Congratulations on your admission to Bristol Community College!

You’re one step closer to choosing your classes! Below, we have laid out some important steps you need to take to get ready for the start of classes.  

Haven't applied yet? Go to our Admissions page.

myBristol, formerly accessBCC, is your launchpad for everything you need as a Bristol student. Be on the lookout for an email about activating your myBristol account once you have been fully admitted to the college. You will also gain access to a Bristol email address once you register for classes. Be sure to check it regularly!

Tip: Download the Bristol mobile app to stay in the know about all things Bristol.

If you are a Massachusetts resident, you may be eligible for additional grants as part of your financial aid package. These grants can cover tuition, fees and books – and don’t need to be paid back! 

In order to be eligible, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at as well as this form to confirm that you do not already have a college degree. Don’t leave money on the table! Complete this form as soon as possible.  

Be sure to send us your transcripts as soon as possible if you haven’t already.

Pre-College Experience (including High school transcripts, GED and HiSET scores) 

Submit your transcripts to see if you can be automatically placed into a course section without placement testing.  

  • High school and college transcripts: Check your school's website or speak with your school counselor for details on how to request official transcripts.
  • GED Scores.
  • HiSET Scores.

College-Level Experience

Submit your college transcripts so we can help you get credit for work you have already completed. We may be able to award you transfer credit toward completing your degree. Be sure to also send in official transcripts for Advanced Placement (AP) or CLEP tests if you have previously taken them.   

Military Experience

Students with military experience are encouraged to submit transcripts from their branch of service for review in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military occupation, training, experience, and coursework.  

Prior Work Experience

If you have work experience that could count for college credit, visit MyExperienceCounts. We may be able to award you transfer credit toward completing your degree. 

Foreign Academic Credentials

Learn more about the foreign credit evaluation process here.

Testing is required prior to registration for most courses, unless you qualify for an exemption. You may be exempt from placement tests at the time of admission by way of SAT/ACT scores or high school GPA or if you are receiving transfer credit for college English or math. Contact the Testing Center for more information.

Bristol offers several ways to determine your academic readiness for college; so that you choose the right classes to start strong at Bristol!  If required to test, you should schedule a time to take it as soon as possible. 

If English is not your first language and you want more information about our English as a Second Language (ESL) program, please contact the ESL Coordinator at 774.357.2476 or schedule an appointment here.

New Student Orientation is your gateway to a successful academic journey with us. It's such an important step in setting you up for success that it is mandatory for all newly admitted students. Click here to learn more about orientation, which is available online and in person.

Your academic program may have additional orientation requirements. In this case, your program coordinator will contact you with details.

After completing the New Student Orientation, you’ll receive an assigned academic advisor and details on how to book your first appointment. New students must meet with their assigned advisor to register for their first semester classes. For questions about registration, contact Advising at

Once you are registered, you can access your Bristol email through the myBristol portal. From this point forward, all official communication from the college will be sent to your Bristol email address. Be sure to check it often! 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at as soon as possible if you haven’t already. A FAFSA must be completed to determine your eligibility for grants (money you don’t need to pay back) and loans (money you borrow). 

If your access to aid is impacted by your citizenship status, click here to learn more.

Log on to myBristol and navigate to the Finances section to:

You are responsible for checking your bill and ensuring that it is paid on or before the due date. Please note that your bill can change if you make changes to your schedule. Learn more about paying your bill here.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires certain students to submit proof of immunizations to Bristol before the start of classes.

Click here to learn if this applies to you and submit your records via a secure form.

Education, Early Childhood Education and Health Science students (Nursing, Dental, OTA, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, Medical Laboratory Technology): Your program may have additional requirements. Your program coordinator will contact you with details.


Be sure to log on to myBristol and keep checking your Bristol email to stay in the know.

If you have other program requirements your program coordinator will be in touch with next steps prior to the start of classes. Please watch your Bristol email for more information. 

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