How to Get Started: Admissions

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. You may complete an online application, 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.

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 an online application, 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 prerequisite courses before registration is allowed.)

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. For advising assistance, visit the Advising Center.

Transfer Students

Linn-Benton Community College accepts college-level transfer credit from regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institutions. LBCC's Admissions Office uses Oregon State University's transfer course equivalency tables as a guide to determine equivalencies to LBCC's general education requirements.

Transfer credit evaluation is a partnership between LBCC's Admissions Office and faculty. The Admissions Office will evaluate transfer credit to determine if it is equivalent to LBCC's general education course requirements for AS, AAOT, AGS, AAT, AST, and AAS degrees, and for certificates. Upon request, faculty will evaluate transfer coursework for equivalencies to LBCC major-specific requirements for degrees and certificates. Additional documentation such as catalog descriptions and/or syllabi may be required to support a faculty review.

To have transfer credit evaluated for equivalency to LBCC courses, official transcripts must be submitted to LBCC's Admissions Office, and the transcripts must be able to be matched to a valid LBCC student ID number. LBCC considers transcripts to be "official" if they have been received directly from an issuing institution (whether on paper in a sealed sending institution envelope or a certified electronic copy) and are properly signed/authenticated by the sending institution. All transcripts received by the Admissions Office become the property of LBCC. The Admissions Office will not provide copies of transcripts from other institutions.

Students will be notified via email upon receipt of their transcript(s) and again upon completion of the credit evaluation. Results of the credit evaluation may be viewed in the Unofficial Transcript sections of the student's Webrunner account and in DegreeWorks.

Transfer credit is not included in determining academic standing at LBCC. Transfer GPA and course completion is included in establishing initial Satisfactory Academic Progress at LBCC for federal Financial Aid.

Linn-Benton Community College accepts college-level credits in the following manner:


U.S. Institution Transfer Credit

Regionally accredited U.S. institutions of higher education

Coursework must be 100-level or above, however developmental-level coursework that can be directly correlated with an equivalent developmental LBCC course can be transferable. Coursework must be graded with the range of A-D (or numeric equivalent), or with a Satisfactory/Pass designation, where that grade is defined by the issuing institution as equating to a letter grade of C or better.
LBCC uses Oregon State University’s transfer credit equivalency tables as a guide to equivalencies.
General education courses that do not have direct equivalences to LBCC courses may be eligible for transfer and potential use as electives.  In some cases, courses will be designated with subject codes of LDT, 1XX or 2XX.
Major-specific courses that do not equate to specific LBCC courses will be granted Lower Division Transfer Credit; courses that do not equate to Career Technical courses in an AAS degree or certificate will be granted Career Technical credits at LBCC. Credits not applied to degree and/or certificate requirements are posted as block transfer on LBCC transcripts.

U.S. Military (Joint Service Transcripts,

LBCC’s Admissions Office will apply ACE guidelines when determining college credit transferability from U.S military transcripts and service documents.

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit awarded for prior learning, which includes Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Credit by Challenge Exam, Credit for Military Training, Credit for Professional Licensure, and Credit for LBCC Training, will be posted on a student’s LBCC  academic transcript in the manner outlined in AR 4020-01.

Coursework from Nationally  Accredited Institutions

Upon request, coursework from Nationally Accredited Institutions may be reviewed for LBCC equivalency.

Non U.S. Institution Transfer Credit

The AACRAO Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE)

Official transcripts and course descriptions must be submitted to LBCC’s Admissions Office.
Official transcripts and course descriptions must be in English. Non-English transcripts and course descriptions must be translated into English by a college-approved certified translator or evaluated by an NACES service provider.
English Composition will not be accepted in transfer unless taken at an accredited U.S. college or university or an accredited English-speaking university.

International Students

International Programs
Takena Hall 119, 541-917-4813


International students who wish to study full-time at LBCC must complete the international application. Application deadlines and requirements are listed online at Upon approval of admission, students will receive an I-20 and letter of acceptance from International Programs.

Students on F-2 visas may be admitted to study at LBCC for 11 or fewer credits. For questions regarding F-2 and other visa types, email the International Programs Office at

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. High School students have the opportunity to earn college credit by taking courses directly from LBCC (Expanded Options/Alternative Learning Opportunities/Post Graduate Scholar Program*), and at their respective high school from an approved high school teacher (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.

For more opportunities for high school age students, please visit:

*program contingent upon continued state funding

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 and complete the Campus High School Program enrollment process, which includes a required orientation for new students, before they can take a credit class. Forms are available online on the High School Partnerships website and  in Takena Hall. Students under the age of 16 may be eligible to enroll through the under 16 process (see below).

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

Students under the age of 16 who have not graduated from high school and wish to enroll in credit classes will be required to submit a Campus High School Program form, current transcript, letters of recommendation, and will need to complete placement tests. Materials will be reviewed by the LBCC Campus High School Programs advisor. If the advisor determines the student can move forward in the under 16 process, an interview will be scheduled for the student with the LBCC Campus High School Programs advisor and faculty member. An enrollment decision will be made following the interview. Please review the calendar and deadlines for under 16 requests. Call the High School Partnerships Office at 541-917-4236 for more information.

Students 16 or 17 years old who want to take GED preparation classes must provide a letter, on official letterhead, stating release from compulsory attendance, or a Parent Assurance and GED Authorization Letter from the Linn Benton Lincoln Education School District via the home school office.

First Year Seminar

First Year Seminars are designed to support students in their first term. They provide the strategies, knowledge, resources, and connections to ensure student success. All First Year Seminar students will be connected with an academic advisor and will be guided in the creation of an Education Plan— their individualized roadmap to graduation.

There are a variety of 1-credit First Year Seminars to choose from, based on topics of interest. All are denoted with a “First Year Seminar” attribute in the Schedule of Classes.

First Year Seminars are an LBCC admissions requirement for all new students (AR 7075-02). All students arriving at LBCC with fewer than 24 prior college credits will be required to register for a First Year Seminar (HD 120 or HD 121) in their first term.

LBCC/OSU Degree Partnership Program

McKenzie Hall 111, 541-917-4237,

Each year, more than 3,000 students are enrolled in this innovative dual-enrollment program that allows students to take classes at both LBCC and Oregon State University, while using financial aid to pay for their classes at both institutions (if qualified).  Students pay OSU tuition for classes taken at OSU and LBCC tuition for classes taken at LBCC. Students who want to transfer to OSU are encouraged to apply to the Degree Partnership Program as soon as they are eligible, even if they don’t choose to take classes at OSU right away.  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.  Students taking courses at both institutions have full access to services at both schools, including OSU’s Dixon Recreation Center, Student Health Center, University Counseling and Psychological Services, the OSU craft center, plus many clubs and student organizations. Dual-enrollment students not taking classes at OSU can opt to pay partial fees for access to certain services, like the Student Health Center and Dixon Recreation Center. Dual-enrollment students also have access to OSU housing, even if they choose to take all of their classes at LBCC initially.

Students who meet OSU’s freshman admissions requirements can sign-up for the program by checking a box on their OSU application: Students who don't meet OSU's admissions requirements can start at LBCC apply to OSU and the Degree Partnership Program as a transfer student once they have: 

  • Completed 24 graded transferable credits
  • Completed MTH 105Z or MTH 111Z with a grade of C- or better
  • Completed WR 121Z with a grade of C- or better
  • Acheived a 2.25+ GPA

Additional information about transfer student requirements can be found at

LBCC/WOU Degree Partnership Program

McKenzie Hall 111, 541-917-4237,

The Degree Partnership Program with Western Oregon University (WOU) is very similar to the partnership with OSU. Students can take classes at both LBCC and Western Oregon and use financial aid to pay for classes at both schools. Students taking courses at both institutions have full access to services at both schools.

Students who meet WOU’s freshman admissions requirements can sign-up for Degree Partnership by applying to WOU and then signing a form through their WOU financial aid portal. 

Students who don’t meet WOU’s admission requirements can start at LBCC and apply to WOU and the Degree Partnership Program as a transfer student once they have:

  • Completed 36 transferrable, college-level credits

  • Achieved a 2.25+ GPA

Additional information about transfer student requirements can be found at:

LBCC/OIT Partnership

McKenzie Hall 111, 541-917-4237,

Start your bachelor’s degree at Linn-Benton Community College and finish at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT). The LBCC/OIT partnership provides opportunities for students to complete coursework that will transfer into bachelor's programs at OIT. Many students who plan to transfer to OIT do their pre-dental hygiene, pre-medical imaging, and pre-nursing coursework at LBCC.  LBCC and OIT have agreements that maximize credit transfer for students. OIT is a 4-year public university with programs in Klamath Falls and Portland.

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
  • Phlebotomy
  • Surgical Technician

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 course prerequisite or competency for a special admission program may appeal by filing a petition. Petitions will not be accepted based on any other criteria used in the selection process. Admission requirements and application materials for each program must be downloaded from (see Special Admission Bulletins).

In addition to application prerequisites, the Nursing, Diagnostic Imaging and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs admit students according to rank on a "points system". Interested applicants should review the current application bulletin to ensure that all requirements are met and gain an understanding of the awarding of admission points. Students admitted to the program must also meet additional departmental requirements which can be found in the bulletin. Admitted students are financially responsible for immunizations, health screening, criminal background check, drug testing and certification fees. The bulletins can be found at