How to Get Started: Admission

Admissions Office

Takena Hall 115, 541-917-4811,

LBCC maintains an “open door” admission policy, meaning that anyone who is at least 18 years old is eligible to enroll in classes regardless of educational background. If you are registering for fewer than 6 credits without financial aid, you do not need to complete the admission process and, in most instances, you do not need to take a placement test unless you are taking reading, writing or math courses. You may simply complete a Student Data Form or Registration Request Form and register for the desired class at any time during Open Registration. Before you can receive a certificate or degree, you must become admitted, by completing the admission process

Whether you choose to be admitted or you simply want to enroll in a class or two, it is a good idea to meet with an academic advisor. To locate the appropriate advisor, please visit

Students Seeking Degrees or Certificates

If you’re working toward a degree or certificate, intend to register for 6 or more credits or have applied for financial aid, you must complete the admission process. As a fully admitted student, you will be eligible for Priority Registration as either a full-time or part-time student and be considered for federal financial aid, if you applied. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For all programs, the college reserves the right to give higher priority to district residents.

Students Not Seeking Degrees or Certificates

If you want to take classes but are not seeking a degree or certificate, you don’t need to be admitted. You can simply register for your classes any time during open registration. First-time students must submit a Student Data Form or Registration Request form to begin. Forms are available online or at Registration service counters. (Note: Some courses require all or part of the College Placement Test (CPT) or have pre-requisites required before registration is allowed.)

Transfer Students

LBCC accepts college-level credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities. The guide for determining acceptability is Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions, published by AACRAO, and Practices and Accrediting Institutions of Post-secondary Education, published by ACE.

To transfer credits, have previous school(s) send Admissions an official transcript. Evaluations are reviewed in order of submission. Results are posted to your transcript viewable in your WebRunner student account. Credit Evaluations takes 6 to 8 weeks. Plan ahead.

If you wish to transfer credits from a foreign college or university, you must have the credits evaluated by an external evaluation service. Contact the Admissions Office for a list of approved credential evaluation services.

International Students

International students must complete the admission process for international students. Application deadlines are noted on the application. LBCC admits F-1 and M-1 visas. International students must complete the admission process for international students. A checklist of requirements and the application deadlines are noted on the application. For questions, email

Programs for High School Age Students

LBCC continues to expand opportunities for high school‐age students through partnerships with area public and private high schools. Formal programs include opportunities to take courses at the LBCC campus (Expanded Options/Alternative Learning Opportunities/Advanced Diploma), and at high school sites around Linn and Benton Counties (College Now).

For more information about these programs, call the High School Partnerships Office at 541‐917‐4236.

In addition to formal partnerships, LBCC offers a variety of other programs, courses, and activities for high school youth, such as drivers’ education, tractor safety, and campus tours.

Please visit this web site for more opportunities for high school age students:

Students Younger than Age 18

Credit classes: Students, 16 or 17 years old, who haven’t completed high school and/or don’t hold a GED, must file a Campus High School Programs form before they can take a credit class. Forms are available online on the Campus High School Program website, at the Admissions & Registration Office in Takena Hall. Students under the age of 16 are eligible to enroll only by exception and through a special enrollment process. Contact Campus High School Partnerships for more information, 541-917-4236.

Non-credit classes: Students do not need to submit a Campus High School Programs form, but do need the instructor’s permission.

Students 16 or 17 years old who want to take GED preparation classes, must provide evidence of exemption from compulsory attendance, or be referred by their high schools through use of the Campus High School Programs form, or be referred by the Linn-Benton Lincoln Education School District if home schooled. Students must also have a Parent Release of Information and a GED Authorization letter from the referring agency.

Destination Graduation

As a requirement for admission, all new students are required to enroll in LBCC’s mandatory first-year college success course, Destination Graduation (DG). DG is a one-credit course designed to introduce LBCC students to institutional resources and expectations, develop student commitment, and provide support to new students throughout their first term at LBCC. Students also are assigned to their Academic Advisor through DG. Faculty academic advising is provided to students at no cost throughout their college career at LBCC.

LBCC/OSU Degree Partnership Program

McKenzie Hall 111, 541-917-4237,

Each year, more than 3,000 are enrolled in this innovative program that allows you to take classes at both LBCC and Oregon State University at the same time, while using financial aid to pay for your classes at both institutions (if qualified).  Students who want to transfer to OSU are encouraged to apply to the DPP program as soon as they are eligible, even if they don’t choose to take any classes at OSU for a few terms.  Being dual-enrolled protects students from changes to their major coursework at OSU, and also gives students access to classes and services at both institutions.  The cost of services at the institution where you currently take courses is included in your tuition and enrollment fees; in addition, you can purchase services at the partner institution. If you are taking courses at both institutions, you have access to student fee-based services at LBCC and OSU including OSU’s Dixon Recreation Center, Student Health Center, University Counseling and Psychological Services and University Housing.

Students who meet OSU’s freshman admissions requirements can dually enroll at both LBCC and Oregon State University by completing one application process through OSU, available at To apply to DPP as a transfer student, students must have: 

  • Completed WR 121: English Composition with a grade of C or better
  • Completion of 24 graded transferable credits
  • 2.25 GPA or better
  • Completed MTH 105, MTH 111 or College Algebra equivalent at an accredited college or university with a grade of C or better

LBCC Oregon Tech Dual Enrollment

McKenzie Hall 111, 541-917-4237,

Start your bachelor’s degree at Linn-Benton Community College and finish at Oregon Tech (formerly OIT). The LBCC/OT dual enrollment agreement provides an opportunity for students to complete one application process for enrollment at LBCC and/or OT, allowing students to access services at both institutions. Many dually enrolled students enroll concurrently at both institutions to fulfill their educational goals and needs. LBCC and OT have degree programs that maximize credit transfer for students. OT is a 4-year public university with programs in Klamath Falls and Portland. The dual enrollment program is open to all U.S. citizens and residents.

Special Admission Programs

Some LBCC programs have stringent admission requirements, which were set to administer the college’s resources effectively and to ensure that each student has a reasonable chance of success. These programs include:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Polysomnography
  • Veterinary Assistant

Special admission programs often require prerequisite courses or skills assessments. Placement scores used as assessment for special admission programs are valid for five years. For most programs, qualified in-district applicants receive priority in the selection process. (Note: The LBCC district does not include all of Linn and Benton counties.) A student who does not meet a requirement for a special admission program may appeal by filing a petition, available in the Admissions Office. Petitions are reviewed by faculty members, who make recommendations to the Director of Enrollment Services/Registrar. Requirements, application dates and deadlines are subject to annual change. Admission requirements and application materials for each program must be downloaded from (see Special Admission Bulletins).

The Nursing program admits students each spring, according to rank on a “points system,” to begin the program each Fall term.  Interested applicants should review the current Nursing Bulletin to ensure that all requirements are met and gain an understanding of the awarding of admission points.  The bulletin can be found at Students admitted to the program must meet additional departmental requirements prior to the first day of classes which can be found on the bulletin.  Admitted students are financially responsible for immunizations, criminal background check, drug screening and certification fees.