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

Complete the application online here or in person by downloading the paper application here. You can also visit the Registration Office, 237 W. Kellogg Rd. in Laidlaw Center 102. 

The WCC financial aid process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, so eligible students should apply eary. Awarding for a new school year (summer quarter through spring quarter) starts approximately May 1. Learn more about the financial aid process and how to apply here.


Step 2 Placement Tests

Take Placement Tests

Students who have not completed college-level math and English need to make a placement test appointment as soon as possible. Non-native English speakers pursuing a degree or certificate may benefit from taking the English as a Second Language - Academic (ESLA) placement tests. A one-time $20 fee must be paid prior to testing at the Cashier's window in Laidlaw Center. Visit the Testing Center to schedule an appointment and for more info, including study guides.



Step 3 Register

Meet with an Advisor, Register for Classes

Registration access times, for students who apply by the priority application date, are set approximately four weeks before the quarter starts. Students who apply after the priority date register during general registration.

For more information, visit the Advising & Career Services pages, call 360.383.3080 or email advise@whatcom.ctc.edu.



Step 4 Tuition

Pay Tuition or Confirm Financial Aid

Be sure to pay your tuition by the corresponding deadlines to avoid being dropped from your classes for non-payment. If your financial aid is not yet available or you are unable to pay your tuition by the due date, Whatcom offers convenient tuition payment plans through Nelnet. And don't forget to purchase your books and other materials from the College bookstore!



Step 5 Orientation

Attend New Student Orientation

It's time to catch The Whatcom Wave, WCC's new student orientation! In one half-day, you will learn about the wealth of resources and services available to you, such as financial aid, advising, student clubs, campus activities, and more. Students attending the new student orientation will also have the opportunity to meet other WCC students, instructors and staff, and get to know the campus before the first day of classes. 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?