Gadsden State Community College
Faculty & Staff
ADMISSION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Procedures for Making Application
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Whether you are a first-time freshman, a transfer student, a transient student, an early-admission (accelerated) student, dual enrollment student, a re-admission student, a special student or a senior adult student, you must be admitted to the college.
- Complete and submit the Online Gadsden State Application for Admission.
- Print and sign the Signature Form.
- Bring the signed Signature Form to the Admissions Office at Wallace Drive Campus in Gadsden, AL or Fax to 256.549.8205.
- Provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Resident Alien Status as required by the Alabama State Board of Education: http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/faculty-and-staff/student-id.php.
We must receive transcripts by the end of your first term. You may download the Transcript Request Form for your convenience:
Even if you are admitted to Gadsden State, you will have to satisfy additional admission requirements if applying for any health-related program, or court reporting program.
First-Time Freshmen have completed high school or equivalent but have never attended college. To be admitted as a first-time freshman, you must:
- Be a graduate of a regionally and/or state accredited high school and must request and ensure that your high school mail directly to Gadsden State Admissions Office an official transcript of your high school scholastic record, (applicants who hold a certificate or any other award issued in lieu of a diploma will be restricted to limited courses); or
- If you are a graduate of a non-accredited high school, you must request that an official transcript be mailed to Gadsden State Admissions Office indicating (1) that you have successfully completed a course of study on the secondary level based on at least the minimum number of Carnegie units required by the State Education agency for graduation and (2) that you have attained an ACT score of at least 16 or at least the equivalent score on the SAT; or
- If you are a high school graduate with an Alabama Occupational Diploma, the high school diploma of another state equivalent to the Alabama Occupational Diploma, or an equivalent diploma issued by a non-public high school, you must request that a transcript be mailed to the Gadsden State Admissions Office and have documentation which verifies that you have a minimum score of 16 on the ACT or a minimum score of 790 on the SAT; or
- If you are a high school graduate with an Alternative Adult High School Diploma, you must request that a transcript be mailed to the Gadsden State Admissions Office indicating that award; or
- If you did not complete high school, you must present your scores earned on the General Education Development Test (GED). An official copy of these scores must be mailed from your test site to Gadsden State Admissions Office.
If you wish to enter certain technical programs, you may be allowed to submit alternative evidence of your readiness for undertaking such programs, such as results of performance tests, two-plus-two agreements between Gadsden State and your vocational high school.
Even if you cannot meet the requirements listed above, you may be admitted into certain Gadsden State certificate programs, but only if you are at least 16 years old and have been out of school at least one calendar year (or upon the recommendation of the local superintendent) and have specifically documented ability-to-benefit. In addition, you may be allowed to enroll in such "institutional credit only" courses as developmental English, mathematics and reading.
Transfer StudentsTransfer Students have attended one or more colleges or universities other than Gadsden State but wish to continue their education at Gadsden State. To transfer, you must request each college and/or university that you previously attended to mail directly to Gadsden State Admissions Office an official transcript of all the college-level course work that you attempted elsewhere. If you have completed a baccalaureate degree, however, you must request an official transcript be mailed only from the institution that granted you the degree.
You will receive credit for only those transfer courses in which you earned passing grades. If your cumulative grade point average is lower than 2.00 on a 4.00 scale, you will be admitted only on academic probation and will be subject to Gadsden State probation and suspension policies applicable to returning students. If you come to Gadsden State on academic suspension or on disciplinary suspension from another college, you must appeal to Gadsden State Admissions Committee for admission.
Transient Students are like Transfer Students except that they wish to enroll in Gadsden State courses for just a semester, fully intending to return to their previous college or university to complete their studies.
If you are a transient student seeking admission for one semester, you must see that the Registrar of the college where you are regularly (permanently) enrolled sends to Admissions Office a Letter of Good Standing on your behalf.
Early-Admission Students(also referred to as Accelerated Students) are high school students who have been approved by their high school administration to enroll in Gadsden State courses while they are still attending high school.
To be admitted for enrollment at Gadsden State while still a high school student, you must:
- Meet the admission requirements of Gadsden State;
- Have successfully completed 10th grade with a "B" average;
- Have completed the high school prerequisites (for example: a student may not enroll for English Composition until all high school English courses have been completed); and
- Download the Accelerated Approval Form and have your high school principal or his/her designee sign to recommend you for college-level studies.
You also must see that all documents specified above are submitted to the Admissions Office at the Wallace Drive Campus, in Gadsden, AL.
Dual-Enrollment StudentsDual-Enrollment Students are high school students who have been approved to enroll for dual credit (college and high school) in a Gadsden State course while they are still attending high school. To be admitted for enrollment at Gadsden State as a Dual-Enrollment Student, you must:
- Meet the admission requirements of Gadsden State;
- Gadsden State must have a signed agreement with the school system;
- Have completed ninth grade with a "B" average;
- Download the Dual Enrollment Form
- and have both the high school principal and the local superintendent of education sign the form.
Returning Students either were previously admitted to Gadsden State but never enrolled or were once enrolled in Gadsden State courses but have not attended for one or more semesters (excluding summer semester) since their last attendance.
Directions for application
- Complete the online Re-Admit form, which you will find under "Apply Now" on the homepage.
- If you have attended other colleges since you were enrolled at Gadsden State, you may download the Transcript Request Form to have them sent to Gadsden State
If a returning student, you may also be required to complete a new application for admission; and if your original file needs updating, you may be required to submit additional documentation. If you have attended one or more colleges and/or universities since your original admission to Gadsden State, you must arrange for an official transcript from each institution to be mailed to Gadsden State Admissions Office.
Special Students are students who desire to take courses, but who do not intend to fulfill requirements for a degree.
Special Students must comply with same requirements as first-time freshmen or transfer students. Special students are limited to five (5) hours per semester.
Senior Adult Students
Senior Adult Students are students who qualify for tuition assistance scholarships because they are 60 years of age or older. If a senior adult student, you must complete the same documents required of first-time freshmen and transfer students. A State Board of Education ruling prevents enrollment of seniors by community colleges in the same tuition assistance courses for more than one semester for each course.