COVID-19 (coronavirus) is in our communities and on our minds. We here at Outer Coast hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We are monitoring COVID-19 developments closely and working to understand the implications for future Outer Coast programs. At this point, we plan to run the Summer Seminar as scheduled, and if there are any updates to our plans, we will share them here.

Outer Coast Year 2020–21 Student Application

Outer Coast Year 2020-21 Faculty Application

Nominate a Student for the Year Here



High school graduates or GED holders are eligible to apply for the fall semester, spring semester, or both. We are looking for students who want to develop their critical thinking, listening, and communication skills while engaging with the communities around them, both big and small. Students do not need to be nominated to apply.

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 a student application here. Applications should be mailed to Outer Coast at PO Box 6573 Sitka, AK 99835 and postmarked by the application deadline.

Application Timeline

Students may apply for the Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or both until May 15, 2020, with decisions announced on June 1, 2020. The application for only the Spring Semester will remain open until September 30, with decisions made on a rolling basis until October 15, 2020.

Student Service

Students cleaning fire trucks for the Sitka Fire Department