Getting Started


Bunker Hill Community College is committed to an open admission policy. This policy enables anyone with a high school diploma, HiSET (formerly the GED) or a transfer student from another college who wants to continue their education at BHCC. To enroll in a degree or certificate program, you must apply for admission and be accepted to the College; once accepted you are a degree-seeking student. Other enrollees are non-degree-seeking students.

To support an optimal environment for learning, Bunker Hill Community College admits students who demonstrate the academic skills needed to fulfill the requirements of their courses and programs, and the ability to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct.

If you are interested in learning more about applying to a degree program, specialized programs, information sessions and tours or for general college information, visit the Admissions page, or contact the office via email at or phone at 617-228-3398.

Assessment Center

Placement Testing

New students can be placed into English and math courses using any of the following:

  • High school GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Prior college course work
  • SAT scores
  • ACT scores
  • Advanced Placement (AP) scores
  • GED/HiSET Scores
  • Duolingo/TOEFL/IELTS
  • CLEP

The requirements for each type of score can be found at

All incoming students who do not meet the above criteria should take the Guided Self Placement (GSP) for initial placement in English or ELL coursework, and the Accuplacer math test.

Guided Self Placement Survey (GSP) for English

Guided Self Placement (GSP) is a process designed to help you make an informed choice about your placement into introductory English or English Language Learner (ELL) courses.

The Guided Self-Placement Survey takes 10-15 minutes.  

Accuplacer College Placement Testing for Math

The Accuplacer math test is a computer-based, multiple choice test. The test is untimed, and students usually need about 2 hours to complete the test. A score report is available as soon as you complete the test. Students may take the test up to three times before registering for classes; a two week wait period is required before retesting. Continuing students may retest once between semesters after grades have posted. Scores are valid for up to two years.

Students can make appointments through the Assessment Center page New College Students. There is also a scoring chart, study guide, and a link to more study material.

The College reserves the right to determine placement into courses based on the results of placement tests. Accepted (degree- and certificate-seeking) students will also be able to access these placement results in the Test Summary section of Student Planning in their MyBHCC account (log on information for MyBHCC is provided to accepted students on their acceptance letter).

CLEP Testing: Earn Credit for What You Already Know

CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program®) was created to help individuals with prior knowledge in a college course subject save time and money. CLEP exams are 90-120 minutes in length. CLEP exams are available in the BHCC Assessment Center. BHCC’s office of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) awards credit for CLEP exams. Students should speak with their advisor to determine if CLEP may be a good choice for them. Complete information on CLEP is available at


Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) measures basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The test is intended for use primarily as part of the admissions process for BHCC’s Nursing Program and many of the Allied Health programs.

The objectives assessed on TEAS are those that nurse educators have determined are most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level academic readiness of health care program applicants.

To register for TEAS at BHCC go to

BHCC Assessment Center

Room B118



Once you are accepted as a new student, you will receive a New Student Enrollment Checklist, including step-by-step directions to finish enrolling. These include instructions for logging onto myBHCC and your BHCC email.

It is important to log on and follow the steps as soon as you receive your packet so you can register for courses early and get off to a good start toward reaching your goals. Our mandatory Advising & Registration sessions will help you understand the requirements for your chosen program of study and choose courses. Learn more about Advising & Registration sessions on the New Student Orientation webpage.

New Student Day

From your very first day on campus as a new student, you will be welcomed to the college by New Student Mentors, a team of experienced students who are there to guide you through your first year at BHCC. New Student Day will provide you with a complete overview of the college and give you all the information you need to have a successful start to your first semester.

The goals of New Student Day are to:

  • Welcome you to Bunker Hill Community College and help you feel comfortable and safe in the college environment.
  • Acquaint you with the factors that contribute to a student’s success.
  • Familiarize you with the location of key College offices and services provided.
  • Help you understand the importance of asking questions and taking initiative to address your issues.
  • Introduce you to the New Student Mentors.

New Student Days occur before and after the start of classes in the fall and spring semesters. New Student Mentors are available in Student Activities every day to continue offering support and assistance to all students.  For more information, or to sign up to attend a New Student Day, visit the New Student Day page .

Student ID Card

The Charlestown ID Station is in Student Central room B202. To create your student ID please visit Get Your BHCC Student/Employee ID Card.

To obtain your student ID card, you must bring your computer-generated class schedule and any government-issued photo identification card to the Charlestown or Chelsea Campus ID stations. Your student ID serves as your Library card.

Acceptable IDs:

  • State driver’s license
  • State ID Card
  • United States passport
  • Foreign Government passport

Non-acceptable IDs:

  • High School ID card
  • Other educational ID card

You must always carry a current, valid student ID card on campus and present it upon request by any college official.

For the hours of operation for the College’s ID stations, contact Student Central.