The Department of Computer Science offers first-year and transfer student admission once a year.
Admission into the computer science is competitive and completion of the minimum prerequisites does not guarantee admissions into the major.
The on-line application for First-Year and Transfer Students opens on October 18th at noon and closes November 1st at 5:00 PM.
Step 1: Apply to Bellevue College for General Admission
If you are not currently enrolled as a BC student or previous BC student who is returning to the college after 4 or more quarters, you must apply to the college for general admission. Current BC students may skip Step 1 and start at Step 2
- Go to: www.bellevuecollege.edu/admissions/apply/general/
- Pay the $34.00 college general admission fee.
Please note: it may take 5-7 business days to receive a student identification number. Once you receive your Student ID# then you may proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Pay the CS Application fee
- Go to registration Login at: https://www.ctc.edu/~bellevue/webreg/waci221.html
- Under select the quarter: Choose Fall 2016
- Register using the item#: APPV
- Pay the $75.00 (non-refundable) Computer Science Application Fee. Print and save a copy of your receipt before logging out. This receipt need to be uploaded into the program application on-line. Applications will not be processed without this receipt.
First Year Student: Must be qualified to enroll in the following courses:
Math& 151: Calculus I: Placement by assessment or Math& 142 with a C- or better, or AP score of 2 or higher on AB or BC exam
ENGL&101 Composition I: Placement by assessment or ENGL 092 or 093 with C- or better
Transfer Student: Must complete each prerequisite with a minimum of 2.0 grade by the time of application.
Math 151, 152
CS 210, CS 211
5-6 credits of either PHYS 121, Biology, or Chemistry
SAT or ACT scores are required only for applicants with fewer than 40 transferable college credits.
College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR)
All applicants (freshmen and transfer) must complete a minimum level of preparation prior to applying for admissions into Computer Science. Completion in six subject areas: English, Mathematics, Social Sciences/Social Studies, World Languages, Lab Science, Senior Year Math-Based Quantitative, and Arts. These minimum academic subject areas are set by the Washington Student Achievement Council. Most applicants have completed these requirements in high school or through college course work. (Note: One credit in high school is equivalent to a full year course. A 5 credit class in college is equivalent to one high school credit.)
English Language Proficiency
All freshmen and transfer international students must submit proof of English language proficiency as defined by the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives by the application deadline. See BC website: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/oiegi/
Step 3: Complete the CS application Form between October 18th-November 1st.
Plan ahead and have the following items ready to upload into the application.
- Unofficial transcripts from all schools attended (high school transcript; any college or universities attended)
- Receipt for program application fee (jpeg, jpg, pdf)
- Personal Statement and Diversity Statement for the faculty to review. (Students are encouraged to write their personal statement ahead of time and visit the writing center for feedback on their essays.)
Prompt: Write a brief personal statement (limit 1200 words) that will give the departmental admissions committee a better understanding of your motivation and interest in computer science. You may wish to describe your experiences (i.e. work, research, leadership, or extracurricular) that have been important to you and future career interests.
Prompt: (limit 250 words)
Bellevue College strives to create a vibrant campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. Describe how your education, philosophy, experiences or background brings a broad perspective to the college and computer science classroom?
Optional: (limit 500 words)
Describe any personal challenges you have faced and explain how they have affected your education and what you did to address them. Discuss any unusual circumstances that may contribute to a better understanding of your record.
Step 4: Submit official transcripts
Submit official transcripts to the BC Evaluations Office at:
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484