Steps to Enroll: Check List of Instructions

The Steps to Enroll is intended to help New Students begin classes at South. Before you begin, check the Academic Calendar at to find out when the quarter begins and important enrollment deadlines. Please carefully read and follow each step below.

Individuals with special needs and/or disabilities are encouraged to contact Educational Support Services for assistance.

If you have any questions on understanding your Steps to Enroll, feel free to contact the Student Outreach, Admissions, and Recruitment Department.

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Fill out a simple online Admissions Application to become a South Student and receive your official Student Identification Number (SID). It’s fast and free! Some programs have separate enrollment procedures, so make sure to consult the Admissions Website on your program of interest.

Contact (206) 934-7943 or for any questions or accommodations on Admissions.


Learn about current Cost of Classes (Tuition), Fees, and Payment Deadlines and how to Pay for Tuition.

There is a variety of Financial Resources to help you plan your funding for college. Plan early to ensure timely payment for college costs before classes begin and watch for deadlines! We recommend planning at least 3 months ahead if possible. Students are responsible for paying tuition by the Payment Deadline along with purchasing books if funding has not been confirmed by funding source.

Financial Resources include: Financial Aid, Workforce Education (BFET, Worker Retraining, TANF), HB 1079 for Undocumented Students, Opportunity Grant, Worksource, Scholarships, Veterans Services. Also, did you know that South has a Payment Plan to split up your college costs? Learn more about the Payment Plan.

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South is dedicated to making sure our students are taking the appropriate classes to reach their goals. Placement tests, entrance exams, and transcripts are used to evaluate placement into classes. Read the following to determine your next steps.

Placement at South

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    New students at South take either the Standard COMPASS or the ESL/COMPASS test for initial placement into college coursework and programs.
    Learn more about COMPASS and ESL COMPASS at South.

    We strongly encourage students to prepare for the test through South’s Classes or through Website Resources.

  2. ACT or SAT scores may be accepted for college-level English and math course entrance. Details at: Student Assessment Services.

Seattle Public Schools Students

South also accepts high school transcripts for placement into intermediate algebra or college-level Math.  Learn more about SPS high school transcripts.  COMPASS placement test still required for English.

Previous College Credit-Transcripts

If you have passed (with at least a 2.0) a college level English (English composition) and a college level Math (college algebra) course, you will NOT need to take a Placement Test for that section(s). Learn more on Who Must Take a Placement Test.

If you have college credits you plan to use in completing your degree or certificate at South, print and complete the Incoming Academic Transcript Evaluation form. Mail the Incoming Academic Transcript Evaluation and have an Official Transcript in an official sealed envelope from your previous institution(s) sent to the following address:

South Seattle Community College
Attn: Credential Evaluator RSB 055
6000 16th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98106-1499

If you DO NOT intend to graduate from South and have a single class in mind, you will need to consult with an Advisor to gain permission to register for the class. Email and provide your Student Identification Number (SID), Item Number of the class you would like to take, Unofficial Transcript and/or Placement Test Scores, and a short description of your educational goal. For questions on this, contact the Advising Department at (206) 934-5387.

E-learning students (Online Students) should email directly to determine your next steps.

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In order to register, you must participate in a Start: New Student Orientation, advise, and formally register.  

START: New Student Orientation
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START: New Student Orientation provides an overview of programs and services, and the opportunity to meet with an advisor and register for courses online. Participation in the orientation is mandatory for all new students entering a degree, certificate, or college transfer program.

The following student groups are not required to attend the orientation because their programs already have specialized orientations: Running Start, International Students, Career Link, Non-credit ABE, ESL, GED, and other specialized student population such as Post-Baccalaureate Students.

You must sign-up for the orientation at the Advising/Info desk or by calling (206) 934-5387, or by registering online.

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Advisors help guide you in choosing your classes based on your academic goals. See what we offer in our Quarterly Schedule. If you are not required to attend an orientation, you will need to connect with an advisor to gain permission to register for classes. Make sure to provide your COMPASS scores and/or a copy of any previous college transcripts when you contact an advisor. For advising questions, contact

Telephone(206) 934-7938 Building RSB Registration

By registering, you sign-up to take a specific class. We guide you through this process during orientation or during your advising session. Check out the Academic Calendar for important Registration deadlines. After your first quarter, you can register independently on the web as long as you fulfill required prerequisites for the classes.

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Classes (Tuition)
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Ensure that your classes and fees are paid for by the Important Tuition Due Dates. Learn more about Payment Options.

SSCC Bookstore

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Once you get your schedule after registering, you will be able to get books for classes. Check out the website or go to the Bookstore in-person for assistance.

SSCC Student Identification Card

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Get your Student ID Card by providing official photo identification and paying a non-refundable $5.00 charge at the Cashier ’s Office. Then bring your receipt to the Information Desk to obtain your card. Student Identification Card is issued to all new students taking 3 or more credits.

Learn about Parking and Transportation to get you to class!

Connect and explore your Student Resources! Academic Support, Involvements, and Personal Support are all available to help you be a SUCCESSFUL South Student!

If you have any questions understanding your Steps to Enroll, contact the Student Outreach, Admissions, and Recruitment Department for assistance.