New student checklist – tips for success at BC

Congratulations on your decision to attend Bellevue College! Enrolling at BC is easy – just following the steps listed below. Any time you need additional help, you can visit Enrollment Services on the 1st floor of the Student Services Building (Building B, which also houses the bookstore, financial aid, cashiering,advising and lots of other services).

Step 1: Create your BC NetID. Go online to www.bellevuecollege.edu/netid. Your NetID gives you access to e-mail, computer labs, Canvas, MyBC and more. Be sure to check your college email frequently for official notices and other important messages.

Step 2: Apply for financial aid: Start early by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additional information is required on the BC Financial Aid Application found at www.bellevuecollege.edu/fa

Step 3: Take the COMPASS placement test. Students who are attending college for the first time are required to take the COMPASS test. Once you complete the test you will receive your course placements in English and math. Don’t worry though, this is a test that you can’t fail. Visit www.bellevuecollege.edu/testing/compass for more information and to get prepared to take the COMPASS.

Step 4: Attend a New Student Orientation: New Student Orientations are designed to introduce students to Bellevue College and assist with enrolling into the first quarter.  The information covered includes: academic, intellectual, leadership, cultural, and social experiences available at Bellevue College. Sign up here for an in-person session.

Step 5: Choose your classes and register: Check the online class schedule at www.bellevuecollege.edu/classes. The online tool allows you to customize your search by subject, day, format and class availability. You can register online at www.bellevuecollege.edu/registration/register. The earlier you register for your classes the more selection you will have. For future quarters you’ll want to learn when your “registration appointment” is. Keep in mind this does not mean you are having an in-person appointment with an actual adviser; it’s just the time at which you will be able to access the online registration. Allotted registration times vary based on credits—the more credits you accumulate, the sooner you will get to register.

Step 6: Pay for classes: be sure to pay your tuition and fees by the deadline (www.bellevuecollege.edu/registration/payments) or sign up for the payment plan. Not paying for classes by the deadline may result in the college dropping you from your classes.

Step 7: Buy textbooks: avoid the lines and don’t wait to purchase or rent your textbooks. You can comparison shop and buy online at bcc.collegestoreonline.com or visit the BC Store on the 1st floor of the Student Services Building.

Step 8: Attend class: don’t miss your first class. Attending class from the first day is critical for your success. Registration changes in winter will include an option for instructors to drop students who don’t show up for the first two days of class, so if extenuating circumstances prevent you from making it to class, be sure to contact your instructors as soon as possible.

Finally, if you have any questions, visit Student Central in the B building.

Last Updated November 19, 2017