer.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, hard working. Any type! If you want a personalized experience, come to Bellevue College.

    Bang for the buck

    I did the Running Start Program for 2 years, and graduated with 46 semester credits. This college definitely prioritizes your financial situation and education before their benefits.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, a LOT of options for physical education classes. Bowling down the street

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is usually packed with studying students, but has endless options for any meal. There is also a nice coffee shop. There are many food spots near Bellevue College as well, so the possibilities are endless.

    Dorm Life

    No dorming

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very easy, just read the book and take the test. Others require a lot of participation and intense studying. Although these classes take more time and effort, you take away a lot from the professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid, and learn where all the offices are. The admissions people mess up a lot, so you must become very independent and stay on top of what paper work you need done.

    In three sentences

    The smaller campus helps new students feel welcome and become well-acquainted fast. Teachers take time to learn students names along with their strengths and weaknesses. Free internet too!

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's lots of security guards, but crimes still happen.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's lots of clubs you could join its almost like high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's lots a Woods,and the buildings are all separated far apart.

    What to do for fun

    Nothing.

    Food and Dining

    There food is great but very expensive. i prefer you bring your own.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms, and bellevue can be a long trip if you don't not live around the area or have your own transportation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you meet with a good Advisers.

    In three sentences

    I like going to school at bellevue, but trying to figure out what classes to take for a person with disabilities is very hard. I would bellevue college a 6 because their advisers don't really help us.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Anything you can think of in Bellevue and Seattle.

    Food and Dining

    Many options within walking distance including tullys and starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    Doesn't exist

    Academic Rigor

    In many ways they are as hard or even harder than a university. The classes are small enough that the teachers do get to know you and know when you are pulling one over on them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions, go to office hours, buy a planner and USE it.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue college is very environmentally friendly, they go above and beyond to help the environment. They are also trying to build their reputation as a college, and not just a community college. Most a the factually truly cares about student and teaching them as much as possible.

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Make tons of friends. Gain tons of experience.

    Food and Dining

    Good food.

    Dorm Life

    Not living in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard don't take it lightly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to attend to this college before you transfer.

    In three sentences

    Awesome School. Great Teachers. Cheap.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe, I guess some students got flashed by someone a while back.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a lot to do at Bellevue College.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students interested in transferring to a four year college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a huge computer lab tucked away from campus that I just found out about.

    Bang for the buck

    Education is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and events going on at Bellevue College.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria with a lot of food options.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The math teachers are very dedicated and interested in your academic success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and get involved.

    In three sentences

    There are a lot of activities and clubs to choose from. The teachers are helpful. It is a good school for commuters.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and sports that students can get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    They offer a variety of healthy to unhealthy meals.

    Dorm Life

    I do not life on campus, I live at home.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip is to sign up for classes early before they get full and choose classes that interest you.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has a friendly, laid back environment that helps students feel relaxed while studying. They offer many clubs, sports and help on everything from school work to personal problems. The teachers are passionate about their subject and involved during class.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who really want to learn, there is little space for slacking but you feel great at your achievements when done.

    Dorm Life

    I don't believe they have dorm rooms but there are apartments for student around the area I believe

    Academic Rigor

    Students strike for success here

    Tips for prospective students

    -Register as soon as possible, they classes get full very fast -Go to a counselor and stay in touch as needed to get the best of your progress and for advice in any matter. -When you need extra help, make sure to check out the Tutor Center

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has highly educated and professional instructors for the classes I have taken. They have been helpful most of the time as needed and they push you to do your best and to become the best in the subject. The campus is big and the administration office employees are very friendly and helpful as well. They offer plenty of extra help when you are struggling. They have a Tutor Center, either walk in or you can have a tutor for yourself depending on low grade.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    LGBTQ room in student services. Great place to go for an open group of people.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, you get a bit more than what you pay for when it comes to teacher quality and learning new things.

    What to do for fun

    Go and watch games. The school spirit in this former community college is extremely high.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, just very expensive for the quality. The coffee is great!

    Dorm Life

    There are no ways to live on campus except for those that are international students.

    Academic Rigor

    Wide variety of rigor in the classes provided.

    In three sentences

    Great way to save money on making an education. Good teachers for the most part with a wide range of courses and difficulty.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    cheaper than many other schools.

    What to do for fun

    I couldn't say. I spend most of my day studying. Though I receive emails about activities, so I'm sure there are many fun things available.

    Food and Dining

    Not very healthy and too expensive.

    Dorm Life

    No coment.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers expect a lot from their students. The style at this school is very much like the one in big 4 year colleges/universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not seeking a degree,but are looking to enroll into a nursing program, I don't recommend BC. It is a fairly big school and teachers are very strict.

    In three sentences

    BC is a in between schools place for most students. Many students already have a Bachelor's or Associates degree and are completing prerequisites here in order to go to Dental or Medical school. There are many other opportunities and programs at BC though.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Constantly see Campus Security, jumped my car a couple of times. Also, plenty of lighting, open areas, and emergency call boxes.

    Greek Life

    Didn't check it out.

    Clubs and Activities

    BC has lots of groups you can join and range from sport groups to Japanese appreciation to debate clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone!

    Bang for the buck

    Bellevue College is definitely cheaper than most schools! Saved a lot by going here for two years!

    What to do for fun

    Head out into Seattle, join one of the local pick-up soccer games at the park down the road, go hiking, or even try a mountain bike trail!

    Food and Dining

    BC is located in Bellevue so while you have the option of trying one of their several mini bars or cafeteria, you're never 5-10 minutes away from something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Can't say, I lived at home!

    Academic Rigor

    Bellevue College definitely has it's courses that are difficult but then it has some that might not be considered difficult. It does largely depend on who is teaching, however!

    Tips for prospective students

    Wait off on buying books or rent as early as possible - t if you know you are going to be enrolled in a class, contact the teacher - often times, they'll tell you if the book is actually needed. Also, don't be afraid to speak up! Teachers love interaction and participation. Just be yourself and try to have fun.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is a diverse campus with a plenty to do. Clubs are a plenty and classes are cheap. Also, there are several very good teachers here!

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Definitely cheaper than a university, with good prep to transfer. I would definitely recommend going the first 2 years to BC then transferring to a university for the last 2.

    What to do for fun

    They have a lot of clubs and sports. And they organize other off campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    They have vending machines everywhere! I have not tried the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live on campus, but the onsite housing looked great and it was right on the campus near the school buildings

    Academic Rigor

    I have taken all online classes at BC and I love the system they use - CANVAS. You have to be very on top of your schedule to keep up with the online coursework, but it has helped my keep working while I finish classes. Every class I have taken, from Business courses to Math to English, has had good rigor without being overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with all colleges, you need to stay on top of application and registration dates to get in for the quarter you'd like to start. But generally, they have a high acceptance rate.

    In three sentences

    Very good faculty, expansive selection of courses, and good opportunity for on and off campus learning. I felt very prepared to transfer to a university after taking my prerequisites here.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Take a yoga class on campus. It's awesome!

    Food and Dining

    The food is terrible. Watch out!

    Dorm Life

    I did not stay in any dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes were a lot harder than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get a parking ticket!! They cost almost as much money as just purchasing the quarterly pass.

    In three sentences

    I studied at Bellevue College for two years. I got my associates degree in Arts and Science. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone is is seeking to get their AA for a fairly inexpensive price. The instructors at this school are pretty good and knowledgeable. The campus is clean and really easy to understand, you can usually get to the other side of campus in less than 8 minutes with time to stop off at the restroom (if needed).

  • 09/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've always felt safe on campus. Security is around enough that you feel protected, but not overly so as to invade your privacy. The campus is nice and located in one of the nicest suburbs in the Seattle area, so don't worry too much about crime or theft happening. In addition, within a mile of the school are Robinswood Park, the Big Picture Middle School, a private Christian school, and Sammamish High School, so the area is very family friendly. Bellevue College also has a text alert option that can inform you about storms, class cancellations, and campus safety.

    Greek Life

    Bellevue College has the Phi Theta Kappa scholarship society for those looking to get involved with the campus community as well as get some financial aid.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a variety of clubs available on campus if you look for them. The student services building is full of fellow students working to make the school a better place. While I'm mostly involved in activities off campus, I know there are lots of clubs and groups on campus if you are willing to take the time to look. Always look at the bulletin boards, there are always opportunities posted there.

    Great for these types of students

    Bellevue College is great for the exploratory student who is undecided on their major. It's a great school for those who don't want to pay the cost of a 4 year school for the same core classes. I would definitely recommend it to people who live in the Bellevue area just for how accessible it is. I don't know that I could justify this school for out of state students, but if you're within an hour of Bellevue College, go for it! While I cannot speak from experience, Bellevue College is also a great school for older people looking to get a degree or rethink their career path.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    While perhaps not the most unusual, the planetarium on campus is extraordinary and amazing. The Digistar projector makes for some very cool planetarium shows consisting of animations of various planets or celestial occurrences. The planetarium can literally animate the night sky at any point in history. Taking astronomy is worth being able to use the planetarium every day for lectures, learning the constellations, and experiencing the crazy things that happen in our solar system.

    Bang for the buck

    As someone who is paying for school on their own, Bellevue College is definitely worth it. All of my classes have totally been worth the money. On average I spend $1500 on tuition (for around 15 credit hours) and $200 on books, though I could find books for cheaper if I tried harder. Registering for classes is easy, and refunds on classes and books are available if you use them in a timely manner. Busing is cheap and widely available. I would recommend you take the bus or carpool if possible to avoid paying for a parking pass for lots that are always full. If you are an AP/IB student, this school accepts those credits that makes going through undergraduate education even cheaper. There are scholarships and financial aid available through the school as well. As an added bonus, an associate's degree from Bellevue College is part of a direct transfer agreement with Washington state schools that let's you bypass many 4-year schools' freshman prerequisites and move right on to the meat of your major.

    What to do for fun

    There's not a whole lot to do in Bellevue, but Seattle is right next door. Downtown Bellevue has good food like MOD Pizza, Yogurtland, and World Wraps. Bellevue Square Mall has great shopping, including the Apple Store, Lego Store, Finish Line, Nordstrom, Macy's, and more. Bellevue is a great place to run, as there are a lot of trails if that is your thing. In Seattle, there are a variety of theaters to see shows at. There is so much good food in Seattle, like Pike Place Market, Dick's, Red Mill Burgers, Beth's, the list goes on and on. Of course there is the whole Seattle Center and Space Needle too for all of your touristy desires.

    Food and Dining

    Again, don't expect the food you would get at a school with on campus housing. Bellevue College has a cafeteria, but it's pretty small and pretty basic in what it offers. I wasn't expecting the private school omelette line and marketplace when I began attending Bellevue College, but it's definitely not the place I go to eat. Downtown Bellevue has some great food options, and the Eastgate shopping center is nearby with the fantastic Lil Jon's diner. Other than that, there isn't much standout food at or immediately near Bellevue College.

    Dorm Life

    If dorm life is a necessity then this isn't the school for you. Bellevue College does not have on-campus housing, though there are apartments in the area that you stay at if you have roommates. For me, Bellevue College is literally 5 minutes from my house, so I live at home and go to school, which is a fantastic way to save money. If you live in Bellevue this school is a no-brainer for the financially cautious. I would say the school is worth the commute if you live in the general Seattle area.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course academic rigor depends on the classes that you enroll in, but I have been challenged and intrigued in many of my classes here at Bellevue College. The professors are all very interested in the subjects they teach and are willing to help you outside of class if you ask them. Class sizes are perfect, ranging from less than 20 to around 40 in my personal experience. The large variety of courses here is very welcoming and makes it easy to not only pass off the degree requirements you need, but also learn about a great range of material. A great example of this for me was the combination of Introduction to Sociology and Engineering Graphics. Sociology was an 100-level introductory class, so while it wasn't necessarily difficult, it introduced a broad range of concepts and got me thinking about sustainability, which has become increasingly important to me. On the flipside, Engineering Graphics was a more specialized class in which I worked with people much older than me. It was challenging and fast paced, and emphasized precision. I was able to experience both these types of classes at Bellevue College at the same time, and learn a ton from both.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend this school to those want to get their core class requirements out of the way without paying the high price tag of most four year schools. Bellevue College is easy to get to, as a large amount of bus routes pass through campus. Bellevue College, being a community college, is basically guaranteed entry, so it's a nice backup if your larger-scale plans fall through. If you're planning to go, these next tips are for you in particular. It's a bit hard to meet people sometimes because everybody comes and goes, so be social! The First Year Experience class is invaluable and gives great advice on BC and just college in general, so make sure you go to that. Introduce yourself to all your professors and find an advisor to help you through registration and transferring. The campus is pretty small and easy to navigate, but still be sure to find your classes ahead of time. Get books early and register as soon as you can to get best picks on both.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is a great first step for those anyone who is unsure of what to study, how to pay for school, or where they want to be. It's an affordable school for those like myself who have to pay for college on their own. The course selection is large and the school is very supportive of the transfer process.

  • 10/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Can't speak for the cafeteria's food as I bring my own lunch. Coffee is a bit watered down considering the region, probably a cost-cutting measure. Cafeteria has modest space to sit and many buildings have a smaller coffee stand with snacks.

    Dorm Life

    BC does not have a dorm system.

    Academic Rigor

    Quarters can be intense if you don't consider all of your classes per quarter when calculating workload balanced against work or other time obligations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Chart your drive to campus if you aren't going to use the bus. Don't bother with book buyback programs, sell your old textbooks privately. Register as soon as you're able, waiting until the last minute can mean not getting into the class.

    In three sentences

    Campus is tidy, parking is a bit of a pain due to construction, but located near the city's park and ride. Most faculty seem to be nice and the math/writing labs are essential for study and tutoring.

  • 12/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never had a problem with feeling unsafe, and I used to work on the newspaper for the school so there would be times I was staying until one or two in the morning. After I'd be done editing the paper, I would just call the patrol for the school and they would happily come and pick me up and drive me to my car no matter where I had parked earlier in the day, and no matter the time of the night. I always felt safe. And the one time I did feel uncomfortable around another student, I filled out a report at the security office, and they took care of all of it for me. They talked to the student that I had filed a report on and told them not to talk to me, and told me that I was free to come back if I felt that the issue wasn't resolved. They definitely looked after me and helped ease my nerves a lot.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was VP of the Anthropology Club for a while, and we had a blast. We went on trips together, had speakers come in and tell us about various things they had done around the world, and just had fun and enjoyed each other's company. We also did fundraisers to help support charities of our choice, which always made me happy. I loved helping people.

    Bang for the buck

    Bellevue College is super cheap compared to a lot of other colleges in the area, and I love it for that. It's the main reason I decided to go there to begin with! And it's why my brother decided to go there as well.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs there that you can join, and they are always so open and accepting and can be a lot of fun. There are campus activities that you can take part in occasionally as well. Overall though, I feel a lot of the students keep to themselves, and the lack of a dorm situation makes it even more difficult to develop a huge community among students. But the students are still very nice and helpful!

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria on campus and a few places to get snacks, but to be honest I feel it is a bit overpriced and not worth the money. I do take advantage of their coffee, and I like their sandwiches and the salad bar, but it was still better to pack myself some food than to overspend at the cafeteria. There are also places near the college that you can go to that are much better in my opinion, and are much cheaper.

    Academic Rigor

    Honestly, the most trouble I've ever had has been with math, but that's just me. :) The classes aren't ridiculously hard, but you do have to put forth some effort, obviously. This is college after all. The teachers are always willing to go above and beyond to help, and I've found lots of students to be open to forming study groups and helping one another. There is also tutoring available for some classes, which your teachers can tell you all about if you feel like you need the extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to stay on top of all of the financial aid paperwork! You can go to the financial aid portal through the Financial Assistance part of the Bellevue College website and keep track of any paperwork they might need. They give you a checklist and everything! Check it regularly, as they might add things later and not contact you to let you know they did, which unfortunately caused problems for me several times. I now check on my financial aid several times a week when I'm waiting to hear from them. Getting it all done sooner rather than later will definitely help keep the stress down in terms of money.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College has a smaller campus, making it much easier to navigate and make it to classes that you've scheduled in back-to-back time blocks. It is known for being a cheaper alternative for the first two years of school when compared to the majority of the state colleges, and the cost is the reason a lot of the students attend. Many students, myself included, are going there so that they can get an Associate's degree, or so they can later transfer to a four year college and save some money along the way.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are not necessarily looking to party, but just want to get things done. There are plenty of options for fun with campus activities, I was happy to notice that there wasn't a prominent drug presence on campus. There are also a lot of older students returning to further their education.

    Bang for the buck

    It's cheap as community college still and you can get your Bachelor's - go for it if you're looking to save money and still get a quality education!

    Food and Dining

    They have diverse options in the cafeteria and everything I have eaten there was good, they have surprisingly diverse options for vegetarians which I wasn't expecting.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    All incoming freshmen are required to take English 101, which was painfully easy compared to all the AP English classes I had taken previously. It's all a matter of what classes you take and if they are up to your level or not though, if you take classes above your skill set it will be rigorous. If you're not looking for a challenge, I suggest Math 107 (Math in Society) for your math course, it's practical math and isn't too challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register as early as you can, the basic classes like English fill up fast. Make sure to order your books early too, I waited and had to pay extra to get them shipped in time to use.

    In three sentences

    I have been very satisfied with my experience at BC. The campus is nice, class sizes are small which makes it easier to connect with your professors, and for the most part everyone here is courteous and kind. They're offering diverse classes, and now that you can get your 4-year degree in certain programs it's a steal compared to major 4-year universities.

  • 12/14/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is no issues with safety since I arrived. Campus security is constantly driving around in their little golf carts

    Greek Life

    Non-existent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are almost none. Unless you want to be in an ice-cream club.

    Great for these types of students

    No social life, only focus is school work. This would be great for you. However, if you want the stereotypical college life of partying, frats, friends and school spirit this is NOT for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I can think of

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely a cheaper option, compared to going straight to a university. I would definitely recommend this to a high school senior, as it is a subtler transition.

    What to do for fun

    Go home... Do not stay at the college. School sports are not publicized and no interaction is really emphasized.

    Food and Dining

    It's not at all the greatest stuff you've ever ate, but I mean... You don't have too many options if you only have 10 minutes.

    Dorm Life

    There is none? This is essentially a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum itself was easy for me. The problem resided in some teachers styles, and a lot of them are foreign and difficult to understand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Since most of the students coming here are straight out of high school, I'd recommend hyper-focusing on studies and developing the best habits for when you transfer. It is what most of us have done, and I have heard many classmates complaining about how hard the transition is. Focus on the transition itself, then maybe throw in a job, or something else.

    In three sentences

    The campus itself is very accessible and easy to get to. The teachers are (mostly) easy to contact if there is a struggle or discrepancy. There is no school pride, and no student life at this college.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I'm learning more now than i ever have in the past, and it is affordable enough that I can pay out of pocket each quarter.

    What to do for fun

    There are dozens and dozens of clubs for people of all interests to join. Not to mention there are almost always people throwing around frisbees or footballs that love to have more people join them.

    Food and Dining

    As a person working through college it feels a little expensive, but the quality is definitely good.

    Dorm Life

    Does not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers look for the best way to help students. If a student puts in the effort, the teachers will match that gusto and do all they can to see that student succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math major, look into the STEM class. They focus solely on arranging opportunities for students in those fields. They help with finding internships, scholarships, writing resumes, interviewing, and often have professionals from those fields come into class!

    In three sentences

    BC has a great environment and passionate teachers. Every class is full of new and exciting ideas, as well as fellow students just as excited as I am. I am very happy with my choice to go to BC.

  • 03/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Good price for a bachelor's program since it is a publice college and not a university

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria is decent and there are multiple coffee stands around campus

    Dorm Life

    No campus housing

    Academic Rigor

    The science courses at the college level are challenging but great

    Tips for prospective students

    Join groups if you can, be active in events, and be involved in study groups. These things help you succed as a person in college!

    In three sentences

    Great classes with mostly helpful instructors. Welcoming environment and online classes are a great format for busy students. I am happy I transferred here.

  • 04/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Personally, I am the type of student that finds fun in the courses instead of outside organizations but if I were it would not be hard to find with all of BCs many assortment of clubs and athletics that any student can be a part of with the right communication and desire. The college is not too far from the actual city either or small malls that populate the area making BC another hub for creative expression. There is programs for theatre lovers, music lovers and even math lovers if that is what interest you.

    Food and Dining

    There is vending machines throughout the entire campus and the school offers quality food and beverages in the cafeteria that I have experienced for myself. The school is not located far away from other restaurants and fast food but if you are looking for something that taste good and is not out of the way, Bellevue's cafeteria is the way to go.

    Dorm Life

    Bellevue College does not offer dorms at this time which does not bother me because although dorms are convenient they also have the tendency to be small, crowded and extremely expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously the answer to this is pretty vague because the rigor of the school is determined by each student's academic comprehension and willingness to challenge themselves in order to advance in their prospective majors. Personally, my course and instructors have all challenged and made me view things in a different light so I have no complaints as that is what they should aim for anyway.

    Tips for prospective students

    Anyone that decides they want to take their future into their own hands and further their own individual chances of financial security has already accomplished the first step in the long path that is a career. Tips I have for coming students is be prepared to lose a lot of sleep in order to be a full time student or even part time. Be prepared to have to prioritize your day based on your studies and then everything else comes subsequently. Embrace the change that earning a degree or certificate can offer you and let that be your motivation.

    In three sentences

    I honestly feel as though if any male or female, of any age or affiliation should attend Bellevue College if they are pursuing job training, certificates or even a four year transferable bachelors degree. Unless the problem is financial it makes logical sense to me to attend Bellevue for all of the academic options and facility in itself actually. Bellevue College also offers many different methods to paying tuition and fees that have made it easy on a part-time sales associate like me.

  • 05/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Blueberry farm nearby

    Food and Dining

    Its a typical cafeteria situation. No organic options. Unappetizing salad bar. Not recommended. Coffee is ok.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    I am a pre engineering student and as a result I found my classes engaging and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Register early. If you plan to drive to school, buy the discounted parking pass. You'll end up having to park far away anyways.

    In three sentences

    Bellevue College is appealing because of its small class sizes and academically challenging classes. The parking is not great due to new construction. The student resources could be better.