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Your steps to becoming a Cardinal. See below for more details.

The following steps are required for students seeking a degree or certificate from Skagit Valley College.  Students who want to take courses and are not seeking a degree or certificate should review our Drop-In Student page for more information about how to register for class.

For assistance with any of these steps, please visit one of our campuses or centers.

  • Mount Vernon Campus: drop in at the Student Success Lab located in Lewis Hall Room 114 (M-Th 1:30-4:30pm).
  • Whidbey Island Campus: visit the Library in Hayes Hall.
  • San Juan Center: visit the office at 221 Weber Way in Friday Harbor.

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Step 1: Explore Program Options

Skagit Valley College offers 2-year degrees and certificates in 25 fields of study to help you get started on your career. Or if you’re looking to save money while pursuing your Bachelor’s, SVC offers 2-year degrees that will transfer to most Washington state 4-year colleges and universities.

Explore Program Options


Step 2: Apply

New Students / Transfer Students - Specific Programs and Interests

Interested in one of these programs? Click below for specialized application information:

New Degree and Certificate Seeking Students:

Submit an Admission Application online at the Washington State Community & Technical College Web Admissions Center (Be sure to select Skagit Valley College after creating an account). Please note that applications will take up to 10 business days to process.

Apply Here

Returning Students
  • Away for less than 1 year – You do not need to complete another Admission Application. Contact Registration at (360) 416-7700 for the Mount Vernon Campus or (360) 679-5330 at the Whidbey Island Campus for a registration access time.
  • Away for more than 1 year – Please reapply at Washington State Community & Technical College Web Admissions Center.

Not Seeking a degree?

If you only want to take a class or two, review our Drop-In Student page for more information about how to register for class!


Step 3: Explore College Costs & Funding Opportunities

It is important for us to help students understand college costs and how to pay for them. Please review our financial aid website thoroughly for information and funding opportunties.

Learn About Financial Aid

You should file the FAFSA or WASFA as soon as possible after October 1.
SVC's code is #003792.
FAFSA website: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
WASFA website: http://www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa

Once your FAFSA/WASFA has been submitted, you will need to complete additional paperwork with the SVC Financial Aid office. Requests for additional information will be sent to both the mailing address you provided and your MySVC email account.

You can also view the status of your financial aid file, including requests for documentation required to complete your file, by logging in through the Financial Aid Portal.

  • FAFSA Applicants: Your Username is your Social Security Number
  • WASFA Applicants: Your Username is your 9-digit WASFA User ID
  • Your Password is your six-digit Date of Birth (mmddyy)

Financial Aid Portal


Step 4: Application Portal & Supplement

Once you have applied to Skagit Valley College and you receive notification that your application has been received, you will receive an email to the email account you put on your application inviting you to sign into the SVC application portal to complete your SVC Application Supplement. This questionnaire will help us learn more about your goals.

Once you complete the application supplement, you will be able to log back into the SVC Application Portal to view your completed steps and see what the next step is in your enrollment process.  

Application Portal


Step 5: Create your MySVC Account

After you complete the application supplement, an SVC email account will be created for you. Please note that it can take up to 3 hours from the time you submit your application supplement for your SVC account to process, so if you cannot set up your account right away please try again a few hours later. You will not have an SVC account created until you complete the application supplement (above).

You will receive an email with your Student ID number (SID) and your PIN number to set up your account.

Set up your account here


Step 6: Online Orientation - Cardinal Pre-Flight

All new students will be required to complete the Cardinal Pre-Flight Online Orientation. Once your MySVC account is set up, you will have access to this self-paced orientation to programs, resources, opportunities and next steps at SVC. Please note that it can take up to 3 hours from the time you set up your SVC account until you have access to Cardinal Pre-flight Online Orientation, so if you cannot access it right away please try again a few hours later.

The Cardinal Pre-Flight Online Orientation is hosted on the SVC Canvas site. It will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete and can be accessed from any computer, tablet or phone with internet access.

Use your username and password to your MySVC account. If you are accessing the online orientation from your phone, you may consider downloading the Canvas app.

Begin the SVC Pre-Flight Orientation

Need assistance with this step or access to a computer? Visit one of our campuses or centers!

  • Mount Vernon Campus: drop in at the Student Success Lab located in Lewis Hall Room 114 (M-Th 1:30-4:30pm).
  • Whidbey Island Campus: visit the Library in Hayes Hall.
  • San Juan Center: visit the office at 221 Weber Way in Friday Harbor.

Step 7: Course Placement

In order to determine the best classes for you, your writing, reading, and mathematics skills will be assessed. There may be more than one way you can be placed into courses; review your options below.

Placement Methods


Step 8: Advising & Registration

Once you have determined your course placement, new students register for a Cardinal Take-Off New Student Group Advising session. Here you will learn more about Skagit Valley College and register for your classes within the session.

Once you have completed the steps above, you will be sent an email invitation to access the SVC Take-Off session options. It is important to complete the earlier steps, as you will not be able to be advised if you haven't completed the online orientation and established placement. 

Please note that your registration appointment is NOT your advising appointment. You must attend SVC Take-Off Group Advising before you may register for classes.

If you have questions, please contact:

  • Mount Vernon Campus: 360.416.7700
  • Whidbey Island Campus: 360.679.5319
  • South Whidbey Center: 360.341.2324
  • San Juan Center: 360.378.3220

Step 9: Cardinal Kick-Off and Attend Class

Attend Cardinal Kick-Off and learn about the many resources and services available to assist you in your educational journey. Sessions include: student success, e-learning orientation, student clubs, campus activities, and more. Meet other SVC students, instructors, and staff while getting acquainted with the campus before your first day!

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Print your schedule the day before the quarter starts so you know where to find your classes. If you have an online course, you'll find it in Canvas, where the SVC Cardinal Pre-Flight Online Orientation is. Welcome to SVC!

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Office Hours

Mount Vernon Campus
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5:30pm
Fri: 8am - Noon

Whidbey Island Campus
Monday - Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 6:30pm
Friday: 8am - Noon

South Whidbey Center
Monday and Wednesday: 2:30pm - 5:45pm
Tuesday: 11:30am - 6:30pm
Thursday: 11:30am - 5:45pm
Friday: Closed

San Juan Center
Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 5pm
Friday: Closed

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