2019-20 Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2024  

Admissions and Registration

Admissions and Registration




Yavapai College invites qualified individuals who demonstrate evidence of potential success as adult learners in an institution of post-secondary higher education to seek admission.

In accordance with Arizona state law, Revised Statutes 15-1805.01 and 15-1821, Yavapai College may admit:

A. A person who satisfies any one of the following criteria:

1. Is a graduate of a high school that is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States office of education or approved by a state board of education or other appropriate state educational agency.

2. Has a high school certificate of equivalency.

3. Is at least eighteen years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college.

4. Is a student transferring from another regionally accredited college or university in good standing (2.0 cumulative GPA).

B. A person who is under 18 years of age and has not satisfied the requirements above may be admitted upon completion of course pre-requisites and achievement of one of the following:

1. A composite score of 93 or more on the preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).

2. A composite score of 930 or more on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

3. A composite score of 22 or more on the American College Test (ACT).

4. A passing score on the relevant portions of the current state test(s) required for Arizona standards measurement or graduation (AIMS or replacement).

5. The completion of a college placement test designated by the College district that indicates the student is at the appropriate college level for the course.

A person under 18 who wishes to enroll in a course for which there is no prerequisite nor applicable placement test may be admitted on an individual basis with the approval of college officials.

C. Homeschooled students are exempt from subsection B of this policy.

D. Students who enroll in vocational education courses may be admitted on an individual basis with the approval of college officials if the student meets the established requirements of the courses for which the student enrolls and the college officials determine that the student's admission is in the best interest of the student.


  • Yavapai College reserves the right to restrict enrollment.
  • Admission to Yavapai College does not guarantee admission to specific programs.
  • Specialized application materials may be required for certain programs, from non-citizens of the United States, from students appealing a residency classification, and in related circumstances.
  • Yavapai College may admit students according to intergovernmental agreement, contract, program participation, or College-approved instruction.


Residency Determination

Classification of state residency for tuition purposes at Yavapai College is governed by state law. The information below establishes the criteria for Arizona residency. Students who are classified as non-residents will be assessed out-of-state fees when registering for classes.

Definition of Terms

  1. "Armed Forces of the United States" means the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, the commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Service and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association.
  2. "Continuous attendance" means enrollment at an educational institution in this state as a full-time student, as such term is defined by the governing body of the educational institution, for a normal academic year since the beginning of the period for which continuous attendance is claimed. Such person need not attend summer sessions in order to maintain continuous attendance.
  3. "Domicile" means a person's true, fixed and permanent home and place of habitation. It is the place where he/she intends to remain and to which he/she expects to return when he/she leaves without intending to establish a new domicile elsewhere.
  4. "Emancipated person" means a person who is neither under a legal duty of service to his parent nor entitled to the support of such parent under the laws of this state.
  5. "Parent" means a person's father or mother, or custodial parent, or if there is no surviving parent or the whereabouts of the parents are unknown, then a guardian of an unemancipated person if there are not circumstances indicating that such guardianship was created primarily for the purpose of conferring the status of an in-state student on such unemancipated person.

In-State Student Status

  1. Except as otherwise provided in this article no person having a domicile elsewhere than in this state is eligible for classification as an in-state student for tuition purposes.
  2. A person is not entitled to classification as an in-state student until the person is domiciled in this state for one year, except that a person whose domicile is in this state is entitled to classification as an in-state student if the person meets one of the following requirements:
    1. The person's parent's domicile is in this state, and the parent is entitled to claim the person as an exemption for state and federal tax purposes.
    2. The person is an employee of an employer which transferred the person to this state for employment purposes or the person is the spouse of such employee.
    3. The person is an employee of a school district in this state and is under contract to teach on a full-time basis, or is employed as a full-time non-certified classroom aide, at a school within that school district. For purposes of this paragraph, the person is eligible for classification as an in-state student only for courses necessary to complete the requirements for certification by the state board of education to teach in a school district in this state. No member of the person's family is eligible for classification as an in-state student if the person is eligible for classification as an in-state student pursuant to this paragraph.
  3. The domicile of an unemancipated person is that of such person's parent.
  4. Any unemancipated person who remains in this state when such person's parent, who had been domiciled in this state, removes from this state is entitled to classification as an in-state student until attainment of the degree for which currently enrolled, so long as such person maintains continuous attendance.
  5. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders or who is the spouse or a dependent child as defined in section 43-1001 of a person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States and who is stationed in this state pursuant to military orders is entitled to classification as an in-state student. The student, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification.
  6. A person who is a member of the armed forces of the United States stationed in this state pursuant to military orders or the spouse or a dependent as defined in section 43-1001 of a member of the armed forces of the United States is entitled to classification as an in-state student if the member of the armed forces has claimed this state as the person's state of legal residence for at least twelve consecutive months before the member of the armed forces, spouse or dependent enrolls in a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents or a community college under the jurisdiction of a community college district governing board. For purposes of this subsection, the requirement that a person be domiciled in this state for one year before enrollment to qualify for in-state student classification does not apply.
  7. A person who is honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student on honorable discharge from the armed forces and, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification if the person has met all of the following requirements:
    1. Declared Arizona as the person's legal residence with the person's branch of service at least one year prior to discharge from the armed forces.
    2. Demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona which, for the purposes of this section, includes at least one of the following:
      1. An Arizona driver's license
      2. Arizona motor vehicle registration
      3. Employment history in Arizona
      4. Arizona voter registration
      5. Transfer of major banking services to Arizona
      6. Change of permanent address on all pertinent records
      7. Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status
    3. Filed an Arizona income tax return with the Department of Revenue during the previous tax year.

Please direct any questions regarding residency status to the Answer Center: 928.776.2149.

County Residency

Arizona residents from counties in which there is no established community college district (Apache and Greenlee) may enroll in credit classes with Yavapai College without payment of out-of-county charges, if the student presents a notarized Arizona Out-of-County Affidavit stating that the individual has resided in the county for at least 50 days prior to the 1st day of classes. The student still is responsible for payment of regular tuition and fees.


Western Undergraduate Exchange Program Reduced Tuition

Yavapai College participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE), a program of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Residents of eligible states (currently Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) that enroll in any of Yavapai College's WUE-eligible programs in seven (7) credit hours or more will pay a reduced out-of-state tuition. See www.yc.edu/tuition for current rates and exempt programs.

Time enrolled under WUE status does not count toward establishing Arizona residency for tuition purposes.

For additional information, contact the Answer Center at 928.776.2149.


International Students

To qualify for admission as an international student, one must:

  • be a high school graduate
  • demonstrate proficiency in the English language with a score of 525 or higher on the paper Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or a score of 193 on the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 70 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL
  • have U.S. health insurance coverage which includes repatriation and medical evacuation clauses (this can be purchased through Yavapai College)
  • certify that he/she has adequate financial resources to be self-supporting while attending Yavapai College
  • complete application forms and submit in paper form to Admissions, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ 86301. Visit www.yc.edu/is for application forms and additional information
  • Admitted international students are required to enroll for a full-time course load (minimum of 12 semester credits) each Fall and Spring, as well as meet with an academic advisor each semester


Incoming Transfer Students

Students who have attended prior colleges should indicate this on the admission application, and provide Yavapai College with an official transcript of all work completed. Transcripts will be evaluated to determine how much credit will be granted for transfer courses toward satisfying Yavapai College degree and certificate requirements.

Yavapai College only accepts credits from regionally accredited institutions on a credit-unit-for-credit-unit basis (adjusted for semester/quarter terms). Course equivalencies are established based on alignment of the course description and learning outcomes. Only courses 100-level or above with a grade of "C" or better will be considered for transfer credit. Yavapai College accepts only transfer credits, no grade point averages.

Auditing a Course

A student wishing exposure to a course may elect to audit. Regular attendance at all class meetings is the responsibility of the student, but writing assignments and examinations are not mandatory. A grade of "AU" will be awarded for satisfactory attendance. Courses audited carry no credit toward the grade point average, toward graduation, or toward meeting professional requirements. Audit units do not count toward determining the eligibility for financial aid purposes. Audits may be repeated for credit. Once a student registers for and completes a class as an auditor, the audit on the permanent record may not be changed to a credit-earning grade. Students enrolling for credit will have priority over auditors until the first class day of the course, at which time auditors may enroll on a space available basis. An additional fee is assessed to audited courses. Go to www.yc.edu/tuition for current fee.

Registering for Classes

The College regards a student's registration in classes as a commitment on his/her part to comply with all College regulations. It is the student's responsibility to read the catalog and understand these regulations.

Students register for classes via secure log in at www.yc.edu/register. Students who do not have approved financial aid must pay all fees at the time of registration. Detailed information regarding registering (dates, fees, course availability, etc.) is published online each semester.

Degree and certificate seeking students should meet with an academic advisor prior to each semester to review degree requirements, prerequisites, and course selection.

Students must maintain current address and other personal information in myYC portal each semester. It is important to keep a current address on file and it is required for students to monitor their College assigned email address in order to receive all official correspondence.

Yavapai College reserves the right to restrict enrollment in classes and/or programs when educational, contractual, legal, or safety obligations warrant such restrictions.

Changes in Registration (Add, Drop & Withdraw)

Add/Drop/Withdraw Procedures

Students may add, drop and withdraw from classes during designated periods each term via secure log in at www.yc.edu.

A student-initiated withdraw prior to the deadline will result in a "W" posted to the permanent record. An administrative withdrawal will be noted with a "Y."

For deadlines and effects of changes, see www.yc.edu/academiccalendar.

It is strongly recommended that students see an academic advisor prior to a complete withdrawal from the College.