Apply to be part of the Outer Coast Year!

04 February 2020

It’s official! Outer Coast just crossed two major milestones.

This past week, we opened the application for the Outer Coast Year — an academic year program for high school graduates!

And in early January, the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education approved Initial Authorization for Outer Coast to host educational programs for high school graduates — clearing a major hurdle on the way to launching the college!

Starting this fall, the Outer Coast Year will expand upon our past experiences with the Summer Seminar and represent the most fully-fledged iteration of the Outer Coast model to date. Through engagement with their coursework, the Sitka community, and each other, students will both have the opportunity to strengthen their abilities to effect virtuous change and better understand their own place in the world more broadly.

Outer Coast will ensure that finances are not a barrier to anyone’s attendance by allowing students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) to set their own cost of attendance based on their household’s financial means and assisting with travel costs as appropriate.

The Year consists of two semesters:

Fall Semester (August 31 to December 19, 2020)

Spring Semester (January 19 to May 8, 2021)

Prospective high school graduates may apply for the Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or both. The Fall Semester/Full Year deadline is May 15, 2020, with applications submitted by February 29, 2020 receiving a decision by March 31, 2020. The Spring Semester application will remain open until September 30, 2020.

Application Cycles

First cycle:

Application open until February 29, 2020. Decisions made by March 31, 2020.

Second cycle:

Application open March 1 – May 15, 2020. Decisions made by June 1, 2020.

Third cycle (Spring Semester only):

Application open May 16 – September 30, 2020. Decisions made on a rolling basis until October 15, 2020.

Do you know a student who would be a good fit for the Outer Coast Year?

If so, please nominate them here.

Join our team!

Want to play a key role in transforming higher education?

Consider applying for the positions below.

The Outer Coast Development and Administration fellow will manage donor relationships, apply for grants, and fine-tune essential workplace systems.

The Outer Coast Programs and Operations fellow will design future programs and help develop Outer Coast’s systems of pedagogy, student life, student recruitment, and accreditation.

Both fellows will make significant contributions to the high-level visioning of the organization. If you are interested in either position or know someone who may be, reach out to Johnny at

Outer Coast Year Faculty — It is not too late to apply to teach at the Outer Coast Year. We are seeking committed faculty excited to teach transformational, urgently relevant courses to passionate, engaged students. The final deadline to apply is February 15, 2020 for Fall Semester and April 15, 2020 for the Spring Semester.

Your support keeps Outer Coast affordable and accessible to all: please consider contributing to help fund financial aid for students who need it. And, as always, thank you.

Onwards and upwards,

The Outer Coast Team

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