Getting Started

It’s easy to begin the enrollment process at Bellevue College—select the student type that corresponds most closely with your background.

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Take the first step!

It just takes about 10 minutes to complete the online application. You only pay the application fee when you’re ready to pay tuition for your first quarter.

Ready to apply? Here’s how:

  1. Set up an account.
    First, set up your account using the Washington State online admission application.
  2. Complete the application.
    • A step-by-step guide makes the process easy.
    • On your application choose “Transfer” if you have or are attending another college, or choose “First-year” if this is your first time attending college.
  3. Take the next steps.

Have you previously attended Bellevue College?

Please see our Student Re-engagement page for all the info you need.

Are you a citizen of a country other than the United States? If so, apply for admission as an international student.

New Student Checklist

After you apply to BC, your application will be processed within a few days.

  • The email address you used to create your application will get a welcome email outlining further steps and provide you with your ctcLink ID number. If there are any problems with your application, we’ll send you an email.
  • If you haven’t gotten your Welcome to Bellevue College email from by the time our processing time dashboard for Admissions Applications shows it should be processed, you can reach out to us:

Activate Your Account

Set Up Your NetID

  • After you receive your nine digit ctcLink ID number in your welcome email, set up your NetID and create a BC Email
    • Your NetID is like a key needed to access Canvas (online class system), email, computer labs, forms, and processes required by the college. You’ll need it to complete the next steps for getting placed into classes or removing prequisite requirements for work you’ve already completed.
    • See our tutorial if you need help.

Apply to get Financial Aid

Placement and Testing Services Options

Transfer Credits to Bellevue College

  • Transferring credits from another college is often confused with placement and clearing prerequisites. These are two separate things. If you completed college level classes and would like the credits to transfer in toward your degree, we will need official documentation. It may take much longer to process than just clearing a course prerequisite.
  • You can transfer credits from another college, professional certifications, military training, or even get credit for work and life experience. We also accept exams such as AP, IB, and A-Levels. If credit from your previous school is found to be equivalent to Bellevue College coursework, that credit can be transferred and applied toward your degree or certificate where appropriate.
    • First, you’ll need to send your official transcript(s) and documentation to us.
    • Next, you’ll need to let us know we’ve received all the official transcript(s) and documentation you plan to send so we can begin comparing all the course equivalencies. You do this by completing the credit review request form found on step 5. Please note: since reviewing course equivalencies is a long process that can take weeks, we don’t review transcripts that are sent to us until you complete the credit review request form. That form lets us know we have all the official transcript(s) and documentation that you plan to send in.
  • Processing times for getting your transcripts evaluated for a credit transfer can take several weeks. It’s recommended that you start that process as soon as you can but also talk with an advisor about taking the right courses to avoid repeating equivalent courses. You do not need to wait until your credit transfer is complete prior to signing up for classes.

Complete the New Student Orientation

  • Even if you’re not new to college, completing the New Student Orientation will help you with all the steps to be successful here at Bellevue College. This will also include information on how to meet with an academic advisor and pick the right classes to meet your goals.
  • At the end of the New Student Orientation through Canvas (our learning system), you can sign up for the Enrollment Sessions run by our orientation team either live online or in-person.

Steps to Enroll for BC Classes

See how to pay through ctcLink


Talk with an admission navigator in the Welcome Center.

No Matter Your Background, You Are Welcome Here

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Start by applying for admission, even if you’re only taking one course.

Use the academic calendar to find important dates and deadlines for each quarter.

If you’re an undocumented immigrant, rest assured that we safeguard your privacy. We only ask about immigration status to see if you qualify for the resident tuition rate.

When you’re at Bellevue College, you belong. The campus is a community that values you for being the unique individual that you are. It’s a place where everyone has a sense of purpose. It’s where you’ll find personalized support to achieve your dream.

Enrollment Services (Admissions & Registration) Info

Location: Student Central, First Floor, U-Building

Service Hours:

  • Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Interested in Noncredit Classes?

If you’re taking noncredit classes offered through Continuing Education, you don’t need to fill out the general admission application.

Programs with Additional Requirements

Some academic programs may also ask you to complete a program-specific application or provide additional info. Check the list below to see if your program has additional requirements.

The Basic and Transitional Studies Department (BaTS) works to build your skills in math and English. Whether you aim to master the basics or prepare for college level classes, we can help.

Our programs empower you to achieve new heights in school, the workplace, and the community. They prepare you to become a leader.

BaTS programs serve students with a wide range of backgrounds and education levels. They can help you to:

  • Learn English as a second language (ESL)
  • Prepare for college
  • Earn a college certificate
  • Earn a high school diploma
  • Prepare for the GED®
  • Build workplace skills

Do you want to earn college credit while you’re in high school? Are you hoping to complete courses for your high school diploma? Perhaps you’d like to start college as a freshman before age 18.

You can do all of these things at Bellevue College.

Center for High School Programs

The Center for High School Programs is the place to start if you plan to:

  • earn college credit while in high school, or
  • return to high school to earn your diploma

The Center offers the following programs:

  • Running Start 
  • College in the High School
  • Career Education Options
  • Youth High School Completion program (for students ages 16­–20)
  • Pacific NW College Credit

Under the Age of 18 Admission

Qualifying for admission

If you are under 18, you may be admitted to Bellevue College if any one of the following is true:

  • You are 16 or 17 years old
  • You are in the 11th or 12th grade
  • You are under 16 and in the 9th or 10th grade, but can show unique circumstances that justify early admission
How to apply

Follow this process if all of the following apply to you:

  • Under the age of 18
  • Attending high school or home-schooled and working at a high school grade level
  • Not enrolled in a Bellevue College high school program, except for Summer Quarter

If you have completed high school or plan to complete it before you start classes, use the general admission application.

Want to know the status of your application, inquiry, or request?

Visit the Student Central Dashboard. It displays timelines for reviewing such items, so you’ll know where you stand.

Student Central is Here to Help

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Student Central

Student Central is an essential resource hub that provides a wide range of support services.

Services & Resources

  • Financial Aid for Parents and Guardians
  • Paying Tuition for Parents and Guardians
  • Student Records and Information
  • Tips for Parents and Guardians
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Parents, Guardians and Families – Learn How You Can Support Your Student

The more you know and understand about the college experience, the better prepared you are to support your student’s success.

Learn About Supporting Your Student