2016-2017 Semester Catalog

Admission Requirements

Admission to a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) college is a multi-step process which consists of evaluation of prior academic experience and assessment for postsecondary readiness of eligible applicants.

General admissions requirements for admission in to the degree, diploma, or certificate programs are listed below.

Note:

All Nursing, Allied Health, and Health Technology programs have additional admission requirements. These requirements are outlined in the individual program curriculum under Academic Affairs, Divisions of Health Technology and Nursing and Allied Health.

Age:

Individuals 16 years of age or older or dually enrolled high school students in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades who seek access to quality instruction at the post-secondary level are eligible for admission. The minimum age for admission in certain programs is greater than 16 years of age.

Education:

High School Diploma

A high school diploma, GED or approved high school equivalency assessment will be required for admission to the college or to a program as specified by the program’s standards. High school diplomas from unaccredited institutions, Certificates of Attendance or special education diplomas (including those with other names) are not recognized for admission purposes. High school diplomas must have been awarded by a secondary school that is accredited by an agency included in the Technical College System of Georgia’s list of approved accreditation agencies.

Home School

Applicants of home schools located in Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:

  • Submit a Certificate of Attendance form from the local superintendent’s office or a Declaration of Intent to utilize a Home Study Program from the Georgia Department of Education verifying that the parent or legal guardian complied with the requirements of home study programs as referenced in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.
  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the home-schooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.

Applicants of home schools located outside the state of Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:

  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the home-schooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.
  • Submit SAT or ACT scores that meet the Technical College System of Georgia minimum requirements.

General Educational Development (GED) or Approved High School Equivalency Assessment

Individuals who do not meet the above requirements may be admitted to the college by obtaining a GED or completing an approved high school equivalency assessment. Submittal of an official GED transcript or an official transcript from an approved high school equivalency assessment would be required.

College Transcripts:

If you are currently attending or have previously attended one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities, you must submit an official transcript from each institution attended. Students who have attained an Associate degree or higher, or successfully completed (C or better) a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the degree level from a regionally accredited college or university may be exempt from the requirement of submitting high school, home school, GED or approved high school equivalency assessment documentation.

Foreign Secondary Education:

Graduates of secondary schools or colleges outside the United States must have his or her transcripts translated and evaluated for equivalency by an approved evaluation organization or meet accreditation as specified in the approved list of agencies. The cost of the translation and evaluation of the student’s transcript is the responsibility of the student. The evaluation report must be received by the Office of Admissions directly from the evaluation organization and may not be submitted by the student directly. If a foreign secondary transcript is not attainable, possession of a GED® is acceptable.

Placement Scores:

Applicants for all degree, diploma, and selected certificate programs must take the placement test or provide official documentation of a course grade of “C” or better in credit-level English and mathematics taken from an accredited college or postsecondary institution; or submit acceptable ASSET, COMPASS, or ACCUPLACER scores, taken within five (5) years of the time of application.