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.
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.
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
- 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?Four-year schools have varying admission deadlines. Please refer to university websites for specific deadlines and application requirements.
Can I transfer to an out-of-state college?
Yes. Many schools outside of Washington State accept our transfer degrees. We suggest contacting your prospective university early to learn how your WCC credits may be accepted.
How can I get help with my university admissions essay?
Attend a WWU Personal Statement Writing Workshop! Even if you’re not applying to WWU, this workshop will give you lots of great tips that you can use in any admissions essay. These events are usually offered during fall and winter quarters-check the college events calendar for more info. The WCC Writing Center (CAS 112) is a also great place to get help with your admissions essay. Writing Center staff can help you with all stages of the writing process from brainstorming to editing.
Should I pick a major before transferring to a university?
YES! Selecting and preparing for a major while you’re at WCC can help to strengthen your university admissions application. It will also help you maximize your time and your money at the community college and university. Some majors (especially sciences, engineering and business) have prerequisite courses that you can and should be taking while at community college.
What transfer degree is right for me?
The transfer degree you pick will likely depend on what type of major you’re preparing for. For example, if you’re interested in studying business, we suggest the Associate in Business MRP/DTA. For a science/engineering track, check out the Associate in Science Transfer degree. The Associate in Arts & Sciences-DTA can be customized for a variety of majors including humanities, social sciences, and education. We recommend meeting with an advisor to help you select the degree that best fits your educational and career goals.
How do I order official WCC transcripts?Utilize our online or in-person transcript request process. http://www.whatcom.ctc.edu/student-services/registration-student-records/transcript-requests
I’m not sure what I want to major in; how can I get help?Check out the “How to pick a major” link to the right. Consider taking Psych 105 (career search class), Co-op 180 (preparing for work experience), utilize the resources in the Career & Transfer Center (LDC 116), or make an appointment with the transfer advisor (360-383-3080).
How will my Whatcom Community College credits transfer?
Information about how Whatcom credits will transfer to a four-year college or university can often be found on the respective college's website. Please view the Degree & Major Information page for a list of popular Washington State colleges and universities.
What grade point average (GPA) will guarantee that I am admitted to the university of my choice?Unfortunately, there is no magic number, but a good GPA does impact your ability to be admitted to certain universities and certain programs. Check with the university and the department to find out minimum requirements and GPA averages for students who are admitted. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required in order to receive a degree from Whatcom.
What is S/U grading?S/U grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) is usually requested by students when a letter grade may negatively impact their GPA or when they are taking a class because of interest and do not want a letter grade. Any regular letter grade course can be changed to S/U grading at the registration window through the 8th week of the quarter. Students should think carefully before making this choice. Many universities will not accept S/U grades for courses which are used to meet general university requirements if transferred outside of the AAS degree. Also, many departments do not accept S/U grading to meet departmental course prerequisites. Before signing up for S/U grading, check the transfer policies and departmental policies at the university or college you plan to attend.
How is a "W" grade viewed?A "W" grade is recorded when a student officially withdraws from a class. One "W" grade is not usually a problem but a pattern of "W" grades may influence your ability to transfer to the college or university of your choice. Whatcom has a policy to alert you if you receive more than 21 credits of non-completion grades and you will be encouraged to discuss your situation with a college advisor. Sometimes, students register for more credits than they can handle and end up dropping a course or two each quarter. It is far better to enroll for less credits and complete them successfully than to enroll for more credits than you can handle. "W" grades are not computed into your GPA at Whatcom.
What about a "V" grade?A "V" grade on your Whatcom transcript generally means that you stopped attending class, didn't withdraw and the instructor gave you a "V" grade instead of an "F". A "V" grade is not computed into your GPA at Whatcom. However, some colleges and universities (like Western Washington University) will calculate the "V" grade into your GPA. If you are in doubt as to why you received a "V" grade, you should contact your instructor. Check with the college or university you plan to attend if this is an issue for you.
Can I repeat a course at Whatcom?A student may repeat any course that is not designated as repeatable for credit up to a maximum of 2 times (this is defined as two repeats in addition to the original enrollment.) Whatcom computes the GPA with the highest grade point value for any course that is repeated. If a student notifies the registration office by completing a "Repeat" card, the symbol "R" will be placed next to the grade of the other course and the credits and grade points for that course will not be calculated into the overall GPA on the transcript. Colleges and universities vary widely as to how they will view repeated courses and how they will compute the GPA. Many colleges and universities average the grades and the grade points for both courses. Check with the college or university you plan to attend before you repeat a course.