Original Date: 4/18/1973 * Last Revision Effective: 02/16/2022
Policy Contact: Associate Vice President, Student Affairs
The Chief Admissions Officer or designee admits applicants to the college based on meeting the following conditions:
- Applicants are competent to benefit from the course offerings of the college, and
- they would not, by their presence or conduct, create a disruptive atmosphere within the college inconsistent with the purposes of the institution, and
- they are at least eighteen (18) years of age or older, or
- they have applied for admission under the provisions of the student enrollment options program, such as Running Start, Basic and Transitional Studies (BATS) International High School Completion, other local student enrollment options, or a successor program, or
- they are a high school graduate, hold a GED, or other equivalent high school credential, and
- they follow the established admission procedures.
Selective Admission Programs
Academic and other programs may require additional criteria for admission based on the following:
- Demand exceeds supply of space in the program.
- Program accreditation requires additional criteria for admission or graduation.
- The program requires students to complete prerequisites prior to program admission.
- The International Education program requires its applicants to meet federal, division, and specific program entrance requirements.
Selective admission programs may charge a fee in addition to the general college admission fee. Applicants must follow the requirements and processes established for the college and each selective admission program. Selective admission programs may deny admission based on the above criteria.
Underage applicants include those who are under the age of 18 and have not graduated from high school. All underage applicants must complete the general college admission application.
Programs targeted to underage populations, also referred to as high school student enrollment options programs, such as Running Start, Career Education Options (CEO), International High School Completion, and programs associated with Basic and Transitional Studies (BATS), or a successor program, may allow admission to applicants under the age of 18. Each program establishes requirements and processes that all applicants must follow.
The college admits other applicants enrolled in a district or private high school or home-schooled high school students under the age of 18 who meet one of the following conditions:
- Must be at least 16 years of age, or have completed their sophomore (10th grade) year in high school, or
- Must have started their freshman (9th grade) year in high school and can demonstrate exceptional or extenuating circumstances that warrants early admission to the college. A decision is made by the Chief Admission’s Officer or designee on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants must follow all other requirements and processes as established by the college and pay any established fees.
The college may revoke an admission application under the following circumstances:
- Prior to enrollment in classes, an admitted student by their presence or conduct creates a disruptive atmosphere within the college inconsistent with the purposes of the institution.
- An admitted student fails to enroll in classes for four or more consecutive quarters.
Admitted students are subject to Policy 2050 Student Conduct Code. The college may impose disciplinary sanctions against a student who commits, or aids, abets, incites, encourages or assists another person to commit, an act(s) of misconduct as indicated in the policy.
The Dean of Student Central or designee has responsibility for implementation of this policy.
Relevant Laws and Other Resources
- Board of Trustees Resolution 38
- RCW 28B.50.090(3)(b)
- WAC 132H-160-270, 132H-160-280
- Bellevue College #2200P Admission Rules (Procedures)
- Bellevue College Policy #2050 Student Conduct Code
Revisions 3/18/2003; 3/22/2005; 5/21/2009; 4/6/2015; 6/6/18; 02/16/2022
Board of Trustees
Last Updated February 21, 2022