Whatcom Community College welcomes all future students who are at least 18 years of age or who have graduated from high school or earned a GED certificate. Follow these five easy steps to prepare for your first day at Whatcom or select an option from the FAQs box below for more information about the application process for specific populations.

1. Apply or reapply for admission 

New students

Apply online or download the paper application. Submit paper applications to Admissions & Registration in Laidlaw Center 102. 

Former students

  • If you've been away for more than one year, reapply for admission online or download the paper application.
  • If you've been away less than one year, please reactivate your account by email or call Admissions & Registration.
  • Students returning from academic suspension must submit a petition for readmission to Entry & Advising in Laidlaw Center 116.


2. Find your math and English starting point

Take a placement test to enroll in math, English or English as a Second Language Academic (ESLA) classes. Other placement methods may be possible for recent high school graduates. Call 360.383.3080 for details and to sign up for tests. Submit the one-time $20 test fee to the Cashier in Laidlaw Center. If you can't come to campus for placement testing and advising, contact advise@whatcom.ctc.edu to discuss possible alternatives.

3. Meet with an advisor and register for classes

Registration access times, for students who apply by the priority application date, are set approximately two weeks before the quarter starts. We'll send you an email reminding you to look up your access time online. New students who apply after the priority date register during general registration.


4. Pay tuition or confirm financial aid

The financial aid process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, so eligible students should apply early. We start posting financial aid awards for a new school year (summer quarter through spring quarter) starts approximately May 1. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Pay tuition. If your financial aid is not yet available or you are unable to pay the full tuition by the deadline, Whatcom offers a convenient tuition payment plan.

Visit the College bookstore to purchase books and supplies!


5. Attend new student orientation

It's time to catch The Whatcom Wave, WCC's new student orientation! In this fun and informative half-day session, you'll learn about a wealth of resources and services such as financial aid, advising, student clubs, campus activities, and more. Meet other WCC students, instructors and staff while getting acquainted with the campus before your first day.