Admission Procedures

Degree and Certificate Programs

If you are seeking a degree or certificate, you are required to:
1. Apply
New students must submit an Application for Admission form and submit a $25 non-refundable application fee at the time of application. Applications will not be processed without the fee. The application DEADLINE is the Friday at 5pm two weeks prior to the beginning of the term.
  • The application deadline for BMCC’s Summer term, 2013, is 5pm, June 7, 2013.
  • The application deadline for BMCC’s Fall term, 2013 is 5pm, September 12, 2013.
Application forms can be submitted to any BMCC location or by mail to BMCC, PO Box 100, Pendleton, OR 97801. The application form can be downloaded from, or picked up from any BMCC location.
2. Placement Test
Placement information is required for all students taking credit classes. If you have taken coursework at another college please send at least an unofficial transcript with your Admission Application. We will then determine which, if any, placement assessments can be waived.
Students with documented disabilities needing accommodation for testing should contact the Testing and Advising office prior to scheduling the placement tests.
3. Attend New Student Orientation
Register for “New Student Orientation”. The registration form will be sent to once the Admissions Application has been processed by BMCC’s Admissions Office. Complete and submit this registration form to any BMCC location.
While at New Student Orientation students will complete the Advising and Registration steps, below:
Advising is required for EACH TERM for all certificate/degreeseeking students; non certificate/degree-seeking students are not required to attend an advising session but are welcome to do so. See BMCC›s Advising webpage for helpful hints to get started. Please contact the BMCC Testing and Advising Office (541-278-5931) with questions.
Certificate/Degree Seeking Students: Summer term registration will be available beginning May 20th. Fall term registration will be available beginning June 3rd. Students can register either online or in person at any BMCC campus, once application, testing and advising (as applicable) are complete. Summer term classes begin June 24, 2013. Fall term classes begin September 30, 2013.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Transfer Students

In addition to the steps outline above, you will need to be sure and have an official transcript sent to us from each regionally accredited college and/or university you have attended. Credits earned and completed with a grade of “D” or better r will be evaluated. The Office of the Registrar will notify you in writing (by letter and or email) which credits have been accepted toward your stated degree intent at BMCC.
Only those courses that meet requirements for your degree will be included in the cumulative grade point average (GPA) computation for graduation, including core courses and all appropriate electives. All other coursework will not be included or accepted for transfer. Courses accepted towards degree requirements will not be listed on your BMCC transcript; however, a note will appear at the top of your transcript regarding a cumulative number of transfer credits accepted for that degree.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Limited Entry Programs

BMCC offers a number of limited-entry programs. Each program has special admission requirements that must be met before you can be admitted. General admission to BMCC does not guarantee acceptance into these programs. The admission requirements may change annually depending upon Oregon state regulations and BMCC policies. For the most current admissions policy information and deadlines, please contact the Admissions Office or the academic department, or consult BMCC’s Website.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

International Admissions


Blue Mountain Community College is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students, and welcomes international students. We provide an affordable education in a safe, comfortable environment. To be considered for admission as an international student, you must:
  1. Complete BMCC’s International Application for Admission packet. Packet can be found on our website.
  2. Submit an official TOEFL score: Scores must be sent directly to BMCC from ETC. BMCC’s Institution Code is: 4025. Scores are valid for two years from date of test. Students whose native language is English will not be required to submit TOEFL scores; however, they must have the ability to benefit from instruction based on scores from the COMPASS placement assessments. Minimum acceptable scores are: International TOEFT score of at least 97 (Internet Based Test-IBT) or 550 (Paper Based Test-PBT).
  3. Additional requirements for admission, and for obtaining an I-20 visa, include:
    • Proof of adequate funds for the student’s studies.
    • A complete set of documents for all of the student’s
    • previous and current studies.
    • Proof of immunization
    • Proof of health insurance.
International students must be enrolled full-time (12 or more credits) and successfully complete 12 or more credits each term to remain in good standing with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 
For more information, or to receive an international student application packet, please contact the Admissions Office; email; or visit the International Student Admissions page on BMCC’s Website. You will be notified by mail after all of the application materials are received and verified.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)



Non-Degree Admissions

If you wish to take classes at BMCC but not obtain a degree or certificate, you may register online once registration has opened for the term. Students under the age of 18 must complete the paper registration process to include parental signature on their registration form.
Every student, whether degree-seeking or not, who intends to take a credited math or writing course is required to take the math or writing placement test. Placement in these courses is mandatory. If you have completed a math or writing course, you will need to submit either an unofficial grade transcript or placement assessment from your prior college (test must have been taken within the last two academic years). Once you have submitted your documentation to our Advising and Testing Center on the Pendleton campus, an override will be applied to your student record within two business days. Note: You must have passed your math or writing course with a grade of “C” or higher. If you have been out of school for two or more years, you must take the math or writing placement assessment.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)


Placement Assessment

Many courses at BMCC have pre-requisite course requirements. Placement assessment is required if you intend to take a course that has a pre-requisite requirement and have not already taken the required course at a college or university. In addition, degree-seeking students may need to complete placement assessment for computer literacy. You are encouraged to review the topics covered in the placement assessment. Our testing center can recommend a variety of study tools. BMCC uses a self-paced, computerized assessment designed to determine your level of academic ability in each of these subject areas. The scores are used to assist you and your advisor in placing you in the correct course.
If you have taken a pre-requisite course from another college or university, you will need to provide the Advising and Testing Center with a copy of your unofficial grade transcript to determine proper placement in courses at BMCC. Note: You must have passed your pre-requisite course with a grade of “C” or higher. If you have taken an assessment from another college within the last two years, you may submit evidence of it to the Advising and Testing Center on the Pendleton campus in lieu of having to take the assessment at BMCC. Placement assessment scores are valid for two years. If you took a placement assessment at BMCC or another college more than 2 years ago and have not taken a required pre-requisite course since that time, you will be required to take the placement assessment in that subject area.
All BMCC locations administer placement assessments. Dates and times for testing are posted on the college Website, or you can call 541-278-5931. If you are a newly admitted, degree-seeking, student at BMCC and have paid the $25 admission fee, there is no charge for the placement assessment. If you are not a degreeseeking
student and have not paid the admission fee, there is a $10 fee for taking the initial placement assessment for math, writing, reading, and computer literacy. Students wishing to retake the assessment in a subject area will be charged $5 for each retest.
The scores will be uploaded each day to provide the most current information to your advisor to assist you in planning an appropriate course schedule. BMCC does not use placement assessment scores to determine admittance to the college. If you disagree with your placement recommendation for writing, you may be referred to the academic department for further placement advising and possible further testing. Should you disagree with your math placement you may request to take a challenge test.
To request a placement assessment with accommodations due to a documented disability please contact the t Director of advising, testing and student disability services at 541-278-5958.
All students completing a one-year certificate or two-year degree program are required to meet our computer literacy requirement prior to graduating. There are two options to meet this requirement. They are:
  1. Take and pass the IC3 Exam: score an average of 75% or higher on IC3 exams. If you are a newly admitted, degreeseeking, student at BMCC and have paid the $25 admission fee, there is no charge for the computer literacy assessment. If you are not a degree-seeking student and have not paid the admission fee, there is a $10 fee for taking the assessment for computer literacy. Students wishing to re-take the assessment will be charged $5 for each retest.OR
  2. Take and pass one of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: AGR111, CS120, BA131, or ED235.
Students completing the IC3 Exam with a score of 85% or higher are eligible to request the Credit-By-Exam (CBE) option. Students must complete and return the CBE form along with payment to
the Pendleton Service Center.
Students with an average score of 85-90 percent will receive a grade of B and those with an average score of 91-100 percent will receive a grade of A. CBE credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with the exam identifier of (CH) next to the course title. Example: CS120 (CH)
Please work with your advisor to determine which option best fits the needs of your degree.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)



The Oregon Department of Health requires community college students born on or after January 1, 1957, to have two doses of measles vaccine before participating in clinical experiences in allied health, nursing, and human services programs; practicum experiences in education and child care programs; and intercollegiate sports. If you are enrolling in the nursing program and in some health programs, you may also be required to be vaccinated for Hepatitis B prior to entering any clinical experiences. For details about these requirements, contact the department that oversees the program in which you plan to participate.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)


Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education Development (GED) Admissions

These programs are open to non-high school graduates who are at least sixteen years of age and not enrolled in high school. Students who are sixteen and seventeen years of age must provide the college with a release from the high school district in which they reside according to O.R.S. 339.030. For more information, contact the Department of College Preparatory Programs at 541-278-5795. More information can be found at this link.
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)