Admission Policy

Pierce College District Eleven has an open door admissions policy, practices equal opportunity and does not discriminate in its educational programs. No one is denied admission to the college because of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, national origin, sex, or disability, in accordance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil rights act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974.

In the matter of admitting students, Pierce College shall be governed by the provisions of RCW 28B.50.090 (3) (B), which requires that the State Board, "ensure through the full use of its authority ... that each community college district shall maintain an open door policy, to the end that no student will be denied admission because of the location of residence or because of his educational background or ability..."

Admission by the college district shall entitle the student to enroll in instructional programs offered by any campus or college operated by the district, provided that the student shall meet the rules and the requirements for enrollment. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to any specific program, course, or courses.
Minimum Admissions Standards

Any applicant for admission to Pierce College shall be admitted when he/she is 18 years of age or older, or whose high school class has graduated, or is a high school graduate or has earned a GED or has qualified for admission through the Running Start or a successor program and competent to profit from the curricular offerings of the college; and would not, by his or her presence or conduct create a disruptive atmosphere within the community college inconsistent with the purpose of the institution.

Applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age who do not meet the minimum admissions standards must obtain written permission from the school district in which they reside before being accepted for admission and/or enrolling in Pierce College courses. All other applicants are considered by the college district as underage applicants. Underage applicants may by admitted to the college only as provided in this policy and the implementing procedures.

As a policy, Pierce College does not admit students under the age of 16 years. Under extraordinary circumstances, special consideration may be given to students who petition for an under-age admission exception. Any student who petitions for an admission exception must abide by the Under Age 16 Admission Exception Procedure. Special programs will be allowed to enroll under-age students, provided that each underage student enrolled meets program criteria.


Revised 2000-11-01