Outer Coast closeup of student in woods

Outer Coast Year 2023-24

Post-Secondary Education in Sitka

Announcement Link
Associated Business

The Outer Coast Year is a transformative, community-based, student-governed education for high school graduates.

The Outer Coast Year 2023-24 Application is open! Applications are being considered on a rolling basis  until all spots are filled. Earlier applicants will receive earlier decisions, so we encourage students to apply as soon as they are ready. If you have any questions about the process, please contact appcomm@outercoast.org. 

A one- or two-semester bridge for students to grow academically and personally in a supportive post-secondary  environment. Students spend nine months building academic skills and mindsets in a tight-knit and supportive college-level environment that empowers them to make real-stakes decisions, take risks, and learn from their mistakes. Cohorts of up to 20 students — some having just graduated high school, others already with some college experience — come together in Sitka for a formative year of education.

The Year consists of Fall and Spring Semesters, each with discrete classes and faculty. Students walk away from the Year with college credit and the preparation necessary to make the most of their opportunities in higher education.

For more information about the Outer Coast Year 2023-24, see the Program Overview.

The Outer Coast Year 2023-24 schedule is as follows:

  • Fall Semester | August 21 – December 16, 2023
  • Spring Semester | January 16 – May 12, 2024
  • Read more & apply at outercoast.org

The Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins Scholarship:  Thanks to a generous donor, the Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins Scholarship will fund full financial need for two Outer Coast students.

  • All students who apply for the Outer Coast Year 2023-2024 by May 15 will be considered for the scholarship. We are accepting applications for the Year on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. Apply today!

Outer Coast Year Application:  The Outer Coast Year 2023-24 application process consists of a written application and an interview. All applications are reviewed by the Applications Committee (AppComm). Within two weeks of submitting the written application, applicants may be invited to an interview with 2-3 members of AppComm.