How to Apply
New or Returning Students
Applying for admissions to Pierce College is as simple as visiting an admissions office or completing an online admission form.
New students or returning students (those who have not attended Pierce for four or more consecutive quarters) must apply.
All returning students who applied for admissions and did not attend need to reapply.
Apply to either Pierce College Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood or to Pierce College Puyallup. Please do not submit admissions applications for both colleges.
No admissions form is required for the following:
- English as a Second Language (ESL) (immigrant and citizen students)
- Adult Basic Education (ABE)
- General Educational Development (GED)
- Continuing Education
For all other students, you may enroll if you meet any one of these criteria:
- You are 18 years of age or older.
- Your high school class has graduated.
- You are a high school graduate or you have earned a GED.
- You've qualified for admission through Running Start or a similar program.
Pierce College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.
Former Students and Applicants with Name Changes
If you have not attended for four or more quarters, you must reapply to Pierce College in order to continue working towards a degree or certificate, or to apply for financial aid.
Please submit your admissions application online.
If you have attended (or applied to) Pierce College before under a different name, please apply under your previous name. This will ensure your admissions form is processed as quickly as possible. Once you have been notified of your acceptance to Pierce College, submit a Personal Data Change Form to have your records reflect your current name.
When to Apply
Submit your admissions application at any time. Pierce College continuously accepts admissions applications.
Once your admissions application is processed, you will receive an emailed acceptance letter with additional information.