Welcome to Bellevue College (BC). BC is a diverse, inclusive learning community and welcomes students of all ages and backgrounds. We combine innovative education programs that give you hands-on experience and teach you high-demand skills with specialized support services to help you achieve your goals.
There are many paths you can take at Bellevue College. If you’re not sure what is best for you, explore BC Pathways, a way to understand how your interests can lead to a career.
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.
(then Create Your BC NetID)
The new student process starts when you apply for admission. Apply to start Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer Quarter, but please note that additional paperwork or admissions processes may be required by specific programs. Find the full list on our admissions page.
Admission applications are typically processed within 2–3 business days. You will be notified by email once you are admitted and informed of the next steps. Your admission letter also includes your ctcLink ID and information about the next steps and how to set up your BC NetID (email).
Set up your BC NetID (email) soon! It is used to access many services at BC and is where you will receive most college communications.
The second step (after you apply for admission and create a NetID) is to establish 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.
There are multiple ways you can establish placement:
- Visit the Placement & Testing Services website for updated information, including a form where you request Math and English placement.
- If you wish to take a class that has a prerequisite other than Math or English, and you want to clear prerequisites through courses taken at another college, submit an online prerequisite request form.
- For specific questions about the Math and English placement process, please use the online help request system. This ticket system routes your question to the person best able to assist you. It’s fast and easy to use!
Follow these instructions on the various ways you can establish Math and English placement at BC:
- Submit High School or Prior College Transcripts
- Submit high school and Washington State Community College transcripts through an online form (BC NetID) required)
- Submit Qualifying Test Scores
- Send AP, IB, Cambridge, Smarter Balanced, and other test scores through an online form (BC NetID) required)
- Take Math and English Placement Tests
- Request English and/or Math placement online. Take ACCUPLACER for English and ALEKS for Math.
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
- Register for classes online or in person with the help of an academic advisor.
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 November 17, 2021