5 Steps to Apply

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.

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: askwvcFREEWEST_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

  • It is recommended that students 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.
  • Check the Guided Self-Placement information.

Attend Orientation

  • Improve your success in college by attending Orientation - learn about college, complete an Educational Plan and meet with a counselor.
  • All first time students are required to attend Orientation.
  • Register for Orientation on the WVCPortal.
  • Different Orientation options are available: classes, workshops, and online.

Register for Classes

Summer/Fall 2020

Apply for Admission

New College Students, Returning Students, Concurrent Enrollment, Middle College and College Advantage may apply for admission beginning February 1, 2020.

  • Students returning after 1 academic year must re-apply for Admission.
  • Student ID numbers will always remain the same.
  • If you do not receive a Student ID# within 24 hours, contact the Admissions Office.

Apply for Financial Aid

After applying for Financial Aid, log into the Student Portal. Under Financial Aid, check your Award Letter and Documents for any further action required.

Complete Your Guided Self-Placement

The Guided Self-Placement process helps to determine the appropriate level of math and English classes.

  • Navigate the Guided Self-Placement Tool.
  • Submit Transcripts/AP Test Scores to the Assessment Office to clear prerequisites. Include your WVC student ID number, phone number, and specify the class you want to enter. Prerequisites must be cleared prior to registering for a class.
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) assessments are also available.

For more information check the Guided Self-Placement information.

Attend Orientation

Register and complete an Orientation, which is required to receive priority registration and is recommended for all new matriculating college students.

Schedule of Classes

  • Digital schedule is available online NOW.
  • Printed booklet is available at the Admissions office beginning April 13, 2020.

Register for Classes

All students can locate their assigned registration date in the Student Portal. Under Registration, click on: My Registration Date. See the complete list of Priority Registration dates.

Concurrent Enrollment (High School Students) Registration Dates

Summer and Fall 2020

Class Date Time
Seniors - class of 2020 Summer - May 12, 2020
Fall - August 11, 2020
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Seniors and Juniors -
class of 2020 & 2021

Summer - May 13, 2020
Fall - August 12, 2020
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Seniors, Juniors & Sophomores - class of 2020, 2021 & 2022 Summer - May 14, 2020
Fall - August 13, 2020
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Pay Registration Fees

Option 1: Pay in full at time of registration

  • Online through the Student Portal
  • In person at the Admissions office

Option 2: Create a Nelnet Payment Plan

West Valley College has partnered with Nelnet to make enrollment expenses more affordable.

  • Visit Nelnet to begin your payment plan.
  • Log into the Student Portal
  • Click on: Student > Student Account > Nelnet Payment Options

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.

Important Academic Dates and Deadlines

Summer Session begins June 1, 2020.

Fall Semester begins August 31, 2020.

Add and Drop Classes Before Deadline

Deadlines are strictly enforced. See the Academic Calendar for Dates and Deadlines.

Last Updated 3/30/20