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Pima County Community College District Regulation

Regulation Title:  Admissions and Registration
Regulation Number:  RG-3501/A
Effective Date:   6/15/99
Approval Date:   6/15/99
Review Date(s):  4/17/01, 5/27/09
Revision Date(s):  4/17/01, 5/21/09
Schedule for Review and Update:   Annually
Unit Responsible for Review and Update:  Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services
Sponsoring Unit/Department:    Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services
Board Policy Title & No.:    Admissions and Registration, BP-3501
Legal Reference:   Arizona Revised Statute (ARS) 15-1801 through 15-1821.01
Cross Reference:   Transfer Students and Credit, BP-3111; Equal Educational Opportunity, BP-3112; Limited Enrollment (Selective Admissions), BP-3506; General Education, BP-3117; and Dual Enrollment Guidelines


Pima County Community College District will admit all students who may benefit from its diverse learning opportunities. It is understood, however, that a number of considerations, including student preparedness, fiscal restraints, facilities limitations, certain curriculum demands, and the requirements of external agencies, make some control of admissions necessary. This regulation provides guidelines that will be applied uniformly to determine the eligibility of applicants to the College in accordance with Board Policy, and ensures that admission and registration requirements comply with federal and state laws and local ordinances and are appropriately identified for all students.  The regulation also includes guidelines for student residency, international students, and registration of underage students.

The Office of the Chancellor delegates authority to the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services to ensure access to all eligible applicants, to establish and enforce uniform criteria for determining the eligibility of applicants, to ensure that prospective students are sufficiently informed of admission requirements, and to develop standard practice guides in support of this regulation.  The implementation of this regulation and related SPGs will be the responsibility of the Office of the Registrar and where noted will be a shared responsibility with the Campus President or Vice President of Student Development.

I.       Eligibility for Admission

Pima Community College will admit students if they fall within one of the categories pursuant to ARS 15-1805.01 and ARS 15-1821 provided that the established College criteria, guidelines and procedures have been met.

II.      Student Residency Requirements

In determining a student's eligibility for in-state tuition, Pima Community College must follow ARS 15-1801 through 15-1808 related to the classification of students for tuition purposes.  The College has determined that "parent" is expanded to include "legal guardian" when referring to student status.

The Office of the Chancellor delegates authority to the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services to ensure compliance with Arizona laws governing the classification of students for tuition purposes.  Determination of student eligibility for in-state tuition is the responsibility of the Office of the Registrar.

Each student application must have the one-year duration domicile requirement determined by the appropriate Admissions and Registration Office prior to the time of registration and payment of fees for any semester or session.

III.    International Student Admissions

International students are welcome at Pima Community College. Their presence adds to the multi-cultural diversity that characterizes the College.

However, all international students are required to comply with appropriate immigration standards and regulations and to meet College requirements for international student admission. Any international student also enrolled at another postsecondary institution must pay the full out-of-state/out-of-country tuition.

The Office of the Chancellor delegates authority to the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services to ensure compliance with all applicable immigration standards and regulations, to establish and enforce College regulations for international student admission, and to develop standard practice guides in support of this regulation.

International students seeking admission to Pima Community College, in addition to complying with immigration standards and regulations, must meet College admission requirements as outlined in Section IV of the Standard Practice Guide 3501 (International Student Admissions Process).

IV. Admission of Underage Students

The primary purpose of Pima County Community College District is to provide educational opportunities for adults in Pima County. In doing so, the College complies with all appropriate state and local ordinances. The College also recognizes that some individuals below the age of 16 may benefit from some college coursework; therefore, guidelines and procedures must be in place to assure appropriate and equitable access for these potential students.

The Office of the Chancellor delegates authority to the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Services to enforce compliance with this regulation and, as necessary, to develop and enforce compliance with standard practice guides in support of this regulation.

The implementation of this regulation and related SPGs will be the responsibility of the Campus President or Vice President of Student Development. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for providing the official interpretation of the policy and procedural language as well as monitoring and evaluating the implementation of this regulation and related standard practice guides.

No student under the age of 18 will be denied admission to the College because of age, lack of high school diploma or high school certificate of equivalency, grade in school, lack of permission of school officials, or lack of dual enrollment in a public or private school, provided the student has achieved at least a specified score on a college entrance examination.  Homeschooled students are exempt from this requirement.  Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to a specific degree program or to all courses offered by the College.

The Campus Vice President of Student Development is responsible for the consistent and uniform implementation of this regulation and related SPGs.  The Vice President of Student Development or designee is responsible for meeting with the underage students and parents or legal guardians to explain College-wide policies, code of conduct, and procedures of special admission of underage students.