Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by Category
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 during select times via Zoom.
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.
Wendy Crozier (she/her) | email@example.com | Book an Appointment
Health & Human Services Division
Krystal Nash (she/her) | firstname.lastname@example.org | Book an Appointment
Humanities & Social Sciences Division
Dantzel Cenatiempo (she/her) | email@example.com | Book an Appointment
Faculty advisors are usually specific to student’s degree or certificate program. Faculty advisors are able to 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 with planning 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.
Students should meet with an advisor before their first quarter (as a part of New Student Advising and Orientation) and at least once before their 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 Associates in Arts degree while participating in the RS program, or earn several credits that can be used for 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.
Please also see the Running Start FAQ for more information.
Class Registration FAQ
You must have a ctcLink ID, be enrolled at Edmonds College, and active in the term to be able 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 tips.
You may also find our step-by-step "Signing up for Classes" video useful.
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, etc.).
To find out more about math and English placement, please watch our "Understanding Placement" video.
When you enroll for a class, you will always see an option to enter a permission code. As long as you are eligible to take the class, you may skip this step 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 for. This is often due to placement or previous coursework 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 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 that you can enter during enrollment.
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 transferable coursework. Classes with "&" in them are usually easily transferred. Please speak with an advisor for a more personalized discussion of your transfer options.
Transferring credits is a formal, two-part process that takes approximately 8-12 weeks to be completed. You can find detailed instructions here, on the Credentials webpage. Please note that transcripts sent to Testing and Assessment Services for placement or Advising for academic planning are not considered official; you will need to order official transcripts to be sent directly to Credentials.
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:
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. A 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 as well as 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 is 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, and should be submitted no later than the first week of your last quarter. After that point, graduation applications are processed in the order they are received, and and are not guaranteed to be processed by the quarter's end. More information about this process can be found here.
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.
For Edmonds College, Financial Aid Degree Funding Limitations includes:
- Two 2-year degree programs (of different types - not two AAs or two ATAs, etc.) and one certificate
- One 2-year degree and three certificates, OR
- Up to five certificates
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 on behalf of the student.
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 towards 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 that is needed for degree progression/completion.
If you have attempted to retake a course multiple times, there may be interventions
Limits on the maximum number of times you may repeat a given course;
A required meeting with the instructor outside of class;
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.