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Community Colleges of Spokane is a dynamic, 12,300-square-mile state community college district that includes Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College and six rural education sites, serving residents in Pend Oreille, Stevens, Whitman, Ferry and parts of Lincoln counties. CCS offers high-quality academic transfer, career-technical and eLearning degrees and certificate programs; business and community training; and adult literacy programs throughout northeastern Washington.

Why Colleges of the Spokane

Academic standards policy

Community Colleges of Spokane's Academic Standards Policy is intended to support a successful learning experience for all students. Students enrolled in degree or certificate programs are supported to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress towards the award of their respective certificates.

Sensitivity to students’ uniqueness & diversity

Community Colleges of Spokane recognizes the unique and diverse backgrounds and needs of students, and while all students are held to the same level of academic excellence, students with special circumstances may petition for special consideration. However, students enrolled in special programs are also required to follow the requirements specified by their funding agency. In addition, students receiving federal and/or state financial aid must follow the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policies.

Low-cost essential and lifestyle services

These range from pedicures and haircuts by student cosmetologists to great meals at Spokane Community College’s student-managed restaurant Orlando’s -- are open to the public.We also offer dozens of arts and entertainment programs and information lectures and special events throughout the year. We even have offerings for the younger set -- programs like Spokane County Head Start/Early Head Start/ECEAP, sports camps and neighborhood parent cooperative preschools.

Perfect Ambience

If you are you looking for an American college with multiple degree choices, small classes, friendly instructors and staff -- in a city that's hard to beat in size and lifestyle - Community Colleges of Spokane can offer you the perfect choice.

Admission Requirements

Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College have an "open door" admission policy that admits any graduate of a secondary school or any individual who holds a certificate of educational competence. For information regarding international student admission, turn to the "Global Education" section of this catalog.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements, but who are at least 18 years of age, may be granted provisional admission by the college vice president or his/her designee. Admission in such cases is based on an applicant’s level of general education as defined by placement test scores that meet the Federal Financial Aid “ability to benefit” option. Students admitted under ability to benefit exception are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Admission is granted on a "first-come, first-served" basis for as many students as the various programs can accommodate. Some programs may require satisfactory completion of certain prerequisites prior to admission or have special selection procedures; so admission to the college does not guarantee acceptance in every program. Please refer to specific programs of study for further information and be aware that waiting lists do occur for programs in high demand.

It is important to begin the application process well in advance of the quarter for which admission is desired to allow time for application processing. Each college has slightly different admission procedures and registration schedules.

Applicants between 16 and 18 may be admitted to a college if they are deemed able to benefit from the college's curricular offerings. Enrollment is limited to college-level courses numbered 100 or above. (This limitation does not apply to high school graduates or GED certificate holders.) In order to determine a student's readiness for college-level courses, the student will be required to take a placement test which is administered at the colleges. Generally, a student must place at the college level in both reading and writing in order to be eligible for courses other than mathematics. To take mathematics courses, the student must place at the college level in mathematics. Admission may be to individual courses or to a program as determined by admissions officials.

This policy is intended to expand opportunities for younger, qualified students who may not be enrolled in Running Start or other local student enrollment option programs. For currently enrolled high school applicants, a release form for attendance at CCS that identifies approved credit classes as in signed by the student's high school principal must be submitted quarterly. The intent of this policy is not to replace or duplicate the functions of local public schools.

Does the school help with accommodation?

Nearly all the institutions are multi-campus and as such most students are accommodated on campuses. However, some of them encourage and facilitate off campus residency especially among people in the community in order foster integration with the community.

To apply for admission, the following should be on file in the Admissions Office of the college a student plans to attend:

  • State of Washington Community College Application for Admission Form (obtained from a high school counselor, Admissions Office, or the college web site) or official CCS Application for Admission form,
  • Official transcripts from other colleges are not required for admission, but may prove beneficial for purposes of general advising, verifying successful completion of intermediate-level algebra and English composition, and verifying courses that may fulfill prerequisites for other courses and/or programs at the college to which a student applies. Official transcripts can be submitted if the student wishes a review and evaluation for transferable credit toward degree completion and graduation purposes. Students are strongly encouraged to submit official transcripts from all colleges with their applications.
  • Running Start students applying to SFCC are required to submit high school transcripts.
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