Seattle Central Admissions


Now Accepting Applications through Fall 2024

Welcome future Tiger! We are excited that you are exploring Seattle Central College for your next great adventure. Whether considering college for the first time, returning to accomplish goals, or seeking self-enrichment, you have a place here. At Seattle Central College, you are CENTRAL to us, and we look forward to supporting you in achieving your goals.​

To get started, below is information to guide you as you explore what your path could look like at Central. Ready? Here we go...​

Entry Requirements

As an open-admission institution, Seattle Central College generally accepts every student who applies. Anyone 18 or older or who is a high school graduate or has passed the GED® Exam may attend Seattle Central College.​

  • If you are younger than 18, but at least 16 years old, you may submit an underage petition.​
  • If you are younger than 18 or are still in high school, you may apply to our High School programs.
  • If you are older than 19 and do not have a high school diploma, you may enroll in our High School Completion program.​
  • If you are an International Student, use our International Programs website.​
  • If you attended Seattle Central before and less than three years have passed, use the "Returning Student" page for re-enrollment steps.​

If you don't see yourself above, check out more student types to find the entrance path for you.

Preparing to Apply

While you can apply at any time, there are a few questions to consider that may help you save time and money in the long run. 

First Year: You are a first-time student if you have no previous college experience. You have graduated high school or received your GED and are ready to start college for the first time.​

Reapplying: Welcome back! If it has been more than three years since you've taken a class at Seattle Central College, you will be reapplying.​

Transfer: You've attended college, with or without completing, but have not attended Seattle Central College.​

Note: The above student types will apply through the "New Student" enrollment path. If you don't identify with any of these definitions, explore more student types to find your entrance path at Central.​

Academic: You are seeking an Associate's degree with the goal to enter the workforce immediately after graduating or plan to transfer to a 4-year college or university.​

Baccalaureate: You are seeking a Bachelor's of Applied Science (BAS) degree. Learn the meaning of "Applied" in B.A.S. and how it might be the right fit for you here.​

Non-Award Seeking: You aren't seeking a degree or certificate. You are interested in taking courses for continuing education, professional development, self-enrichment, and/or to transfer to your home institution. Note: This program type is not eligible to receive Financial Aid.​

Professional Technical: Also known as, Career Training, you are seeking a certificate or degree in an in-demand field. You know what career you want and are looking for a tailored, hands-on program to prepare you. ​

Transitional Studies: You are seeking programs that provide the education needed to prepare for college and career readiness.

Unsure of exactly you want to study? No problem! ​

Before diving in, know that you can change your mind at any time and are not locked into the certificate or degree you select during the application process. Changing your program may have Financial Aid implications, so you are encouraged to do your best to determine a program prior to applying. Once enrolled, your will have access to you Academic Advisor for additional support. 

Okay, now let's explore! There are many resources available to guide you in discovering interests, strengths, and opportunities. Below are options that Seattle Central College offers to help you learn, explore, and choose the right program for you.​

Check out the Financial Aid & Funding resources available on our website.

When you're ready, head to the next section to...

Apply Today!

Need more information?

Check out the FAQ page or email our Admissions Entry Specialists at