The Outer Coast Summer Seminar 2021 application cycle is now closed.

We are extending a rolling admissions cycle for the Fall & Spring Semesters of the Outer Coast Year until spots are filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and spots will fill up quickly.

Want to learn more before you apply? Click here to request more information.

Students at Samsing cabin

Outer Coast Year students camping at Samsing Cove Cabin

Our Student Body

Outer Coast students are intellectually curious, community-minded, and driven to create positive change in their lives and communities.

Outer Coast seeks to serve a student body that is national and international in breadth and diverse in many ways, including racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender identities, and socioeconomic status. Outer Coast emphasizes reaching students from across Alaska, particularly Alaska Natives and rural Alaskans, as well as other high-potential students from backgrounds underrepresented and underserved in American higher education.

Admissions at Outer Coast are need-blind.


Rising high school juniors and seniors, as well as all Outer Coast alumni who are still in high school, are eligible to apply for the Summer Seminar. Graduating seniors from Alaska are also eligible to apply for the Summer Seminar.

Any high school graduate or GED holder who has not yet completed a postsecondary degree is eligible for the Fall & Spring Semesters. Students may apply for either the Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or both, and preference may be given to applicants who apply for both semesters. Applicants may also opt to be considered for the Summer Seminar.

Mail-In Application

In addition to the online application above, Outer Coast offers the option for students to mail in their application. If you would like to apply to the Year by mail, you may print an application application here. Applications should be mailed to Outer Coast at PO Box 6573 Sitka, AK 99835.