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Getting Started

Welcome to Skagit Valley College! We realize that each student has a unique story and set of experiences that have shaped their education. Our Enrollment Services Staff is eager to assist you with your individual needs and get you started on a positive and rewarding experience. Let's get started. We're here to help.

 

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


 

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:

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). Applications are also available in the Enrollment Services office.

Returning Students
  • Away for less than 1 year – You do not need to complete another Admission Application. Contact Registration at (360) 416-7700 for a registration access time.
  • Away for more than 1 year – Contact Enrollment Services at (360) 416-7697 to update your student file.

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: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
WASFA website: http://www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa

 

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: www.skagit.edu/foundationscholarships


Step 4: Placement Tests

The COMPASS test is a computer-based, multiple choice test used to help choose your placement for writing, reading and math courses at SVC. It is important to do your best on the COMPASS test as it can save you time and money and avoid taking extra classes. We suggest you prepare beforehand so you are placed accurately.

Schedule your COMPASS test and learn more about it here.


Step 5: Advising

Once you have taken the COMPASS test, new students register for a two-hour Group Advising session. Here you will learn more about Skagit Valley College and work with advisors to register for your classes.

Appointments can be 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 Group Advising before you may register for classes.

Be prepared for your advising session by reviewing your program of interest!

Mount Vernon Campus
Enrollment Services: (360) 416-7697

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


Step 6: Prep for Success & New Student Orientation

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

Office Hours

Summer Quarter Services
(June 22–September 4)

Mount Vernon Campus
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday: Closed

Registration open August 21 & August 28: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Whidbey Island Campus
Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–6 30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
(360) 675-6656

South Whidbey Center
July 1–August 31: Closed

Starting September 1
Monday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Friday: Closed
(360) 341-2324

San Juan Center
July 1–August 31: Closed

Starting September 1
Monday–Thursday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
(360) 378-3220

Information for Enrollment