New Student Checklist

Welcome to Black Hawk College! Our new student registration checklist will guide you through the steps to become a student at Black Hawk College. We look forward to having you here and assisting you in your educational journey.

New Student Checklist (PDF)


Step 1: Apply

Complete the BHC Application for Admissions online.

  • Pay $20 application fee.
  • Look for your welcome letter in 1-2 business days at the email address you provided on the application.

Send official transcripts from high school and/or previous college.
Send placement scores from another school or ACT/SAT test scores (taken within the last two years).
  Apply for financial aid at the FAFSA webpage. BHC’s school code is 001638. FAFSA is now available Oct. 1 for the following fall semester. Get more information at Black Hawk College Financial Aid.

Step 2: Log into myBlackHawk

Reference the welcome letter for myBlackHawk login instructions.
Access myBlackHawk through the BHC website or at myBlackHawk.
Login questions? Contact the ITS Help Desk at 309-796-5555 or

Step 3: Begin Hawk’s Journey

Access Hawk’s Journey, your individualized guide for success, on the Student tab in myBlackHawk.
Use Hawk’s Journey to do the following:

Step 4: Work with an Advisor and Register

Create your schedule and register with the help of an advisor.
Visit Black Hawk College Advising for more information or call to schedule an appointment:

  • East Campus: 309-854-1709
  • Quad-Cities Campus: 309-796-5100

Step 5: Pay Tuition 

Access the Student Billing tab in myBlackHawk to check payment options, due dates, pay online or set up deferred payment.
Contact Career Services to explore jobs at Black Hawk College Careers.
Apply for a BHC Foundation scholarship (March-May) at Black Hawk College Foundation.


Don’t Forget! 

Check your myBlackHawk email frequently for important messages.
Access Hawk’s Journey to view the calendar where important dates and deadlines are noted as well as additional information regarding the remaining items.

Student ID

Get your Black Hawk College ID Card. First get your photo taken at the Quad-Cities Campus Welcome Center in Building 1 or at the East Campus Police Department in Building 1, Room 100.
Look for your ID to arrive by mail in two weeks.


Order books online at Black Hawk College Bookstore.
Pick up books at the Quad-Cities Campus in the Hawk’s Hub in Building 1 or at the East Campus Bookstore in Building A.

Parking Permit

Purchase a permit for $25 per semester at the BHC Police Department at either campus, the Bursar’s Office at the Quad-Cities Campus or Enrollment Services at the East Campus. Summers and minimesters are free.
If you are using financial aid to buy your parking permit, pick up a voucher at the Hawk’s Hub or the East Campus Bookstore.

Welcome Week

Connect with students, faculty and staff to learn about support resources on campus.
Visit Black Hawk College Orientation to sign up.

Get Involved

Learn more about clubs, organizations and events on campus by stopping by the Student Life Office at the Quad-Cities Campus in Building 4 or the Advising Center at the East Campus in Building A.
Visit Black Hawk College Student Life for more information.


Have you been to campus yet? Plan a visit.


Are you taking classes at Black Hawk College while attending another college? In addition to this checklist, be sure to enter the code NDS – TRANSFER as your Program of Study when you apply. Also make sure the courses you take will meet requirements for your degree or major at your home college or university. Transfer Course Equivalencies