2200 Admission Rules

Original Date: 4/18/1973 * Last Revision Effective: 4/6/2015
Policy Contact: Vice President, Student Affairs


Basic Admissions Policy

Any applicant for admission to Bellevue College shall be admitted when the president or his/her designee determines that the applicant:

  • is competent to benefit from the curricular offerings of the college; and would not, by his or her presence or conduct, create a disruptive atmosphere within the college inconsistent with its institutional purposes; and
  • is 18 years of age or older; or
  • is a high school graduate; or
  • has applied for admission under the provisions of a student enrollment options program such as Running Start or a successor program.

Applicants for programs that are targeted to specific populations, such as Title III Adult Education Programs, may be admitted under the specific guidelines established for each program. Special restricted admission criteria apply to those applicants under the age of 18.

Selective Admissions

Departments which require additional criteria for admission into the major will establish guidelines approved by the college. Selective admission may require an additional non-refundable fee and applies to programs which may meet one or more of the following:

  • Demand exceeds supply of space in the major.
  • Accreditation requires additional criteria for admission and/or graduation.
  • Pre-requisites are required for enrollment into the major.

International Admissions (non-immigrant aliens)

Bellevue College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant aliens. International students may enroll either in the college’s credit programs (provided they meet the selective admissions requirements) or in an intensive English program (if they do not meet English proficiency requirements).

Special Programs Admissions for Noncredit Courses

The college may allow enrollments for students under 18 years old for non-credit classes, including but not limited to workshops and seminars provided that:

  • The applicant meets all course-specific requirements.
  • The faculty or department head has granted permission.

Denying Admission

The college may deny admission to an applicant after reviewing circumstances and determining that the applicant’s presence would be disruptive to the educational process per RCW 28B.50.090(3)(b). Each situation will be evaluated, on a case-by-case basis, including information provided by law enforcement agencies. The college may:

  • Expel an admitted student who failed to disclose information and/or failed to abide by local, state or federal law.
  • Set restrictions on attendance or places where the student may be allowed.

Relevant Laws and Other Resources

Revision History

Original 4/18/1973
Revisions 3/18/2003; 3/22/2005; 5/21/2009; 4/6/2015

Approved By

Board of Trustees
President’s Cabinet

Last Updated April 6, 2015