Cuesta College admits students who meet the following requirements and who are capable of benefiting from the instruction offered:

  • Any person over the age of 18, or a person under the age of 18 possessing a high school diploma or its equivalent.

  • Other persons who are over the age of 18 years, who have not received a high school diploma or equivalent, and who, in the judgment of the Superintendent/President, or designee, are capable of benefiting from the instruction offered.

    • Such persons shall be admitted as provisional students, and thereafter shall be required to comply with the District's rules and regulations regarding scholastic achievement and other standards to be met by provisional or probationary students as a condition to being readmitted in any succeeding semester.

  • Persons who are apprentices as defined in Section 3077 of the Labor Code.

Contact Admissions
phone: 805.546.3140
email: admit@cuesta.edu

 


 

Admission Exception for Special Part-Time (Enrichment Students):
Pupils under the age of 18 who are currently enrolled in grades 9-12, who met all admission, course, and enrollment requirements are eligible to attend Cuesta College during any semester, or summer session, on a space-available basis as a special part-time student for advanced scholastic or vocational courses.

Admission and Enrollment Restrictions for special part-time students:

  • Admissions and enrollment in courses of special part-time students may be restricted by age;

  • Admissions and enrollment in courses of special part-time students may be restricted by grade level;

  • Admissions & enrollment in courses by special part-time students may be restricted by demonstrated eligibility for instruction using assessment methods and procedures established to Chapter 2 of part 48 and regulations adopted by the board of Governor's of the California Community Colleges.

An exception to the college admission policy may be made for a pupil currently enrolled in grades 6-8 who has been certified as "highly gifted" by their school district. A "highly gifted" pupil is defined by Title 5, section 52201(b) as follows:

"Highly gifted pupil" means a gifted and talented pupil who has achieved a measured intelligence quotient of 150 or more on an assessment of intelligence administered by qualified personnel or has demonstrated extraordinary aptitude and achievement in language arts, mathematics, science, or other academic subjects, as evaluated and confirmed by both the pupil's teacher and principal. Highly gifted pupils shall generally constitute not more than 1 percent of the K-12 pupil population.

Students in grades 6-8 who are certified as "highly gifted" by their school district may request to attend Cuesta College concurrently through a Grade 6-8 Enrichment Challenge Form. Contact Kristin Pimentel, Director of Admissions & Records at (805) 546-3182 or kpimente@cuesta.edu for more information.