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Withdrawing from Classes

Students can drop a class up through the third day of the quarter using their Registration Access Code. Students must notify high school counselors of any changes to their college schedule.

As a college student, students have until the 10th day of the quarter to drop a class so it will not impact their college and high school transcript.

After the third day of the quarter, and up until the 10th day, students cannot drop a class online. Students must complete an add/drop form; meet with their high school counselor and obtain the counselor’s signature; meet with a Running Start advisor and obtain the advisor’s signature; and take the completed form to Registration to complete the process.

After the 10th day of the quarter, until the final withdrawal deadline, students can withdraw from a course. At this point, students will receive a 'W' on their college and high school transcript. The 'W' does not impact their college GPA.

Degree Plan Appointments

All students who intend to pursue a degree or certificate at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom or Puyallup campuses will be assigned to a Running Start advisor at the campus they are attending. In an effort to provide the very best service to our students and prepare them to self-manage their education at Pierce, advisors will:

  • Educate students in the culture of higher education
  • Explore academic programs and careers
  • Clarify goals
  • Foster skills of independence (including taking personal responsibility, decision making and planning for college)
  • Evaluate academic skills based on previous experience, learning, and test scores
  • Refer students to appropriate college and community resources
  • Establish connections between the student and Pierce College

High school counselors inform students on high school graduation requirements. Students in the Running Start program take coursework at the college that fulfill their high school graduation requirements. Running Start advisors guide students on course selection as well as information on degrees offered at Pierce College. Students in the Running Start program also have access to faculty counselor advisors who provide expertise on career pathways and transfer requirements.

Degree and Diploma Application

Students are advised to apply for Pierce College graduation by submitting a Degree and Diploma Application at least two quarters prior to the quarter in which they intend to complete their requirements. This allows time to have the application processed and the results of the official evaluation emailed in time to register for remaining requirements. These forms need to be completed and turned in to the Admissions Office.

Students are responsible for meeting the requirements of the particular degree toward which they are working. Once a letter is received from the evaluations office, it is the student’s responsibility to follow the program requirements and make appropriate course selections. Students should report any discrepancies to the evaluations office immediately upon receipt of their letter. Once the letter is received, it is not necessary to submit another Degree and Diploma Application to the evaluations office unless a student stops attending for one year or more. If a student does not attend for more than one year or four quarters, their file is placed into “graduation pending” status and the student will need to reapply for graduation to have their graduation status reactivated.