Underage Student Admission

Cascadia College does not wish to duplicate or replace the functions of local high schools. However, high school students may request special admission to take specific courses at the college on a quarterly basis. Underage students (9th -12th grade level status) who are not Running Start students may enroll under exceptional circumstances. Students seeking enrollment as an underage student on a long term basis should explore admissions through our Running Start Program.

NOTE: If you are a Running Start Student trying to enroll for summer class, contact the Running Start Office and notify that you are enrolled as a Running Start student who would like to enroll for the summer. You do not have to complete Underage Admissions. The summer tuition is on your own and due by the tuition deadline June 3rd. If you register after the tuition deadline, tuition is due within one business day of registration.

Underage Admissions Deadline:

All steps must be completed by deadline date. For best completion of steps, submit completed paperwork and schedule appointment with Deans in advance. Please keep in mind that same day appointments with Deans may not be available.

Summer Quarter 2020
June 18th, 2020 by 12pm

Fall Quarter 2020
September 4th, 2020 by 12pm

Winter Quarter 2021
December 11th, 2020 by 12pm

Spring Quarter 2021
March 5th, 2021 by 12pm

Follow all the steps below to apply for underage student admission:

To qualify for an exception to Cascadia’s general admission requirements as an underage student, the following steps must be completed:

1. Apply for admission to Cascadia

Complete Cascadia’s application for admission. Classes fill quickly, and we cannot guarantee admission to a particular class. For the best chance of getting into the class you want, apply before the priority underage student application deadline. After we receive your application, we will send you a student ID number via email.

How to do it:

  • Online at the Washington State Colleges Web Admissions Center


2. Determine Placement.

Students must demonstrate academic preparedness for college-level work by placing into English 101 College Composition by Accuplacer Placement or the Smarter Balanced Assessment (from at least sophmore year of high school).

  • If you are taking the Accuplacer Placement, visit our placement page and click on Accuplacer Placement for information on taking the placement and current placement schedule.
  • The Accuplacer Placement results must show 257 or higher in both Reading and Sentence Skills. Writing samples is not an eligible placement for the Underage Admissions program. Underage students whose scores are under 257 with a referral to do the writing sample would need to retest after 14 days. There is a $17 fee for each Accuplacer Placement taken.
  • We will also accept qualifying scores from Accuplacer from another community college. 
  • Take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC)
    • You must place in either Level 3 or Level 4 for ENGL&101 placement. The score must be from the test taken during the sophomore year of high school.

3. Get an underage student admission packet.

Read through the packet and submit the following completed paperwork:

  • School District Enrollment Release Form
  • Parent/Student Release Form
  • Most recent high school transcript
  • A written statement from the school principal or counselor from the school district documenting why enrollment in the specific college course is necessary.
  • Copy of qualifying scores showing placement into English 101/College Composition

Download and print the Underage Admission Packet.

The School District Enrollment Release Form should be submitted before or during your meeting with the Deans. The form is not required for registration in subsequent quarters.

4. Schedule an appointment with the Deans for Student Learning & Student Success to review underage admissions packet and determine readiness for college courses. 

  • To schedule an appointment:
  • When scheduling appointment, we will need:
    • Course you are interested in enrolling
    • Qualifying placements
    • If possible, send your paperwork in advance via email: vashe@cascadia.edu

5. Meet with the Dean for Student Learning and Dean for Student Success. 

If you have not submitted your paperwork in advance, you will need to bring your completed paperwork from the Underage Admissions Packet that should include: 

  • School District Enrollment Release Form
  • Parent/Student Release Form
  • Most recent high school transcript
  • A written statement from the school principal or counselor from the school district documenting why enrollment in the specific college course is necessary
  • A copy of qualifying scores showing placement into English101/College Composition

If approved for Underage Admissions, you will be given instructions for registration.

6. If approved for Underage Admissions, sign up and attend CORE (Cascadia's Orientation and Registration Experience).  At the CORE session, you will:

  • Receive an introduction to Cascadia's programs, services, and degree option
  • Learn about resources available for students' academic and personal success
  • Get help from an academic advisor interpreting your placement test scores and choosing courses that promote your academic success
  • Learn how to search, select, register, add, drop, or withdraw from classes for the upcoming quarter
  • Register for classes for the upcoming quarter

7. Pay tuition and fees by the tuition deadline

See Waivers for information on reduced tuition.

Students will be expected to adhere to Cascadia’s Academic Standards and Progress.

Students who plan to apply credits earned at Cascadia towards completion of a high school diploma from their current high school are responsible for consulting their high school counselor to ensure that the college classes meet high school graduation requirements. College officials are not responsible for advising students as to whether or not a college class will meet high school graduation requirements.

8. Get your computer and email account information.

  • Visit the Student Accounts page for information about setting up your network and email account.

9. Buy your books.

10. Attend Classes.

Check the Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines.