Step 1 Apply  Step 2 Placement Tests  Step 3 Register  Step 4 Tuition  Step 5 Orientation   

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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. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for more information about the application process for specific populations.


Step 1 Apply 

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 dismissal: Students returning from academic dismissal must submit a petition for readmission to Entry & Advising in Laidlaw Center 116.  


Step 2 Placement Tests 

Take Placement Tests

Take a placement test to enroll in college-level Math and English classes. Visit the Testing Center to schedule an appointment and for more info, including study guides.  Non-native English speakers pursuing a degree or certificate may benefit from taking the English as a Second Language Academic (ESLA) placement tests. 

Submit the one-time $20 test fee to the Cashier in Laidlaw Center.

Step 3 Register 

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. Students who apply after the priority date register during general registration.

For more information, see Advising & Career Services.  


Step 4 Tuition

Pay Tuition or Confirm Financial Aid

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

Pay tuition by the corresponding deadlines to avoid the "drop for non-payment" process. 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!


Step 5 Orientation

Attend New Student Orientation

It's time to catch The Whatcom Wave, WCC's new student orientation! In one half-day, learn about the wealth of resources and services available to aid your success, 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. 

Register for this quarter's new student orientation.​

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Do students transferring from another college need to send Whatcom their transcripts?
  • Do I need to reapply if I attended WCC in the past?
  • How do current high school students receive both high school and college credit through Running Start?
  • Can students under the age of 18 apply to Whatcom?
  • Does Whatcom accept students under the age of 16?
  • Who should students outside the United States contact about admissions?
  • How do DREAMers (undocumented, DACA, and HB 1079-eligible students) apply?