ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

GENERAL ADMISSION FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES AND APPLICANTS 18 AND OLDER

Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College have an "open door" admission policy that admits any graduate of a high school or any individual who holds a certificate of educational competence. For information regarding international student admission, turn to the "Global Education" section of this catalog.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements, but who are at least 18 years of age, may be granted provisional admission by the college vice president or his/her designee. Admission in such cases is based on an applicant’s level of general education as defined by placement test scores that meet the Federal Financial Aid “ability to benefit” option. Students admitted under ability to benefit exception are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Admission is granted on a "first-come, first-served" basis for as many students as the various programs can accommodate. Some programs may require satisfactory completion of certain prerequisites prior to admission or have special selection procedures; so admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance in every program. Please refer to specific programs of study for further information and be aware that waiting lists do occur for programs in high demand.

It is important to begin the application process well in advance of the quarter for which admission is desired to allow time for application processing. Each college has slightly different admission procedures and registration schedules.

SPECIAL ADMISSIONS FOR STUDENTS UNDER AGE 18

Applicants between 16 and 18 may be admitted to a college if they are deemed able to benefit from the college's curricular offerings. Enrollment is limited to college-level courses numbered 100 or above. (This limitation does not apply to high school graduates or GED certificate holders.) In order to determine a student's readiness for college-level courses, the student will be required to take a placement test which is administered at the colleges. Generally, a student must place at the college level in both reading and writing in order to be eligible for courses other than mathematics. To take mathematics courses, the student must place at the college level in mathematics. Admission may be to individual courses or to a program as determined by admissions officials.

This policy is intended to expand opportunities for younger, qualified students who may not be enrolled in Running Start or other local student enrollment option programs. For currently enrolled high school applicants, a release form for attendance at CCS that identifies approved credit classes as in signed by the student's high school principal must be submitted quarterly. The intent of this policy is not to replace or duplicate the functions of local public schools.

ADMISSION PROCEDURES

To apply for admission, the following should be on file in the Admissions Office of the college a student plans to attend:

  • State of Washington Community College Application for Admission Form (obtained from a high school counselor, Admissions Office, or the college web site) or official CCS Application for Admission form,
  • Official transcripts from other colleges are not required for admission, but may prove beneficial for purposes of general advising, verifying successful completion of intermediate-level algebra and English composition, and verifying courses that may fulfill prerequisites for other courses and/or programs at the college to which a student applies. Official transcripts can be submitted if the student wishes a review and evaluation for transferable credit toward degree completion and graduation purposes. Students are strongly encouraged to submit official transcripts from all colleges with their applications.

Running Start students applying to SFCC are required to submit high school transcripts.

ASSESSMENT AND PLACEMENT TESTING

New and returning college students who have not tested within the last three years will participate in assessment designed to assist in the selection of classes for proper placement and college success. Career and technical programs may use test scores as criteria for admission.

The assessment process includes an evaluation for the purpose of determining current skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics. The college will administer a placement test for students who have not taken one. A test fee is required. Students who have taken the appropriate placement test within the last three years and wish to use those scores must have their scores on file prior to registration.

GUIDELINES FOR PLACEMENT/ASSESSMENT

Math and/or English assessment is required for:

  1. Students who have never tested.
  2. Students who have test scores that are more than three years old.
  3. Students who have math credits that are more than three years old.

Math and/or English assessment is not required for:

  1. Students who have taken the appropriate placement test within the last three years. Community Colleges of Spokane also accepts Academic Placement Testing Program (APTP) math scores from Washington public universities.
  2. Students who have received a grade of 2.0 or better in college composition from other institutions. Additionally, college transcripts must be on file to support this exception.
  3. Students taking fewer than 10 credits, not enrolling in composition or mathematics classes and not pursuing a degree or certificate.
  4. Students who are pursuing a Vocational Technical Program not requiring a Math class.
  5. Students who took Pre-Calculus in high school and earned an A or B for two semesters. A high school transcript is required for verification and must be submitted to the Testing Center within one year of graduation.

Placement Reciprocity Agreement Policy

For all entering students at any Washington community and technical college, system policy provides that:

  1. A student who qualifies for a specific level of pre-college math, English or reading, either through course completion or local skills assessment, will have that course placement level honored at another Washington CTC if the student so requests, even if the courses may not be exact equivalents.
  2. A student who qualifies for entry into college-level math, English, or reading, either through course completion or local skills assessment, will be considered to have met the entry college-level standard at every community and technical college.
  3. Students requesting reciprocity must initiate the process within one year of their initial placement assessment.

For more information, call:

  • SCC Placement Testing Center: (509) 533-7074
  • SFCC Testing Center: (509) 533-3401
  • Off-campus centers: (509) 279-6709

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS

Physical examinations are required of students entering some college programs. Health appraisals generally are valid within a six-month period prior to acceptance and enrollment at the college and for the two years following.

GED® TESTING

Persons interested in obtaining a General Educational Development (GED®) certificate may have their questions answered by calling 509-279-6200. Proof of age is required. Students can take classes to help prepare them for the GED® test at several locations in Spokane, as well as rural sites.

Spokane Community College and SFCC provide additional services in vocational achievement, guidance and interest survey testing for those who want or need help, individual information or evaluation. For more information, refer to the Counseling and Special Services section of this catalog.

For more information, call (509) 533-4600.

GUIDELINES FOR PLACEMENT OF ENGLISH SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL)*

  1. Students currently enrolled in the SCC program English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) must satisfactorily complete a Level 6 English program before being permitted to enroll in courses at SCC or SFCC. Prospective students must earn the minimum score required by the current language placement test to qualify for admission.
  2. Placement in courses will be based on appropriate placement test scores.

Placement guidelines for ESOL students not currently enrolled in the SCC Level 6 English program are:

  1. All students who call to schedule an assessment test will be advised of the placement tests for native and non-native speakers of English and will be scheduled accordingly.
  2. When English is not their first language (as self-identified), they will be required to take the appropriate test before they are eligible for admissions. Placement in courses will be based on the appropriate test scores.
  3. Students scoring below the minimum required score on the current language placement test may reapply to take the test upon completion of a Level 6 program and with the recommendation of their ESL instructor.

*Exceptions to the above listed guidelines must be approved by the vice president of learning or designee at SFCC, or the vice president of instruction or designee at SCC.

Dual credit programs allow students to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school. Students may earn college credit by scoring well on year-end tests, or by taking college-level classes at their high schools or at colleges and universities.


Running Start

Running Start is a college credit program that allows high school juniors and seniors to earn credit simultaneously for high school graduation and toward a college degree.

To expand the educational opportunities of junior and senior high school students, SCC, SFCC, and high schools in the state of Washington offer this program. Students should contact their public high school counselor for procedures to enroll in a course(s) under the Running Start program. The high school determines if the course meets the high school graduation requirements.

The Running Start program enables an eligible high school student to seek expanded educational challenge. Students enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes (or solely in college classes) for the purpose of earning credit to be awarded both by the high school and the college. Classes taken at the college as part of the Running Start program are limited to "college-level classes."

Exempt from having to pay tuition, Running Start students shall pay all other mandatory fees unless eligible for a fee waiver. A Verification of Eligibility letter for free or reduced-price lunches in the last five years is the required documentation to receive a fee waiver. View current tuition and fees.

Entrance requirements

All students who apply to the Running Start program must be tested for eligibility by taking the appropriate placement tests for reading, writing and mathematics. Admission to the Running Start program is based on the student meeting the college-level cut-off scores that are currently in effect for college-level courses. Students are allowed to retest in unqualified areas one time each quarter. There is a fee for tests and retests. Testing fees will be paid by the student.

For more information, contact:

  • SCC: (509) 533-8154
    • Colville Center: (509) 685-2120 x6710
    • Inchelium Center: (509) 722-3702
    • Ione Center: (509) 442-4290
    • Newport Center: (509) 447-3835
    • Republic Center: (509) 775-3675
  • SFCC: (509) 533-3524
    • Pullman Center: (509) 332-2706

Tech Prep

Tech Prep allows high school students to earn college credit toward career and technical degrees without ever leaving the high school. This program helps students transition to college and save money on tuition and fees.

Through special agreements between the high school and college, students that complete select classes with a B grade (3.0) or better and meet college competencies are eligible for college credit. Students are encouraged to register on the Statewide Enrollment and Reporting System (SERS) while enrolled in the high school class. Contact your high school teacher for details.

For a complete list of eligible high school classes, go to http://sers.techprepwa.org/searchArticulations.aspx.

Students must request credit within seven years of taking the high school class. To receive credit, students must submit the following information to the Transcripts/Records Office at SCC or the Admissions/ Registration Office at SFCC:

  • Application for admission to SCC or SFCC.
  • SERS Registration Confirmation OR
  • High school transcript documenting the high school class and appropriate grade, documentation of industry certification if applicable, and an application for Prior Learning Assessment.
For more information, call 509-533-8806

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses taken in high school. AP exams are rigorous, multiple-component tests that provide a standardized measure of what students have learned in the AP classroom. Students scoring a 3 or higher (on a scale of 1–5) on the AP exam may be eligible for college credit.

Refer to the Credit for Prior Learning section of this catalog for more information, or call SCC - (509) 533-8215 or email SFCC - PLA_SFCC@sfcc.spokane.edu.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students to test out of subjects by demonstrating proficiency on CLEP exams. Students scoring a 50 or higher (on a scale of 20-80) on select CLEP exams may earn college credit.

Refer to the Credit for Prior Learning section of this catalog for more information, or call SCC - (509) 533-8215 or email SFCC - PLA_SFCC@sfcc.spokane.edu.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

International Baccalaureate (IB) classes give high school students an opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Individual tests can be taken for courses completed. Students scoring a 4 or better (on a scale of 1-7) on the IB exam may be eligible for college credit.

Refer to the Credit for Prior Learning section of this catalog for more information, or call SCC - (509) 533-8215 or email SFCC - PLA_SFCC@sfcc.spokane.edu.


College in the High School

College in the High School permits students to earn college credits for certain classes that are taught at the high school. These select classes are college-level courses taught by high school instructors who are mentored by college instructors. The curriculum is college level, and courses are designed by college instructors. Therefore, students receive both high school and college credit for these classes. This program is only offered in high schools that have signed agreements for such programs and have approved teachers.

For more information, call (509) 533-3524.

Early College High School (ECHS)

The Early College High School (ECHS) Initiative offers 11th and 12th grade, underrepresented students the ability to earn high school and college credit simultaneously, and facilitates smooth transitioning into post-secondary education.

ECHS students, who attend classes off-site, visit the campus quarterly for motivational workshops, presentations and to receive information about resources (ex., library, financial aid, counseling, etc.). Students and parents receive direct assistance with college processes, and continued contact occurs through their senior year in high school. Testing occurs at community centers or local high schools to eliminate anxiety. Students enrolling at SFCC become part of the First-Year Experience Program.

For more information, call (509) 533-3524.


Gateway to College

Gateway to College, a national dropout recovery and scholarship program, allows students between the ages of 16 and 20 who may not have been successful in high school the opportunity to get back on track and earn a high school diploma.

Through the program and under the guidance of a caring team of instructors and student support specialists with experience and interest in at-risk youth, students complete their high school diploma requirements at community colleges while simultaneously earning college credits toward an associate’s degree, transfer credits, or a certificate.

For more information call (509) 533-3474; or visit spokanefalls.edu/Programs/GatewaytoCollege

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