Bates Technical College

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School Overview

Bates Technical College is a two-year technical college that offers Associate of Technology degrees and professional certificates. The college is located in the city of Tacoma and is the largest public technical college in the entire state of Washington. While the majority of the programs at Bates are career-oriented, several of its associate degrees will enable student to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Bates has also established articulation agreements with several four-year universities in the regional, whereby ensuring its student will be accepted upon graduation.

In addition to its main campus on South Yakima Avenue, Bates has two other campuses in the Tacoma area. In all, Bates Technical College has over 640,000 square feed of building space that is used for labs, meetings, administration offices, student classroms, and other support facilities.

General Information

Admission Office

1101 South Yakima Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98405

(253) 680-7002

Contact: Steve Ashpole

Admissions Director
Main Address

1101 South Yakima Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98405

(253) 680-7000

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,437


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $59

Admissions Policies/Requirements

COMPASS required for admission.

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architectural Technology A,C

Arts, Visual & Performing

Fashion Design C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biotechnology A

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting Technology A,C
Administrative/Secretarial Services A,C
Marketing Management A,C
Retailing A,C
Vehicle Parts/Accessories Marketing C
Warehousing/Inventory Management C

Communications Technologies

Communications Technologies – General A,C
Photographic/Film Technology C
Radio/Television Broadcasting A,C
Recording Arts Technology C

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Networking/Telecommunications A,C
Computer Programming – General A,C
Computer Support Specialist A,C
Database Management A,C
Information Technology A,C
Web/Multimedia Design A,C
Web/Multimedia Management A,C
Wireless and advanced communications technology A,C

Construction Trades

Boat building A,C
Building/Property Maintenance A,C
Carpentry A,C
Construction Trades – General A,C
Electrician A,C
Metal Building Assembly A,C


Early Childhood Education A,C


Architectural Engineering A
Civil Engineering A
Electrical/Communications Engineering A
Mechanical Engineering A
Surveying Engineering A
Textile Sciences/Engineering A

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Drafting A,C
Architectural Engineering Technology C
Automotive Engineering Technology C
Biomedical Engineering Technology A,C
CAD/CADD Drafting/Design C
Civil Drafting/Civil Engineering A,C
Civil Engineering/Technology C
Computer Engineering A,C
Computer Hardware C
Computer Software C
Computer Systems C
Drafting and Design Technology C
Electrical Engineering Technologies A,C
Electrical/Electronics Drafting A,C
Electromechanical Technologies A,C
Engineering Technology – General A,C
Industrial Safety A,C
Mechanical Drafting C
Mechanical Engineering Technology A,C
Surveying Technology A,C

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Care Service C
Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies C
Institutional Food Production A,C
Textile Science C

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Dental Assistance A,C
Dental Laboratory Technology A,C
Medical Administrative Assistance C
Medical Transcription C
Nursing – Practical A,C

Law & Legal Studies

Legal Administrative Assistance A,C

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Auto Body Repair A,C
Automotive Technology A,C
Communications Systems A,C
Diesel Mechanics A,C
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Repair A,C
Heating/A.C./Refrigeration Mechanics A,C
Heavy Equipment Maintenance A
Industrial Electronics A,C
Mechanics & Repair – General A,C
Small Engine Mechanics/Repair A,C

Personal & Culinary Services

Barbering C
Cosmetology A,C
Culinary Arts/Related Services A,C
Food Prep/Professional Cooking C
Institutional Food Service C
Personal & Culinary Services – General A,C

Precision Production Trades

CabinetmakingMillwork A,C
Machine Tool Technology A,C
Sheet Metal Technology A,C
Welding Technology A,C

Science Technologies

Biology Technician A,C

Security & Protective Services

Fire Protection/Safety Technology A,C
Fire Science/Firefighting A,C
Fire Services Administration A,C

Transportation & Materials Moving

Transportation & Materials Moving – General C
Truck/Bus/Commercial Vehicle Operation C

Degrees, certificates and diplomas for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Bates Technical College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(253) 680-7000
Type of School:2-year, Public
Address:1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:3,291
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:2,773 (84% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$4,601
Out-of-state Tuition:$10,008
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:62%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$6,487

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Bates Technical College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Bates Technical College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services73
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services55
Construction Trades73
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields77
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences31
Health Professions and Related Programs86
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service32
Legal Professions and Studies1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians138
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Personal and Culinary Services41
Precision Production95
Science Technologies/Technicians11
Transportation and Materials Moving3
Grand total7646

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Bates Technical College.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services11
Grand total11

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Bates Technical College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,010

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid8962%
Grant or scholarship aid7955%$6,487
Student loan aid3222%$4,043

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid65420%$6,377
Federal student loans31710%$4,138

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Bates Technical College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Bates Technical College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Bates Technical College Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment3,291
Undergraduate enrollment3,291
Graduate enrollment0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Bates Technical College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Assisting (DA)
    • Dental Laboratory Technology (DT)
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) - Programs leading to an associate degree

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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