Clark College admits anyone who is:
- at least 18 years of age Winter, Spring & Fall term
- at least 16 years of age Summer term
- a graduate of an accredited high school or the equivalent
- a participant in Running Start, or
- a participant in other approved programs designed for age-specific groups
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. Please
visit the Running Start Program for more information.
Policies and Procedures for Underage Admissions
Request for Exception to the Admission Policy (Underage)
Underage Admission Criteria & Operational Procedures
- 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.
- 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:
- Clark College Admissions Application.
- Qualifying placement scores from English Assessment, Accuplacer and/or ALEKS Math Placement. Additionally, the course instructor may require extra documentation for eligibility. Placement information is located on the Assessment & Placement page.
- Completed Request for Exception to the Admission Policy form.
- 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.
- 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.
- The student may not change his/her schedule without prior advisor approval.
- 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
- Apply online at our Admissions webpage.
- Fill out the Request for Exception to the Admissions Policy form (Underage). The form and addtional information for Underage Admissions (EXAD)
are found here on the Underage Admission webpage.
- Take the English Assessment and ALEKS Math Assessment, as needed. Visit our Assessment & Placement webpage for more information.
- Submit college transcripts. Send official transcripts from other colleges to email@example.com.
- Schedule an Appointment with Advising services to meet with an advisor and for approval to enroll. Make sure to identify that you
are an underage student when scheduling the appointment.
- Email the Division Chair (or the Dean if the Division chair will not be available)
for approval to enroll in a class. You may find contact information at the Faculty and Staff Directory webpage.
- Submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org the following to Enrollment Services prior to the start of the term:
- Email Subject Line: EXAD Forms
- Confirm that your Admissions Application is submitted - include your student number if you have received it.
- EXAD form with the Advisor’s and the Division chair’s (or the Dean’s) signed approval
- Completed Registation Form
- Once all of the above is completed, you will be assigned an access date/time and be able to register with the Enrollment Services office. You will be able to register via email at email@example.com or at the Welcome Center and Enrollment Services virtual Zoom Room.
Returning EXAD Students
- You must submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org the Registration Form and an EXAD form with advisor’s and Dean/Division Chair signature
each term until you qualify for Running Start Program or turn 18 years of age or graduate
from high school.
- Once your approved EXAD request is received, you will be assigned an access date/time, and be able to register with the Enrollment Services office. You will be able to register via email at email@example.com or at the Welcome Center and Enrollment Services virtual Zoom Room.
Exception to the Admission Policy for Underage Students
- Campus Environment Statement
- Exception to the Admission Policy (Underage)
- Request for Exception to the Admission Policy (Underage)
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.