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Advisors are available to assist students with educational planning by appointment in Advising & Career Services, Laidlaw Center 116. Quick questions can be answered during daily drop-in times.


Decisions you need to make

1. Select a degree or certificate program

  • When to decide: By the time you have earned 30 college level credits
  • Choose and prepare for a major to transfer to a four-year college. Refer to the samples of degree planning sheets below for important information about preparing for a major.
  • Or choose a professional-technical career track. Learn more during an upcoming information session.

2. Develop an educational plan for degree completion

  • When to decide: By the time you have earned 45 college level credits
  • Use Starfish Degree Planner, the online degree planning tool, to plan the classes you need and when you need them.

3. Develop a plan to apply for graduation

  • When to decide: By the time you have earned 70 college level credits
  • To be awarded a degree or certificate you need to turn in a graduation application to the Registration & Records Office in Laidlaw Center 102. Visit their page to learn more.


Additional resources

Degree planning

This appointment will explain AAS degree/certificate requirements, discuss the most effective way to obtain your degree and answer your questions about major preparation within your AAS degree. Call 360.383.3080 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Western Washington University majors fair

This fall event showcases many of the majors and departments offered at Western. Departmental advisors from each major, general admissions and advising work with students to explore options and prepare for acceptance to Western and their intended major.

Transfer fairs

Whatcom brings representatives from Washington state universities to answer students' questions regarding admissions requirements, major preparation and prerequisite planning. Call 360.383.3080 or visit the events calendar for upcoming fairs.

Career search process

This 3-credit class (Psychology 105) will help you make career and occupational choices for today and for the future. Offered quarterly. Search via Class Schedule Search or call the Career & Transfer Center at 360.383.3055 for more information.

Preparing for work-based learning experiences

This 1-credit class (Coop 180) will prepare you to search for a job and provide you with the skills to keep it. This class is required prior to enrolling in an internship / cooperative education work experience for credit. Offered quarterly.


Financial planning for success in college

CashCourse is a financial planning resource for all WCC students. Popular topics include:

  • Create a budget 
  • Check out money management tips
  • Get out of credit card debt


Having trouble in your classes?

  • Talk with your instructor.
  •  Contact the Learning Center at 360.383.3090. It is located in Cascade Hall 113. Learning Center activities include:
  •  Drop-in study skills
  •  Writing Center
  •  Tutoring
  •  Math Center
  •  If you need additional help, schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor in Entry & Advising, located in the Laidlaw Center 116. Call 360.383.3080.


  • When should I start applying to universities?
  • Can I transfer to an out-of-state college?
  • How can I get help with my university admissions essay?
  • Should I pick a major before transferring to a university?
  • What transfer degree is right for me?
  • How do I order official WCC transcripts?
  • I’m not sure what I want to major in; how can I get help?
  • How will my Whatcom Community College credits transfer?
  • What grade point average (GPA) will guarantee that I am admitted to the university of my choice?
  • What is S/U grading?
  • How is a "W" grade viewed?
  • What about a "V" grade?
  • Can I repeat a course at Whatcom?
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