Admissions Application

The Admissions Application is the first Step to Enroll for many incoming students. By completing our FREE Admissions Application, you will become an official South Seattle College student and will receive your student ctcLink ID. As an open access college, all students are accepted. We recommend reviewing the tips for submitting your admissions application below before starting your application.


South Seattle College uses the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges Online Admissions Application Portal.

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  • If you already have a ctcLink account from a different community or technical college in Washington state, you can log in to the admissions application with your existing ctcLink ID and password.
  • We recommend applying for next available academic quarter for quicker admissions application processing (even if you plan to start classes in a later quarter). You will get your ctcLink ID sooner and can get an early start on your additional steps to enroll.
  • Students applying for financial aid should select a degree or certificate program on the admissions application. If you select “Undecided – Academic,” this will automatically place a hold on your financial aid account until you update your program of study with Advising and Financial Aid offices. You can always change your degree or certificate path in the future.
  • If you’d like support in completing the admission application and/or discussing South’s degree and certificate options, please schedule an appointment with the Welcome Center.
  • South’s Registration team will send you an email once your application has been processed that will include your ctcLink number (which acts as your Student ID number). Keep this unique number safe as you will use it throughout your time at South Seattle College.
    • Registration prioritizes processing admission applications for the upcoming quarter. If you applied for the upcoming quarter and it has been more than 10 business days, please email Registration at to inquire on the status of your application. If you applied for a later quarter, you should expect to receive your ctcLink ID 30 days before the start of the quarter.
    • Be sure to check your junk mail or spam folder for emails from if you have not received your information in the expected time frame.
  • After you apply, you will receive additional emails from South with information to help you complete your enrollment steps and fund your education.
  • Have a question about your residency? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Are you undocumented? You have options! Read through the resources you can access for your education at our Undocumented Student Support website.
  • Don’t wait to apply for funding! You can start the process of looking for funding while you wait for your application to be processed.

For First Time in College or Prior College Experience students seeking a certificate or degree, there is enrollment coaching appointments and support available at our Welcome Center.

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Admission Application Resources

Check out these admission application guides to help you complete the admission application for your specific program!

Application Exceptions

For the following student groups, your first step is to visit the pages below to learn about and begin your enrollment process:

To view all Seattle Colleges District Policies regarding admissions, visit the District Steps to Enroll page and select “Apply for Admission.”