3.1 Admission

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Chapter 3: Educational Policies

3.1 Admission to the College


Related MnSCU Board Policy: 3.4 Undergraduate Admissions
Related MnSCU Board Procedure: 3.4.1 Undergraduate Admissions
Related MnSCU Board Procedure: 3.5 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program
Related MnSCU Board Procedure: 3.5.1 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program

Purpose:  To provide clear, accessible information to students regarding admission requirements to the college as well as the appropriate level of academic preparation necessary for success in specific programs of study.

Part 1: General Admission
 

Normandale Community College considers all applicants for admission regardless of age, race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.  Admission to the college is open to all students meeting the College’s admission requirements.   

Any individual who has graduated from an accredited high school or successfully completed a General Education Development (GED) examination is eligible for admission. 

Admission to the College does not automatically qualify a student for all college-level courses and programs.  Students may receive deferred admission based on the results of the Course Readiness Assessment. 

Some career and transfer programs also require special prerequisites and requirements.

 

Subpart A:  Application Deadline. The application deadline is ten (days) prior to the start of the semester.  Applications received after the application deadline will be processed for the following semester.

 

Subpart B:  Deferred Admission. Students whose Course Readiness Assessment results are at the Adult Basic Education (ABE) level in either reading or writing will receive a deferred admission to the College.  Deferred admission means that a student may not enroll until they demonstrate college readiness in both reading and writing.

 

Subpart C:  Students Whose First Language is Not English.  As a condition of admission, applicants whose primary language is not English, and applicants who have graduated from a high school where the language of instruction is other than English, are required to demonstrate English language competency.

 

Subpart D:  Denied Admission. A student suspended from another college or university for academic reasons within a year prior to their application to Normandale will be denied admission.  Notification of the denial of admission will be sent to the student with information about the appeal process. 

A student who is currently suspended or has been expelled from another college or university for disciplinary reasons shall be denied admission.

 

Subpart E:  Financial Holds.  Students who have a financial hold at another Minnesota State College or University may benadmitted to Normandale Community College but will not be allowed to enroll in courses until the financial hold has been removed.

 

Subpart F:  Selective Programs. Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Dietetic Technology programs have established selective admission criteria that reflect the probability of academic and employment success.

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Part 2: International Admission
 

International students are individuals who are not citizens of the United States and who reside outside the United States, or individuals in the United States on a non-immigrant F-1 student visa.

A special application form is required.  

Applicants must meet specific requirements (documentation of high school graduation, English proficiency and sufficient financial resources) before being considered for admission to the College.

No admission decision will be made until the application is complete.

Application Deadlines. The application deadline for new International Students is June 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester.  The application deadline for transfer International students is July for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.  There is no summer admission for international students.

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Part 3: Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program 
 

Minnesota high school juniors and seniors may enroll at Normandale Community College through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program administered by the MN Department of Education for fall and spring semesters. 

Normandale Community College follows the PSEO admissions guidelines set forth by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

 

Subpart A:  Application Deadlines. The application deadlines for the PSEO program are July 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester.  The PSEO program is not funded for summer sessions.

 

Subpart B:  College Readiness. The results of the Course Readiness Assessment are the determining factor for a student’s eligibility to enroll in college-level courses paid for by the PSEO programs.   Students must satisfy all three sections (reading, writing and math) of the assessment and must indicate college-level placement in reading.

 

Subpart C:  Restrictions. Students participating in the Normandale PSEO program are not eligible to enroll in developmental courses, to enroll in course with supplemental fees of more than $85, to receive financial aid. 

 

Subpart D:  Expectations. PSEO students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the college guidelines.  All courses must be taken for a letter grade; “Pass/No Credit” option is not permissible for PSEO students.

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Part 4: Summer High School Enrollment Program
 

Summer High School Enrollment is available for those high school students in the 11th and 12th grade levels who may wish to take classes during the summer months.

This includes PSEO students who may wish to take summer courses. 

The Summer High School Enrollment program follows PSEO admissions guidelines set forth by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

 

Subpart A:  Financial Responsibility. The Minnesota Department of Education does not fund the courses taken through the Summer High School Enrollment Program; therefore, tuition, fees and books are the student’s responsibility. 

 

Subpart B:  Application Deadline. The application deadline for the Summer High School Enrollment program is May 15.

 

Subpart C:  College Readiness. The results of the Course Readiness Assessment are the determining factor for a student’s eligibility to enroll in college-level courses.   Students must satisfy all three sections (reading, writing and math) of the assessment and must indicate college-level placement in reading.

 

Subpart D:  Restrictions. Students participating in the Normandale Summer High School Enrollment program are not eligible to enroll in developmental courses. 

Applicants who are accepted to the summer program only are not considered students in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program nor admitted general enrollment students at Normandale Community College. 

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Part 5: Visiting Students
 

Students currently admitted at another college or university may choose to enroll at Normandale as a visiting student and are not required to apply for admission.  Visiting students are not candidates for a degree, diploma or certificate at Normandale Community College.

 

Restrictions. Visiting students can enroll in public courses, private courses are not available.  The maximum number of enrolled credits at all MnSCU system colleges and universities cannot exceed 22 in any semester. Students must meet established course prerequisites or placement levels. 

Visiting student status is not available to those currently on suspension, students who have been expelled, or students who have a financial hold of more the $30 at another post-secondary institution.   Financial aid is not available from Normandale Community College; however, visiting students may receive financial aid from their home institution.

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  Policy History:
Date of Adoption:  Established prior to 2011
Date of Implementation:
Date and Subject of Revisions:
Next Review Date:  2015-16
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