Pre-Arrival Checklist

Once you are officially admitted to Seattle Colleges, you must complete the tasks listed below. If you will attend classes in person, complete these tasks as soon as you receive your F-1 visa. If you will take classes remotely from outside the U.S., complete tasks that pertain to you upon receiving your acceptance letter.

1. Review your admission acceptance materials

Access your materials via our online admission application portal. Or, if you applied for admission via an agency, ask your counselor for a copy of your acceptance materials.

if you find any errors, contact right away.

2. Follow the immigration guidance from Admissions in your Pre-Arrival Information

Guidance varies for each student and may include applying for an F-1 visa.

3. Take placement test(s)

If you did not provide proof of English and Math proficiency with your admission application, you will need to take our placement test(s):

- If you have no proof of English proficiency or submitted an English proficiency score insufficient for direct placement, you will receive instructions on placement testing from Admissions in your Pre-Arrival Information and from the Seattle Colleges Institute of English (SCIE).

- If you provided proof of English proficiency sufficient for direct placement in college-level classes, you will receive instructions on pre-registration rather than English placement testing.

- If you need to take our math placement test, visit your campus' website for instructions on completing Math Directed Self-Placement (DSP): North | Central | South. If you would like to waive Math DSP, upload your Math test scores to our online admission application portal if you did not do so at the time you submitted your admission application.

4. Complete the Intent to Enroll Form

Complete your Intent to Enroll Form after you have submitted proof of English proficiency or have taken the English placement test as outlined in your acceptance materials and you are ready to register and pay for your classes.

Submitting your Intent to Enroll Form also reserves your spot for orientation. Review the orientation dates for your starting quarter and plan to be in Seattle for orientation. Thirty days before orientation begins, a detailed orientation schedule will be provided.

5. Arrange housing

Once you have obtained your F-1 visa, arrange your housing as soon as possible. Choose between an on-campus apartment, a homestay, or other off-campus options.

6. Activate your ctcLink account

Have your EMPLID number ready when activating your ctcLink account. Your EMPLID number was provided in the acceptance letter you received from Admissions.

CtcLink is the main self-service portal you will use for student-related tasks, such as accessing class schedules, registration, balance statements, transcripts, and more. For an overview of how to use ctcLink, watch our YouTube video. Also, review our dedicated resources if you have any problems.

7. Complete our Canvas orientation class

To complete our Canvas orientation class, follow the instructions below:

- Log into Canvas, our online learning portal, using your ctcLink/EMPLID number and ctcLink password.
- Once logged in, click on the following url:
- Click on "enroll in course", and then "go to course".
- Read all the information and complete all the quizzes at least one day before orientation begins.

Note: In addition to completing the Canvas orientation class, new students must also attend our in-person orientation. See #4 above.

8. Set up your MySeattleColleges account

See our webpage for instructions on how to set up your MySeattleColleges account. You will use your MySeattleColleges account to access many of our systems including your school email, SCDGlobal, and Starfish (a portal where you can make appointments with your advisor).

After you enroll in classes, your Seattle Colleges email address will be activated, and we will use that email address to communicate with you.

9. Register for classes

Once your English proficiency has been determined, we will assist you with registering for classes:

- If you submitted proof of English proficiency sufficient for direct placement in college classes, follow the instructions on pre-registration provided in your acceptance materials.

- If you did not provide proof of English proficiency sufficient for direct placement, follow the English testing instructions provided in your acceptance materials. After your English proficiency has been determined, you will be able to register in Intensive English, College Bridge, or full-time college classes.

10. Pay for classes

After registering for classes and receiving your schedule, you can pay for your classes.

Seattle Colleges does not issue invoices. To make a payment, access your balance statement via your ctcLink account. The balance statement will show the current charges for tuition, fees, and medical insurance. You must make your payment within 7 days of your class registration or by the first day of class, whichever comes first, or you will be dropped from classes.

Make your payment by credit card online directly via your ctcLink account unless you have already sent a wire transfer deposit or received approval for a payment by a "third-party sponsor". In these cases, contact for further assistance.

Note: Students taking online classes remotely from outside the United States can request to have the medical insurance charges waived. To request a waiver, students must attest that they will be outside the United States for the entire quarter, that they understand they will not have insurance coverage until the first day of the next quarter, and that they will not be covered for pre-existing conditions until 90 days after they resume coverage. Students interested in the waiver should contact the IP Office for their campus:

- North Seattle College:
- Seattle Central College:
- South Seattle College:

11. Prepare for travel to the United States

Prepare for travel to the United States and get ready for your new life in Seattle!

12. Arrive in Seattle

When your flight lands at Sea-Tac International Airport and you arrive in Seattle, we want you to be ready for your next steps. Know what documents you need, learn about transportation options, and pre-arrange airport pickup.

13. Check in online

Complete your online check-in as soon as possible after you arrive in the United States, and at least one day before orientation begins. If you will be studying remotely from outside the United States, check in no later than one day before orientation begins.

After activating your MySeattleColleges account (see 8. for details), log in to SCDGlobal with your MySeattleColleges short username (everything before "") and MySeattleColleges password. If you have any problems logging in, email

Once logged in, look for the "Online Check-in" link in the left navigation bar, then follow the instructions provided to complete the required tasks.

14. Review Covid-19-related information

As of November 1, 2022, proof of Covid-19 vaccination is no longer required to attend Seattle Colleges. Masks are optional but encouraged. If public health conditions change, face covering requirements will be reassessed.

When visiting campus, all students must follow Seattle Colleges' health and safety protocols and campus access procedures.