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Steps to Getting Started

  • Step 1: Apply for Admission to Bates Technical College

    • Complete the online application.
    • Upon acceptance, you will receive an email that includes your next steps. Bates does not require official high school transcripts as part of the adult enrollment process.
    • Activate your ctcLink account. You will receive an acceptance email with your ctcLink ID and the link to activate your account. For more information and instructions, visit
    • Apply for Financial Aid.

    If you are interested in applying to Bates Technical High School, please visit the high school page for more information.

    Admissions Policy

    In order for students to be eligible to attend Bates they must be eighteen years of age or older or have obtained a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent or have applied for admission under the provisions of the Bates Technical High School or Running Start programs.

    Questions about the application call 253.680.7019 or email

  • Step 2: Complete your English and Math College Placement

    Your placement helps you and your advisor decide which classes you can take to reach your goals. There are two basic ways to complete Math and English placement requirements. You need to complete one of the options below before you can continue to Step 3 and meet with your advisor to enroll in classes.

    Choose only one option.

    Option A

    • Upload your unofficial transcripts or previous test scores. You will need to share this by uploading these documents into your ctcLink portal; options include, unofficial high school or college transcripts, GED certificate, or previous test scores (Accuplacer, Smarter Balance, ACT or SAT. Accuplacer, Smarter Balance, unofficial high school transcripts, and GED certificates are valid within the last 2 years only. Pending a review of your high school transcript, further assessment in Math and English may be necessary as described in Option B.

    Option B

    Once you complete these processes, your results will be forwarded to you and your career advisor who will assist in placing you at the correct level in your required general education courses to receive your degree or credential.

    Questions about transferring your credits call Registration at 253.680.7019 or email

  • Step 3: Enroll in Classes with your Advisor

    Once you have completed the first two steps, you are ready to enroll in classes! New students are required to meet with their advisor to register for classes for their first quarter.

    BEFORE you schedule a time with your Advisor you need to have already completed Steps 1 and 2 and Bring your unofficial transcripts or English and Math Placement assessment information to this appointment:

    Click here to schedule an appointment with your Advisor.

    Call 253.680.7002 or email if you need assistance scheduling an appointment or need assistance in navigating this process.

    Military service personnel and eligible dependents

    Eligible service members who intend to use Tuition Assistance (TA) must receive approval from an Educational Services Officer (ESO) or Counselor within the Military Services prior to enrolling for courses at Bates Technical College.


  • Have Credits to Transfer?

    Official College Transcript Submission: This two-part process requires you to submit an official transcript from your previous institutions to have applicable earned credit applied to your career program. See our Transfer Student page for more information including completion of the Credit Evaluation Form.

  • Need help with your next steps?

    Contact our Student Support Team.


    Call 253.680.7002

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    Explore the different ways to connect with Bates Technical College to learn about our academic programs, attend an Information Session, and complete your steps to enroll.

  • Completed Your Steps and Accepted to Bates

    Visit our Admitted Student page to get set up for success before classes begin.

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