Getting Started at Bellevue College

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Click on the appropriate step to learn more about what to do next and how to do it.

  1. Make sure the program you apply for doesn’t require special or different admission steps.

    Different Admissions Programs

  2. Apply for Admission
  • The link takes you the Washington State Community and Technical College Web Admissions Center. Follow the Quick Start Instructions provided on the site.  Make sure to complete the application process by clicking on the Submit Button located at the bottom of the college listing of choices.
  • Set up your account
  • Fill out the application
  • Click Submit button, located at bottom of screen.
    • When done correctly, a confirm submission is given with confirmation message (This site says… Your application has been sent to the following college:).  You may also log into your account and view the last screen, where the Application Status will state Pending if it is still being processed or Accepted/Declined if a decision has been made.
  • The college places a $55 admission/placement fee on your account at the time we process your application. You pay this fee at the time you pay your first quarter tuition. Once paid, the fee is non-refundable.
  • If you do not register for classes, you do not pay the application fee.
  • Allow up to 3 business days to process your application. We send a Welcome Letter email with instructions for your next steps as soon as your application is processed.  The Email will contain your Student ID number at the bottom of the Email.  We will communicate with you using BC email only after this point.

Apply for General Admission

This step requires you receive an admitted to the college email.  We will respond to the email you provided in the application.

  • Set up your Net ID account.
  • This Net ID will be your BC Email and campus computer login.
  • Bellevue College will use this Email as the official communication for the college.

The Net ID also is used for:

  • Accessing and submitting the BC Financial Aid application
  • Access to Canvas
  • Emailing important enrollment information and status
  • Campus newsletters and information

Why placement is important:

Obtaining your English and Math Placement is necessary to register for many classes.  There are two reasons you would need for clearing prerequisites

    1. Take English or math classes
    2. Take classes that require English or math as a prerequisite

What placement looks like:

You may use prior experiences, exams, or classes to meet the prerequisite.  There are 3 options available:

Option 1: You may not need to test if you have recently completed the following from high school.  Click on the link for each option to obtain more details.

Option 2: If you took a prerequisite at another college/university. Prior College Credit You can submit an unofficial transcript to the Placement and Testing Services Office to document that you meet prerequisite requirements for the classes you wish to take. Visit the Request Prerequisite Check (login required)

Option 3: If you are unable to use prior credits.  You will have to take our assessments to place you into the appropriate English or math class.  Please check the hours of the testing office and remember to study before taking the assessment.  Resources to prepare and testing hours are at the Placement Tests Page.

Check the Placement and Testing Services Office for additional information.

Complete either a campus new student orientation or an online orientation.  Attending a campus orientation will incorporate Steps 6, 7, and 8.  You can expect the following at an orientation:

  • Advising and registering for classes
  • Parking and transportation options
  • Campus resources and activities
  • Campus Rules
  • Reporting Concerns

If you previously attended another college(s), each college’s official transcript is required to transfer in credits to Bellevue College.  Learn more about how to transfer your previous college credits to Bellevue College. Do this after registering for your first quarter classes. Note: Veterans must submit their transcripts immediately after the college processes their admission application. Contact the Veterans Services Office for information.

Plan Your Classes

Register for Classes

  • The college places a $55 admission/placement fee on your account at the time we process your application. You pay this fee at the time you pay your first quarter tuition. Once paid, the fee is non-refundable.
  • If you do not register for classes, you do not pay the application fee.

Washington State and Bellevue College want to provide you with the best information possible so you can make smart decisions about your finances and paying for school.  The college partners with iGrad to provide resources on the Washington State Need Grant, work study, scholarships and borrowing loans wisely.

  • Step 1: Sign up for iGrad to get started!
  • Step 2: Take the quick financial wellness assessment
  • Step 3: Complete a minimum of 3 personalized recommendations


The cost of classes is known as tuition, and there are different ways to pay.  If you need help paying, there are possible resources available.



Academic advising offers many levels of assistance, click here to learn more.  If you don’t know who to meet, Click Here, to find your advisor.  Advisors are based on an area of study or program of interest.

Last Updated May 13, 2019