As a comprehensive community college, we are committed to providing responsive and high-quality innovative educational programs and services that promote personal and professional growth to strengthen our communities.


  • Technical Certificates and Degrees
  • College Transfer Degrees
  • College and Career Preparation
  • Workforce Development Programs
  • Continuing Education
  • Community Education
  • Quality Instruction
  • Affordable Tuition
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Student Support Services
    • Tutoring
    • Computer Labs
    • Academic Advising
    • Disability Accommodations
  • Degree-Planning Assistance
  • Courses, Workshops, and Other Educational Offerings
  • Textbook Purchases
  • Financial Aid, Scholarship, and Grant Guidance
  • Math, Writing, and Reading Placement Tests

Proud Beginnings

A 5:1 community vote establishes Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) on July 1, 1962.

We have been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1962. 

  • 1962: Doors opened in September with vocational-technical courses taught at Pendleton’s John Murray Junior High School.
  • 1963: College Transfer programs are added.

  • 1965: BMCC campus moves to the north hill overlooking Pendleton.

  • Construction plans are completed within 10 years.

  • 1992: BMCC purchases Columbia Hall in Hermiston in September to accommodate local growth.

  • 1993: BMCC leases the former US Bank Building for a center in Milton-Freewater.

  • 1994: The Milton-Freewater Continuing Education Office and Basic Skills Center moves into the former US Bank Building.

An Overview

BMCC offers students high-quality instruction, affordable tuition, small class sizes, and student support services such as tutoring, computer labs, academic advising, and disability accommodations.  

Though its taxing district comprises Baker, Morrow, and Umatilla counties, BMCC serves all of northeastern Oregon – including Grant, Union, and Wallowa counties – through its locations in Pendleton, Hermiston, Baker City, Milton-Freewater, Boardman, La Grande, and John Day. In addition, BMCC provides selected on-site services to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. BMCC uses distance education learning modalities to serve residents throughout the region, as well as a small number of students from around the world.

On average, BMCC employs 250 full-time and part-time persons, with an annual payroll of more than $15 million. 

In 2022-2023, BMCC enrolled 4,616 students, of which nearly 50% were seeking a certificate or associate’s degree. Sixty nine percent of students received some form of financial aid in 2022-23, and the average financial aid award amount for students during this period was $6,804.  During the 2022-23 academic year, the BMCC Foundation awarded more than 120 different scholarships, totaling more than $268,000. Early College Credit classes were offered to area high school students; 10,435 credits were awarded to 1,181 students enrolled in college credit courses for the 2022-23 academic year. BMCC has also saved students more than $500,000 annually in textbook costs thanks to the use of Open Education Resources in nearly a quarter of BMCC classes.

Typical of community college student populations, the average age of all BMCC students is 28. Student demographic data rely on self-reporting: 37% of students identified themselves as belonging to minority populations, and 14.8% of students identified themselves as veterans. Class size is generally fewer than 25 students.

President's Welcome

On behalf of the faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to BMCC. Whether you are joining us for college preparation, college transfer, technical training, for assistance with workforce development, or self-improvement and personal growth, we are all committed to your success.

BMCC is about Students First. All of the staff and faculty at the College are dedicated to making sure the needs of students and their success are put first. It is also very clear to me that our local businesses, industries and K-12 school districts are integral partners with BMCC, and our students find success due to these strong relationships.

I believe that education is vital to building strong, vibrant communities and a skilled workforce. That means it is important to know what our communities’ needs are. 

Thank you for your confidence in BMCC, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationships the College has throughout its District and to serving students. I look forward to meeting you!

Warm regards,

Dr. J. Mark Browning
Blue Mountain Community College

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