Frequently Asked Questions
Enrolling and Placement Options
Please see our Steps to Enroll for more information on how to enroll at South Seattle College. Please be sure to complete the placement exam prior to meeting with an advisor. If you have successfully completed a College Level English course and a College Level Math course, then you will not need to take the placement exam. Instead, you will need to bring a copy of your transcript with you to registration.
If you have already earned a Bachelor’s degree, you do not need to meet with an advisor. After you have completed the Steps to Enroll, you can send a copy of your unofficial transcripts to AdvisorSouth@seattlecolleges.edu and request help with registering for the courses you would like to take.
When emailing AdvisorSouth@seattlecolleges.edu, please include your South student ID, your unofficial transcripts, the course(s) you would like to take, and which quarter you are looking to register. However, if you did not take/pass College Level Math or English as part of your Bachelor’s degree, you may need to take the placement exam for certain courses or use another form of placement. In this case, please see the next question “I don’t know if I need to take the placement test. How do I find this out?"
Please review the Placement Options document – identify all of the placement options apply to you and gather documentation (unofficial is fine) from every option that is still within the expiration parameters. Bring that documentation to New Student Orientation and advising appointments where an advisor will review your documents to determine if they can be used for placement. If you do not have documentation for any of the options listed, you should take the placement test at South prior to Orientation and meeting with an advisor.
Transferring Credits to South
If you are transferring credits from another college, you will need to submit official transcripts and an Incoming Academic Transcript Evaluation Request form to Registration. The evaluation process can take 4-6 weeks depending on the number of requests received and the time of year. Please note that we can use unofficial transcripts to register you for courses, but to transfer the credits to South to earn a degree, you will need to submit an official transcript and the evaluation request form to Registration.
You can make an appointment to see an advisor by calling our office at 206-934-5387 or booking an appointment online. When scheduling an appointment, please have your ctcLink ID number ready and share why you are making the appointment. If you have not activated your ctcLink ID, please click here for information on how activate your ctcLink ID (EMPLID) reset your password or update/recover your ctcLink account.
We have appointments available to book, as well as same day appointments, Monday – Thursday. For more information about the different types of advising appointments and availability, please read here.
Meeting with an advisor is required for all new South students – determining placement is a necessary step prior to registering for classes and advisor can help you with that! If you are new to college, and South, you can register for classes with an advisor at the New Student Orientation. Currently enrolled students should check in with their advisor to ensure they are successfully completing classes that meet their degree requirements. We recommend students check in at least once a quarter.
Whenever you need us! You will want to come in during the first few weeks of the quarter (after you have settled into your courses) to make a plan for the next quarter(s). For information about appointment types and how to make an appointment, please read here. Please plan ahead, advising appointments fill up quickly during peak advising times.
If you need to determine placement, please review the Placement Options document – identify all of the placement options apply to you and gather documentation (unofficial is fine) from every option that is still within the expiration parameters. Bring that documentation to advising appointments. If you do not have documentation for any of the options listed, you should take the placement test at South prior to meeting with an advisor. Otherwise, bring your questions and any information about programs or schools are interested in. If you are planning to get registered for classes, please bring a list of classes you are hoping to take. View the class schedule here.
Our quarterly course listings can be found on our online class schedule. Click on or type in the department you are interested in (e.g. English) and search for the specific course you are interested in. To the right of the time that the specific course is offered you will see a box that indicates whether the class is open (green) or full (red). You can also see how many seats are left and/or how many people are on the waitlist.
Completion Coaches offer support to students nearing completion of their certificate or degree. Our services and resources are designed to educate, support and encourage individuals to reach their goals and graduate on time. Students can make an appointment to see a Completion Coach through Starfish.
Visit our ctcLink Resources for Students to learn how to pay tuition, add/drop classes, or view your schedule. If you have not activated your ctcLink ID (EMPLID), please click here for information on how activate your ctcLink ID (EMPLID) reset your password or update/recover your ctcLink account.
You can order an official transcript (see question above) from South to be sent to any other college. You will need to check with each school you plan to send official transcripts to and find out what else you need to do to ensure your credits are transferred.
Please follow the instructions outlined on this page here. Be sure to also submit the Incoming Transcript Evaluation Request along with your official transcripts so they are actually evaluated and part of your South student profile.
If you have questions about transcripts or credit assessment, please contact Registration at 206-934-7938.
Transferring to a Four-Year University
You can find contact information by searching for a faculty member’s name through our district wide Faculty and Staff Directory here. The directory will provide you with their email, office location, and phone number. If you cannot find an instructor through the directory, please contact our Academic Center at 206-934-6600.