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 throughFlyWire payment portal
    • Payment in person to WCC Cashier (Laidlaw Center)
  4. Photocopy of high school and college transcripts
  5. Photocopy of passport
  6. 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 test upon arrival.


Academic level placement

Students who submit the following proficiency test scores will begin their studies in academic classes, enrolling in at least one academic/college-level class:

TOEFL  61 or higher
IELTS  5.5 or higher
ELS  minimum level 109
STEP/EIKEN score of 2A or better


English 101 (Composition 1) placement

Students who submit the following proficiency test scores will be allowed to register in English 101 – Composition I:

IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)
TOEFL 70 or higher (minimum score of 20 for writing)

Note: The corresponding test scores above guarantee placement in ENGL 101 or academic classes.   However, all new students complete English placement assessment for advising purposes. 


Please send complete application packets to

Whatcom Community College
International Programs
237 W Kellogg Road
Bellingham, WA 98226