How to Apply

You will need to submit the following documents to apply. Click on step 1 below to get started!

1. Application

Submit either the paper or online application. Please make sure you complete all required sections:

2. $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)

Any application submitted without the application fee will not be processed. There are four ways to pay the application fee* (and the optional $35 Express Mail fee).

3. Transcripts (Academic records)

Based on your most recent education level, please select the documents that best match your status and submit copies of these documents via email to, in person, or via fax to 206-546-7854.


A.  I have not completed high school → Proof of completion of equivalent of U.S. 9th grade if this is your first semester in your high school OR most recent year of high school transcript

B.  I have completed high school → Proof of completion of high school OR most recent year of high school transcript

C.  I am attending or attended college/university → Proof of completion of college/university OR most recent year of college/university transcript

D.  I have completed U.S. college/university with F-1 status → Proof of completion of U.S. college/university OR most recent year of U.S. college/university transcript

E.  I am attending or attended a U.S. college/university with F-1 status → One of the items from A – C above AND most recent year of U.S. school transcript

F.  I am attending or attended a U.S. English Language school with F-1 status → One of the items from A – C above.

4.  Financial Documents

Schools are legally required to verify funding information before issuing an I-20. Please submit a bank letter or balance statement issued within the last 6 months showing that there is a minimum balance of $19,233 to fund your tuition and living expenses for at least the first year.**

Note: If you are a government-sponsored student, you can provide a support letter from your sponsor that states amount of financial support and dates of award. The financial documents must be in English and clearly state your name and details about the sponsorship.

Please submit these documents via email to, in person, or via fax to 206-546-7854.

5. Transfer Students Only

If you are already a student in the U.S., please submit a Transfer Status Verification Form. Please ask the international student advisor at your current school to complete this form and return it to Shoreline.

6. Proof of English Proficiency (Optional)

If you have already taken an English Proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), you may be eligible for exemption from ESL and/or EAP courses at Shoreline.

To see what documents you will need to submit, please see English Proficiency Page. These documents can be submitted via email to, in person, or via fax to 206-546-7854.

NOTE:  INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS CAUSE DELAYS. If you have questions, we recommend you email us at to get a quick response. Please maintain a valid email account during the entire application process.


Important Dates

Spring Quarter 2018

Orientation: March 26
First day of classes: April 4
Final exams end: June 20

Summer Quarter 2018

Orientation: June 25
First day of classes: July 2
Final exams end: August 23

Fall Quarter 2018

Orientation: September 17
First day of classes: September 26
Final exams end: December 13

After your application is received

After we receive your complete application with all required documents, an acceptance package will typically be created for students within two business days. Application materials will not be returned.

Students who are accepted will be sent an I-20 form and an official acceptance packet. This I-20 form is the immigration document that you will need to apply for a student visa at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate. The acceptance letter and other materials will give you detailed instructions on what you need to do to complete your enrollment at Shoreline Community College.

We accept students at all levels of English. Students who have demonstrated English proficiency may be placed directly in our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses or college-level English. Please see our English Proficiency page for more information. Students who are not placed directly into college-level English will take our English language placement test. The test is held during International Student Orientation each quarter.

*Part of the application fee will cover refreshment costs and retention activities available during your enrollment at Shoreline.

**Copies of financial documents are acceptable. However, we reserve the option of asking for originals or additional documents if necessary or contacting the financial institution for verification. The accountholder on the bank statement MUST be the person who will actually support the student financially. Applicants submitting fraudulent documents will be disqualified from receiving an I-20 document or admission as an F-1 student.