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
Apply Online:
Address: 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,377
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): %
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,620 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,497
Out-of-state Tuition: $15,527
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 64%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,918

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Bates Technical College Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 103
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 85
Construction Trades 73
Education 32
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 97
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 21
Health Professions and Related Programs 128
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 32
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 168
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Personal and Culinary Services 41
Precision Production 105
Science Technologies/Technicians 11
Transportation and Materials Moving 3
Visual and Performing Arts 11
Grand total 9250

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,497
Out-of-state $15,527
Books and supplies $870

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 107 64%
Grant or scholarship aid 98 59% $6,918
Student loan aid 32 19% $3,913

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 745 17% $6,264
Federal student loans 218 5% $3,747

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.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 4,377
Undergraduate enrollment 4,377
Graduate enrollment 0

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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