Underage Admission

Clark College admits anyone who is:

Exception to this policy may be granted by the College for special consideration of underage individuals not participating in one of the above-mentioned programs. Further information regarding special consideration is in the “Underage Admissions/Exceptions” section of the current College catalog.

This policy applies to all credit classes at Clark College, except English as a second language classes, Adult Basic Education and Continuing Education. Students, age sixteen (16) and over, who meet the provisions of "Title III-Adult Education programs" may enroll in certain basic education classes. Persons admitted into such classes (basic skills, academic support, or remedial) will be allowed to continue as long as they demonstrate, through measurable academic progress, an ability to benefit.

The Running Start program has its own set of admission policies and procedures.

Policies and Procedures for Underage Admissions

Request for Exception to the Admission Policy (Underage)

Underage Admission Criteria & Operational Procedures

  1. Individuals not meeting the criteria for admission as stated in policy 710.030 must demonstrate competency at an appropriate academic level and maturity, which will allow the student the ability to participate and benefit from an adult learning environment.
  2. Individuals requesting an exception to the admission policy must complete and/or submit the following documents to the Enrollment Services office prior to the term starting for an exception:
    1. Clark College Admissions Application and payment of the admission fee.
    2. Qualifying placement scores from English Readiness Assessment (ERA) and/or ALEKS Math Placement. Additionally, the course instructor may require extra documentation for eligibility.
    3. Completed Request for Exception to the Admission Policy form.
  3. All documentation must be submitted prior to the term starting to the Enrollment Services office in order for the individual to be cleared for registration.
  4. Students admitted to Clark College by means of this process are subject to the same college policies, rules and regulations as other regularly admitted students.  Students must maintain a minimum term and cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in order to remain eligible for the exception to Admissions.
  5. The student may not change his/her schedule without prior advisor approval.
  6. This exception is granted on a term-by-term basis.  A student who wishes to continue taking classes must complete, prior to the term starting, the above step (2) d. each term that he/she plans to enroll at the college. 

 Policy for Underage Students Who Want to Take Math Classes


The Mathematics Division will only consider an exemption to the admission policy for students who have placed into college algebra (MATH 111), trigonometry (MATH 103), statistics (MATH 146, MATH 147), or calculus I (MATH 151). The student must have an interview with, and approval from, the department chair.  The student must also get approval from the instructor teaching the course that the student wishes to take. In cases where a student wishes to take a math class that is not a possible placement on the ALEKS test (i.e. calculus II, III, IV, linear algebra, or differential equations), the student will first meet with the Mathematics Division Prerequisite and Adjunct Evaluator, who will determine the qualifications of the student. 

Underage students may not take any pre-college mathematics courses, nor may they take mathematics for elementary education teachers (MATH 122, MATH 123, MATH 124), math in society (MATH 107), finite math (MATH 105), or business calculus (MATH 148).

 Steps to Enroll

  1. Pick up Underage Admissions (EXAD) form from Enrollment Services in Gaiser Hall.

  2. Apply to college, in person, with the paper Clark College Admissions Application form.

  3. Pay $25 application fee at the Cashier’s office in Gaiser Hall, or call 360-992-2177.

  4. Take the English Readiness Assessment (ERA) and ALEKS Math Placement Test, as needed.

  5. Request official transcripts for any college classes you may have taken.

  6. Go to Advising in Gaiser Hall for approval to enroll.

  7. See the Division Chair (or the Dean if the Division chair will not be available) for approval to enroll in a class. 

  8. Submit the following to Enrollment Services prior to the start of the term:
    • Admissions Application
    • EXAD form with the Advisor’s and the Division chair’s (or the Dean’s) signed approval

  9. Once all of the above is completed, you will be assigned an access date/time and be able to register in person at the Enrollment Services office.

Returning EXAD Students

  1. You must submit an EXAD form with advisor’s and Dean/Division Chair signature each quarter until you qualify for Running Start or turn 18 years of age or graduate.

  2. Once your approved EXAD request is received, you will be assigned an access date/time, and be able to register in person at the Enrollment Services office.


Admissions Policy

To be eligible to receive Title IV funds, the regulations require that institutions admit as regular students only persons who have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in the state in which the school is located, or are dually enrolled in the college and a secondary school. Students who are beyond the age of compulsory attendance within that state and has completed one of the ability-to-benefit (ATB) alternatives and is either currently enrolled in an eligible career pathway program or first enrolled in an eligible postsecondary program prior to July 1, 2012 may use ATB If your policy allows.