The underage admission process applies to students currently attending high school, or those who are home-schooled, and are under the age of 18.
If you completed high school, or hold an equivalent high school credential such as a GED, you may skip the underage process and complete the general admission application, even if you are under the age of 18.
Students who wish to participate in one of our high school programs listed below, must contact the programs directly for admission application information:
- Running Start
- Career Education Options (CEO)
- High School 21+
- Summer Enrichment (for students currently participating, or accepted in Running Start, or at least 16 years old)
The college considers the admission of students under the age of 18, who do not have a high school diploma based on the following criteria:
- Applicants must have an unusual or extenuating circumstance that warrants early admission to the college.
- Applicants must place into college level English using one of the options listed on the Placement & Testing Services website.
- Only applicants currently in high school, or home-school students who are working at a ninth grade level or higher are considered for admission. Applicants going into the ninth grade are not considered for admission until after the start of the district school year.
If you need help or have questions about this process, please submit an online help request at anytime.
- Submit an email letter (in your own words) to the Dean of Student Central at: email@example.com. Your letter must include:
- Your full name
- Your date of birth
- The name of your high school, or indicate if home-schooled
- Your current grade in high school, or grade level if home-schooled
- The reason you wish to take a class/es at Bellevue College, and the class or type of class you plan to register for
- The quarter you plan to take a class or classes
- Indicate any unusual or extenuating circumstances that make it necessary for you to attend the college
- Attach to your email the following documents:
- Apply for General Admission
- Note: The Admission’s Office does not process your general admission application until after you complete the steps listed above and submit all required documentation
The Dean of Student Central may wish to meet with you and a parent or guardian if under the age of sixteen. Check your email often during the application process. The Dean or the Admission’s Office contacts you using your email if additional information is needed, and also communicates your acceptance or denial using email only.
Refer to the Academic Calendar for quarterly application deadlines. Underage students are not considered for admission in the upcoming quarter if the application deadline is missed.
Parents and Guardians
We encourage you to visit our Parents and Guardians website for information about how to support your student’s start in college. By law, once your student is admitted to the college, many of the rights you have as a parent or legal guardian transfer to your student regardless of your student’s age. Access to instructors, grades, attendance, the status of processes, and other student record information is either not allowed or is very limited.
Last Updated December 3, 2019