Getting Started at Bellevue College

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Welcome to Bellevue College (BC). BC is a diverse, inclusive learning community and welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds. We combine innovative, experiential education programs in high-demand fields with specialized support services to help you achieve your goals.

There are many paths you can take at Bellevue College. Pursue one of our 12 bachelor’s degrees, earn a transfer associate degree, gain work-ready skills with a professional certificate, or just take a few courses to improve your knowledge. Whatever path you choose, you’ll find quality education and services dedicated to your success.

To get started at BC, there are three simple steps you need to take; apply for admission, receive Math and English placement, and complete new student orientation.

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The first step is to apply for admission. Please note that additional paperwork or admissions processes are required by specific programs, including but not limited to: High School Programs, International Students, Bachelor’s Degrees, and some Associate Degrees with Selective Processes. You can find the full list through BC Admissions.

We process admission applications within 2 – 3 business days, and provide processing updates on our admission website. After admission, the college sends you an email confirming your acceptance to the college, your student ID number, PIN, and information about your next steps. You must create a BC NetID, which includes setting up your BC email. The college communicates official information using only your BC email.

A BC NetID is associated with an email account and is created online. To accomplish this, a student needs a BC Student ID (SID) and PIN*.

  1. Create an account
  2. Enter your Student ID (SID), PIN, and Birth Date
  3. Submit and follow the steps to create a valid BC email address

Apply For Admission



After you apply for admission and create a NetID, you must establish your math and English placement. Your placement helps you and your advisor determine which classes you can take, and also identify the classes you need to meet your academic and career goals.

The college provides multiple ways students can establish their math and English placement.

Follow these instructions on the various ways you can establish Math and English placement at BC:

  • Submit High School or Prior College Transcripts
  • Submit Qualifying Test Scores
  • Take Math and English Placement Tests
    • Visit Placement and Testing Services 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Take ACCUPLACER for English and ALEKS for Math.
Placement Testing



New student orientation provides all new students attending Bellevue College information and resources necessary to smooth their transition and help them successfully and confidently navigate the BC campus environment – both online and on campus.

Completing New Student Orientation helps students:

  • Identify a career/educational pathways of interest
  • Identify campus resources
  • Understand how to search for classes and complete the registration process
  • Understand how and when to pay for classes
  • Understand and explain rules, policies, and procedures that make Bellevue College a safe, productive, and encouraging learning community.

Orientation is the final step before you are ready to register for classes and prepares you to thrive at BC.

  • Complete New Student Orientation
    • Learn more about what you can do to thrive at BC. Receive information on email, advising, transportation, resources, and more!
  • Complete New Student Intake Form
    • Information collected helps us connect you to campus resources and support you in the pursuit of your educational goals and/or career pathway.
  • Register for Classes
New Student Orientation

Need more help? If you need help navigating the admissions process, representatives from our Welcome Center and BC Ambassadors are available. Appointments with admissions advisors can be made online.

Meet with an Admissions Advisor

Last Updated May 18, 2021