Despite its reputation as a rainy city, Seattle is considered one of the most livable cities in the United States. It is a hi-tech city, with a healthy economy powered by companies headquartered in Seattle such as Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon.com, an artistic and cultural city, and a wel -educated, liberal city. Seattle has the highest percentage of college graduates of any major U.S. city. Its population is approximately 73% Caucasian (white), one of the highest percentages of Caucasians for a major American city, and 13% Asian American. The world’s richest man, Bill Gates, resides in Seattle.
Seattle, while frequently shrouded in grey clouds and mist, actually has much less precipitation than many other US cities, despite its soggy reputation. Winter temperatures range from 4°-10°C, with very little snow, while summer highs hover between 24°-29°C. Summer days can be very pleasant – sunny and warm.
Bellevue Community College is only 15 minutes away from Seattle. It opened in 1966 and has 19,000 students with 600 international students per year from 65 countries. It is the largest community college in Washington State. Rolling Stone Magazine called Bellevue one of the top 10 community colleges in the United States. When the Microsoft Corporation was just starting, its headquarters were located at Bellevue! Bellevue sends more transfer students to four-year universities than any other community college in the state. Bellevue does not require its applicants to take the TOEFL.
Bellevue also has a high school completion program for international students age 17 and above called Running Start. This program allows students to complete high school diploma and college/university credit simultaneously.