Steps to Enroll
5 Steps to Apply & Enroll
At South Seattle College, our mission is to provide an affordable, quality education that creates a fast track to good paying jobs, the option to transfer to a four-year university or college at a great value, the opportunity to develop basic skills, and the chance to enrich your life, personally and professionally.
To see the many degree, certificate and program options awaiting you at South Seattle College, please visit our programs page. Before beginning the enrollment process, check the academic calendar to find out when the quarter begins and important enrollment deadlines. If you have any questions on understanding your Steps to Enroll, feel free to contact the Information Desk at 206.934.6684.
Individuals with special needs and/or disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services for assistance.
Fill out the online admissions application to become a South Seattle College student and receive your official Student Identification Number (SID). It’s fast and free! Some programs have separate enrollment procedures, so make sure to consult the admissions application on your program of interest. Allow 1 to 2 business days for application to process.
Program specific enrollment
Students interested in the following programs should contact the department directly for specialized enrollment steps:
- International Programs
- Running Start
- Adult Basic Education
- English as a Second Language
- GED® Prep
- Career Link Academy
- Continuing Education
- Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees
Learn about current cost of classes (tuition), fees, and payment deadlines and how to pay for tuition.
Plan early to ensure timely payment for college costs before classes begin and use the academic calendar to watch for deadlines!We recommend planning at least 3 months ahead if possible. Students are responsible for paying tuition by the payment deadline, along with purchasing books, if funding has not been confirmed by a funding source.
There is a variety of financial resources to help you plan your funding for college:
- Financial Aid
- Workforce Education (BFET, Worker Retraining, WorkFirst)
- WASFA for Undocumented Students
- Opportunity Grant
- Veteran Affairs & Benefits
- Payment Plan
New to college
Placement determines first quarter course eligibility. Preparing for the tests and performing at your best is an important step toward a good start at South. For information about critical test preparation, study guides, practice tests, and testing schedules, visit the link below:
- Student Assessment Services (Use the "Placement Tests & Study Guides" webpage.)
Alternative placement options:
- Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)
- Seattle Public High School Math Transcripts
- High School English Transcripts
- Placement Reciprocity
Prior college experience
Placement can be determined by providing transcripts showing a college level English or Math course with a passing grade of 2.0. or greater.
You plan on graduating from South Seattle College (Matriculating)
To apply previous college credits towards a degree or certificate at South Seattle College, visit registration.
You do not intend to receive a certificate or degree from South Seattle College (Non-matriculating)
If you plan to take prerequisites for another school/program, or are taking classes for personal enrichment, and you DO NOT intend to receive a degree/certificate from South you will need to consult an Advisor to gain registration permission. To do this you must:
- Complete the orientation requirement (step 4)
- Email AdvisorSouth@seattlecolleges.edu and provide your:
- South Seattle Student Identification Number (SID)
- Course Name, Course Number, and 4 digit item number
- Unofficial Transcript and/or placement test scores
- A short description of your educational goals
Contact the Advising Department at 206.934.5387.
If seeking Financial Aid, you may be required to submit official transcripts.
If you are interested in our eLearning classes are encouraged to utilize our online resources for enrollment.
Official score reports may be mailed/scanned/faxed from the testing office of the institution to South Seattle College's Student Assessment Services Office where your scores will be recorded for future registration.
Participation in New Student Orientation is MANDATORY for all new students. Orientation provides you with an overview of programs and services at South, and the opportunity to meet with an advisor and register for classes. Once students complete Orientation they will be able to register for classes.
Students interested in studying nursing must contact their preferred nursing program (Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Nursing Assistant-Certified (NAC)) for additional program specific information sessions.
The following student groups should NOT attend the New Student Orientation because their programs have specialized orientations:
- Career Link
- Non-credit ABE, ESL, and GED
- Continuing Education
- *Completed Associate or Bachelor's Degree
- International Students
- Running Start
*If you have completed an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree, please contact Advising for assistance with enrollment
Buy your books
You can buy your books from the South Bookstore after determining your class schedule for the upcoming quarter. Check out the website or go to the Bookstore for in-person for assistance.
Student ID card
To receive your Student ID Card, provide official photo identification and pay the $7.50 charge to the Cashier’s Office. Then bring your receipt of payment to the Information Desk to obtain your card. Student Identification Cards are issued to all new students taking 3 or more credits.
206.934.6684 | RSB Information Desk