Getting Started

Start here for a new career. We're glad you're here and we're ready to help you get started. Over 800 students graduate from Bates each year and with over 50 programs offering both short-term certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree options, you're sure to find the right program that will help you reinvent yourself.

Steps to Getting Started

  • Step 1 Apply for Admission to Bates

    Step : Apply for Admission to Bates

    • Complete your FREE online application. If you are a returning student, you already have a SID and should not apply for admission. Please contact 253.680.7002 to schedule an appointment with an advisor
    • Upon acceptance of your application, you will receive an email with your next steps and your assigned Student Identification number (SID).
  • Step 2 Attend an Information Session

    Step : Attend an Information Session

    • While you are waiting for your application to be processed, attend a free information session to learn about the admissions process. Our admissions officers will share important information about the application process, resources to pay for college and admissions requirements for your specific program.
  • Step 3 Apply for Financial Aid

    Step : Apply for Financial Aid

  • Step 4 Establish College Placement

    Step : Establish College Placement

    • If you have attended college before, you will need to obtain official college transcripts.
    • If you are a first time college student, you can submit your high school transcripts and SMARTER BALANCE results if you are a high school graduate as of June 2016; or you can submit official advanced placement scores.
    • If you have assessment scores from an entry assessment within the past two years, you can bring those to your registration appointment.
    • If you do not have transcripts, you can take the Accuplacer assessment at the college's testing center. The test is $25 and offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at our Downtown Campus.
  • Step 5 Register for Classes

    Step : Register for Classes

    • Once you have completed the above steps, you are ready to register for classes. All new students are required to meet with a career advisor to register for classes their first quarter. Call 253.680.7002 (Downtown/Central) or 253.680.7403 (South) to schedule your appointment.
    •  Please bring your assessment scores or transcripts to this appointment.
    • Your non-refundable $50 registration fee is due at this time. If the registration fee is a hardship, please discuss this with your career advisor as alternative funding sources are sometimes available.
  • Step 6 Attend New Student Orientation

    Step : Attend New Student Orientation

    • Register to attend a New Student Orientation. Get your parking pass and student ID. Learn about student resources at the college.
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Start here for a new career. We're glad you're here and we're ready to help you get started.