Online Orientation

Welcome to Seattle Central College, Tiger!

By now, you are likely excited and ready to get started with your classes! You may also feel a little nervous and have a few lingering questions. Completing this online orientation will introduce you to services, resources, and tools that will make you more likely to persist and complete your goals at Central!

From meeting your Academic Advisor to learning how to register for classes to knowing your responsibilities as a student, orientation is the place to calm those nerves, answer those questions, and prepare you for your next steps. Pro Tip: Did you know that students who meet with an Advisor and build community are more likely to persist and find success in their academic journey?!

So, let's dive in! Click through each section below to learn, connect, and build your community at Seattle Central. You are going places, and this is just the beginning. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

To get started on your journey at Central, let's go over some fundamentals of the enrollment process. First, enrollment is the process of registering for classes and paying tuition. Second, there are enrollment services that support you in this process including Admissions, Financial Aid, Placement, Registration, Advising, and Tuition & Payment.

Review the below steps and services to set the foundation before you register.

Admissions: Once you submit your application, you have applied. You are admitted once you receive a Welcome email from Admissions with your ctcLink (student) ID. At that point, you will be able to enroll. Enrolling is the process of registering for classes and paying tuition and fees.​

How to Pay for College: Every student needs to think about how to pay for college expenses. Apply for financial aid — don’t assume you aren’t eligible! The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) online or visit the Financial Aid Office on campus. The financial aid deadline for fall applies for the whole year, so you should meet the “priority deadline” even if you don't plan to enroll until winter or spring. Applying early also increases your chances of receiving an award.

Check out more Financial Aid & Funding resources available, including scholarships, loans, grants, Workforce Services (take the fast, free assessment here), and the Out of State Tuition Waiver.

Placement & Testing: All students must either complete placement or submit test scores or transcripts in lieu of taking placement tests. The primary placement tests are for English and math. All students must take an English and math course as part of the general education (gen ed) requirements. The placement test are designed to help determine the best classes for *you*. For more information on your options, explore the Placement page.

Account Set-up: After being admitted, it's time to set-up your student accounts. Students receive ctcLink and MySeattleColleges accounts for access to online services and IT resources. You must activate your ctcLink account first, then use your ctcLink credentials to set-up your MySeattleColleges account.

ctcLink is your student ID number for tasks such as student registration, financial aid, tracking academic progress, and updating personal information. Your MySeattleColleges account provides access to campus IT resources such as Starfish, student email, and campus wi-fi.

Learn more and set-up your accounts here.

When you're ready to get registered, head to step 2 to learn about the additional three enrollment services.

Need More Information? Contact the Admissions Entry Specialists at for more support.

Once you are ready to register for classes, you will discover there are a lot of options, tools, and resources available. But what are the best choices for *you*? To find the answers that meet your needs, let's explore the final three services: registration, advising, and payment & tuition. 

Pro Tip: As you navigate your new Seattle Central College accounts, use this handy reference guide for support.

Registration: Although you can register in person at the Registration Office, most students register online for their classes. You will need to be aware of how to add and drop classes, how to add yourself to or remove yourself from a wait list, and how to use permission numbers (entry codes) when needed.  

Pro Tip: Make sure you use the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines, such as first day to register, first day of the quarter, last day to receive a refund, and the last day to withdraw. 

Advising: You should meet with an Academic Advisor to plan your schedule and to ensure you get the classes you need to complete your program. Advisors are available to all students and are trained to assist you with a wide range of academic services. From helping with class registration and prerequisite questions to discussing major requirements for four-year transfer to advising on prerequisite requirements for professional/technical programs to assessing your current degree status (audit), Advisors have a vast breadth and depth of knowledge to share with you!

While you are able to see any Advisor, each program has an assigned Advisor based on expertise. To meet with the Advisor that can best support your goals, use the "Advising Staff" page to . You can schedule appointments by emailing an Advisor or making an appointment in Starfish.

Pro Tip: If you're looking for a permission code to register, the fastest choice is to use the "Online Drop-in" button on the Advising page.

Tuition & Payment: Tuition is due within 7 business days after you register or prior to the first day of the quarter, whichever comes first. There are 3 ways to pay your tuition:

  • Through the deferred payment plan, which allows you to pay your tuition in multiple installments
  • Through ctcLink
  • In person at the Cashier's Office

Pro Tip: Understand your tuition and check out tuition waivers and discounts. Students who are out of state, or have lived in Washington for less than a year, may be eligible for an out-of-state (non-resident) tuition waiver.

Wow! That was a lot, but now onto the fun part: exploring programs, resources, campus life! When you're ready, head to step 3 to learn more in-depth about the program you've chosen and others available on campus.

Need More Information? Contact the Admissions Entry Specialists at for more support.

Whether you want to get your associate’s degree, earn a certificate, or transfer to a four-year university, Seattle Central College (SCC) has a wide variety of programs to choose from. In this section, you’ll learn about a few of those programs. If you’re undecided about your program, this will be a good introduction to the variety of choices offered at Central. If you do have a program picked out already, you’ll still want to review these brief descriptions to make sure you're on the *right* path for you.

The degree or major you choose will put you on different paths. So, let’s get started.

Transfer Degrees: Many students attend SCC with the intention to transfer to a four-year college or university. This plan allows you to complete your general education and foundation courses at more affordable tuition, with smaller class sizes and a wider variety of support services.

Every student’s transfer plan is different, depending on the destination school(s) you have chosen and the major you wish to pursue. In order to ensure a smooth transfer, it is vital to visit with an Advisor to prepare an Educational Plan that outlines which courses you need to take in order to successfully transfer. An Advisor can also present you with your options and help you make informed choices about transfer and course selections.

There are five transfer degree options at Seattle Central, and each is designed to prepare you for transfer to a four-year college. These include the Associate of Arts, Associate in Business, and Associate of Science general, track 1, and track 2.

Career Training: Seattle Central offers programs that prepare you for a rewarding career in an in-demand field. Our programs range from short–term certificates and associate degrees to applied bachelor’s degrees. These degrees and certificates are for students interested in obtaining skills for employment in specific fields and generally do not transfer to universities; however, some courses in the degree may be transferable. A career training degree is an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and is very different from the transfer degrees.

Career training programs can jumpstart your career plans in a wide variety of industries. Extensive, afforable programs emphasize real-world, hands-on training that will equip you with marketable skills that are currently in demand by employers and support entry-level employment or advancement in your current field.

Pro Tip: The AAS degree does not require that you take transfer level English and Math classes and is designed for students who are not going to transfer to a bachelor's program. Students in an AAS program may often specialize in a specific skill set or trade. The AAS-T degree is designed for students who intend to transfer to specific bachelor's programs and requires transfer level English and Math classes.

Certificates: SCC also offers a large number of certificates that can generally be completed in a shorter amount of time than the Associate of Applied Science degrees and will help you build specialized skills to prepare for a job. You can also build on your certificate training by earning additional certificates, an associate degree and/or a bachelor's degree in related field. ​

Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees: Seattle Central is one of several community and technical colleges in Washington state that offer Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. Historically, community colleges have offered only two-year degrees. However, in a growing number of fields, a bachelor’s degree is the minimum level of education required to obtain employment. In response, Seattle Central has developed four–year programs that build on certain associate degrees currently offered and more are in the works.

Compared to traditional four–year degrees at universities, applied bachelor's degrees incorporate more hands–on learning focused on a particular industry. They are designed with strong internship components and often offer credit for prior learning and workplace experience.

No matter where you are at in life or what your goals are, there is a place for you at Central! 

Pro Tip: Connect with faculty and visit a class for an even more personal connection with your program of interest!

When you're ready, head to step 4 to a deeper look at a wide variety of services available to you as a Seattle Central Tiger.

Need More Information? Contact the Admissions Entry Specialists at for more support.

Seattle Central provides a variety of support services to promote student success. In this section, you'll be introduced to a wide range of resources to help with issues you face both in the classroom and outside of it. They won’t all apply to you. But the ones that do just may prove to be CENTRAL to your success; you don't have to go it alone during your time at Seattle Central.

AdvisingMeet with an advisor to get your questions answered about degree and certificate options and requirements, to plan your pre-requisites and get help with course selection, to prepare for college transfer, and to connect to educational resources and opportunities both online and on campus. Advising assists students pursuing transfer degrees, career training degrees and certificates.

Your advisor will help you develop an Education Plan — a roadmap to a college degree or certificate, including an outline of coursework required to achieve your educational goals in a timely manner. By meeting with an advisor your first quarter, you can stay on track and avoid obstacles to graduation and successful transfer. The college requires that students meet with an advisor by the end of their second quarter to create their Education Plan.

Career ServicesThe Career Exploration Center offers academic and career resources to Seattle Central students. We can help:

  • Explore career opportunities, interests, and academic pathways to get there.
  • Provide academic guidance to first year and undecided students on class selection and potential areas of study.
  • Develop resume and cover letter writing skills, & prepare for interviews.
  • Discuss networking, job search methods, and scholarship resources

Transfer Center: The College Transfer Center assists students in making the transition from Seattle Central to a four-year college or university. This includes help choosing a school and major of study, guidance on applications, deadlines and the transfer process.

Counseling ServicesSeattle Central’s Counselors work with students enrolled at Seattle Central College to explore and pursue their educational and career goals, as well as achieve personal growth. As faculty professionals with clinical experience and advanced degrees in counseling/guidance, education, psychology, and social work we recognize that pursuing education presents opportunities as well as challenges. Seattle Central Counselors are committed to supporting students to access opportunities, meet challenges, and take best advantage of their personal educational experience.

Types of Counseling:

  • Personal: address issues that make it difficult to succeed (i.e. stress, grief, anxiety, depression, problems with self-esteem or relationships, culture shock, and other life concerns)
  • Career: explore career paths that best fit your skills, needs, personality, and interests
  • Academic: cope with issues related to classes, adjusting to college culture, understanding college processes and other issues
  • Crisis Intervention: address immediate, extremely challenging situations that you may encounter while at school

*Counseling staff may refer students to additional support services, both on and off campus.

Accessbility Resource CenterAccessibility Resource Center (ARC) provides equal access to students with documented disabilities and acts in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The ARC mission is to foster a sense of community where students have an opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of campus life.

ARC offers the following services based on your documented needs:

  • Advocacy
  • Accessibility Accommodations
  • Adaptive Equipment Services
  • Admissions Assistance
  • Auxiliary Services (i.e. interpreters, readers and scribes)
  • Consultation with Faculty
  • Extended Time (on exams when indicated)
  • Note Taking Services
  • Orientation
  • Registration Assistance
  • Resource Information

Mainstay & SAILS: Mainstay matches motivated job seekers with disabilities with stellar employers throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. SAILS - Supported Academics and Independent Life Skills, has helped students with neurodiverse needs navigate post-secondary academics. With individualized tutoring, time management training, communication facilitation and executive functioning exploration, our SAILS Team have helped students become confident to reach their academic goals.

TRiOTRIO-Student Success Services (SSS) promotes retention, graduation, and college transfer of first-generation, income-limited, and/or students with disabilities. TRIO-SSS provides individualized services fostering personal, academic, and professional growth. Students who join TRiO maintain higher GPAs, are more likely to be involved on campus, and graduate and transfer at higher rates. 

Services for TRIO Students:

  • Personalized Academic Advising
  • Tutoring Resources
  • Financial Aid and Financial Literacy Support
  • Transfer and Career Guidance
  • Mentors
  • Community
  • Quarterly celebrations

Workforce ServicesThe Workforce Services Office provides programs that offer financial assistance and support for qualified students in career training programs. If you qualify, you may receive funding for tuition, fees, books and transportation. Academic planning and job placement assistance is also available to qualifying students. The program may also assist students enrolled in Basic and Transitional Studies programs (English as a Second Language [ESL], Adult Basic Education [ABE], I-BEST, and students completing their GED or high school diploma.

Center for Working Adults: Balancing work, family, and other responsibilities while attending college can be a challenge. The Seattle Colleges Center for Working Adults (CWA) is here to support students like you. Seattle Central College offers "worker–friendly" programs to make it easy to start and finish your degree while you work.

These programs allow you to:

  • Take classes at night, on weekends or online
  • Create a schedule that meets your goals and fits your life
  • Earn a certificate, two–year degree, four–year degree or industry certification
  • Get Personalized Help

Seattle Colleges‘ Center for Working Adults provides you access to a personal navigator to help you with:

  • Selecting a program
  • Securing tuition resources
  • Applying to the college
  • Registering for your program
  • Finding help to complete your studies successfully
  • Discerning your true educational interests by providing you with coaching, advising, and guidance.

Veteran Services: The Office of Veterans Services offers assistance to veterans, reservists, active duty personnel and eligible family members who are eligible to receive Veteran’s Administration educational benefits.In the Veterans Services office we handle your VA educational benefits as quickly and efficiently as possible. We assist you with many other benefits as well. We can get you referrals for mental health issues, educational issues, health or auto insurance — anything related to veteran affairs. Come to the office and we will get you squared away.

Re-Entry Support: The Re-Entry Support Program offers a welcoming, supportive, and responsive learning environment for all currently and formerly incarcerated students.

Childcare Assistance: The Childcare Assistance Program (aka Student Parent Support) offers funding, information, and referral resources to students desiring childcare assistance while attending school. The program also offers the following quarterly need–based funding for a portion of child care costs, general childcare resource information, and free resources (baby clothing, food, diapers and tickets to Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo).

Study Abroad: Get ready to embark on some great and meaningful adventures! Seattle Central offers students, faculty and staff a wide range of study, intern, volunteer and professional development opportunities abroad.

Multicultural Services: The Office of Multicultural Services promotes institutional responsiveness to the needs of students of color and students of diverse cultural backgrounds, and provides leadership for the development and implementation of services, programs, projects, and curriculum that promote diversity, equality, and social justice at Seattle Central College.

What We Do

  • College information and assistance for new, re–entry, and prospective students
  • Referrals to resources both on– and off–campus
  • Workshops and conferences
  • Scholarship information
  • Community collaboration and partnerships
  • Informal dialogue discussions regarding social justice or diversity
  • Student Advocacy
  • Coordination of "Students of Color Conference" attendees

AANAPISI: A student support program with a special focus on Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and development opportunities for the Seattle Central College community. While our services are tailored for the AAPI community, we welcome and serve all students at Seattle Central College.

Our Services

  • Connect with other students and build community
  • Academic planning
  • Financial Aid and scholarship assistance
  • Mentorship
  • Tutoring
  • Transfer Planning
  • College success skills
  • Workshops to support your academic and personal goals

Umoja: A Kiswahili word meaning unity, Umoja is a program dedicated to enhancing the cultural and educational experiences of African American and other students.

Umoja actively serves and promotes student success for all students through events, conferences, and curriculum that is responsive to the legacy of the African and African American Diasporas. 

What Umoja Offers

  • Academics: accelerated, transferable, and aligned with your academic goals
  • Advising and counseling: both academic and personal
  • Leadership opportunities: campus and national activities to grow leadership skills
  • Lifelong networks: community of peers and faculty who increase your personal and professional growth

Undocumented Students: Seattle Central College prepares students for life and work in a multicultural and diverse society. We strive to provide a respectful and effective learning environment for all students in the pursuit of their educational goals. Seattle Central enrolls and supports students whose status in the U.S. is undocumented. We recognize that everyone should have a right to access higher education, and undocumented students make essential contributions to our campus, community and nation.  

MESAThe Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program at Seattle Central College supports historically underrepresented students who intend to transfer to a 4-year institution in pursuit of a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) bachelor’s degree. Our goal is to further pave pathways for community college students to become the next leaders in STEM!

MESA Resources

  • Canvas Online Orientation
  • Academic Excellence Workshops (AEWs)
  • Career exploration
  • Transfer assistance
  • Student Lounge

STEM Core: STEM Core is a cohort based learning model for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The program will get students calculus ready within a year by guaranteeing registration in math classes. STEM Core also puts on other events to give participants the opportunity to network with STEM employers, learn skills to be successful academically, and more. In addition to all of these resources, participants have access to a dedicated STEM Core Student Support Specialist.

STARS: Seattle Central's STARS (Student Transitioning & Reaching Success) Program guides students who have been in a foster care program or are/were unaccompanied homeless youth by offering funding, academic guidance, career counseling, and referral resources to ensure students' holistic needs are being met. STARS guides students toward services designed to support them in achieving their academic goals. 

STARS Services:

  • Assistance on how to navigate places at Seattle Central (Financial Aid, TRiO, and Advising) and on how to negotiate various services and college processes
  • Create a support network of college faculty, staff, and students to help students succeed
  • Coordinate with other campus services
  • Provide additional funding resource or stipend for items such as school supplies, technology devices, and food

As you can see, there are so many services available. Seattle Central is committed to your success and each service is waiting to meet you and help you reach your goals! Your needs may change throughout your educational journey, but these services will be here waiting for you.

When you're ready, head to step 5 to learn tips & tricks and resources provided for your SUCCESS!

Need More Information? Contact the Admissions Entry Specialists at for more support.

Instructors facilitate learning inside the classroom and Central also offers many learning assistance opportunities outside the classroom. In this section, you will learn tools that support academic success for students at Seattle Central.

Library and MediaOur librarians help you take full advantage of library resources and are committed to empowering students who want to learn how to research and find information to support their classroom work.
They also teach information research credit courses and workshops and provide reference services for those seeking individual research help.

Interlibrary loan service (ILL) is available to borrow books and materials from other libraries. Additionally, all regularly circulating library materials are available for check out among the three libraries and media centers of the Seattle Colleges.

Library and Media Services include:

  • collections of books, e-books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, online databases, and streaming media that reflect the diversity of the community we serve
  • cameras and other media equipment, including laptops for loan
  • computer workstations with access to the online library catalog, the Internet, data bases, magazines, e-Journals, journals, newspapers, encyclopedias and more
  • listening/viewing cubicles, individual study carrels and group study room
  • copy machines and printers
  • services to integrate a contemplative learning environment with current information technology
  • instructional programs to support our students' wide range of educational goals and learning styles
  • access to library resources through a variety of pathways that serve you wherever you are

Learning Support & TutoringThe Learning Support Network is dedicated to helping students, no matter their proficiency, in mastering the concepts and skills needed to succeed in college. The services offered through Seattle Central are free and are provided to support your academic excellence. Our tutors are comprised of faculty, staff, and fellow students committed to increasing your comprehension of science, math, writing, humanities, languages, and more. Tutoring covers all subject areas and includes e-tutoring, workshops, study groups, and evening and weekend hours.  All students are encouraged to utilize this valuable resource and to access tutoring at the beginning of each quarter; don’t wait until you are too far behind to get help!

It is our goal to help you gain the confidence, and competence to navigate your education.

Learning Styles: A person’s learning style is the way in which she/he perceives and processes information. There’s no good or bad style, and no right or wrong way to learn. However, understanding your own learning style can help you to develop learning strategies that maximize learning potential. This can make a great deal of difference in the time and effort you put into studying and in your performance on tests and quizzes.

Working with Instructors: Central instructors love students and make their teaching a priority. Instructors encourage students to go above and beyond just attending class. Here are a few tips for working with your instructors:

  • Review your syllabus. On the first day of each class, you will receive a syllabus, which is basically a roadmap of the class that includes instructor information and expectations, course readings and assignments, and how assignments will be graded and when they are due.
  • Ask questions. Instructors would always rather hear from a student with a question than find out the student didn’t understand the course material. Most instructors are available and want to answer your questions either during class, on the phone or via e-mail.
  • Locate the information on the course syllabus for how to contact your instructor outside of class hours. If they have office hours, locate the office and plan to visit during that time. Full time instructors generally keep specific office hours, and it is important to visit them in person during those hours. In online classes, you might also be able to “meet” with your instructor via online interaction, such as a virtual chat.
  • Participate in class. This is so important for your success! Participating in class allows you to get to know your instructor and other students, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the course material.

Taking Notes: Good note-taking can make a marked difference in academic performance. When something is written down, it is committed to memory more effectively than when it is heard only. Therefore, students who take notes generally have a higher rate of knowledge retention than those who don’t.

Think of it this way: If you don’t take any notes, the textbook is the only resource available to study when preparing for a test. However, if you take good notes, you have both the textbook and a detailed study guide that is customized to your own learning needs.

Tips on Taking Notes:

  • Participate in class discussions. This keeps you alert, which translates into better listening and note-taking.
  • Don’t write down everything. Record important points in a way that makes sense to you and then add supporting details.
  • To record information faster, use abbreviations. However, make sure to use notations that can be understood when rereading them.
  • Be sure to ask questions about concepts that are not clear and take notes on the answers. This will make notes more effective as study aids.
  • Take notes while reading. This will improve knowledge retention and make it easier to study important points later

Time Management: Managing your time wisely is an important key to being a successful college student. In general, it is recommended that students study at least 2 hours for every hour spent in class. This means that if you are taking 15 credits, which is a typical full-time course load, the total hours spent on school should be approximately 45 hours per week. Trying to balance school with other commitments, such as family and work, can be challenging, and it is important to consider the appropriate balance for you while in school. It is a good idea to start with fewer credits and, if you do well, add more credits in subsequent quarters.

Grades & GPA: Seattle Central uses a numerical (decimal) system to calculate a student’s Grade Point Average (GPA).

Many colleges use letter grades, rather than numerical grades. Here’s how numerical grades may be considered equivalent to letter grades.

Letter Grade   Numeric Grade          

A                      4.0 - 3.9        

A –                   3.8 - 3.5         

B +                    3.4 - 3.2        

B                       3.1 - 2.9        

B –                    2.8 - 2.5

C                      2.1 - 1.9

C –                   1.8 - 1.5

D +                   1.4 - 1.2

D                      1.1 - 0.9

D –                    0.8 - 0.7

Many programs and individual course sequences require a minimum grade in order to pursue additional courses or studies. Consult with an advisor about the specific requirements for your courses, program or transfer major.

Non‑traditional Grading Options
The following letter grade options are not universally accepted by other institutions and could jeopardize the transferability of courses and financial aid status. Learn more about non-traditional grading options below:

I — Incomplete: Indicates that the student performed at a passing level, completed most of the course requirements, and intends to make up the missing work. An Incomplete is given only at the discretion of the instructor when the student has attended regularly, done satisfactory work, and furnished satisfactory proof to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control. Coursework must be completed during the following quarter, excluding Summer Quarter. If the student fails to remove the “I” by completing the coursework in the specified time period, the “I” will remain on the transcript. The instructor must file a written statement of reasons for giving the Incomplete, listing a description of the work which the student will need to do to remove it, with the dean of the division in which the course is offered. If the student elects to repeat a course rather than make up the work, the “I” will remain on the transcript. The grade earned will compute in the GPA; after receiving an “I” in a course, a student may repeat that course only once.

S — Satisfactory With Credit: This grade option is used for individual progress, clinical and skill development courses. This symbol is not used for college transfer courses numbered 100 and above, except designated pass/fail courses as approved by the Office of Instruction.

N — Audit: To audit a course means to register for and attend class without receiving a grade or credit. An “N”, rather than credit, is recorded on the transcript. Students must officially register to audit a course. Registration for an “N” may be made until the end of the second week of the quarter without the instructor’s signature or the end of the eighth week (sixth week of summer quarter) with the instructor’s approval and signature.

Students are responsible for consulting with the instructor regarding class requirements. After an “N” is issued, the course may be repeated no more than one time. If the instructor’s requirements for an “N” are not satisfied by the student during the course, the instructor may issue an “NC” (No Credit) symbol.

Students changing their status from audit to credit or credit to audit must make official changes within specific deadlines.

NC — No Credit: Indicates that the student did not fulfill the requirements for receiving an “S” grade, an “N” grade or a numerical grade in the course. A student in good standing may request an “NC” symbol from the instructor prior to the final examination, granted at the instructor’s discretion. After an “NC” is issued, the course may be repeated no more than one time. An “NC” does not affect a student’s GPA.

W — Official Withdrawal: This grade will be recorded and will remain permanently on the student’s transcript.

Y — Ongoing Course: Used for a course that is two or more quarters in length. The final grade for the course will be reported at the last quarter.

Graduation: Preparation for graduation actually begins with the first course taken at Seattle Central. But degrees and certificates are not automatically awarded when you complete your program requirements. You need to meet with an academic advisor at least two quarters prior to your final quarter. Then you can apply for graduation as soon as you have registered for the last courses needed to complete your degree or certificate – no later than three weeks before the start of the final quarter.

Commencement is the annual ceremony held at the end of spring quarter in June to honor students who have completed a degree or certificate program at Seattle Colleges in the past academic year. We encourage all graduating students to participate in commencement to celebrate your accomplishments at Seattle Central.

Hopefully, you are feeling connected to the services and tools available to support your success, Tiger! When you're ready to get registered, head to step 6 to discover resources that will enrichen your on-campus experience!

Need More Information? Contact the Admissions Entry Specialists at for more support.

Being successful in your academic pursuits is more than knowing what services are available and tips for success; you need to be able to access these resources! Let's look at navigating campus and learn about a few more resources available to you as a Seattle Central Tiger.

BookstoreThe Seattle Central Bookstore offers required textbooks, supplies and educational support materials. The Bookstore provides new, used, digital and rental textbooks. To avoid long lines, students are encouraged to purchase books two weeks prior to the start of classes each quarter, or online at:

In addition to textbooks, the bookstore carries a wide variety of merchandise such as:

  • school supplies
  • general reading material
  • greeting cards
  • gifts

Seattle Colleges Foundation: Seattle Colleges Foundation provides scholarships for tuition, books and educational expenses for students in need. Visit the Seattle Colleges Foundation Web pages to learn about eligibility, how to apply and deadlines.

Emergency Assistance: Unexpected expenses and emergencies can create a barrier to remaining enrolled in school and completing your program of study at Seattle Central College. The Emergency Grant is intended as one-time financial assistance to provide temporary, partial relief to address an immediate unforeseen or imminent financial hardship that will affect your ability to persist in school.

Food and Stability Resources: Students are able to access the Food and Resource Pantry once per week by filling out the Food Pantry Order Form. Seattle Central is in partnership with Jewish Family Services, Operation Sack Lunch, and the Be Good Project to host a small pantry of supplemental food, children's supplies, and toiletry items. We also host regularly scheduled community meals. You are encouraged to inquire about resources and income supports you may be eligible for in our area.

Finding Your Way Around Campus:

Parking and Transportation: Seattle Central's location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood is easy to reach from most parts of the city. Just minutes from downtown, the campus is easily accessible by public transit, car, walking or biking.

  • Public Parking: Limited parking is available on campus in private lots nearby and metered street parking. All visitors including prospective students, vendors, and the general public, who have not been specifically invited will need to pay to park at the Harvard Garage (1609 Harvard Ave.) or in one of the private parking lots.
  • Permit Parking: Student parking permits may be purchased online on this page:
  • Orca Card: The ORCA Card is a public transit pass which can be used to ride regular Metro, Sound Transit, Pierce Transit, Kitsap Transit, Community Transit, and Everett Transit bus service. The pass is available to eligible students at a subsidized rate and can be used for personal as well as college use.

    Public transportation includes: Link Light Rail system, Metro streetcars (the South Lake Union Trolley and the Broadway streetcar), the Sounder Train (Everett to Tacoma), some Amtrak Cascades trains between Seattle and Everett, the King County Water Taxis (West Seattle and Vashon routes) and the Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry (Port Orchard and Annapolis Routes).

    The light rail, bus and streetcar all have stops next to campus.

  • Bicycle & Motorcycle Parking: Lock and attach bicycle to a campus–provided bicycle rack with a secure lock. Bicycles left in other areas may be impounded and fined. Central also has a Bicycle Fixit Station! Located just inside the Mitchell Activity Center (MAC) across from the registration desk, the bicycle fixit station provides one stop shopping for minor bicycle repairs. You can change a tire, tighten a pedal, or pump air into your deflated tires.

    There is no charge for motorcycle parking in the Harvard garage for college staff or students; no public parking of motorcycles is permitted, nor is overnight parking/storage of motorcycles allowed. 

Campus Tours and Classroom Visits: The best way to learn about Seattle Central College is to come on campus! We invite you to attend an information session from our staff and receive a campus tour led by our current students. The tour covers key campus buildings and facilities as well as general college information.

Note: If you are looking for an information session about a specific program, please visit All Campus Information Sessions for more information.

Safety and SecurityStudent safety is one of Seattle Central's highest priorities. Contact the Campus Security Office with any questions or problems regarding security, first aid, directions, lost and found items, thefts or other crimes.

  • Campus Alert System: You can sign up to receive text messages and e-mail alerts in case of a campus emergency or unplanned closure (from snow or other situations). You can sign up for this free service by visiting SeattleCollegesAlerts.
  • Lost and Found: Lost articles turned into the Security Office can be retrieved when properly identified with a photo ID.

Head to step 7 to learn about the most requested topic by incoming students: Campus [Community] Life!

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Student life isn’t just about attending classes and doing homework. The full college experience includes getting involved in extracurricular activities and taking advantage of all that the campus has to offer.

Participating in one or more of the many clubs and organizations on campus can make you a more well-rounded student and ultimately contribute to your academic or career success. Let’s take a look at some of the opportunities that await you outside the classroom at Seattle Central.

Student Leadership: Student Leadership facilitates leadership development and supports student involvement creating connections for student success. We facilitate student participation in campus life through:

  • A diverse and culturally rich network of student clubs: see all clubs here
  • Committee representation which empowers the student voice
  • Leadership boards which provide over 60 unique paid student positions each year

Each student board serves a unique function in helping students and creating an engaging learning environment on campus. There's an opportunity for you no matter what your skills and expertise are.

  • Associated Student Council (ASC): The official student government of Seattle Central, ASC represents student interests to the college administration. What they do: handles budget (servce & activity fee) and policy (lobbying) issues and represents the student voice on campus.
  • College Activities Board (CAB): The CAB team develops and organizes multicultural events and activities on campus that celebrate the diversity of the community, promotes student involvement, and fosters collaboration among student organizations. CAB seeks to inspire students to build relationships across cultures, bringing about equity & social change. Members gain hands-on experience in all aspects of event planning, including booking, promoting and management.
  • Student Organizations Resource Council (SORC): We help clubs access information, resources, and trainings available and review club funding requests. SORC works with Club Commissions to promote collaboration among clubs with related interests and across fields. In short, “We love our clubs” means: service, support, encouragement, guidance and the offering of resources.
  • Student Website and Publications (SWAP) Team: SWAP produces the independent student newspaper, The Seattle Collegian, both online and in print. Our obligation is to the truth and to our readers — the students, staff, and faculty of Seattle Central as well as the citizens of Capitol Hill and the city of Seattle.
  • Tournaments and Games Team (TAG Team): The TAG team organizes and facilitates recreational activities that promote student involvement, fair play, and physical activity. The team works in conjunction with the Mitchell Activities Center (MAC) to promote the many health and wellness resources available at the MAC to all Seattle Central students. TAG oversees all clubs in the Sports and Games Commission.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK): PTK is our honor society on campus and works on community service and academic study projects. It offers its members many personal and academic growth opportunities through its weekly meetings, service projects, and leadership training. 

Student DiningYou are invited to savor foods from around the world and specialties of the Pacific Northwest prepared in Seattle Culinary Academy's student-run restaurants and experience the delicacies and desserts that are artfully prepared by our Specialty Desserts & Breads students. As a guest in our restaurants, you are providing our students with a unique opportunity to hone their skills. We hope to see you soon!

Dining Experiences:

Mitchell Activity Center (MAC)The MAC features a variety of ways to become fit and active, including drop-in exercise classes and access to personal trainers and certified nutritionists at a discounted rate. We also offer cardio and strength training equipment, squash and basketball courts and a recreational game room with table tennis and pool tables. With facilities ranging from racquetball courts to a running track and yoga rooms, it is the perfect place to get your daily workout.

Art Gallery: Take a break from your studies and feed your spirit with a visit to the art gallery, located across from the Atrium cafeteria in the BE building. Frequent displays of student works are complemented with shows by local and regional artists, as well as touring exhibits. The gallery also sponsors activities such as guest lectures and poetry readings that reflect, appreciate, promote and serve the college’s multicultural population. The gallery emphasizes the display of student works and complements these with shows by professional local and regional artists as well as touring exhibits. There is no charge for entry.

Seattle Central College Theaters: Broadway Performance Hall and Erickson Theatre are located in Seattle's vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood with international cuisine, world-class shopping and the lush greenery of Cal Anderson Park within easy walking distance. Events at Seattle Central College's theaters include:

  • Concerts: With professional sound and lighting systems, and seating for up to 295 guests, it's no wonder that big-name musical acts have chosen our theaters for their shows.
  • Plays: Comedy, tragedy -- whatever mask you wear, our concert-quality sound brings performances to life.
  • Dance: Dance the night away at one of our theaters. Dance troupes will shine in the glow of a lit-just-right stage, and intimate seating allows guests an up-close view of the show.
  • Presentations: Our theaters aren't just for show - they're an excellent fit for corporate or non-profit seminars, fundraisers, lectures or receptions.

Seattle Central App: The Seattle Central app is your one stop shop for finding events, making friends, and joining clubs. 

What You Can Do

  • View class schedule and access Canvas directly through the integrated system 
  • See what is happening around campus using the events calendar
  • Read news and updates about the college
  • Converse with fellow students on the student feed channels
  • Get information about student clubs and organizations

Download the app today through Google Play Store or the Apple App Store by searching “Seattle Central”!

Alright! Before wrapping up, let's unpack all you've learned! You've learned your next steps in section 2, the programs available to you in section 3, the services provided to support your success in section 4, tips and resources for academic support specifically in section 5, how to navigate campus and access additional resources in section 6, and ways to build your community in section 7. 

And you've learned that this information is here for you at any time throughout your journey at Central. You are welcome to reference this material as much and as often as you'd like. So, let's move into section 8 to discuss your responsibilities as a student at Seattle Central.  

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One of the goals of Seattle Central College is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment in which you can achieve your academic and career goals. As a student, you can help maintain that environment by following the rules and regulations set forth by the Seattle Colleges District.

In this section, you will familiarize yourself with the different policies and procedures related to student conduct and academic progress. The material can get a little heavy in places, but remember: it’s your responsibility to know and follow the campus bylaws. Let’s get started.

Student Responsibilities: Students are expected to comply with the policies, procedures and regulations established by the Board of Trustees.

  • Students are obligated to respect the rights of others and to refrain from any actions endangering the health, safety, and welfare or property of others.
  • The Seattle Community College District prohibits the abuse of alcohol and the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, and use of illicit drugs. This policy applies to all employees and students of the Seattle Colleges while they are on District property or while they are conducting college business, regardless of location.
  • State motor vehicle laws and the Seattle traffic code apply to campus traffic. The speed limit is 15 miles per hour on campus.
  • The possession of firearms on campus is illegal.

Misconduct or violations of student conduct for which students are subject to disciplinary action include, but are not limited to, the following items:

  1. Discriminatory conduct against a student or an employee.
  2. Sexual misconduct: Harassment, intimidation, violence.
  3. Harassment: Unwelcome and offensive.
  4. Academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism.
  5. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of documents and false statements.
  6. Obstruction or disruption of instruction, research, administration, and other district activities.
  7. Assault, physical or verbal abuse, threat(s), intimidation, bullying, cyberbullying, stalking, harassment of any person on district property.
  8. Theft, damage, or possession of district or personal property.
  9. Failure to comply with the direction of district employees or identify oneself to persons when requested.
  10. Participation in activity which unreasonably disrupts the operations of the district or lead or incite another person to engage in such activity.
  11. Weapons: Possession or use of any device or substance which can inflict bodily harm or damage property.
  12. Hazing.
  13. Possession, consumption, or being under the influence of alcohol, or selling alcohol.
  14. Possession, consumption, or being under the influence of narcotic drugs or controlled substances, marijuana, or selling any such drug or substance.
  15. Obstruction of free flow of pedestrian or vehicular movement on district property or at a district activity.
  16. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or obscene.
  17. Breach of the peace, or aiding, abetting, or procuring a breach of the peace.
  18. Smoking inside a campus building or where smoking is not authorized.
  19. Theft or other misuse of computer time or other electronic information resources of the district.
  20. Unauthorized possession or use of a key, or unauthorized entry onto or into district property.
  21. Abuse or misuse of any procedures relating to student complaints or misconduct.
  22. Safety violations.
  23. Violation of any other district rule, requirement, or procedure.
  24. Violation of any federal, state, or local law, rule, or regulation.
  25. Ethical violation: Breach of generally recognized and published code of ethics or standards of professional practice.
  26. Aiding, abetting, inciting, encouraging, or assisting another person to commit any act of misconduct.
  27. Retaliation against any individual for reporting or addressing allegations or violations.

Disciplinary action will be taken against students who violate standards of conduct established by the college. If informal procedures do not resolve the issue, formal committee proceedings may be initiated.

Student Privacy: FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Information about Seattle Central Colleges is collected, maintained and used to meet the colleges educational objectives. Students are protected against improper disclosure of their records. These rights begin with the first day of class and extend to all former students.

The two most common ways that FERPA affects students:

  1. Students are required to show a photo ID before their educational record can be released by any Seattle Central employee.
  2. Information will only be released to a parent or other relative if written consent has been provided to Seattle Central College.

Student Progress: Students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress while enrolled at the Seattle Colleges. Academic progress is defined in terms of a student’s grade point average (GPA) and how much time a student takes to complete a degree or certificate program. Time is a function of credits attempted and earned. Students who do not demonstrate satisfactory academic progress may be provided appropriate intervention to improve academic performance.

All students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0. Students who do not meet this standard will be subject to the corrective actions listed below.

1. First Warning – Academic Alert: Students whose cumulative GPA drops below 2.0 for the first time are placed on Academic Alert.

  • Students are sent an email that encourages them to make an appointment to meet with a counselor to develop success strategies and investigate the various resources on campus that may be of assistance.

2. Second Warning – Academic Probation: Students whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 for two consecutive quarters are placed on Academic Probation.

  • Students are notified via email that a hold has been placed on their registration pending a meeting with a college counselor.
  • The hold may be temporarily lifted for the purpose of registration upon completion of a written success plan developed for the student.
  • The written student success plan may include additional appointments with the counselor, required registration in study skill classes, tutoring and/or career exploration.

3. Third Warning – Academic Suspension: Students whose cumulative GPA drops below 2.0 for a third consecutive quarter and who do not achieve a 2.0 in the immediately preceding quarter are suspended for at least four consecutive quarters.

  • Students are notified of the terms of their suspension and the appeal process using the Application for Reinstatement (pdf) via email.
  • Students whose appeal is granted or who wish to return after one year will be placed on Academic Alert status and given a referral to see a counselor.

Degree/Certificate Progress and Completion

  • These procedures affect all students who are enrolled in certificate or degree programs, and those students who are taking college courses numbered 100 or above as prerequisites to programs.
  • Students pursuing the AA who complete 45 credits required for their degree or certificate receive an email regarding their progress toward the completion of their degree or certificate program.
  • Students should meet with an advisor or counselor to develop an education plan for completion and to be informed of the District's degree/certificate completion policy so that they may complete necessary requirements within a reasonable amount of time.
  • Students who are enrolled in degree or certificate programs must complete their programs in at least 125% of the credit hour program requirements. Students who do not meet this standard may be subject to corrective actions.

Title IX - Discrimination and HarassmentSeattle Colleges recognizes that everyone plays a role to ensure we create and maintain an environment where students and employees are free of harassment and discrimination.

We all must:

  • Work together to prevent any occurrence of harassment or discrimination.
  • End harassment and discrimination if it occurs.
  • Remedy the effects of discrimination and harassment on the victim and on the community.

In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Seattle Colleges does not tolerate sexual harassment or discrimination. It is Seattle Colleges’ goal to maintain a respectful environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, sexual violence, rape, bullying and hazing. The district’s Policy and Procedure 419 defines its process for investigating and responding to reports of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination

Any employee, student, applicant, or visitor who believes that he or she has been the subject of discrimination or harassment should report the incident or incidents to the Title IX/EEO coordinator identified in the corresponding procedures. If the complaint is against that coordinator, the complainant should report the matter to the college president’s or chancellor’s office for referral to an alternate designee.