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Ready to Apply?

Ready to apply? Use the orange button below to start the free Washington state community college application. You need a valid email address, know your residency status and have an idea of what area of study you are interested in. For detailed information on how to get started, visit Become a Student

We now have a new application tool. Any applications submitted using the old OAA will be processed. However, any “unsubmitted” or “in progress” applications were not retained and you will need to re-apply in the new tool using the Apply Now button.

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When Do I Apply?

You can complete the online application anytime, but you need to submit your application before the application deadline every quarter so you can make it through all the remaining steps before your first day of class.

New Student Application Deadline (with no prior college experience)

Before You Apply

Become a Student

While the admission process for most areas of study begins with our online application, there are specific details for returning students, students seeking basic education, high schools students and international students, and plenty of helpful information for getting started in our Become a Student section.

What to Study

Exploring the different topics you can study is an important part of your college experience. Work with academic counselors and build an academic plan. Start exploring areas of study to find videos, photos and tesimonials form students who have completed a program. Plus, some program have specific admission steps which can be found on the area of study pages only.

Explore our areas of study on the What to Study page.

What is Next?

Completing your online application is the first step. Next, you need to explore how you pay for college, get scheduled for placement assessment, and learn about new student orientation, counseling, and the registration process.