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

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

At the Mount Vernon Campus, visit the Student Success Lab in Lewis Hall Room 114 (M-Thu 1:30-4:30pm).

At the Whidbey Island Campus, visit the SVC Library in Hayes Hall.

At the San Juan Center, visit the office at 221 Weber Way in Friday Harbor.

Download a printable version of "Steps to Becoming a Cardinal" here!

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

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

Apply Here

Degree and certificate seeking students:

Submit an Admission Application online at 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 5 business days to process.

Returning Students

Step 3: Explore College Costs & Funding Opportunities

We have prepared the following presentation to help students understand college costs and how to pay for them.


You should file the FAFSA or WASFA as soon as possible after January 1.
SVC's code is #003792.
FAFSA website:
WASFA website:

Once your FAFSA/WASFA has been submitted, an SVC Financial Aid Data sheet is also required and will be mailed to you. If you do not receive the form, it is available in the Financial Aid Office.

The Skagit Valley College Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships each year for eligible students. For more information, visit:

Step 4: MySVC Account

Approximately 24 hours after you receive notification of your admittance to Skagit Valley College, an SVC email account will be generated for you.

Set up your account here

Note that you will need information contained in your admission notification, like your Student ID number (SID), to set up your account.

Step 5: Online Orientation

All new students will be required to complete the Cardinal Pre-Flight Online Orientation. Once your MySVC account is activated, you will have access to this self-paced orientation to programs, resources, opportunities and next steps at SVC. It will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete and can be accessed from any computer, tablet or phone with internet access.

The Cardinal Pre-Flight Online Orientation is hosted on the SVC Canvas site. 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 our Student Success Lab located on the Mount Vernon Campus – Lewis Hall Room 114 (M-Th 1:30-4:30 pm)

Step 6: 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 7: 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.

Appointments are made by visiting Enrollment Services or calling the desired campus listed below. Please note that your registration appointment is NOT your advising appointment. You must attend New Student Group Advising before you may register for classes.

Mount Vernon Campus
Enrollment Services: (360) 416-7700

Whidbey Island Campus
Student Services: (360) 679-5319

Step 8: Choose a Cardinal Kick-Off

Attend new student orientation 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!

Check out the schedule and RSVP today

Step 9: Attend Class

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
Mon - Thurs: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Whidbey Island Campus
Mon & Thurs: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tues, Wed, & Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

South Whidbey Center
Mon - Thurs: 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Fri: Closed

San Juan Center
Mon - Thurs: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri: Closed

Information for Enrollment