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Columbia Basin College is a 2 year college located in Pasco, Washington. The college was founded in 1965 to serve the Benton and Franklin counties. The college services over 13,000 students a year and has grown over the decade, expanding its offerings and building new facilities. CBC provides a safe learning environment and believes in equality in its dealings with students, providing the skills necessary for residents of its service area to succeed. The school is continually reviewing and revising its offerings, ensuring that the programs remain relevant and provide the best possible education. Class sizes are relatively small, typically having between 22-50 students.
Columbia Basin College offers a diverse number of programs to help prepare its students for transfer into four year institutions or to prepare them for a career of their choosing. Students wishing to transfer will complete the first two year of a four year education at CBC. Students may transfer to four year institutions upon completion assuming certain general education courses are taken and an acceptable GPA is maintained. Career and technical programs provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the workforce immediately as professions once the program is completed. CBC also offers a single Baccalaureate program in applied management.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students interested in enrolling at Columbia Basin College must complete and submit the application along with the application fee and take the COMPASS placement exam. As a two year institution the school maintains an open enrollment program, allowing those individuals who demonstrate that they may benefit from the education offered to enroll. Some programs may have limited admittance, and as such it is wise to apply early. Students applying for financial aid should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and visit the financial aid office to discuss options. Financial aid is available in the form of loans and grants, the resulting Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA will be used to determine eligibility and awards.
Intercollegiate athletics are available at Columbia Basin College. The CBC Hawks participate in a number of sports through the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWACC). Intercollegiate athletics allow students to participate in structure competition which fosters an atmosphere of school pride. Additionally, students are encouraged to develop important skills that are useful for their academic and professional careers. These include teamwork, discipline, and good health. Students who participate in athletics often find the experience rewarding, as it allows for travel, bonding with peers, and the possibility of success.
Athletic programs offered include:
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Softball (Women Only)
- Volleyball (Women Only)
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,600. There is also a $29 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $3,700-$4,500
- Out-of-State: $6,100-$7,260
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $150-$180 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $210-$250 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||57%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||43%||$4,966|
|Receiving Student Loans||7%||$4,981|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 11%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Columbia Basin College may offer services to students like:
- Online classes
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Employment search assistance
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for Columbia Basin College compared to community colleges in Washington, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 2000)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program (more info)
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 2002)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Washington
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Security and Protective Services
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Columbia Basin College.
- Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, WA (42 miles away)
- Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, OR (42 miles away)
- Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, WA (65 miles away)
- Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, WA (71 miles away)
- Wenatchee Valley College in Wenatchee, WA (100 miles away)