In accordance with WAC 131-12-010, Lower Columbia College has an open admission policy
that grants admission to the college when, as determined by the chief administrative
officer of the college or their designee, the applicant:
1. Is competent to profit from the curriculum offerings of the college; and
2. Would not, by their presence or conduct, create a disruptive atmosphere within
the college inconsistent with the purposes of the institution; and
3. Is eighteen years of age or older; or
4. Has earned a high school diploma or recognized equivalent; or
5. Has applied for admission under the provisions of a student enrollment options
program or other local student enrollment options programs. Special programs, also
referred to as student enrollment options programs under WAC 131-12-010, and International
Programs, may allow applicants under the age of 18 to be admitted to Lower Columbia
College. Such special programs include, but are not limited to, Running Start, Open
Doors, and International Programs.
Applicants under the age of 18 who are not enrolled in a special program may be admitted
to Lower Columbia College if they are deemed able to benefit from the curricular offerings.
Admission may be to individual courses or to a program as determined by the Vice President
of Student Services or designee.
Because of the large number of students seeking admission, admission is generally
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 and some may have special admission policies.
Students who have not attended the college for two years or longer must reapply for
admission to the college. Service members and reservists shall be readmitted to the
college if they are temporarily unable to attend class or have to suspend their studies
due to service requirements.
Lower Columbia College refrains from providing any commission, bonus or other incentive
payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollment or federal financial aid,
including Tuition Assistance funds, to any persons or entities engaged in any student
recruitment, admissions activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student
The college also refrains from high-pressure recruitment tactics for the purposes
of securing service member enrollments.