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BTC can give you career-ready skills in two years or less!

BTC accepts both traditional and non-traditional credit for equivalency to BTC courses, including:

  • College/university coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • AP College Board test scores
  • Credit for prior experiential learning (ex. work or military experience)
  • Prior approved industry certifications

Follow the sequence below or click the tabs above for detailed steps on the Admissions process.

If you are an immigrant, undocumented, or international student, please visit our International Students page for additional admissions requirements.

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Explore your Options

BTC offers a variety of exciting educational opportunities. Whether you have decided on a program of study, or not, there is a lot of information available to help you understand your options. Use the following resources while exploring your potential pathways.

Programs & Degrees
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Apply to BTC

Once you have decided on a program of study, submit an online application through the Washington State Web Admissions Center. Applying online takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

Apply Now! Follow the Quick Start instructions provided by the Washington State Web Admissions Center.

You will be assigned a Student Identification Number (SID) within three business days of applying to BTC.

Plan ahead! Several BTC programs have additional admissions prerequisites/requirements which must be completed before you can be considered program ready. Visit the Program & Degrees page for details.

For further information regarding admissions to special programs or applying online, contact Admissions & Advising at 360-752-8345 or with questions.

Apply for Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at It’s easy and should take only about 30 minutes to complete. This step is highly recommended, however, not required for admission.

You’ll need:

  • An FSA ID from the Department of Education site. This helps them identify you when accessing your information and acts as your electronic signature. If you are a dependent of your parent or guardian, they will need their own FSA ID. Get your FSA ID here.
  • Income records, such as W2s, copies of federal tax returns, and SSI benefits for the previous year. Dependent students will need their parents’ or guardians’ income records.
  • BTC College Code 016227

You’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Department of Education. This is a summary of the information you provided. Review the SAR carefully. Make any necessary corrections online or contact Financial Aid at for help.

Other financial aid may be available to you outside of the FAFSA application. For more information, visit the Student Financial Resources page.

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    Giving you the credit you deserve

At BTC, we help students use previously earned credit to meet BTC testing, prerequisite, general academic course requirements, and sometimes program coursework.

Assessing Your Starting Point

There are multiple measures to assess your starting point at BTC:

  • Submit transcripts to Admissions & Advising from other colleges attended for evaluation. (,)
  • Submit High School English and/or math GPAs to Admissions & Advising from within the last five years for evaluation.
  • Submit SAT and ACT test scores to the Admissions & Advising for evaluation.
  • Submit other test scores to the Admissions & Advising for evaluation (Compass, Asset, etc.).
  • Take the ACCUPLACER Assessment if test scores and/or transcripts do not meet the minimum requirements after evaluation. Visit the Assessment Center page for more information, including Assessment Center hours.


Transfer FAQs:

Do I need a certain grade to transfer credits?

You must earn a "C" (2.0) or better for your course to be considered for transfer credit.

What courses are accepted for transfer?

Courses are considered for transfer credit when they match the content of courses required for BTC programs. Review a list of Course Equivalencies for our most common transfer institutions.

How do I request transfer credit?

Arrange for Admissions & Advising to receive your official transcript from the transfer institution. Or you may hand-deliver your official, sealed transcript to Admissions & Advising.

How long does transfer credit evaluation take?

Once your records are received, processing takes approximately 10 to 14 business days. Processing may take longer during peak registration periods.

When should I request transfer credit evaluation?

We recommend you submit your records at least two months prior to the quarter you plan to attend.

Will my transfer grades affect my BTC GPA?

Your transfer credits will not be computed in your GPA.


What if I have International transcripts?

You will need to have your transcripts evaluated through one of the following independent credit evaluation services:

World Education Services

Foundation for International Services

American Association of Collegiate Registrars

What about other credit transfer options?

If you have taken and earned appropriate test scores through the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) test or International Baccalaureate (IB), or have earned a recognized professional or industry certification, your test scores and/or prior experience can be considered for BTC college credit.

  • Learn more about transferring Non-traditional Credits (i.e. AP, CLEP, DANTES, and military credit) (PDF | RTF)
  • AP Test Score Equivalencies(PDF)
  • CLEP Test Score Equivalencies(PDF)
  • DANTES Test Score Equivalencies(PDF)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Test Score Equivalencies(PDF)
  • Learn more about tech prep

If you are currently attending another institution and want to take a course at BTC to transfer back, contact our Admissions & Advising department by calling 360-752-8345, or by emailing, to schedule an appointment with an advisor during General Registration dates only.

Bring the following 3 items to your appointment:


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Advising & Registration

Students must attend a mandatory GET Started appointment. Meet with Advising and Career Services staff as they help you navigate your Goals, create an Education Plan, and become Tech Ready.

Making a GET Started Appointment, please fill out the form located at and an Admissions & Advising staff member will call you to schedule a time that will work best for you.

Important Notes:

  • The Transfer Evaluation or ACCUPLACER assessment must be completed prior to attending the appointment.
  • If you are receiving L & I benefits, need an accommodation, or you cannot attend a GET Started appointment before the quarter begins, please contact the Admissions & Advising at 360-752-8345.


If you have questions about the GET Started appointment please contact the Admissions & Advising at 360.752.8345 or,

Additional registration resources are available to you on the Registration webpage.

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New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is for new students to connect with faculty, staff, and students. Meet program faculty and tour your program. Learn about campus resources and what to expect your first quarter.

You can sign up for New Student Orientation online at our Entry Services Calendar. The orientation will take place in Settlemyer Hall, located in Campus Center.

If you have any questions please contact the Student Life Director at 360.752.8587 or,.


Pay Tuition and Fees

You are considered officially enrolled when your tuition and fees are paid in-full. Tuition and fees are due in-full by the date indicated on the College Calendar. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. To view current tuition and fee rates, please visit our Tuition & Fees webpage

Pay online with a Visa or MasterCard credit (not debit) card, or pay at the Cashier window, located on the main floor of the College Services (CS) building, where you may use cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or financial aid award.


Student ID Card

A photo ID or student ID card is required for some registration transactions.

Starting Monday, July 16th, 2018: Student ID cards will be available, at no cost, in the Student Center -CC 300 (3rd floor, Campus Center building). Please bring photo ID during normal business hours.

Your Student ID qualifies you for discounts on Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) bus passes and at many local vendors, plus access to the Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College libraries.



Find textbook lists or take your printed class schedule to the Campus Store, located in the Campus Center (CC) building. Tip: We do NOT recommend purchasing texts for any other quarter than the current one in which you are registered.



If you are taking any online or hybrid classes, be sure to set up and check your BTC email for instructions on how to access your classes. To set up your email and explore your online classes, please visit the Student Login page.