2200P Admission Rules (Procedures)

Original Date: 4/18/1973 * Last Revision Effective: 11/23/2021
Policy Contact: Associate Vice President, Student Affairs


The following procedures are established to meet the requirements for implementing policy #2200 – Admission Rules.


General College Admission 

The general admission application creates a record for each student admitted to the college and determines Washington State residency for the purpose of establishing tuition and fees, in accordance with WAC 250-18.

All prospective students who plan to take credit classes are required to complete the online general college admission application by the deadline posted on the academic calendar and pay any published fees. Former students who previously completed the general admission application and had their residency status established are not required to complete the application a second time. The link to the general admission application can be found on the admissions webpage. Applications are processed in the order submitted.

Selective Admission Programs 

Prospective students who plan to participate in a selective or competitive academic program must first complete the online general college admission application and pay any published fees. Selective academic programs have a separate program admission process that applicants must complete prior to registering for classes; applicants are also required to pay a program admission fee. Applicants should review the academic programs’ webpage for program requirements and the admission process

International Education 

Prospective international students do not complete the general college admission application. Applicants must follow the process established by the BC Office of International Education to gain admission to the college and register for classes.

Underage Admission

High School Student Enrollment Options Programs

Programs targeted to underage populations, also referred to as high school student enrollment options programs, such as Running Start, CEO (Career Education Options), College in the High School, Pacific NW College Credit, and programs associated with basic and transitional studies (BATS), or a successor program, may allow program admission to applicants under the age of 18. Applicants in these programs are required to complete the general college admission application. Each program may establish requirements and processes that all applicants must follow prior to registering for classes.


Underage High School Applicants Not Participating in a H.S. Student Enrollment Option Program

The college admits other applicants under the age of 18 who meet one of the following conditions:

  • Are at least 16 years of age, or have completed their sophomore (10th grade) year in high school, or
  • Have started their freshman (9th grade) year in high school and can demonstrate exceptional or extenuating circumstances that warrant early admission to the college. A decision is made by the chief admission’s officer or designee on a case-by-case basis.

All underage applicants who meet one of the conditions above must complete the general college admission application and follow the process listed on the underage admission webpage.


Revision History

Original 4/18/1973
Revisions 3/18/2003; 3/22/2005; 3/31/2009; 5/21/2009; 9/11/2012; 4/6/2015; 2/9/2021; 11/23/2021

Approved By

President’s Cabinet

Last Updated February 5, 2024