Every day, we are always impressed with the thoughtful questions students are asking!
We've compiled some of the most popular questions below for you to look through. While
we're always available for assistance, you might be able to quickly find the detailed
answer you are looking for right here:
Meeting With an Advisor FAQ
You may end up working with several types of advisors throughout your time at Edmonds
College, depending on what services or information you are looking for at a given
time. We have four main categories of advisors, outlined below.
Advising Resource Center (ARC) Advisors
The ARC provides general advising (and referrals, if applicable) for all students
in all programs. The ARC is the first stop for new student advising and orientation
- though advisors here will often work with students (especially DTA or AS-T students)
throughout their time at Edmonds. ARC advisors can help with questions about enrollment,
course selection, pathway exploration, transfer, satisfactory academic progress, academic
plans, placement, student services forms, graduation, support services, college policies,
and more. Advising is available in the ARC during open business hours and select times
For students in the Business, Health & Human Services, and Humanities & Social Sciences
Divisions, you can make an appointment to see your specific division advisor through
their Calendly link below. Division advisors specialize in detailed course planning
for their specific areas of study, and usually work with students on a long-term basis
as they complete their programs.
Faculty advisors are usually specific to the student’s degree or certificate program.
Faculty advisors can assess prior work, answer substitution questions, help students
with academic planning, elaborate on program content, and discuss career and educational
opportunities and outcomes. They can help plan specific courses and experiences to
support career or transfer goals.
Some students may work with advisors as a part of a specific campus program or organization.
Specialized advisors may provide unique resources, knowledge, or opportunities related
to that program. Some examples include (but are not limited to): TRIO, I-Best, EdCAP, ELA, Worker Retraining and OIP.
You should check in with an advisor before your first quarter (as a part of New Student Advising and Orientation process) and at least once before your last quarter (typically 30 credits from graduation
for degrees). We also encourage you to meet with us in between to discuss the progress
of your pathway. You are welcome to see us anytime you have questions!
Running Start (RS) students can potentially earn their Associate in Arts degree while
participating in the RS program, or earn several credits that can transfer to a university.
We can help you create a plan for degree completion and/or major preparation for
your specific goals. While an Edmonds College advisor can help with college course
planning, Running Start students must also meet with their high school counselor to ensure high school graduation requirements
are being met.
If you are a current RS student and want to check your degree requirements towards
your AA degree, you can request a credit check for the status of your degree progress.
You must have a ctcLink ID, be enrolled at Edmonds College, and be active in the term
to register. Using your ctcLink ID number, you are able to log into your ctcLink account
and manage classes and payments there. Please visit our detailed ctcLink guide page for activation instructions, guides to navigating your account tools, and troubleshooting
English and math placement may be required for your intended degree or as a prerequisite
to a course. Placement tests are administered through Testing and Assessment Services, and alternative placement options are also available (example: high school or other college transcripts, test scores,
This is a great question to discuss with an advisor! The classes required for your
program can be found on the Program Requirements page for your specific degree or certificate, but often you will want to make sure you
are taking classes in the right order to avoid problems with prerequisites, classes
that need to be taken sequentially, or classes only offered once a year.
Most full-time students take approximately 15 credits (typically three 5-credit classes),
though this may range between 12 and 17 depending on course size. Although students
can take more than that, we do not often recommend this path as it may be potentially
stressful or result in lower grades. Part-time students are enrolled in 11 or fewer
credits. Some funding sources require that you have at least six credits, so please
keep this in mind if you are a part-time student.
When you enroll in a class, you will sometimes see an option to enter a permission
code. As long as you are eligible to take the class, you may skip this step by clicking
"save" and continue enrolling.
You may be required to input a permission code if you try to enroll in a class that you do
not meet prerequisite requirements. This is often due to placement that has not been
obtained yet, or transfer credit that cannot be read by the system. Other courses
may require a code if you must meet with a faculty member first to determine eligibility
(audition-based music or healthcare practicums, for example). You can request a permission
code by emailing the instructor of the specific section of the course you wish to
enroll in (or the department/division) with your name, ctcLink ID number, course number
(catalog and section number), and proof of meeting prerequisite requirements. If your
request is approved, you will be given a permission code to enter during enrollment.
You can request a program of study change online. These requests are processed in-between quarters, so depending on your submission
date, you may not see your program updated in ctcLink until the following quarter.
On the form, your "current" program is the one you were declared in - you will be prompted to select a new one on pages 2-3. Please only
submit one request; you may speak to an advisor if you need to correct, resubmit,
or cancel your request.
If you wish to add a course after the date to self-enroll in ctcLink has passed, you
will need to fill out an "Instructor Permission" form to enroll into the desired course(s). Please note filling out the form does not guarantee
registration into a class, and faculty have the right to accept or deny requests.
It is the student's responsibility to monitor the email you have provided and be ready
to show documents that prerequisites are completed (when applicable). Students who
know they must email prerequisite proof may send this to the instructor before submitting
This class will be taken entirely online and is also asynchronous. Asynchronous classes
do not have scheduled zoom meetings with the professor and instead assign work via
Canvas to be turned in at specific times during the week. To double-check that your
course will have no required meeting times, see the course notes section of the course
It depends on the university and the type of coursework you are taking. Transfer degrees
(DTAs, AS-Ts) that are designed to transfer are typically more widely accepted as
a full package at universities in Washington State (however many universities do not
transfer courses that received below a 2.0 grade). Professional technical programs
(ATAs, AAS-Ts, certificates) usually have little or limited/program-specific transferable
coursework. Classes with "&" in them are usually easily transferred. Please speak
with an advisor for a more personalized discussion of your transfer options.
Not necessarily. Previous coursework must be evaluated in order to be considered towards your intended degree or program of study. Advisors
can take a look at your unofficial transcripts to make recommendations for courses
to take in the meantime, however the official transcript evaluation will be the final
determining factor in whether courses are transferable or not. Please see the FAQ
directly below for how to transfer credits.
Transferring credits is a formal, two-part process that takes approximately a quarter
to be completed. You can find detailed instructions here, on the Credentials webpage. Please note that transcripts sent to Testing and Assessment
Services or Advising for placement/planning are not considered official; you will need to order official transcripts to be sent directly to Credentials or
to be dropped off, sealed, at our enrollment counter
Step 1: Order official transcripts from all previous colleges and submit them to Credentials
and Evaluations, either by email (if official electronic - firstname.lastname@example.org) or by physical mail to:
Edmonds College ATTN: Transcript Evaluation 20000 68th Ave W Lynnwood, WA 98036
Step 2: Complete the 'Evaluation Request for Transfer Credits' (ERTC) form, available through
GATE. You will log on to this system using your Triton ID. An advisor can help you
with this process if you'd like assistance.
No. Quarters and semesters are different in length and run at different paces, so
transferred credits will be mathematically adjusted for the differences in time. If
transferring courses from a semester school to Edmonds College, you are encouraged
to request a credit check from an advisor to understand your adjusted degree requirements
based on the credit conversion. Sometimes required content can still be satisfied with other credit making up for the difference, and in other
cases, the full amount of exact credit for a requirement must be reached.
Graduation and Program Completion FAQ
You are welcome to request a credit check at any time. These checks typically take 3-5 business days and you will receive an
email from an advisor with a list of how your completed coursework applies to your
degrees and what requirements you still need to meet. Credit checks can only be sent
to the email address listed in your ctcLink account, so please make sure your contact information is updated before requesting a credit check, or your results could be delayed.
Additionally, while 90 credits are what is mathematically required for most associate’s degrees, you must meet specific course requirements
to earn a degree. Request a credit check from an advisor to see if you are missing
any classes for your degree.
You will apply for graduation through GATE after you have signed up for your final quarter. You should apply no later than the first week of your last quarter. After that point, graduation applications
are processed in the order they are received, and are not guaranteed to be processed
by the quarter's end. See more information about the graduation process.
Yes, you can complete two degrees or programs at the same time, however, if you are receiving Financial Aid, that aid must go towards classes for one specific
program at a time. (The one exception to this is completing a certificate that is embedded within a degree). Financial aid assumes you are pursuing the program that is listed in your ctcLink
account, which can be changed before the quarter begins using this form.
Generally, there is no limit to earning a degree or certificate. However, students
utilizing any special funding or Financial Aid should consult with their funding sources
to determine if they have their own degree or certificate limits.
Degree requirements themselves must be met. However, faculty advisors and/or division
deans may approve a course substitution that would allow you to replace a specific
course needed for your degree with a comparable one. For example, you cannot substitute
a math requirement by taking another humanities course, but you may be able to substitute
a particular math class with one you have taken elsewhere that is similar. All approved
course substitutions are submitted by a faculty advisor into GATE on behalf of the
Repeated courses with a higher grade will be automatically processed and reflected
in your transcript 7-10 business days after the grades have been posted. The old grade
will still show on your transcript, however, it will not be counted toward your GPA
calculation. For more details, you may visit our grade policy page.
It depends on what minimum prerequisite grade is required. In most cases, this is
a 2.0, but for other classes, it could be "passing" (1.0) or it could be higher (2.5).
You can look up prerequisite specifics for each course in our catalog.
You may repeat a course for a better grade by signing up for the same course again
during registration. Previous courses and grades will remain on your transcript, though
the GPA value will be calculated using the highest score. Please note that financial
aid can only fund course repeats for a grade needed for degree progression/completion.
If you have attempted to retake a course multiple times, there may be interventions
Mandatory instructor permission;
Limits on the maximum number of times you may repeat a given course;
A required meeting with the instructor outside of class;
Mandatory advising (before or throughout class duration);
Required enrollment in a designated section of the course; and/or
Co-enrollment or prior completion of a college success course or other course supplement
designated by the instructor or an academic advisor.
Still have questions?
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