Enrollment (registration) Terms and Definitions

Jigsaw puzzle partially completeAudit: Taking a class (and paying the tuition and fees) without getting a grade or credit. The class appears permanently on the student’s official transcript with a grade of “N.”

Credit load: Credit is recorded in quarter hours. Each quarter credit hour represents one 50-minute period of class time each week for a duration of 11 weeks, or the equivalent in laboratory time, field work, or approved independent study.

Community Education courses or non-credit: Enrollment for Community Education courses takes place after the Community Education quarterly schedule is published and through the second class meeting on a space-available basis. Tuition and fees are listed with each class description in the Community Education schedule. An enrollment (registration) time is not needed. You can register by mail, fax, e-mail, phone, or on the Community Education website.

Continuing Students: A “Continuing Student” is currently registered for classes, or has taken classes within the past three quarters. Continuing students enroll during their assigned enrollment time at http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/services/

Enroll/Enrollment: This term is primarily used for the process of registering or signing up to take classes.

Full-time/Part-time credit load: For academic purposes, 12 credit hours is considered a full-time load, 9 to 11 credit hours is considered three-quarter time and 6 to 8 credit hours is considered a half-time load. To complete a 90 credit degree program within two years, students must average 15 credit hours per quarter (not including summer). The college limits quarterly enrollment to 21 credits or less. Use this link for information about how to obtain permission to Enroll for more than 21 Credits. There are no exceptions for students to take more than 27 credits.

Prerequisite: A course that students must complete (often with a certain minimum grade) or a skill that students must demonstrate before they can register for a more advanced course (for example, first-year French is a prerequisite for second-year French). Students who completed the prerequisite at another college or university may visit the Course Prerequisites website to learn how to verify completion of the prerequisite.

Transfer Students: A transfer student has completed classes at another college or university, and plans to transfer that coursework to a degree or certificate offered at Bellevue College. Transfer students apply for admission and follow the same enrollment process as new or former BC students. For more information about transferring credits to Bellevue College, visit the Transfer to Bellevue website.

Last Updated December 30, 2021