2200P Admission Rules (Procedures)

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


The following procedures are established to meet the requirements for implementing policy #2200 – Admission Rules.


New Students

To gain admission to Bellevue College, prospective students are required to complete an application for admission and pay the established non-refundable admission fee. Admission forms are available in high school offices, on the web and in the Bellevue College student affairs center. Students are encouraged to use the online admission process. New students will be admitted to Bellevue College in the order in which their admission forms are received.

Formerly Enrolled Students

In order to regain admission, students who have not attended Bellevue College for four consecutive quarters must complete the application for admission. Former students pay the admission fee.

Restricted Admission for Credit Program Applicants under the Age of 18

  • Those applicants 16 years of age and over who meet the provisions of “Title III Adult Education Programs” may enroll in certain adult basic education classes. Students admitted into such classes will be allowed to continue as long as they are able to demonstrate, through measurable academic progress, an ability to benefit from the classes.
  • Those students 16 years of age and over may enroll in distance education courses provided:
    • The course(s) has no campus participation requirements.
    • The student meets all other eligibility criteria for the course(s).
    • The parent or legal guardian submits a signed assumption of risk statement.
  • Applicants for programs that are targeted to specific populations may be admitted under the specific guidelines established for each program.
  • Any inquiry or request for admission to the college for credit classes received from a minor (below 18 years of age) failing to meet the criteria above will be reviewed for restricted admission, which may include an additional non-refundable admission fee. Restricted admission may be granted under certain circumstances:
    • An applicant who has completed a GED.
    • An applicant attending a high school (9th-12th grade) may be admitted through the enrichment program guidelines approved by the college.
  • An applicant who has not started the academic year of their 9th grade may appeal for restricted admission to course(s) under the following:
    • the applicant and/or parent must identify specific course(s) in which the applicant is seeking admission;
    • the applicant and his/her parent must provide the most recent official school transcript;
    • the applicant and his/her parents must attend an orientation to establish the student’s competency and ability to participate in an adult learning environment.
    • the parent must sign an assumption of risk and a medical release and waiver of liability statements
  • In all cases of requests from those aged below 16 years applying for restricted admission, the college will:
    • determine competency according to established assessment methods; or if none exist, the faculty member teaching the course will recommend an assessment method;
    • require attendance in to an orientation prior to the first day of the quarter;
    • Based upon the outcome of the assessment and the orientation, the vice president of student affairs or his/her designee will make a determination of admission.
  • Restricted admission is granted for a specific quarter(s) only and the applicant will be allowed to register for the course(s) approved in the order of the admission number assigned at the time of application. Subsequent admission requests will be reviewed and may require steps listed above.
  • The college has the discretion to refuse admission to applicants who are not qualified for the course(s). Applicants and parents may appeal the decision through the college’s grievance procedure.

International Students

International students are admitted to regular credit programs upon submission of the following:

  • Completed and signed Bellevue College international student application with the non-refundable application fee.
  • Proof of English language proficiency as defined by international student programs
  • Official translated copies of all scholastic records (e.g., high school, previous college, language schools, etc.)
  • Certification of financial support dated not more than six (6) months from the date of submission.
  • A letter or essay written by the applicant describing himself or herself and his/her academic goals.

Once admitted, international students are required to show proof of medical insurance for each quarter of attendance at Bellevue College, or to enroll for insurance at the time of registration.

International students may apply for any quarter throughout the year. Bellevue College is not able to admit all international students applying for admission and accepts students on a rolling admission basis. There are no set deadlines for each academic quarter; however, it is suggested that students apply at least 60 days in advance of any given quarter to ensure that their applications will be considered.

The college may add other international admission requirements based on federal law and/or to protect the health and safety of the college community.

Intensive English/University Preparation

  • International students are admitted to the intensive English/university preparation program upon meeting the following requirements (students 16 and 17 years of age must also submit the three underage release forms);
  • Completed and signed Bellevue College international student application with the non-refundable application fee.
  • Official translated copies of all scholastic records (e.g., high school, previous college, language schools, etc.)
  • Certificate of financial support dated not more than six (6) months from the date of submission.

Special Programs Admission for Non-credit Courses

The college may offer a variety of non-credit or below college-level special programs that are specifically targeted for various groups. These programs may enroll students of any age provided:

  • Those below 18 years of age will have a parent or legal guardian sign appropriate releases, which may include but are not limited to:
    • Release of liability
    • Medical release
    • Guardianship appointment
    • Assumption of risks
  • The parent or legal guardian enrolls a child (those below 16 years of age) into the program.

Programs or departments may prescribe additional procedures which are to be specified at the time of enrollment.

Revision History

Original 4/18/1973
Revisions 3/18/2003; 3/22/2005; 3/31/2009; 5/21/2009; 9/11/2012; 4/6/2015

Approved By

Board of Trustees
President’s Cabinet

Last Updated January 29, 2019