Students who are currently enrolled in High School and want to take classes at Mat-Su College may attend through special permission.
Secondary School Student Handbook
- Review the Secondary School Student Handbook.
- Plan to attend a Secondary School Student Session. Call Student Services at 907-745-9762 for scheduling information and to schedule an appointment with an Academic Counselor.
- Students can expedite the process by bringing in a high school transcript and taking MSC’s Accuplacer before the session.
- Review our semester course schedule to learn about course offerings and general procedures.
- Obtain your high school transcript.
Secondary School Student Enrollment Policy
The following policy applies to all applicants who are in the ninth, 10th, 11th or 12th grades and have not already earned their high school diplomas or GEDs.
Secondary School Student Admission and Registration Procedures
Secondary school applicants may be admitted on a semester‐by‐semester basis to non‐degree‐seeking status and may attend college courses by special permission. Applications for admission to MSC are available online and in Student Services. To complete the application process, secondary students must follow the registration guidelines listed below.
- Apply for admission as a secondary student at www.uaonline.alaska.edu
- Take Mat-Su College’s Accuplacer test. Course placement will be made based on MSC cut scores and the specific tests recommended by MSC faculty. Placement testing is required for all class enrollments.
- Attend a Secondary Student Orientation before enrolling in classes for the first time. Orientations are held each semester. Dates and times are posted on the website http://www.matsu.alaska.edu. Bring your test scores and high school transcript with you.
- Meet with a designated academic counselor to discuss possible course selection and registration procedures. A signature from the counselor is required before enrolling. Counselor will consider placement scores, high school record, and evidence of maturity. Make sure to bring in a copy of your high school transcript. Complete the Secondary School Student Signature form. This needs to be signed by the student and parent/guardian.
- Obtain signed approvals on the Secondary School Student Signature Form from the local area school district designees. The designees will assess the student’s social and academic maturity and readiness for success and safety in the courses requested. If the student is homeschooled, the home‐school organization director will serve as the local area school district designee.
- Obtain signed approval of the course instructor. Faculty signatures only indicate permission to register and attend; this is not a guarantee of admittance into a closed (full) course.
- Complete a Proxy for Registration Form if someone other than the student is processing the request. This needs to be signed by the student and parent/guardian. The form may be found online.
- Complete a registration form.
- Submit the forms named above to Student Services for review and final approval.
- Upon approval, register on a space available basis, as priority is given to degree‐seeking students.
Enrollment policies for qualified secondary school students are as follows:
- Enrollment may not exceed seven credits per semester;
- A student must have a minimal placement into PRPE A108 to enroll in any class with the exception of math classes. Math classes require a placement score for Math A105 or above. A student must meet the minimum math requirement in any class for which math is a prerequisite.
- Courses must be at the 100 or 200 level and may not include preparatory or remedial courses. (CHEM A055, MATH A054, MATH, A055, PRPE A076, PRPE 080, PRPE A086, PRPE A107, PRPE A108, ENGL A109 are considered remedial and are not available to secondary school students). Prerequisites for any courses requested must be met.
- The MSC English/Communication Department additionally restricts secondary school students from any English course below ENGL A111 and only allows juniors and seniors with appropriate placement scores to enroll. Placement testing for English and Communications courses must include a writing sample and be approved by an English faculty member. Registration approval will not be granted prior to the first day of class to allow priority to degree-seeking students.
- Student must pay all tuition, course, and student fees. Any student not paying by the payment deadline will be assessed a late fee.
- Adhere to UAA/MSC policies and procedures found in this Catalog and the UAA Fact Finder/Student Handbook.
- Attain a grade of at least C (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) from each UAA/MSC course to receive permission to register for future semesters.
- UAA allows community campuses to establish other program requirements for secondary school students; hence, enrollment requirements may differ from campus to campus.
Student and Parent/Guardian Agreement
The registration process requires all secondary school student applicants and their parents/guardians to complete a Secondary School Student Signature form. Signing the form signifies an understanding of as well as an agreement with all of the following:
- University work is much more rigorous and much less guided than secondary education coursework.
- The courses taken will establish an official transcript that will follow the student throughout the student’s college and/or university career.
- Adult themes and diverse perspectives are essential to university materials and discourse.
- A secondary school student who registers in university courses is responsible for maintaining at least a C (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) cumulative high school grade point average in order to register for college-level credit.
- The university will not act in a parental or supervisory role. Any MSC-approved secondary school student under the age of 13 must be accompanied at all times and directly supervised by a parent or legal guardian while on a UAA campus.
- A parent or guardian may not attend a course in which their secondary school student is registered unless and until the parent or guardian is also officially registered for the course.
- Failure by the parent or legal guardian to directly supervise the student who is a child will result in the university administratively withdrawing the minor student from the class using the published withdrawal guidelines and refund schedules.
- A secondary school student who registers in university courses is fully responsible for complying with all policies and procedures of the university. This includes being aware of and adhering to the university Student Code of Conduct and any registration- or payment-related deadlines.
- A permanent university disciplinary record is established for all students who are found in violation of the Code of Conduct.
Academic Standards & Regulations
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and University policy prevent the university from giving out any information about a minor student to parents or guardians without the written consent of the student.
The university reserves the right to deny or discontinue the enrollment of a student in a course or courses if the university determines that the student lacks the maturity, the legal or intellectual ability, or the academic preparedness to participate on an equal footing with other students, or if it is otherwise not in the legitimate interest of the university for the student to participate. Factors that may be considered in such a determination include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Whether the parents (including guardians) of the student support the student’s enrollment in the course;
- Whether, in the judgment of the faculty member, the student
a. possesses the intellectual and academic resources to participate meaningfully on an equal footing with other students,
b. has the emotional maturity to absorb and appreciate the significance of material covered in the course,
c. has the potential to behave appropriately so as to not disrupt the class or distract the faculty member or other students in the course,
d. is independent and will not require undue care, attention, or monitoring by the faculty member, and
e. possesses the physical ability to perform physical functions in the course without undue risk;
- Whether the course involves high-risk activities for which the university requires a release of claims of all students, in light of the fact that such a release is not enforceable as to a student under the age of 18; and
- Whether the student can lawfully participate in the course.
Exceptions to the above admission and registration procedures may be made for special academic programs at the department, school, college, or campus level. Contact Student Services for information regarding the availability of these special programs.
Certificate and Degree Programs
Secondary school students are not eligible for admission to certificate or degree programs until they earn a high school diploma or GED or otherwise meet university admission requirements for degree-seeking students. (See the Admissions section of the current MSC Catalog for more information.)