First Time In College

For students with no prior college experience seeking a certificate, career training or transfer degree. You are considered a first-time college student if you are a current high school senior, have a GED or haven't attended college since graduating from high school.

Always check program pages for specific enrollment steps.

Related Student Types 

If you have any interest or association to the following Student Types, visit that specific page for your unique enrollment steps.


1. Admissions 

Complete our free online admissions application

2. Plan Your Funding 

Apply for financial aid by submitting your FAFSA or WASFA application as early as possible. Connect with our Financial Aid Department for additional support.

Use Federal School Code for South Seattle College: 009706

Additionally, if you are pursuing Professional & Technical Career Training apply for Workforce Education funding. Visit our Financial Resources page to learn about program specific funding resources, as well as the cost of tuition and important deadlines.

3. Placement 

Visit the Student Assessment Services homepage to determine which placement documents to provide for English and Math placement.

Placement options include:

4. Orientation 

Go to the START: New Student Orientation homepage to sign-up for an in-person orientation session.

5. Register 

You will meet with advisors and register for classes at your orientation session. Be sure to bring all applicable placement documents in order to register for classes.

6. Pay 

Ensure that your classes and fees are paid for by the Tuition Due Dates. Learn about our numerous Payment Options.

7. Prepare 

Go to and select “Get My Credentials” to activate your Seattle Colleges email address. You will be provided with your email and login credentials. After this, you will set your password by selecting “Set/Reset Password.”

Starfish is your online portal to schedule appointments with your Success Network, as well as give you access to other important online resources. To activate your account, go to the Starfish login page and enter your email login credentials.

You can buy your books from the South Seattle College Bookstore after determining your class schedule for the upcoming quarter.

Student ID cards can be purchased at the Cashier’s Office, located in Student Services lobby (RSB). Student ID’s are $7.50 each. After payment, bring your receipt to the Information Desk to obtain your card. Student Identification Cards are issued to all new students taking 3 or more credits.

Learn about Parking and Transportation options to get you to class!