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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 may be eligible for Federal Financial Aid after six college-level credits are completed.

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. Refer to specific programs of study for further information and be aware that interest 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.


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

  • Online Application for Admission using the links below:
  • 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 placement requirements and 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 SCC or 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.

For more information, call the SCC Placement Testing Center: 509-533-7074, the SFCC Testing Center: 509-533-3401, or the off-campus centers - Colville: 509-279-6703, Newport: 509-279-6954.

Math and/or English assessment may not be required for:

  1. Students who have taken the appropriate placement test within the last three years.
  2. Students who have received a grade of 2.0 or better in college composition from other institutions. 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 professional 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 and used for placement within one year of high school graduation.
  6. Students who qualify for placement through other alternative measures which may vary between colleges and are subject to change.

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:

Other Testing

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

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 regarding obtaining a General Educational Development (GED®) certificate, call 509-533-4600.

English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Placement Guidelines *

Currently Enrolled Students

  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.

Students not Currently Enrolled

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

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 program where high school students earn academic credit for high school and college at the same time. This program allows eligible high school students to enroll in college classes - or high school and college classes - to earn credits awarded by both the high school and college. Running Start classes are limited to "college-level classes" (100 level or above).

This program is available to public high school juniors and seniors residing in the State of Washington. Private and home schooled students must register in the public school district where they live in order to participate in Running Start.

Contact your public high school counselor to find out how many tuition-free credits you can take. Your high school can tell you which college classes meet high school graduation requirements.

Running Start students purchase their own books and supplies and pay mandatory fees and non-course related fees. Mandatory fees are waived for students who can document that they are or have been eligible for free or reduced lunch anytime in the last five years. Find current tuition and fees on the CCS website.

Students are eligible if...

  • They are registered in a Washington public school district
  • They are in 11th or 12th grade at the beginning of the school year (September)
  • They meet eligibility by one of the following:
    • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Required ACT, SAT, or Smarter Balance score
    • A writing test will be given for those who do not meet eligibility by one of the above options

For more information, contact:

CTE Dual Credit (formerly Tech Prep)

CTE Dual Credit 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 may earn college credit. Students must earn a B grade (3.0) or better and meet college competencies to be 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.

Students must request credit within seven* years of taking the high school class. (*Note - some programs require students to enroll in the college program directly after high school so that skills learned are current with industry standards.)

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

Students not registered in SERS must submit the following:

  • Application for Prior Learning Assessment
  • High school transcript showing the approved high school class and grade earned
  • Proof of industry certification if applicable

For more information, call 509-434-5244

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 email SCC ( or SFCC (

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 email SCC ( or SFCC (

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 email SCC ( or SFCC (

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 SCC, 509-533-8154 or SFCC, 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 Gateway to College at SFCC