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.

If you have a question or need help with any of the steps listed below, submit an online Request for Help form anytime, day or night.

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.
    • You Net ID is your BC Email and campus computer login.
    • Bellevue College uses your BC Email account as the official communication method 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:

You must obtain your English and math placement for the following reasons:

    1. Needed to register for English or math classes
    2. Needed to register for any class that requires English or math as a prerequisite

What placement and clearing a prerequisite looks like:

The Placement and Testing Services Office provides several options for you to obtain your English and math placement, or to clear a prerequisite requirement for a class you wish to take. These options include classes taken at other colleges or universities, a variety of exams or tests, and even completed high school classes, or high school exams. When using college or high school transcripts for placement or for clearing a prerequisite requirement, you need only to submit an unofficial copy of your transcript to the Placement and Testing Services Office.

Check the Placement and Testing Services Office for additional information.

Meet with Admission and Academic Advisors to complete our New Student Orientation.  You can also complete our online orientation. Please make sure to have your English and Math Placements before signing up for a New Student Orientation or scheduling an appointment with an Academic Advisor after completing the online orientation.  Completing your online 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

Transferring credits and classes completed at another college or university may save you time and money towards completing your degree or certificate program here at Bellevue College. We recommend you submit your previous transcripts right after you register 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.

To transfer credits, you must submit an official transcript for each school your attended. An official transcript is sent to  Bellevue College electronically or in a sealed official envelope directly from your previous school. You may also bring in an official transcript and submit it to Student Central, but the seal on the envelope must not be broken. In addition to your official transcript, you must also submit the online Transfer Credit Request form. This lets the Evaluations Office know that you wish to officially transfer credit to the college, and the office will look for your official transcript/s to arrive.

Learn more about how to transfer your previous college credits to Bellevue College.

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 college grants, financial aid, work study (student employment), scholarships and borrowing 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 5, 2020