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How you can become a Year Up student

Cohorts begin every March and September. The Admissions team at Year Up Puget Sound considers applications on a rolling basis. Since space is limited, we strongly recommend you apply early!


Take a moment to let us know you’re interested in applying. Fill out an interest form ONLINE.


Information Sessions give you the tools you need to make an informed decision about applying to Year Up. During your Information Session, you will have the opportunity to ask questions, engage with members of our learning community, and get a jump-start on your application.

Year Up Puget Sound offers Information Sessions at both our Seattle and Bellevue locations, and you are invited to attend at either site regardless of the location you hope to ultimately enroll.


Year Up – Bellevue College North Campus
14673 NE 29th Place, Room 2104


Year Up – Seattle Campus
2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121

Evening and weekend times are available. Please contact for upcoming dates or submit an interest form ONLINE.


After you attend an Information Session, you will complete an academic assessment and submit an application. Only those applicants who attend an Information Session will receive the online application and materials required for the interview, but a general list of what should be included in your application is below for reference:

  • Two-page personal essay
  • Resume
  • Recommendation Form
  • Proof of high school completion (High school diploma or GED certificate)
  • U.S. Passport or two forms of identification
  • Bellevue College application
  • Your FAFSA Student Aid Reports


If you meet eligibility requirements, our staff will invite you in for an interview. Applicants are expected to arrive on time and to dress as professionally as possible. After your interview, you will be notified of next steps by our admissions staff. Applicants who are conditionally accepted into the Year Up program will be notified by phone or email.

For general questions, contact our team at (206) 406-8255 or

An evaluation funded by the Institute of Education Sciences is being conducted to help us learn how well the Year Up PTC program is working to help participants.  Only applicants who, after learning about the study, are willing to participate will be eligible for enrollment in classes starting in September. Individuals who are eligible for the program and agree to participate in the study will be selected into the program based on a lottery.