Get 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 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.

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(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.

A BC NetID is associated with an email account and is created online. To accomplish this, a student needs a ctcLink ID.

  1. Create an account
  2. Enter your ctcLink ID (SID), Legal first and last name, and birth date.
  3. Submit and follow the steps to create a valid BC email address

Apply For Admission



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:

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

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.
  • Enroll in 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 January 18, 2022