Getting Started

Start here for a new career. We're glad you're here and we're ready to help you get started. Over 800 students graduate from Bates each year and with over 50 programs offering both short-term certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree options, you're sure to find the right program that will help you reinvent yourself.

Steps to Getting Started

  • Step 1 Apply for Admission to Bates Technical College

    Step : Apply for Admission to Bates Technical College

    • Complete the online application.
    • Upon acceptance, you will receive an email that includes your next steps.
  • Step 2 Attend an information Session

    Step : Attend an information Session

    • Sign up for a free Information Session.
    • At the information session, our Career Advisors will share important information about the application process, resources to pay for college and admissions requirements.
  • Step 3 Apply for Financial Aid

    Step : Apply for Financial Aid

    • Create a FSA ID at
    • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) at Have your tax return handy to answer the income questions. Bates Technical College's school code is 012259.
    • Complete other materials as requested by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Step 4 Establish College Placement

    Step : Establish College Placement

    • If you have attended college before, you will need to obtain official college transcripts.
    • If you are a first time college student, you can submit your high school transcripts and SMARTER BALANCE results if you are a high school graduate as of June 2016; or you can submit official advanced placement scores.
    • If you have assessment scores from an entry assessment within the past two years, you can bring those to your registration appointment.
    • If you do not have transcripts, you can take the Accuplacer assessment at the college's testing center. The test is $25 and offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at our Downtown Campus.
  • Step 5 Register for Classes

    Step : Register for Classes

    • Once you have completed the above steps, you are ready to register for classes. All new students are required to meet with a career advisor to register for classes their first quarter. Call 253.680.7002 (Downtown/Central) or 253.680.7403 (South) to schedule your appointment.
    •  Please bring your assessment scores or transcripts to this appointment.
    • Your non-refundable $50 registration fee is due at this time. If the registration fee is a hardship, please discuss this with your career advisor as alternative funding sources are sometimes available.
  • Step 6 Attend New Student Orientation

    Step : Attend New Student Orientation

    • Register to attend a New Student Orientation. Get your parking pass and student ID. Learn about student resources at the college.
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Start here for a new career. We're glad you're here and we're ready to help you get started.