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. 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

  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 first day of the term in order to be considered for an exception:
    1. Clark College Application for Admission and New Student Orientation.
    2. Complete English and math placement and submit * high school transcripts (or the equivalent). *Recommended
    3. Completed Request for Exception to the Admission Policy form.
  3. 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 admission.
  4. The student may not change their schedule without prior advisor approval.
  5. This exception is granted on a term-by-term basis.  A student who wishes to continue taking classes must complete, prior to the first day of the term, the above step (2) c. each term that they plan to enroll at the college. 

 Steps to Enroll

  1. Apply online at our Admissions webpage and complete New Student Orientation.

  2. Fill out the Request for Exception to the Admissions Policy form (Underage). The form and additional information for Underage Admissions (EXAD) are found here on the Underage Admission webpage.

  3. Take the English Assessment and ALEKS Math Assessment, as needed. Visit our Assessment & Placement webpage for more information.

  4. Submit high school transcripts and official college transcripts from other colleges to enroll@clark.edu

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Submit via email to enroll@clark.edu 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 ctcLink student ID number if you have received it.
    • EXAD form with the Advisor’s and the Division chair’s (or the Dean’s) signed approval
    • Completed Registration Form

  8. 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 enroll@clark.edu or at the Welcome Center and Enrollment Services virtual Zoom Room.

Returning EXAD Students

  1. You must submit via email to enroll@clark.edu 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.

  2. 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 enroll@clark.edu or at the Welcome Center and Enrollment Services virtual Zoom Room.


Exception to the Admission Policy for Underage Students


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.