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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.
Apply or Reapply for Admission
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.