Frequently Asked Questions
Table of Contents
- New Students:
- Current Students
- Preparations for Transferring
- Keys to Success at BC
- Understanding Course and Program Requirements
- Why is English 101 a prerequisite for Accounting 201?
- Why can’t I use Mathematics 141 instead of Mathematics 138 as a prerequisite for BA 240?
- What is the difference between taking Mathematics 141, 142, 151, 152 and Mathematics 138 and 148?
- What if I assess into a higher level of math than Math 138?
- Should I take BUS& 201 as my law course?
- What if I need to repeat a class?
How do I transfer credits from another college/university to Bellevue College?
Credits from U.S. Colleges:
Request an official credit review by submitting the following documents to the Evaluations office, B125
- Official transcripts from each university/college previously attended
- Official transfer credit review form
Our evaluators will provide you with a printout of how your credits will apply to your BC degree.
Credits from outside of the U.S.:
- Obtain a translation of your transcripts AND an original, official copy of your transcripts
- Submit official transcripts, the translation and the request for an official credit review form to the Evaluations office in B125.
How do I receive an entry code?
- Complete the online prerequisite check form
- Submit unofficial copies of transcripts online in PDF format or hard copies to B125
- Transcripts must show completion of prerequisites for these three classes:
- ACCT& 201
- BA 201
- BA 240
Email transcripts and course descriptions to
- Judith Paquette, email@example.com
- For these two classes:
- ACCT& 202
- ACCT& 203
How many credits can I transfer?
Up to 60 credits can be transferred to BC; 30 credits must be completed at BC.
How do I check my progress toward my degree?
It is advisable to check your course selections against the requirements for the degree so that you don’t take any courses unnecessarily. There are three helpful tools for doing so:
- Use BC’s online Degree Audit application. Degree Audit will compare the courses you have taken to the requirements of the Associate in Business. For additional clarification, see an advisor.
- Schedule an appointment with an advisor.
How do I receive advising?
To learn more about advising and how to schedule a time to meet with an advisor, visit the following link: http://depts.bellevuecollege.edu/advising/.
Current Students needing help with educational planning
To schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor, please call 425-564-2331 or 425-564-2212.
Current Students needing help with career planning
- To schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor, please call 425-564-2279
- To schedule an appointment with a faculty member, please contact them directly.
Preparations for Transferring
Are there foreign language requirements?
Many schools have foreign language requirements for admissions to the university, admissions to the major, and/or graduation from the university. It is always best to be in direct contact with the universities you are considering.
Do I satisfy my foreign language requirement at UW if I grew up in another country?
It’s best to consult with the UW directly on foreign language requirements but their guidelines are at: http://admit.washington.edu/BeforeYouApply/Freshman/Core/Language
What are business schools looking for in applicants?
Good grades: Each business school publishes a minimum GPA for admission but be aware that the students they admit may have substantially higher GPAs. Also be aware that the minimum grade for any core business course is C. Good grades are important for getting into any business school. You are competing with other students for spots in those schools; the better your grades, the better your chances of acceptance to the program. The University of Washington publishes a table showing the combination of GPAs and writing assessment scores that are admitted. Check it out to see what they require (http://foster.uw.edu/academics/degree-programs/undergraduate-programs/admissions/standard-admission/). Also see the new University of Washington Undergraduate business blog.
Strong written and oral communication skills: Some institutions require either a writing assessment or documentation of writing skills. Keep graded papers. Also be aware that timed writing assessments are very different from essays done at home. You need to practice writing under test conditions to be at your best. The tutoring center does hold workshops on preparing for the writing assessment. Make sure that you are on the business listserv so you will be notified of these workshops.
Leadership qualities: At selective schools like the University of Washington, there are two applicants for every one seat. They will looking for applicants who stand out. They are looking for applicants who are passionate about business and are willing to work hard. Be active in student clubs to show your leadership. Many of our alumni have remarked about the invaluable networking and great skills they learned from participating in Business Leadership Club activities.
Ability to work in teams and with diverse populations: Employers have expressed the need for individuals who can work well in diverse teams. Participating in multicultural activities such as the multicultural consulting course can give you experience in this. For more information on the consulting course, check out http://personal.bellevuecollege.edu/llum/consulting/consultinghome.htm.
Keys to Success at BC
What can I do to succeed?
Our alumni tell us that it is important to choose courses that are hard and have a lot of requirements. That is the best way to discipline yourself to the workload that you will face in your four-year college which is often two or three times of that at BC. Improve your communication skills both in writing and oral presentation. Learn to work in teams because you’ll be working in teams in every single course at your four-year institution.
- Make connections with your faculty and your fellow students. Use the tutoring center as a base to talk and study with other students. Consult with faculty often. Volunteer to be a tutor. The best way to really learn a subject is to teach it to others. Get involved in leadership activities such as the Business Leadership Club and the accounting honor society. These are both proven methods to improve your success at your four-year institution and in the business world. Our most successful alumni keep in close touch with their classmates and continue to receive career coaching from faculty.
- Attend one of the events where we bring back alumni to talk about their experiences. You can get inside information about which professors are the most engaging and have a friendly face to talk to when you transfer.
- Employers look to business schools to develop high achievers for their organizations. They want people who are self-motivated, can solve problems, and who have the passion to pursue hard-to-reach goals. The more you can demonstrate this throughout your academic career, the better positioned you will be in your business career.
How can I find classes?
- Bellevue College Class Descriptions, published annually, provides a description of your courses. Most business courses are offered frequently however other courses may not be. Check the projected annual schedule, but be aware that revisions can happen.
- Credit Class Schedule, published quarterly, lets you know what you can register for each quarter. Be aware that not every course is offered every quarter and not every course is offered in the day or evening. Also note that business courses often fill quickly because of high demand. Register as soon as your registration appointment allows you to.
- Check out instructors for a learning environment that suits your style. Information regarding Business Transfer faculty can be found on our Faculty/Staff tab.
- See this “How-To” video on registering for open classes: Registering for classes
What if the class is full?
- You have the option of placing yourself on a wait list if a class shows full when you attempt to register.
- If you choose to be put on the wait list, you will be automatically registered for the class when a space becomes available. You cannot sign up for one class and be wait listed on a different section of the same course, nor can you be wait listed on two sections of the same course.
- If you choose the wait list option, check your registration information often. When you are placed into the class you are wait listed for, you must make any changes in your schedule (drop a class if you are over the limit) and pay immediately to secure your place.
- If you have not been registered via the wait list process by the first day of classes, go to the class on the first day and let the instructor know you wish to join the class.
How can I get the best out of my classes?
Attend all your classes. Most of the Transfer Business classes are very much like a job in business. There is a lot of material to learn and there are a lot of requirements for you to fulfill. If you miss class, you will miss learning and crucial announcements about what to do. Sit at the front of the class.
Interact with your instructor. Make use of office hours to ask questions. Unlike large four-year universities where professors may have very little contact with students, you have the benefit of direct contact with your instructor. That is a huge advantage in learning and succeeding. Keep in contact with your instructors even after you finish your degree at BC.
Study in groups. The old rule that you should find a quiet place to study is wrong! You should study with other students (but stay on task). You can consult people in your group when you’re not clear about an assignment or if you want to discuss any problems you’ve encountered. Your classmates will help you if you return the help.
How should I work with my instructor?
Students who have contact with their instructors outside of class are much more likely to succeed in graduating with a degree, so use your instructor office hours. Prepare for the appointment by reading all the materials and doing all the homework you’ve been assigned. It’s best to have specific questions to ask so you can make best use of the time. If you’ve missed class, the instructor will not go over all the material with you. It’s your responsibility to consult your syllabus and do all the readings before you go to your instructor.
Understanding Course and Program Requirements
Why is English 101 a prerequisite for Accounting 201?
Accounting 201 is a second year college course and requires a substantial amount of reading and writing. It is also important that you have mastered these skills and feel comfortable in the college environment, before you take on the challenge of this course. Selective business schools take special interest in grades in English, Math, Economics and Accounting. If you have any questions about your placement in English, you must contact the English Program at 425-564-2341.
Why can’t I use Mathematics 141 instead of Mathematics 138 as a prerequisite for BA 240?
Although the Math Program will not allow you to receive credit for both MATH& 141 and MATH 138, they are not equivalent. We have found from experience that students with MATH& 141 have not been successful in BA 240. MATH& 142 (or higher), MATH 138, or AP Calculus AB with a 3, 4, or 5 are all accepted as meeting the prerequisite for BA 240.
What is the difference between taking Mathematics 141, 142, 151, 152 and Mathematics 138 and 148?
- MATH 138/MATH& 148 as a series is approximately equivalent to Math& 141,142,151; though each series has a different focus.
- Math 138/Math& 148 has an applied approach more suited to business and social science majors.
- For students considering a computer science focus or who want to have the option of pursuing a professional degree like medicine, dentistry, etc; Math& 141/142/151 is the better choice.
- As a prerequisite for BA 240 you must have Math 138 or Math& 142. If you assessed into Math&148 or Math&151, you must have taken the course before taking BA 240.
What if I assess into a higher level of math than Math 138?
Things to consider:
- Some transfer institutions require 10 quarter credits of math; either MATH 138 and 148 or MATH& 151 and 152. Check with the institution’s business department website or advisor to confirm.
- Some transfer institutions will accept one calculus level math, but a high grade in math may be essential for admission.
- MATH& 148 as your only math class is very challenging; not recommended for first quarter in college.
- Research transfer requirements and meet with a business advisor before making the decision to take only one calculus level class.
- If you decide to complete just MATH& 148 or MATH& 151, instead of two math classes, this will give you the opportunity to complete elective credits. Remember, your degree must total to at least 90 credits. Additionally, when you apply for graduation, instead of choosing the Associate in Business DTA/MRP, you will choose the Associate in Arts & Sciences DTA for Business Transfer Students. You still complete all of the courses that you would have to complete for the Associate in Business; the only difference is the math you choose. This in no way affects your ability or competitiveness to transfer.
Should I take BUS& 201 as my law course?
See the section entitled “Notes 1 through 5: Specific University Requirements” on the Associate in Business Degree degree worksheet. This section mentions which universities in Washington require BUS& 201. Students are responsible for verifying the information with the university of their choice.
It is recommended that you take either course toward the end of your second year when you have a better idea of where you will be applying for transfer.
What if I need to repeat a class?
If you repeat a class in which you received a “D” or lower and receive a higher grade, fill out the following form: https://bellevuecollege.edu/services/repeat.asp. By completing this form, Bellevue College will use the higher grade to calculate your GPA. However, this will not remove the original grade from the transcript.