If you are a future student, your first step is to apply for admission. Visit Apply Now! to learn how to get started at Whatcom in five easy steps. From there you will be given information on placement testing, advising and registration appointments, tuition and fees, and new student orientation. If you are a currently enrolled student, the advising and registration process occurs every quarter.

Quarterly advising

Get an early start planning your next quarter! Call Advising & Career Services at 360.383.3080 to make an appointment or inquire about drop-in advising hours. In addition to the published quarterly class schedules, the following online resources are available on this website or MyWCC to help you stay on track to meet graduation requirements:

  • Class Schedule Search: Use this online version of quarterly schedules to search classes either by department or course number.
  • Starfish Degree Planner: Use this online tool to plan a class schedule that fits your life's schedule and ensure you graduate on time.
  • Educational Planning: More information about developing a long-range educational plan and additional resources to help you succeed.


You are assigned a registration access date and time approximately two months before the quarter starts and will be notified by email. After email notifications have been sent, you can view your registration time by logging into your account on MyWCC. You will be able to register for classes approximately one month before the quarter begins if you applied by the deadline. Current students are automatically assigned a registration date, and students on academic probation are required to have an advisor signature in order to register each quarter. 

You can register any time after your access date in person or online. Always plan your class schedule and meet with an advisor ahead of time to get the optimal schedule for meeting degree and graduation requirements.

Tuition and fees are due prior to the start of classes. Be sure to pay your tuition by the corresponding deadlines to avoid being dropped from your classes for non-payment. Check the Registration Calendar for specific dates.

Online and distance advising

Online and distance advising is intended primarily for students too far away to visit campus. Students planning to take classes for a transfer degree or a professional-technical degree or certificate such as nursing, physical therapist assistant and visual communications, can contact advise@whatcom.ctc.edu.