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. 

1. Apply or reapply for admission

New students

Apply online.

Former students

  • If you've been away for more than one year, reapply for admission online.
  • If you've been away less than one year, please reactivate your account by email or call Entry Services at 360-383-3030..
  • If you are a returning on academic probation or suspension work with an academic coach or support program until you are back in good academic standing. Contact Academic Advising & Career Services at 360.383.3080 or to discuss next steps for success.

Running Start students


2. Apply for financial aid

The financial aid process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, so you should apply early. We start posting financial aid awards for a new school year (fall quarter through summer quarter) approximately May 1. Visit Financial Aid for more information.


3. Find your Math and English starting point

Find your best starting point for English and Math classes. Contact your advisor for input and help with this process at 360.383.3080 or


4. Register for classes

Registration access times. Students whom apply early will receive an email reminding you to look up your access time online. If you apply later, you can register during general registration.

Pay tuition. If your financial aid is not yet available or you are unable to pay the full tuition by the deadline, Whatcom offers a convenient tuition payment plan.

Visit the College bookstore online to purchase books and supplies!


5. Attend new student orientation

It's time to catch The Whatcom Wave, WCC's new student orientation! You'll learn about resources and services such as financial aid, advising, student clubs, campus activities, and more. Meet other WCC students, instructors and staff while getting acquainted with the campus before your first day.