Admissions Process

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

Step One – RSVP to an OLS Information Session

If you’re ready to learn more about OLS at Bellevue College, the first step is attending an Information Session. These informative meetings are held for potential students, families, counselors, service providers, and special educators so they can find out more about the OLS experience. During the session, you’ll learn about our program, hear from our staff, and interact with an OLS Student Panel. RSVP HERE

Step Two – Complete & Mail the OLS Application Packet (Fall 2018 Applications will be released in early 2018)

  • 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

Application Deadlines: 

Early Admissions – April 1st   

Final Admissions – July 1st

**All application materials, including the $60 application fee, are required for your application to be to considered.**

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.

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 2018 Program will attend a 3-Day New Student Orientation in early September (Dates TBD)


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 October 4, 2017