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Columbia Basin College Data & Information Overview

202 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
6% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Columbia Basin College Ranked?

#1,177 Best Colleges in Nation
#25 Best Colleges in WA
Business, Management & Marketing Highest Ranked Major
Value Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Columbia Basin College was awarded 202 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management & marketing.

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Overall Quality

CBC is ranked #1,177 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CBC held the #1,181 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

CBC is also ranked #25 out of 51 schools in Washington.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CBC?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

If you are worried about getting into Columbia Basin College, don't be. The school has a liberal open admissions policy, which means you only need to meet basic requirements in order to be admitted. Still, be sure to submit a complete application and provide any other requested materials.

Learn more about Columbia Basin College admissions.

Columbia Basin College Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
100% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Columbia Basin College is about average at 16 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Columbia Basin College is 100%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  100 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Columbia Basin College

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Columbia Basin College Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,770 Full-Time Undergraduates
53.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
61.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,745 undergraduates at CBC with 3,770 being full-time and 2,975 being part-time.

How Much Does Columbia Basin College Cost?

$9,805 Net Price
4% Take Out Loans
$20,220 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of CBC is $9,805. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CBC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,704 $8,964 $11,513 $14,436 $16,105

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CBC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CBC, approximately 4% of students took out student loans averaging $5,055 a year. That adds up to $20,220 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CBC is 6.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CBC Graduates Make?

$41,960 Avg Salary of Grads
Average Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from CBC with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $41,960 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Columbia Basin College make the most money.

Location of Columbia Basin College

Washington State
3,770 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Columbia Basin College is a public institution situated in Pasco, Washington. Pasco is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Contact details for CBC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2600 N 20Th Ave, Pasco, WA 99301
Phone: 509-547-0511

Columbia Basin College Majors

32 Majors With Completions
2,621 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 93 $47,433
Information Technology 37 $51,473
Nursing 20 NA
Dental Support Services 17 NA
Computer Information Systems 3 NA
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 NA
Marketing 0 NA
General Business/Commerce 0 NA
Computer Programming 0 NA
Computer Software & Applications 0 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Columbia Basin College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CBC

84% Take At Least One Class Online
66% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 5,130 students took at least one online class at Columbia Basin College. This is a decrease from the 5,972 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 5,130 3,995
2019-2020 5,972 5,501
2018-2019 2,899 1,096
2017-2018 2,692 1,043
2016-2017 2,580 938

Learn more about online learning at Columbia Basin College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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