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Getting Started at Cascadia

Congratulations! You are on your way to becoming a Cascadia Kodiak, and we are here to help. After you determine your student pathway, you will be guided to additional steps on this page or directed to the appropriate resource area.

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1 - Visit Campus

It's opitional, but fun! Learn more about Cascadia by visiting campus or contacting our Outreach Team. Virtual tour available.

2 - Determine Your Student Pathway

Your student pathway can vary based on your previous college experience, age, academic interests, etc. If you are not able to identify your next steps based on the information below, please contact outreach@cascadia.edu.

New, First Year Student

Applicants 18 years or older or those with a high school diploma or equivalent that have not attended a college or university following the summer of their high school graduation (includes those Running Start, IB, AP, and College in the High School credit earned while in high school).

College and Career Foundations

College and Career Foundations, which includes English Foundations, Math Foundations, GED® prep, and HS+, is designed to help move students forward on pathways to high school diplomas, GED®, college coursework, and/or employment.

Bachelor Degree

Applicants that have completed an associate degree or meet the prerequisites can apply for one of the following Bachelor of Applied Science degrees:


International Student

Applicants who need a student visa to study in the U.S.

Non-matriculated, Non-degree Seeking

Applicants not pursuing a degree or certificate.

* Indicate "Non-Degree Seeking" when asked intended major area of study on application

** To submit unofficial copies of college transcripts

Returning Cascadia Student

Applicants that have previously attended Cascadia, but have not completed their degree program.

Running Start (Prospective Student)

Applicants seeking admission into the Running Start program and will have 11th or 12th grade status.

Transfer Student

Applicants seeking a degree, that have attended another college or university.Note: Students that have Running Start, AP/IB credit, and College in the High School credit should apply under New, First Year Students.

Underage Student

Applicants that are 16-17 years old, and not enrolling in the Running Start program.


Applicants that are veterans of the United States military services and working with a G.I. Bill®.

3 - Apply for Admission

All students must fill out the free admission application. If you have graduated from high school, or have a GED equivalent, you will be admitted to Cascadia. If you have previously applied to Cascadia and have a Cascadia student ID number, you do not need to re-apply. You will need to activate your student self-service portal account, if you don’t already have one.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to allow new students enough time to complete the application and registration process we recommend that students apply at least one week before the quarter starts. Check the enrollment dates and deadlines on our enrollment calendar.

4 - Financing Your Education

Learn more about paying for college and resources available to cover tuition, fees, and other emergency expenses.

Contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@cascadia.edu with any questions.

5 - Placement & Register for Classes


The goal of placement is to ensure that you start in college English and Math courses that match your skills, needs, and goals. It’s important to start the first phase of your college pathway with classes that contribute to your degree or certificate program and are the best next step based on your current English and math skills. There are several ways you can demonstrate your skills and get your English and Math placement. See the table below for more information. 

Need help with the placement process? 

Once you have completed English and Math placement, an advisor will help you plan your classes. (New college students will work with an advisor in CORE. Students transferring to Cascadia from another college should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.) 


Your individual situation determines which option is best for you. Choose the description that best applies to you from the table below. (You may use different options for your English and Math placements.) 

Which Best Describes Your Situation?

Ways to Determine Placement

How to Register

I Attended High School more than 2 years ago

Attend CORE

I Completed Courses at another College

Meet with an Academic Advisor by scheduling an advising appointment.

IMPORTANT:  In order for previous college courses to apply towards a Cascadia degree or certificate you must submit official transcripts to and complete the Transcript Evaluation Request form.

What’s Next?

Now that you’ve registered for classes, or are at least on your way, you can start considering other tasks to complete or be aware of for the first (of hopefully many) quarters. If you have any questions regarding the information below or above, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Cascadia Outreach or Enrollment Services Teams.

Pay Tuition

The quarterly tuition deadline is posted in the enrollment calendar. Tuition must be paid in full by the tuition deadline to avoid being dropped from classes.

Attend JumpStart Orientation!

An online opportunity where you will work through your own pace and have opportunities to talk live with current students, faculty, and administrators!

Next orientation date: TBD

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please email admissions.

Getting Books

Book information is available after you have registered for your class. Students may:

  • Purchase books from the Campus Bookstore
  • Borrow books from the Campus Library
  • Purchase books from any online sites selling textbooks using the textbook’s ISBN number

Commuting to Campus

If you plan to come to campus, it is important to know about parking, bus routes, and bike racks!

  • Parking Information: Cascadia students, staff, and faculty pay to park on campus. You can purchase quarterly and annual permits, or pay to park daily.
  • Bus Transportation: Prefer the bus? We have that, too!
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