Admission Policy

Pierce College District Eleven has an open door admissions policy, practices equal opportunity and does not discriminate in its educational programs. Pierce College admits students based on the provisions of RCW 28B.50.090(3)(b): ”Each college district shall maintain an open-door policy, to the end that no student will be denied admission because of the location of the student's residence or because of the student's educational background or ability.”

Admissions Standards

Pierce College admits anyone

  • who is competent to profit from the curricular offerings of the college and
  • would not by presence or conduct create a disruptive atmosphere inconsistent with the purposes of the College and
    • who is 18 years of age or older or
    • whose high school class has graduated or
    • who is a high school graduate or
    • who has earned a GED or
    • who has qualified for admission through the Running Start program or
    • who is a participant in other approved programs designed for age-specific groups

Applicants who will be 17 years of age or younger on the first day of instruction in the quarter of enrollment who do not meet the admissions standards must obtain written permission quarterly from the school district in which they reside before enrolling in classes.

Applicants who will be 15 years of age or younger on the first day of instruction in the quarter of enrollment must petition for underage admission.

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to any specific program, course, or class. Generally, admitted Pierce College students may enroll in instructional programs offered by any campus or college operated by the district, as long as the student meets the requirements for enrollment. Pierce College reserves the right to determine admission to the College and/or the ability of students to enroll in certain classes.


Revised 6-18-2019