Get Started at Pierce College in Five Steps

With an education from Pierce College, your possibilities are limitless.

Earn your associate's degree. Get on the fast track to transferring to a four-year school. Earn a professional or technical certification in a number of high-demand career fields. Or, become a lifelong learner with our continuing education opportunities.

Take the first step toward making your dreams come true and enroll today!

Step 1: Admissions

Applying for admission
Submit a Pierce College online admissions application or visit the admissions office.

Step 2: Pay for College

Financial Aid
Apply for financial aid, including scholarships, grants and loans, and learn about payment options. Another option for funding is the Start Next Quarter program. Washington Colleges offer hundreds of students free and reduced tuition, books and fees every quarter. We want you to get the skills and education you need to find a stable career at a competitive salary, and we have programs and resources we want to make available to eligible students.

Step 3: Placement

Assessment
Placement for English and math classes can be determined by a computer-based assessment, Smarter Balanced Assessment scores, college transcripts, high school transcripts, and placement reciprocity.

Step 4: New Student Orientation and Advising

Advisor with student
At the New Student Orientation, you will learn what it's like to be a Pierce College student. You will hear about available resources and support services, meet other new students, and find out how to make an appointment with your advisor. New Student Orientation is mandatory for all degree/certificate-seeking students.

Step 5: Register and Pay

Registration
After seeing your advisor, register and pay your tuition and fees. Generally, tuition and fees are due when you register.