Underage Enrollment

Students younger than 17 years old and who are not participating in Concurrent Enrollment programs at a Colorado public high school may be considered for underage admission by completing a “Request for Waiver of Admissions Requires for Underage Students”.

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    Attend classes on the Red Rocks college campus in Lakewood or Arvada. Classroom sizes average 15-30 students.
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Are you currently attending a Colorado Public High School and planning to take classes in the fall or spring? 

If you are a concurrent enrollment high school student, please contact the Concurrent Enrollment staff at (303) 914-6350 or click here to visit the Concurrent Enrollment website.

Students under the age of 17 years old who wish to waive the Colorado Community College and Occupational Education System State Board Policy must complete the following steps:



SUMMER 2024 SEMESTER: MAY 17, 2024


New Students:

 btn 1Complete the free online RRCC and COF applications

Being issued a student ID number does not guarantee underage enrollment acceptance.

btn 1 Complete Online orientation

  • Complete online orientation by logging into The Rock student portal.
  • Sign in with your RRCC Student ID number and password. *Your temporary password the first time logging into The Rock will be StudentMMDDYYYY (the word student, followed by your date of birth).
  • Once signed in, click on the "Student Link and then on the "Orientation" link.

btn 1Fill out the Waiver of Admissions Requirements form and gather supporting documentation

Click here to complete and submit the Waiver of Admissions Requirements online form

The following required materials should be submitted with the Waiver packet:

  • Official transcripts of all education completed
  • RRCC academic placement test or equivalent scores (SAT OR ACT scores)
  • Completion of foreign language placement test (required for students requesting enrollment an advanced-level foreign language course)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (see Waiver form for details)
  • Official copies of additional standardized test results
  • Portfolio of relevant educational accomplishments

Waiver Packets will be evaluated for completion and forwarded with a recommendation to the Academic Standards Committee for review.

All applications for a waiver must be submitted for review at least 2 weeks before the first day of the semester. Late Waiver applications cannot be guaranteed for review prior to the semester start date.

 btn 4Take the academic placement test and college

  • Academic placement testing is offered on the RRCC Lakewood Campus by appointment or virtually on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students are not required to complete all sections of the test during the same visit.
  • A photo ID (Driver’s license, state ID or student ID’s accepted) is required to test—no exceptions
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  • Request Accuplacer testing by emailing: assessment.center@rrcc.edu 

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After a final decision has been reached, the student will be contacted by phone or email of acceptance or denial.

If acceptance is established, students will be notified and registered for the courses by the Admissions Office.

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Returning Students:

Meet with an Academic Advisor:

Schedule an advising appointment with an Academic Advisor to check-in and select courses for enrollment. Advising is open Monday-Thursday 9:00-6:00 and Friday 9:00-5:00.

Submit your written request to register: 

Submit your written request to register to: Admissions@rrcc.edu

Be sure to: 

  • Submit your request through your college issued email account.
  • Include your RRCC student ID number.
  • Mention that you are a returning Underage Student.
  • Submit a new Student Financial Responsibility Agreement.


Participation in enrollment to RRCC begins a student’s college experience and a permanent college transcript. In contrast to the AP program (where college credit is granted upon successful completion of a national examination and no record is kept on the student’s college transcript if the exam is not passed), registration for enrollment constitutes a commitment to enter the final course grade on the student’s Permanent college record, regardless of the results. Furthermore, credit is earned by performance and participation throughout the course, rather than by an exit examination alone.

Contact Information:

Admissions Office


(303) 914-6348

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00 PM