Admissions Process

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Ready to get started?  Here’s how it works:

Step One – Attend an OLS Information Session

If you’re ready to learn more about our program, the first step is attending an information session held at the Bellevue College North Campus. These informative meetings include a current OLS student panel and are held for potential students, families, counselors and special educators so they can find out more about the OLS experience. For a list of upcoming dates and registration information, visit our OLS Information Sessions page.

Step Two – Complete & Mail the OLS Application Packet (All Components Required)

  • Submit student-completed application with the required $60 application fee.
  • Provide two recommendation forms with your application. These forms must be completed by someone other than a family member. For example: an educator, doctor, employer or supervisor.
  • Provide Evaluation Documentation of an IQ score above 70, and a reading, writing, and math level of 4th grade or higher.
  • Provide High School Transcripts

Completed Application Packets must be received by July 1st for Final Admissions. **All application materials, including the $60 application fee, are required for your application to be to considered.**

Application Packet Recommendation Form

Please make checks payable to OLS at Bellevue College and mail completed application packets to:

OLS at Bellevue College
attn: Admissions
14673 NE 29th Place
Bellevue, WA 98007

Step Three – In-Person Assessments

Applicants who submit their completed application packets on time and meet our baseline requirements will be invited to an in-person assessment. Invitations to this assessment will be emailed to applicants shortly after the application deadlines. The OLS assessment will measure a variety of baseline skills that are essential to being successful in the program.

Final Assessments are scheduled for Wednesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 19th. These assessments are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to change based on demand. Assessments are required to be admitted into the OLS Program!

Final decisions for admissions will be made after the assessment process has been completed. All assessed applicants will be contacted 2 weeks after the assessment date with a decision regarding admission into the OLS program.

Students accepted into the OLS Fall 2017 Program will attend the New Student Orientation on Monday, September 11th through Wednesday, September 13th!


It is important to apply for FAFSA and Bellevue College financial aid as soon as you submit your application, due to the length of time it takes to be evaluated.  If you wait until you’re accepted to apply, you could miss out on financial aid.


Last Updated April 26, 2017