5 Steps to Apply and Register for Classes

Get Started with 5 Easy Steps

This is where it all begins. Want to know how to apply to West Valley? Need money for tuition or books? Want to know what happens once you step through the door? Let’s get started.

Begin Your Application

Apply Online

  1. Submit an Online Application.
  2. You will receive a Confirmation Page upon submission. Please keep your confirmation number for future reference.
  3. Next, you will receive an email within 24 business hours with your student ID number, password and registration information. If you do not receive this email, please contact our Admissions Office at (408) 741-2001 or email: wvc.admissionsFREEWEST_VALLEY


  • Students returning after 1 academic year must re-apply for Admission. Student ID#s will always remain the same.
  • Make sure to clear any spam blockers on your computer so you receive important WVC emails.
  • A paper version is available to print and submit to the Admissions and Records office.

Apply for Financial Aid

Complete Your Guided Self-Placement

  • West Valley College students are required to complete the guided self-placement process to help determine which math and English classes are appropriate.
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) assessments are also available.

Complete Orientation

Register for Classes

  1. Select your classes via the class schedule
  2. Guided Self-Placement and Clear Prerequisites
  3. Register for your classes via the WVCPortal.
  4. Pay for your classes:
    • Option 1: Pay in full at time of registration
      • Online through the Student Portal
    • Option 2: Create a Nelnet Payment Plan
      • Visit Nelnet to begin your payment plan.
      • Log into the Student Portal
      • Click on: Student > Student Account > Nelnet Payment Options
    • Option 3: Apply for Financial Aid

Next Steps

Purchase Textbooks

Prior to the first day of class, view the required and recommended materials for your classes from the Viking Bookstore. Click on: Purchase Textbooks online. Then, enter the course information.

Obtain a Parking Permit

Purchase a Parking Permit online or in the Admissions Office prior to the beginning of the semester to avoid a parking violation.

Visit Parking Information and Regulations for more information.

Last Updated 5/20/21