The Department of Computer Science offers first-year and transfer student admissions once a year.

Admission into the Bachelor of Computer Science degree 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 12:00 PM 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

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.


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

English Composition

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 (first year 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 (first year 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:

Step 2:  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)
  • 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

  • $75.00 application payment
  • Unofficial transcripts from all schools attended (high school transcript; any college or universities attended)

Step 3:  Submit official transcripts

Submit official transcripts to the BC Evaluations Office at:

Bellevue College
Evaluation’s Office
3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007-6484


Last Updated October 18, 2016