Students below 16 years of age at the time of registration may take credit courses at Bristol Community College. The purpose of this policy is to support underage students and ensure their success.


An underage prospective student must:

  • Complete the Underage Request to Enroll Application, available through the Advisement and Counseling Center or the Enrollment Center, attach all necessary documentation, and obtain the signature of a parent/guardian
  • Submit the completed application to the Academic Vice President or his/her designee
  • Meet each semester with the designated Advisor of Underage Students who will interview, advise, and monitor the academic progress of students

Additional Recommendations

  • Bristol strongly recommends the following guidelines. To ensure the most positive and successful experience at Bristol, students should:
  • Be 12 years of age or older;
  • Complete placement testing to ensure appropriate placement in courses;
  • Contact the Tutoring and Academic Support Center for assistance if enrolled in developmental classes as a result of placement testing
  • Ordinarily, attend class by him/herself.

Faculty members (or the department chair in a faculty member’s absence) will be notified of any underage student who has registered for their class and has the right to express concern if they feel course content may not be appropriate for the student. This concern must be communicated to the Vice President of Academic Affairs in writing. If the Vice President determines that the reasons given constitute a compelling factor to limit (with specific parameters) or deny enrollment of the student in the course by Bristol, that decision will be communicated to the faculty member and the student. Faculty will also be requested to complete and submit a mid-semester and end-of-semester grade check to the designated Advisor of Underage Students.

Bristol reserves the right to limit or deny enrollment of a student in a course or program based on its case-by-case consideration of a variety of factors, including but not limited to: the student’s maturity, life experience, placement test scores, and prior education, or the course content, instructional methodology, and risks associated with a particular course or program. Appeals of Bristol decisions should be submitted to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Disability Services (ODS) early in the registration process. The Disability Services will clarify the rights and responsibilities of the student, his/her parent or guardian, and Bristol.