LCC is an open enrollment institution and there is no specific criteria required to become a student here. We do require that all new students submit an application for admission so we have your information. New and prospective students can find more information about enrollment at LCC online at lowercolumbia.edu/apply or on campus in the Admissions Center. The Entry Center staff provides information on enrolling for classes, placement testing, programs and courses, GED testing, and advising. More information about getting started is also available on the Welcome page of this catalog. See below for contact and other important information.
New LCC students participate in a New Student Orientation session that provides strategies for college success. Students learn where to find helpful resources both on campus and on the LCC website. While at NSO students not only learn to navigate our campus but are provided everything necessary to prepare for the first day of college. In NSO students will register for their first quarter classes and leave with all the information needed to be start their college journey. New students sign up for a New Student Orientation by phone or at the testing window in the Admission Center. See below for contact and other important information.
The Entry Center, located in the Admissions Center, provides enrollment information and general help to get started at LCC. Returning students may request program advisor information at the Entry Center. See below for contact and other important information.
Current high school students may enroll in LCC courses with the approval of their high school principal and an LCC counselor or through the Running Start Program. See the High School Diploma, Running Start, and Tech Prep sections of this catalog for information about enrolling in LCC through these programs. Students younger than high school age should contact the LCC Registrar to begin the special admission process. See below for contact and other important information.
LCC welcomes students from around the world! New applications are accepted year-round for Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer Quarter.
To be considered for admission to LCC, international student applicants must submit the following to the International Student Programs Office:
Transfer students and students requesting change of visa status must also submit the following:
When all required documents have been received, the applicant will be considered for admission. If approved for admission, the applicant will receive an I-20 and acceptance packet by mail.
International students must complete at least 12 credits per term and maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the LCC catalog in order to maintain F-1 visa status. International students must pay all tuition and fees by the deadlines set forth by the Registration Office. International students must also provide proof of health insurance, including repatriation coverage, while enrolled at LCC. See below for contact and other important information.
Students who plan to earn a degree or certificate at LCC, or who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate institution, must go through a placement process before enrolling.
LCC uses multiple measures to determine course placement. Results and course recommendations are typically provided immediately upon completion of the placement evaluation. Advisors use these placement results and course recommendations to help students plan their class schedules. Placement recommendations must be followed, although a student may re-test once if a placement assessment is used for course placement. Additional measures used for placement include college courses, Smarter Balanced Assessment, High School Transfer Agreements (HSTA), Transitional Studies test completion, or Directed Self Placement. See below for contact and other important information.
Lower Columbia College Bookstore, located in the Student Center, sells both textbooks and supplies required for LCC classes. Students can order books online at lowercolumbia.edu/bookstore. See below for contact and other important information.
New students register for classes in their New Student Orientation session. In future quarters, students can register online after meeting with their program advisor and obtaining a quarterly registration PIN. The Registration Office is located in the Admissions Center.
Registration dates and deadlines are published in the quarterly LCC Class Schedule available online, by mail and on campus before each quarter’s registration period begins. Registration at LCC is prioritized so that degree- and certificate-seeking students nearest to graduation, who have met with their faculty advisors, register before newer students. Students should discuss alternative classes with their advisors since some of the classes may fill before their registration time.
To access records and to conduct other business online at lowercolumbia.edu/online-services, students need a Student ID Number and Global PIN. To access their quarterly registration appointment date and time, students will need their Student ID Number and Global PIN. This information is provided by the Registration Office.
Currently enrolled students will meet with their program advisor prior to registering each quarter. Program advisors provide a quarterly PIN number, needed to access the online registration system.
Students placed in the incorrect English, Human Development, Mathematics and Physical Education classes are allowed to make changes through the tenth day of instruction.
Complete registration details and deadlines are published in the quarterly LCC Class Schedule available online, by mail and on campus. See below for contact and other important information.
Students can change their scheduled classes after registering as follows:
Students receiving financial aid funding must consult the financial aid office prior to making any schedule changes. See below for contact and other important information.
Students may withdraw from some or all of their classes through Friday of the eighth week of the quarter. If the class ends before the end of the quarter, a student may withdraw through the last day of class. If a student stops attending a class without officially withdrawing, he or she will remain on the roster and receive a grade accordingly.
To officially withdraw, a student must obtain a withdrawal form from the Registration Office, consult with the instructor if possible, consult with the Financial Aid office if receiving aid, and return the completed form to the Registration Office.
Students who complete the withdrawal procedure after the 10th day of classes will receive a grade of W (“withdrawal”) for the course. Students suspected of academic dishonesty may not withdraw from a course to avoid consequences resulting from academic dishonesty until there is a resolution through the student conduct process.
Students who don’t attend any classes during the first five instructional days of the quarter, or contact the instructor, may be withdrawn from the class(es).
Students are responsible for understanding the impact of withdrawing on their financial aid. Students are encouraged to review the Financial Aid Handbook at lowercolumbia.edu/financial-aid or visit the Financial Aid office for information. See below for contact and other important information.