The college does not desire to replace or duplicate the functions of the local public schools; however, persons may request special admission on a course-by-course, space-available basis.

Underage students who wish to register for a course at South Seattle Community College must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be under 18 years or age and at least 16 years of age by the start of the quarter.
  • Not enrolled in Running Start or a successor program
  • Not completed high school or earned a GED
  • Must demonstrate competency at an appropriate academic, artistic, and/or technical talent level.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to participate in an adult learning environment.

Qualified underage students must complete the following steps before meeting with the Director of Advising and Running Start:

  • Complete a South Seattle Community College admissions application.
  • Complete the underage petition form, obtaining all required signatures. Form must be completed quarterly.
  • Take the COMPASS test for English and math.
  • Obtain an official transcript from your high school.
  • Meet with the Director of Advising and Running Start.


  • Students who are earning a diploma at their high school must have their high school counselor complete Part II of the underage petition form.
  • Underage students will be admitted on a quarter-by-quarter basis. Students are expected to maintain a 2.0 GPA at SSCC in order to continue attending the college as an underage student. Approval is indicated by the Associate Dean’s signature on the underage petition form.
  • In some cases, it may be necessary for the underage student to meet with the course instructor to determine if admission is appropriate.
  • The petition form must be completed and submitted each quarter the student attends.

South Seattle Community College:

  • Is an institution of higher learning, and as such, is an adult environment.
  • Makes no special allowances or accommodations to students because of their age.
  • Does not grant parental access to a student’s educational records without the written consent of the student.
  • Holds all students accountable to the same high academic and disciplinary standards.
  • Reserves the right to request additional information and/or deny any underage petition. The terms and conditions of this petition are in compliance with Policy 305.


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