Orientation Summary

Orientation is two parts, reviewing the summary below and then attending a registration appointment. Take these two steps and you'll be off to a good start with your studies at Shoreline.


The Things You Need to Know

Student ID number and Pin

Approximately 3 business days after applying to Shoreline Community College, you will receive a welcome e-mail. This e-mail will also contain your student ID number and PIN.


You will need your student ID number in order to register for classes. Please make sure you bring this with you to any advising appointments.


You will need your PIN number to register online, print your schedule and check the waitlists. Until you change it, your PIN is generally your six digit birthday with the preceding zeroes (i.e. if your birthday is July 4th, 1994, your pin number would be 070494).


Placement Testing

When you start at Shoreline, you will need to figure out what starting level of math and English best fit with your knowledge and abilities.  You can do this in many ways, inlcuding reviewing your past course work, relying on a previous exam score, or taking a placement exam.  Learn more on our Placement and Prerequisites page


Planning Guides

 Shoreline Community College offers transfer degreesprofessional technical degrees and certificates. Each program has a planning guide that will tell you which classes you will need to take to successfully complete that program.


Class Schedule

The quarterly class schedule is an important tool you will use each time you register for classes because it indicates which classes are taught for the upcoming quarter, when they are taught, if there are prerequisites and other important information.


Printed copies of the quarterly class schedule can be found on campus in Enrollment Services and other student services areas. You may also wish to view the online version. The online class schedule is more up to date than the printed version and will help you determine the availability of the courses you are trying to select. Click the item number for a class to see how many seats are available in the class.


There is also an annual class schedule which can be useful for planning more than one quarter in advance. This will show you what quarters classes will be taught throughout the year.



 You'll be eligible to take any course for which you've met the prerequisites. (A prerequisite is a class that needs to be taken before you can progress to another class). If there is a prerequisite for a class it will be listed in the course description for the class. For example, if you place below college level English 101 on your COMPASS exam or previous college coursework, you would need to successfully complete English 100 (ENG 100) with a 2.0 or better in order to enroll in English 101 (ENG 101), and only after you've completed ENG 101 with a 2.0 or better, would you be eligible to take ENG 102.


Course Sequence

  Some areas of study require long course sequences. Course sequences are a series of classes that must be taken in a particular order because they build knowledge and skills from one course to the next. If you are going into business, fine arts, music, the sciences, some health occupations, or are planning on taking a lot of math or world language classes, you will need to plan for course sequences. For example, if you are looking at a sequence of six chemistry classes, it will take you six quarters to finish them once you have completed all of the prerequisites you need to start the first class. It is important to note that most sequences do not begin every quarter, and therefore, it is advisable to plan ahead as much as possible so you'll be ready to take the class that you want when it is available.


Planning your schedule

Research indicates that students perform at their best when the combination of class time, study time and work time is 60 hours or less. When the total amount of time required for each of these areas adds up to more than 60 hours per week, students do not typically perform at their highest level. Of course, there are exceptions to this principle, but it is a helpful guide to use in selecting how many classes to take.


One credit equals about 1 hour of class time per week. On average then, you'll need 2 hours of study time for each hour of class to maintain excellence, but you will need more than that if it's a challenging subject for you. If you were to take 10 credits, for instance, you would want to have 20 hours (10 credits x 2 hours) available for studying.


You can also use the following formula to gauge how many classes you should take:


Number of credits + Study hours + Work hours or other committments = Total Workload


If this total exceeds 60 hours, then we encourage you to adjust your work and/or class schedule downward so that the total becomes 60 hours or less. Selecting the total number of credits you take, based on this formula, will likely give you the best chance for success as you begin your studies here at Shoreline. Please note: You must maintain 12 credits or more to be considered full time for financial aid, veteran's benefits, Social Security, insurance and other reasons. You may qualify for some financial aid at reduced rates with a half time (6 to 8 credits) or three-quarter time load (9 to 11 credits). Visit the Financial Aid Desk on the second floor of the 5000 building to ask questions or contact the Financial Aid Office at 206-546-4762 for more information.


Transcript Evaluation and Transferring Credits

 If you have taken college-level courses at another college or university, you can use those credits here at Shoreline. To find out which credits can be used, contact the Advising & Counseling Center to make an appointment. If you bring copies of your transcripts, one of our advisors will perform a review of your academic record and also provide information about degree and certificate options available at Shoreline.


Students planning to register at Shoreline Community College then continue on to a 4 year institution should request official transcripts from all previous colleges be sent to Shoreline. Transcript evaluation is for the purpose of verification of academic achievement and is completed for general transfer degrees only. Requests for transcript evaluation must be initiated by the student, after submitting incoming test scores and official transcripts from previous colleges to Enrollment Services.


If you have questions about transcript evaluation, you may contact Mary Cheung, 206-546-5828 or


An evaluation of incoming credits may be requested by completing a Transfer Degree Request for Transcript Evaluation and submitting the form to Enrollment Services. Please note that it is not necessary to wait for completion of the transcript evaluation to register for classes.



 There are two different ways to register for classes, on-line and in person. In order to register on-line, you must have a SID (student identification) number and a PIN (Personal Identification Number). If a prerequisite is required for a class you are trying to register for, you may need to get an entry code from an advisor within that department.


In order to register in person, you will need to fill out a registration form and turn it in at the registration desk located on the second floor of the 5000 (FOSS) building. If a prerequisite is required, an advisor must see valid Compass scores (2 years old or less) or a college transcript to sign off on that prerequisite.


It is always recommended that you meet with your program advisor each quarter prior to registering for classes.


Advisor Assignments

 A program Advisor will be assigned to you during the In-Person Registration Session. Program Advisors are faculty members who teach within the programs they advise for. If you are Undecided about the program you wish to study, a general advisor will be assigned to you.


If you do not remember who your advisor is, you can look them up by going to To change advisors, go to the Advising and Counseling Office, room 5229, and ask to have your advisor changed.



 Tuition is due 5 business days after you register for classes or before the quarter begins, whichever comes first. If you register after the quarter begins, tuition will be due immediately.


Please note that tuition rates change almost every year upon authorization from the legislature and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.


Financial Aid

In order to receive financial aid, you will need to fill out the FAFSA (Free application for student aid). It is located online at For more important information and deadlines, please go to the financial aid portion of our website.


If receiving financial aid is not possible in time for the desired quarter, you might consider a payment plan or as financial aid staff if you are eligible for a deferrment.



Shoreline has nine Learning Support Centers. Students with different needs in different areas can get the help required to facilitate their success.


The Benefits to You:

  • Individual tutoring tailored to your availability
  • Comfortable study environments More time with professors
  • Workshops on how to study and learn effectively
  • Tips for effective test preparation
  • Assistance with writing high-quality research papers
  • Volunteer opportunities for academic credit
  • Arranging testing and classroom accommodations


Check Yourself

Please use this checklist to help you review the information you learned above.


❏  I have taken my Compass Test and will bring the results and my Student ID Number to my in-person Orientation/Registration Session.


❏  I have printed a Planning Guide that reflects my area of interest or a General Transfer Planning Guide.


❏  I know how to access both types of class schedules and know that the online version is more up to date.


❏  I am aware that Financial Aid may be available to support me as I work towards accomplishing my educational goals.


❏  I am aware of at least three campus resources that I can access to assist me during my time at Shoreline.


❏  I understand that it is recommended that I meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes.