ADMISSIONS AND RECORDS
Mon - Thu: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Fri: 8:30am - 12:00pm
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ACADEMIC CALENDAR ( includes VERY IMPORTANT ADDS & DROPS DEADLINES):
CALENDAR at www.piercecollege.edu/schedules
1. What are the admissions requirements?
NEW STUDENT INFORMATION: www.piercecollege.edu/offices/nsp/index.asp
You have graduated from high school, have successfully passed the California High School Proficiency Examination, or have received a Certificate of Completion.
You are over 18 years of age, no longer attending high school, and are capable of profiting from the instruction offered.
You are under 18 years of age and not a high school student, with permission to register as a full-time student. You are required to go through special admission processing. It is imperative that these students submit applications as soon as possible. The last day to submit this type of application is two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.
For more information: www.piercecollege.edu/admissions
2. What is residency and who is a resident student?
The laws of California provide that every student at a community college must be classified as either a resident or nonresident for tuition/fee purposes. Students have the ultimate burden of proving their residence classification.
To be considered a resident for tuition/fee purposes at Pierce College, the student must show physical presence in California for one year and one day prior to the start of the semester coupled with the intent to make California a permanent home. Minor students (18 and under) take the residence of their parents (or LEGAL guardian).
If you are coded a non-resident (after applying for admission) and you feel that you meet the requirements to be a resident, you are REQUIRED to complete the SUPPLEMENTAL RESIDENCY QUESTIONNAIRE (SRQ).
Please note that issues involving residency determination cannot be handled over the telephone or by email. Students seeking to change/adjust their residency status must download, print, READ carefully, complete and submit the SRQ first. The SRQ must be submitted in person by the student WITH supporting documentation at the Admissions & Records Office.
To download the Supplemental Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) CLICK HERE.
3. When does school start?
For specific dates and deadlines see: Academic Calendar
Terms and Dates are available here:
4. When should I apply?
Terms and Dates are available here:
5. Are transcripts from other colleges or high schools required?
No. However, if a Pierce College course that you wish to take has a prerequisite and you completed the required prerequisite at a college outside the Los Angeles Community College District, you will need to present your official transcript at the COUNSELING CENTER (located in the Student Services Building). The Admission & Records Office does not clear prerequisites. Prerequisities descriptions are found in individual course descriptions in the Schedule of Classes and in the Pierce College General Catalog. Coursework completed in high school cannot be used to fulfill prerequisites. Please note that transcripts presented at the Counseling Center cannot be used to fulfill Pierce College degree/certificate requirements, CSU Certification or IGETC Certification.
If you completed coursework at a school outside the Los Angeles Community College District and wish to use the coursework to fulfill Pierce College degree/certificate requirements, CSU Certification or IGETC Certification, sealed official transcripts must be MAILED BY THE COLLEGE directly to the Pierce College Graduation Office. The Graduation Office and the Admissions & Records Office will not accept transcripts mailed or submitted in person by the student.
6. Any Admissions form may be submitted by someone other than the student as long as all of the following documents are presented:
1) Forms filled out and signed by the student
2) A signed note from the student stating both the name of the person submitting the form and the permission to do so
3) A photo ID of the person submitting the form
4) A copy of the photo ID of the student
For information & updates: www.piercecollege.edu/admissions