Whatcom Community College’s physical campus is closed beginning 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for a minimum of two weeks to ensure alignment with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Online instruction and working remotely will continue. Students and employees should not come to campus during this time. Spring quarter instruction will still begin online on Wednesday, April 15.

It is important to emphasize that Whatcom Community College remains operational and dedicated to ensuring the academic mission continues through this challenging time. We have moved services and instruction online to the greatest extent possible to keep our community healthy. Remote services will differ for various service areas, departments, and resources. Visit this remote services directory to learn how you can easily access the WCC services you need without visiting campus. 

Please continue to check your email and for regular updates. 

Admissions requirements

  1. Completed original signed copy of application form
  2. Original supporting financial document (less than 6 months old) showing a minimum of U.S. $20,458.
  3. Non-refundable U.S. $50 application fee
  • Check or money order made out to WCC
  • Credit card payment through FlyWire payment portal
  • Payment in person to WCC Cashier (Laidlaw Center)
  • Photocopy of high school and college transcripts
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Essay stating career and academic goals (optional and recommended)

Financial documents

  • Original financial documents such as bank statements from a checking or savings account must be less than 6 months old and show a minimum of U.S. $20,458.
  • Documents must be on official bank letterhead.
  • Sponsors outside your immediate family must provide a letter of support along with financial documents.

Transfer students (applicants studying in the U.S)

Please submit these additional forms

  1. Photocopy of I-20, I-94, and visa
  2. Whatcom Community College Transfer-in Form

English language proficiency requirements

Proof of English language proficiency is not required for admission to Whatcom Community College.  All new students will complete an English placement assessment during orientation for advising purposes.

Note: The corresponding test scores below guarantee placement into at least one academic/college level class or into English 101: Composition 1.  

English Proficiency Measure

Guaranteed enrollment
in an academic class

Guaranteed enrollment
in English 101

 TOEFL minimum 61 minimum 70 
(minimum 20 for writing)
 TOEFL ITP minimum 500  

 IELTS minimum 5.5 minimum 6.0
(no band lower than 5.5)
 TOEIC minimum 580


 ELS minimum 109


 STEP/EIKEN minimum 2A


minimum 460 in Reading and Writing
 Cambridge IGCSE
 (A or O levels)
  minimum grade of C in English
 EdExcel IGCSE
 (A or O levels)
  minimum grade of C in English
 Pearson Test of English  

 minimum 46
 International Baccalaureate

 minimum score of 5 in English A: Literature or English A: Language 

Completion of 12th grade (or equivalent) in US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand    Passing grade in English