Admission Resources

From program enrollment to immigration, we offer a variety of resources to help you through your application process.


How are application materials processed?

The Admissions Office will send an email to applicants confirming receipt of the application. Applicants will receive additional information once the materials have been reviewed. Complete applications are normally processed within 3 to 5 business days.

The Admissions Office will inform applicants of missing items and information via email. The processing time for incomplete applications will depend on when the missing information is submitted.

After reviewing documents submitted with the admission application, the International Admissions Office may choose to request additional items from an applicant. Examples of items that may be requested include:

- Original copies of financial documentation
- Original copies of academic transcripts
- Letters or certificates verifying information provided on the application

Some reasons why documents might be requested include:

- To clarify information in the application materials
- To verify the authenticity of information, such as financial documents or transcripts
- To confirm relationships (e.g., applicants to dependents or sponsors, sponsors and companies providing financial support, etc.)

Items in addition to the regular list of application materials are only required if specifically requested by the International Admissions Office.

What is the process to apply to a Career Training program?

Applicants to Career Training programs (Certificates, A.A.S., or B.A.S.) must go through a two-step admission process. First, they apply for admission through the International Programs (IP) Office, either as a "General," "Transfer," or "Returning" applicant.

Once admitted through IP, applicants must apply for the specific Career Training program they intend to enroll in. With most programs, there is a formal admission process, including a list of prerequisites that must be met before formal acceptance to the program can be granted. In some cases, students may be able to take program classes as soon as they are eligible for college-level study.

Students who cannot complete program prerequisites by the time admissions decisions are made will need to wait until the next available intake to be admitted. In cases where programs have a long wait list and/or limited intakes, students may need to wait until the next year before starting the program.

Students who qualify for direct college placement will be referred to their future primary advisor after being admitted through IP. The primary advisor will then advise the students on the specific program application and enrollment process.

Students who must first take ESL classes prior to beginning their Career Training program will not be referred to their future primary advisor. They will go through the normal ESL admission and registration process.

How do I get my acceptance materials and I-20 form?

After an application is processed, online applicants will receive a link to access their acceptance letter and materials immediately online (excluding the I-20 form).

Acceptance materials and the I-20 form will also be mailed to the student. Two delivery options are available:

- FedEx Express Mail, which costs $50 and takes 3-5 days to arrive
- Regular Mail, which is free but takes 2-5 weeks to arrive, depending on the destination

Applicants who would like their materials sent by FedEx express mail can pay the $50 express mail fee at the same time they pay the $50 application fee via the debit/credit payment system. For students applying via an approved agent partner, Seattle Colleges provides one complimentary international express mailing per application.

Students who apply using the PDF application can pay for the application and optional express mail fees by accessing our credit card payment system directly, here.

Per a new SEVP policy effective June 2019, I-20 forms can only be sent or given to the student, his/her dependents, or, if a minor, his/her parents or legal guardian.

Transfer applicants will only receive digital copies of their acceptance materials until their current/most recent school releases their SEVIS record to Seattle Colleges. Once the SEVIS record is released, the I-20 form and hard copies of the acceptance materials will be sent. Students whose SEVIS record is in "terminated" or "completed" status must contact the IP Office prior to requesting a release of the record.

How can I defer my enrollment?

Admitted students who need to defer their first quarter of enrollment must complete a Deferral Request Form and return it to the International Admissions Office. For complete details, review this information.