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Shoreline Community College

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Overview

Established in 1964, Shoreline Community College is home to around 10,000 students with almost 1,000 international students from more than 50 countries. The institution is a public community college near Seattle, Washington in the U.S.

With over 100 academic and professional/technical programs to choose from, international students prepare for successful careers at Shoreline. Students complete the first two years of an undergraduate degree at Shoreline, and then transfer to a top U.S. university for two more years to complete their degree.

While it is encouraged, international students are not required to take the TOEFL or any other English proficiency test to be accepted at Shoreline. If students choose not to take an exam in advance or do not place at an academic level, there is an English language placement test they will take during International Student Orientation to determine their English level.

Shoreline is located on a peaceful, 83-acre campus, just two kilometres north of the city of Seattle. In a beautiful region known as the Pacific Northwest, Seattle is a vibrant city that also has stunning natural scenery. There are huge variety of locations and activities for students to enjoy, including national parks and beaches.

Seattle is also home to many Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks. Shoreline alumni often find opportunities for their post-graduation work experience - known as Optional Practical Training (OPT) - at these companies.

Shoreline is among the top 20 U.S. community colleges out of 1,462 nationwide for the number of international students it hosts (IIE, 2019). The college is recognized as one of the top three community colleges in the state of Washington (WalletHub, 2019). Shoreline has received a prestigious Paul Simon spotlight award for its leadership in campus internationalization. Students from Shoreline also consistently receive the competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad.

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What's new

What's new

Shoreline Community College has taken steps to ensure that the welfare of all staff and students is safeguarded during the coronavirus pandemic, and that student access to education is not significantly disrupted. The college is offering both hybrid on-campus options with enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols for students who want to study in the U.S. and a number of key services online for students who will study from overseas.

Campus safety protocols include a requirement that all students and staff to be vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus that causes COVID-19. To help international students who may not have been able to get vaccinated before arriving to the U.S., vaccine clinics are being held on campus to ensure access. Sanitization, social distancing and masking are all in place on campus, too.

Shoreline will continue to offer online services for students studying overseas that include:

  • Student orientation
  • Academic counselling and advising
  • Front desk services
  • On demand chat
  • Visa advice
  • Peer-to-peer advice
  • Online social activities
  • Mental health services
  • Academic tutoring

The college has also adopted both hybrid in person and online learning models for the delivery of courses. Students can come to the U.S. to study or opt to begin any program online and then come to campus for face-to-face instruction once they are able to do so. In that way, students can get started on their academic plans regardless of their specific situation and do not need to defer their studies.

The entry requirements at the institution now include Duolingo as evidence of English language proficiency and for the issuing of a form I-20. Foundation and pre-sessional English courses are also available online at the university, including a new ten credit class that has been specifically designed for online learning. In addition, the university continues to offer financial aid and scholarships to eligible students.

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Department structure

Department structure

International students have numerous study options at Shoreline Community College:

  • University Transfer – Students can study the first two years of a degree program and transfer their credits to complete a bachelor's degree at a top U.S. university.
  • Career Training – Through Professional/Technical programs, students can develop their practical skills and graduate career ready after two years.
  • Certificates – Students can transition into a different professional role or enhance skills for their current role through these shorter certificate options.
  • College Readiness – Students can develop skills for college-level English or math or enroll in an intensive English language (ESL) program.
  • High School Options – Students can use credits from their college courses to earn a U.S. high school diploma.
  • Fully online overseas learning options, including certificates and degrees that can be taken from a student's home country.

Areas of study at Shoreline include arts, communication, business, healthcare, medical, science, technology, engineering, math, social sciences and education.

Shoreline also offers an Honor's College program, where students can challenge themselves by engaging in research with professors. Benefits of this program include guaranteed smaller class sizes with more rigorous coursework, research projects, presentation opportunities at prestigious universities, additional support during the university transfer process, and more connections in the academic community. Through the transformative Honor's College experience, international students will stand out when applying to transfer to a top four-year university.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applying to Shoreline Community College is simple and straightforward. In most cases, all application materials can be submitted online. No SAT is required for admission.

There are four requirements for all students:

  1. Online Application
  2. Academic Records
  3. Financial statement
  4. USD50 Application fee

All documents can be emailed to the college.

While it is encouraged, international students are not required to take the TOEFL or any other English proficiency test to be accepted at Shoreline. If students choose not to take an exam in advance or do not place at an academic level, there is an English language placement test they will take during International Student Orientation to determine their English level.

International students who have previously taken an English proficiency test may be able to enroll directly into college-level English or the advanced English language course, English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Students in EAP can also take college classes at the same time.

Students who receive the minimum IELTS scores, or equivalent, will be guaranteed a place in:

  • 5.5 overall, with 6.0 in writing – English 101
  • 5.0 overall, with 5.0 in writing – EAP

For test scores lower than these, students will take the English language placement test during orientation.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

International students will benefit from low tuition costs at Shoreline Community College that are, on average, around 50 percent to 70 percent less than at public and private four-year universities.

Shoreline offers a number of scholarships to new and continuing international students to help them pay tuition fees. The scholarship for new international students is USD500. The awards for international student scholarships are made on the basis of academic excellence and, for new international students, the demonstration of English language proficiency. New international students will automatically be considered for scholarships when applying to Shoreline, without the need for a direct or alternative scholarship application process.

To align with visa regulations, Shoreline requires applicants to demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to be able to live and study in the U.S.

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Student safety

Student safety

The safety of the entire college community is of paramount importance to Shoreline. Therefore, it has the security in place to ensure that everyone has a safe, welcoming and comfortable time on campus and beyond.

The Safety and Security department works alongside all areas of the college, providing security services 24/7 in order to create a safe environment for the college community. Services include:

  • Security officers working on campus all day, every day
  • Campus patrol and surveillance
  • Daily inspections of equipment, buildings and systems
  • Educational programs to promote awareness
  • Campus parking maintenance and permit program
  • Response to accidents and calls for aid
  • Crime prevention
  • Violence reduction
  • Reporting system
  • Policies, procedures, educational training and community involvement

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Graduate outcomes

International students who choose to study the first two years of an undergraduate degree at Shoreline will receive guidance to help them transfer to an esteemed U.S. university. There, students will complete the last two years of their degrees.

Shoreline has numerous Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) partnerships with well-known and high-quality universities. However, students can transfer to any university they qualify for and have transferred to almost 200 universities in all 50 states and even other countries.

Some of the universities Shoreline students transfer to include:

  • University of Washington
  • Seattle University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • Arizona State University
  • Washington State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Michigan
  • New York University
  • University of Texas-Austin

Graduates of Shoreline have also found post-graduation work experience - known as Optional Practical Training (OPT) - at well-known companies including T-Mobile and Microsoft.

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