How to Apply

Steps to Getting Started at Cascadia

STEP ONE: Attend An Information Session

To learn more about Cascadia, attend an on-campus Information Session held most Wednesdays from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm in room CC1-250.  Check our events calendar to see upcoming sessions.  

*Please note: RUNNING START Information Sessions will begin again Fall 2015. For questions email


UPCOMING:  May 20; June 3, 10, & 24



For general admissions questions, please email

STEP TWO: Apply for Admissions 

Adult members of the community 18 years or older*, or those with a high school diploma, GED, or high school equivalency certificate are eligible to enroll in courses at Cascadia College.

In order to allow new students enough time to complete what they need to before the quarter starts, we recommend that students apply by the suggested application submission deadline.

Quarter Starting Suggested Date to Apply By:
Spring 2015 (Monday, April 6) Monday, March 30, 2015
Summer 2015 (Monday, July 6) Monday, June 30, 2015
Fall 2015 (Wednesday, September 23) Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The application process is different for... 

STEP THREE: Finance Your Education

Apply for Financial Aid

Need help with the financial aid process? College Goal Washington offers events that will walk you through the application process. Find an event near you starting January 2015.  


Once you've applied, check your financial aid status in the Financial Aid Portal

See Financial Aid for additional information OR contact them by email at or by calling (425) 352-8860.
STEP FOUR: Meet the Prerequisites & Register for Classes

There are a number of ways to meet course prerequisites depending on whether you are a new first time college student or a transfer student with one or more quarters of college experience.


New Students can meet course prerequisites in one of the following ways:


  • Take the COMPASS Placement. This English and math placement is available on a walk-in basis on the first floor CC1 in Kodiak Corner. 
  • Submit advanced placement test scores and ask an advisor if your scores can be approved for prerequisite credits 
  • Submit your high school transcript to see if you can receive a prerequisite override for qualifying chemistry and Math classes. (Math is only for Northshore School District)

To Register for classes: Attend a Cascadia Orientation and Registration Experience (CORE) session. Online CORE sessions are also available!

TRANSFER STUDENTS (1+ quarters of college experience)

Transfer students can meet course prerequisites by:

  • Scheduling an appointment with an advisor by calling the Kodiak Corner at (425) 352-8860. 
  • Submitting unofficial transcripts for evaluation of transferable credits and to satisfy English and Math prerequisites 48 hours prior to your appointment. Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to or submitted to the Kodiak Corner. (You may need to take the COMPASS Placement if your math coursework is over 24 months old and/or your coursework does not satisfy the English prerequisites.)
To Register: The advisor will show you how to register online during your appointment. Please check our Academic Calendar each quarter for registration dates.


IMPORTANT:  In order for previous college courses to apply towards a Cascadia degree or certificate you must submit official transcripts to and a completed Transcript Evaluation Request form to Kodiak Corner for official evaluation.
STEP FIVE: Pay Tuition

Five Ways to Pay

The quarterly tuition deadline is posted in the Academic Calendar. Tuition must be paid in full by the tuition deadline to avoid being dropped from classes.
  1. Pay Online by 9:30pm at Washington State Colleges Payment Page with VISA or MasterCard. Your Student ID Number and Student Pin will be required.
  2. In-Person by 5:30pm at the Kodiak Corner with cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Union Pay Credit Card. Bring your Student ID Number. If you are paying with a credit card, the credit cardholder must be present, or the student must have a signed note from the card holder authorizing payment of tuition, parking pass, etc. The card holder's signature and the amount of the payment must also be included on the note.
  3. Phone Payments by 5:30pm at (425) 352-8860 with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Union Pay Credit Card and have your Student ID Number.
  4. In the Payment Drop Box located outside the Kodiak Corner / Student Services Center by check or cash and include your Student ID Number. Payments must be received by the times below and will be reflected in your account within that day. The pick up for the drop box is Monday through Friday at 8:00am. On the tuition deadline day, there will be an additional pick up at 4:00pm.
  5. By Mail to Cascadia College, Business Office, 18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011 and include your Student ID Number. It must be received on the Tuition Deadline Date, not postmarked.   
Visit Paying for College for additional information on tuition prices, estimated college costs, fees, refunds, tax credits, and waivers.
STEP SIX: Now What?

Attend JumpStart Orientation

JumpStart is an extension of CORE and NOT a replacement. All new college students (with no prior college experience) are expected to attend.This is where you will learn about:

  • become familiar with resources
  • the classroom experience
  • student life
  • information about choosing a major
  • campus safety
  • parking
  • free time to take care of any last minute tasks like, buying books, getting your Student ID card, and signing up for your Cascadia email account and UW NetID for library access.

JumpStart Orientation for Spring Quarter has passed. The next JumpStart Orientation will take place in September for Fall students.

 Purchase your books:

  • Campus Bookstore 
  • Online sites selling textbooks: use the textbook's ISBN number found in the quarterly class schedule to purchase your books

 Park on Campus or Ride the Bus

 Important Dates and General Information