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Admissions Policy

Applicants 18 years of age or older who can benefit from the instructional programs offered are eligible for admission to Columbia Gorge Community College.

If you are 16 or 17 years of age and have not graduated from high school, you may take an evening or summer class by meeting prerequisite skills or requirements.  You may enroll for other courses if the courses are part of a cooperative program between your high school and the College, or if your high school issues a release form allowing you to be admitted to Columbia Gorge Community College.

Every student in Columbia Gorge Community College will be accorded equal educational opportunites regardless of race, color, age, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, veterans' status or sexual orientation.  In addition, CGCC conforms to the regulations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1984.

CGCC delivers college credit instruction, certificates and degrees through its contract with Portland Community College (PCC).  PCC is accredited through The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).  Credits, certificates and degrees earned at CGCC appear on PCC transcripts and are transferable to four year institutions, subject to the specific policies of those institutions.

Basic Skills Assessment

To get the most out of your classes, take the College placement test - COMPASS.  This assessment will suggest what courses are right for you. It is recommended for all students, but is required for students who are taking 6 or more credits, who intend to enroll in a math or writing course, or other college credit course requiring specific levels of math, reading, or writing competency. There is no charge. Call 541-506-6011 or 541-308-8211 to schedule a time for the assessment.

Financial Aid

We can help you start your search for financial aid, and help you through the paperwork required for federal assistance.

For students beginning college in winter term 2010, the 2010-11 FAFSA application should be done as soon as possible online at www.fafsa.gov.  The 2010-11 FAFSA is for the school year beginning September 2010 and ending August 2011. The application process takes an average of 10-12 weeks.  The online method speeds up the process by 7 to 14 days.  The earlier you file, the more benefits may be available to you.  Most scholarships require a FAFSA application be on file at the college prior to the scholarship application deadline.  The 2011-12 FAFSA application will available January 1, 2010 for the new school year beginning September 2011.  Students who apply in January are eligible for more benefits.

Students can track their personal financial aid progress via the CGCC web site.  Computer access and assistance with online filing is available in both The Dalles and Hood River.  Students can also schedule an appointment to discuss their financial aid progress by calling the Financial Aid Office at 541-506-6021 or the Hood River office at 541-308-8211 or by emailing sviemeister@cgcc.cc.or.us.


Each term the Columbia Gorge Community College Foundation offers tuition scholarships towards the cost of our credit classes.  Anyone who is not funded by an agency may apply.  NOTE: All scholarship applicants must have already filed a FAFSA to be eligible for a scholarship.


An advisor will help you with information about programs, classes and transferring credits, as well as career information.  An advisor’s approval is required prior to registering for credit courses. Call 541-506-6011 or 541-308-8211 to schedule an appointment.

New Student Orientation

Orientation is an opportunity for you to learn everything you should know about attending CGCC.  Orientation also provides an excellent chance for you to meet other students new to the college. Call 541-506-6011 or 541-308-8211 for more information.


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