Keep in mind that before registering, new students have several steps to complete, which are outlined below. Steps can be started at any time.

New Student Application

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You can fill out the application online anytime. It gets you a student ID (X-number) and allows us to better communicate with you throughout the enrollment process. Note that the application is free and does not commit you to attending Waubonsee.

Begin Application

Find financial resources

Federal Financial Aid


To help make your college experience even more affordable, you should apply for financial aid as soon as possible. Federal financial aid includes grants, loans and work-study jobs, and requires the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, along with some additional Waubonsee forms. Note that part-time students are eligible for most financial aid, but certain short-term certificates do not qualify.

Apply for Financial Aid

Waubonsee Foundation Scholarships


Waubonsee also offers a variety of scholarships. Applications are due in February for the following academic year.

View Scholarship Opportunities

Get placed into the right courses

All new students looking to earn a degree must go through the course placement process. You can satisfy this requirement using past work or through placement testing. Note that some other students may need to assess/place to satisfy course prerequisites. 

Using high school GPA, test scores or prior coursework

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  • High school GPA
    • 3.0 cumulative on unweighted 4.0 scale places you into college-level English
    • 3.0 cumulative on unweighted 4.0 scale AND successful completion in the first semester of a qualifying fourth-year math course places you into college-level math
    • Geometry also required for some college math courses
  • Standardized testing (ACT, SAT, GED, HiSet)
  • Placement testing at another college
  • Prior coursework

Course Placement Details

Taking the placement test(s) at Waubonsee

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If you don’t have prior scores/courses or they are not high enough to place you into college-level, you can take the placement test(s) at any one of Waubonsee’s four campus locations.

Prepare for Placement Testing

Pre-Registration Review

20 Minutes = Ready to Register

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There is a lot to know about planning your first semester of college courses, but we try to make it easy by breaking down the basics in a 20-minute online tutorial called Pre-Registration Review.

Required for all new credit students, Pre-Registration Review guides you through using the college catalog and course schedule to build your first semester and beyond. It is accessible via the mywcc student portal.  

Once you complete Pre-Registration Review, you’ll be ready to register for courses on your own, but it’s also a great time to meet with an Admissions Advisor just to make sure you’re taking the courses that are best for you and your goals.

Access Pre-Registration Review in mywcc*

*Requires X-number and password

Register for classes

This is it — time to register for classes!


Fall registration is open! Browse courses now, and take steps to enroll in the ones you want! Most fall courses start Aug. 19.

The easiest way to do it is online through the mywcc student portal. But don’t forget -- If you have any questions about what courses to take or how to add them to your first-semester schedule, please contact an Admissions Advisor. They’re happy to help!

Get step-by-step registration instructions

Make a payment

Payment arrangement due within one week of your registration.


To hold your classes, you must make one of the following tuition payment arrangements within one week of your registration: 

  • Pay in full (required for less than $200)
  • Enroll in an interest-free payment plan
  • Provide a verified source (financial aid, scholarships, veterans benefits or employer/3rd party)

Costs and Payment

Attend New Student Orientation

Support for a Successful Start

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Time to meet new classmates; learn about Waubonsee's campuses, resources and technology; and get help finalizing your course schedule at New Student Orientation (NSO)!

Once you register for courses, you will be assigned an NSO session. Check your email and snail mail for complete details.

Learn more about New Student Orientation

Attend classes and start using your resources!

We're here to help!


Be sure to check your schedule and make sure you know when and where your classes meet. Once on campus, you’ll have access to free resources like tutoring, counseling, career exploration and more.

Explore Student Resources

Any questions? Call Admissions at (630) 466-5756

Need more information or want to contact us?

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Online Chat

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Are you thinking of attending Waubonsee? Need help getting started? Chat with an Admissions Advisor!

Available Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Always Here to Help


Virtual Hours:
8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., M-W;
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Th-F

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Paramedic students

Programs with Special Requirements

In addition to these steps, our CNA, EMT, Fire Science, Health Care Interpreting, Interpreter Training, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Nursing, Surgical Technology and Therapeutic Massage Programs have additional requirements.

Other Types of Credit Students

If you're looking to take credit courses here but are transferring in previous college credit, studying as a high school student while you do it, or currently living outside the United States, your enrollment process will be slightly different.