Getting Started at Cascadia 

ONE: Determine Your Admission Process

Identify Your Student Category  

Below are a list of categories. Please read and select the option that best fits your reasons for attending.

New, First Year Student

Applicants 18 years or older or those with a high school diploma or equivalent that have not attended a college or university following the summer of their high school graduation (includes those Running Start, IB, AP, and College in the High School credit earned while in high school).

BEdA, ESL, High School Completion

Applicants interested in Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, and High School Completion.

Bachelor Degree

Applicants that have completed an associate degree or meet the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainable Practices.

International Student

Applicants who need a student visa to study in the U.S.

Non-matriculated, non-degree seeking

Applicants not pursuing a degree or certificate need to:

Apply for admissions (Indicate "Non-Degree Seeking" when asked intended major area of study on application.)

Contact Academic Advising to submit unofficial copies of college transcripts

Returning Cascadia Student

Applicants that have previously attended Cascadia, but have not completed their degree program.


Schedule an appointment with an advisor by calling Kodiak Corner - 425.352.8860, Option 4.

Running Start (prospective student)

Applicants seeking admission into the Running Start program and will have 11th or 12th grade status.  

Transfer Student

Applicants seeking a degree, that have attended another college or university.

Students that have Running Start, AP/IB credit, and College in the High School credit should apply under "New, First Year Students."

Underage Student

Applicants are 16-17 years old, and not enrolling in the Running Start program.


Applicants are veterans of the United States military services and working with a G.I. bill?. 


GI Bill? is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

TWO: Visit Campus

Learn More About Cascadia By Visiting Campus

Click here for information about visiting campus.

*COVID-19 Advisory:

Cascadia College is continually monitoring the novel coronavirus situation via the University of Washington's Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases, which has been meeting on a daily basis. The campus buildings are closed through spring and summer quarters. We will update the community on our COVID-19 information page.


*Please note:  RUNNING START Information can be found here. 

THREE: Apply for Admission

All Students Must Apply for Admission 

If you are an international student on F1 Visa status, please complete international application. If you have previously applied to Cascadia and have a Cascadia student ID number, you do not need to re-apply.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to allow new students enough time to complete the application and registration process before the quarter starts, we recommend that students apply by the suggested application submission deadline.

Quarter Starting

Suggested Date to Apply By:

Winter 2021 (Monday, January 4, 2021)

Monday, December 21, 2020 

Spring 2021 (Monday, March 29, 2021)

Monday, March 22, 2021

FOUR: Financing Your Education

Apply for Financial Aid

Need help with the financial aid process?

Once you've applied for FAFSA, check your financial aid status in the Financial Aid Portal

See Financial Aid for additional information: 

Contact the Financial Aid Office at or by calling (425) 352-8860.

FIVE: Placement & Register for classes

Are You Eligible to Register for Classes? 

Most courses at Cascadia require an assessment of a student's skill level in reading, writing, and math in order to determine whether or not a student is prepared to succeed in the courses. These assessments are not pass/fail in nature but are tools to assist advisors with appropriate class selection. There are a number of ways to meet course prerequisites depending on whether you are a new, first-time college student or a transfer student with one or more quarters of college experience. Find your pathway below for placement information and the registration process.

If you are uncertain of your situation, or have questions regarding your placement, please contact


Which best describes your situation?

Ways to Determine Placement

How to Register

 I Attended High School within the last 2 years

Smarter Balanced Assessment


English Placement via High School Transcript


Math Placement via High School Transcript


Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)


ACCUPLACER Placement (recommended only if the above methods do not apply)

Attend CORE

I Attended High School more than 2 years ago

ACCUPLACER Placement (recommended only if the above methods do not apply)

Attend CORE

I Completed Courses at another College

College Transcripts


ACCUPLACER Placement (recommended only if the above methods do not apply)

Make a New Transfer Student Appointment with an academic advisor by emailing advising@cascadia.eduWhen requesting an advising appointment, please provide the days and times you are available, your name and student ID number and note new transfer student appointment.


IMPORTANT:  In order for previous college courses to apply towards a Cascadia degree or certificate you must submit official transcripts to and a completed Transcript Evaluation Request form to Kodiak Corner for official evaluation.


SIX: Tuition, Orientation, Books, Parking/Bus Pass

Pay Tuition

 A new Student Online System for supporting you from registration through graduation. Learn more at


The quarterly tuition deadline is posted in the Academic Calendar. Tuition must be paid in full by the tuition deadline to avoid being dropped from classes.

Pay Online

Log into to ctcLink and pay online at. Your ctcLink ID Number and password will be required. NOTE: Please do not use Autofill features on your browser at this time, as that can cause incorrect information to be submitted. 

Pay by Mail

Send your check payment with your new student ID to:

Cascadia College, Finance Office
18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011

The mailed payments must be received by the tuition deadline date, not postmarked.

Payment Plan - Student Tuition Payment Plan (STPP)

Available for tuition balances over $1000.

Plan Details:

  • 1st installment (1/3 total tuition and fees) and $10 Enrollment fee are due upon signing up
    for plan.
  • 2nd installment (1/3 of remaining tuition and fees) is due by the 50% refund deadline for the quarter.
  • 3rd installment (all remaining tuition and fees) is due by the last day to withdraw from classes.

To sign up for the Quarterly Payment Plan, please fill out this form: Quarterly Payment Plan.  

Visit Paying for College for additional information on tuition prices, estimated college costs, fees, refunds, tax credits, and waivers.



Attend JumpStart Orientation!

Fall 2020 JumpStart is going virtual! All students who attend a CORE session will receive an email with access to JumpStart on September 21. The program will include some online context you will work through your own pace and opportunities to talk live with current students, faculty, and administrators! Watch your email for additional information about the LIVE components happening on September 24!


If you have any questions and/or concerns, please email See you soon!

Purchase your books 

Campus Bookstore

University Bookstore textbooks are all online!


Get rewarded for shopping early: Take 10% OFF ALL TEXTBOOKS, plus get $5 flat rate shipping* between September 1–15 with code FQTR2020.


*To ensure public health, all course materials purchases are online only; University Book Store’s course materials department will be closed to the public. Discount changes to 5% on September 16–22. Discount excludes eBooks, access codes, gift cards, shipping, technology products, and only applies to stock on hand. Flat rate shipping applies to domestic shipping. For more information, visit:


Online Sites Selling Textbooks

Use the textbook's ISBN number found in the quarterly class schedule to purchase your books


Park on Campus or Ride the Bus