Admissions Process

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Fall Quarter 2021 will be offered in a hyrbrid format of online and in-person classes.

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If you are ready to apply for the OLS Bellevue College program, complete the following steps. Please note: Students enter the program in the fall quarter of each academic year.

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Attend an OLS Information Session

Learn more about the OLS program and see if it’s the right fit for you. Register for our Information Session where you will hear from OLS students and staff what life is like as an OLS student.

If you missed our last Information Session for applying for the 2021-22 academic year, please contact us to let us know. We have options available to help you apply by our July 1 application deadline.

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Submit Your Application

In addition to mailing your application, please email a copy of all application materials to

  • Mail your student-completed application with a check for the non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Have two references submitted through our Recommendation Form.
    References cannot be submitted by family members.
  • Educational Documentation (e.g., most recent IEP and school evaluation)
    Evaluation documents must provide an IQ score of 70 or above, and academic levels in reading, writing, and math at a fourth grade level or higher.
  • Provide High School Transcripts (and college transcripts if applicable).

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In-Person Assessments

Applicants who meet the above requirements will be invited to an in-person assessment to measure a variety of baseline skills that are essential to being successful in the program.

Application Deadlines

Priority Admissions: February 1

Regular Admissions: April 1

Late Admissions: July 1

Frequently Asked Questions

2 cohorts of 15 students are admitted for each fall quarter. Because space is limited, we recommend applying early. However, we will consider admitting a 3rd cohort of 15 students if the waitlist accommodates it.

Yes. Because only a limited number of students are admitted each year, the chances of being put on a wait list are less likely if you apply by the Priority Admissions Deadline. Students who take advantage of the Priority Admissions Deadline and meet the requirements will be assessed and admitted into the program by early March. This gives students and families time to figure out details regarding tuition, transportation, and housing, if applicable.

Yes. Please contact Bellevue College Student Housing for information on living on campus. You can also visit our Community Resources page to find groups that may be able to assist in finding housing options in the area.

Financial Aid and scholarships are available to OLS Bellevue College students. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Last Updated June 16, 2021