3.1.1 Admission

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Chapter 3: Educational Procedures

3.1.1 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: Enrollment Process
 

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.  

 

Subpart A:  The process of enrolling at Normandale Community College generally involves four steps:

  1. Submitting a completed application, transcripts and application fee;
  2. Receiving a letter from the Normandale Office of Admissions indicating that the student has been accepted for admission to the College;
  3. Completing or receiving waivers for all required placement tests; and
  4. Completing an online orientation program and attending the required Advising and Registration program.

These steps may vary depending on the applicant’s background, academic record, or status; however, most students admitted to Normandale will be required to complete each of these steps in order to enroll in classes.

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Part 2: General Admission
 

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 placement testing. 

  1. General admission includes students who have attended another college (transfer students) prior to applying to Normandale.
  2. General admission includes both degree seeking and non-degree seeking students.
  3. An application for general admission can be submitted online or using the Normandale application form for general admission.
  4. The application is not considered complete until the $20 application fee has been paid or waived.
  5. Transfer students should submit official college transcripts of previous college coursework at the time of application.
 

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

 

Subpart B:  Deferred Admission
All degree-seeking students must satisfy placement-testing requirements.  Students whose placement testing results are at the Adult Basic Education (ABE) level in either reading (1.5) or writing (1.1) will receive a deferred admission to the College and may not enroll in courses at Normandale until the student demonstrates college readiness in both reading and writing.

 

Subpart C:  Students Whose First Language is Not English
Lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.  The placement test results will determine whether strengthening English language skills through the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is necessary to maximize student success.  The placement test results will indicate specific EAP course placement

 

Subpart D:  Denied Admission
A student who was suspended from another college or university for academic reasons within the year prior to their application to Normandale will be denied admission. 

    1. Notification of the denial of admission will be sent to the student with information about the appeal process. 
    2. Supporting documentation must be submitted with the letter of appeal
    3. The Director of Admissions will review and approve or deny letters of appeal
    4. The student will be notified by mail of the appeal decision
    5. A student who was suspended or expelled from another college or university for disciplinary reasons shall be denied admission.
 

Subpart E:  Financial Holds
Students who have financial holds at another Minnesota State College or University may be
admitted to Normandale Community College but will not be allowed to enroll in courses until the financial hold has been removed.  Normandale staff does not have the ability to remove a financial hold put forth by another MnSCU institution.  It is the student’s responsibility to work with the issuing institution to have the hold removed from their record in ISRS.

 

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

  1. A student must apply for admission to the college prior to applying for admission to a health science program.
  2. A separate application is required for admission to each of the health sciences program.
  3. Each program has application deadlines different then the application deadline for general admission to the college.
  4. Each program has specific admissions criteria.
  5. The Health Science Enrollment Manager will review and make admission decisions to the health sciences programs based on the admission criteria for each program.
  6. Students will be notified in writing of the admission decision.
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Part 3: 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.

  1. An international student is defined as a person seeking admission to the college who is not a U.S. citizen or is not a U.S. immigrant.
  2. Permanent residents, refugees, and political asylees are U.S. immigrants and should complete the general admissions process.
  3. International students should not apply online for admission, but rather complete the International application form and pay the $20 non-refundable application fee.
    1. No admission decision will be made until the application is complete.
  4. F-1 students are required to have completed secondary education and need to provide official academic records from the secondary school.
    1. Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by English translations from a certified English translation service.
    2. Academic records must demonstrate equivalent grades of “C” or better in a minimum of five academic subjects within a college preparatory tract.
    3. Vocational preparatory courses, English, and theological courses may not be used for this requirement.
  5. Students whose native language is not English must submit one of the following:
    1. A minimum score of 500 on the paper based Test of the English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    2. A minimum score of 61 on an internet computer-based TOEFL test score
    3. A minimum score of 75  from the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
    4. A U.S. college transcript showing recent completion of a composition course with a grade of “C” or higher is also acceptable proof of proficiency.
  6. Applicants must submit a notarized, current, original bank statement showing the required dollar amount in U.S. currency for adequate financial support to cover all educational and living expenses to fund one academic year (tuition and fees, books, housing, food, transportation, medical insurance, and other expenses).
    1. If using a financial sponsor, the financial sponsor must submit an Affidavit of Support (I-134) and a notarized, current, original bank statement in U.S. currency.
    2. The bank statement must be in English, certified by a bank official, and not less than two (2) months old at the time of application.
  7. All admitted F-1 students are required to purchase medical insurance through the college.
    1. This may be waived with proof of insurance purchased through an exchange program or government agency.
  8. Students already in the U.S. must submit photocopies of
    1. passport including photo, date valid
    2. visa
    3. I-9 card
  9. Students wishing to transfer credit from a university outside of the U.S. must have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by an approved academic credentialing agency.
 

Subpart A:  Application Deadlines

  1. The application deadline for new international students from outside the U.S is June 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester. 
  2. The application deadline for transfer International students is July 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester. 
  3. There is no summer admission for international students.
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Part 4: 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. 

  1. Students applying for admission to the PSEO program should complete the PSEO application form.
    1. No application fee is required.
    2. No admission decision will be made until the application is complete.
  2. Normandale Community College follows the PSEO admissions guidelines set forth by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.  Students are admitted based upon class rank or qualifying results from any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as PLAN, ACT, PSAT, or SAT. 
    1. High school seniors must rank in the top one-half or 50th percentile of graduating class or score 50% or higher on a nationally standardized, norm referenced test.
    2. High school juniors must rank in the top one-third or 66th percentile of graduating class or score 70% or higher on a nationally standardized, norm referenced test.
  3. All application materials must be submitted together:
    1. A completed and signed Normandale Community College PSEO Application.
    2. A current official high school transcript showing class rank/size.
    3. ACT, SAT or PSAT or PLAN scores, if available.
    4. A Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) PSEO Program Notice of Student Registration Form.  Parts 1 and 2 of the form must be completed and signed.
    5. Records of immunizations (alternative or home schooled students only).
 

Subpart A:  Application Deadlines
The application deadlines for the PSEO program differ from the deadlines for application for general admission.

    1. Fall semester application deadline is July 1.
    2. Spring semester application deadline is December 1.
    3. The PSEO program is not funded during the summer session.
 

Subpart B:  College Readiness
The results of the placement testing are the determining factor for a student’s eligibility to enroll in college-level courses paid for by the PSEO program.  

  1. Students must satisfy all three sections (reading, writing, and math) of the placement testing.
  2. Students may submit ACT or SAT scores for possible waiver of the placement testing.
  3. An ACT sub score of 21 or above or an SAT score of 550 or above in the reading component exempts a student from taking the associated placement test in that academic skill area.  It also authorizes a student’s placement in the introductory college-level courses in that academic subject. 
  4. An ACT sub score of 18 or above or an SAT score of 550 or above in the writing component exempts a student from taking the associated placement test in that academic skill area.  It also authorizes a student’s placement in the introductory college-level courses in that academic subject. 
  5. An ACT sub score of 22 or above or an SAT score of 550 or above in the mathematic component exempts a student from taking the associated placement test in that academic skill area.  It also authorizes a student’s placement in the introductory college-level courses in that academic subject.
  6. Students must indicate college-level placement in reading at a minimum.
 

Subpart C:  Restrictions
Students participating in the Normandale PSEO program are not eligible:

    1. To enroll in developmental courses (below college-level courses)
    2. To enroll in courses with supplemental fees
    3. To enroll in study abroad courses
    4. For 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.  A “Pass/No Credit option is not permissible.

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Part 5: Summer High School Enrollment Program
 

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

  1. Includes current PSEO students who will be returning as a PSEO student in the fall.
  2. Students applying for Admission to the SHEP program should complete the general admission application form and submit the $20 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Students are admitted based upon class rank or qualifying results from any nationally standardized, norm-referenced test such as ITED, PLAN, ACT, PSAT, or SAT.
    1. High school seniors must rank in the top one-half or 50th percentile of graduating class or score 50% or higher on a nationally standardized, norm referenced test.
    2. High school juniors must rank in the top one-third or 66th percentile of graduating class or score 70% or higher on a nationally standardized, norm referenced test.
  4. All application materials must be submitted together:
    1. A completed and signed Normandale Community College General Admission Application form.
    2. A current official high school transcript showing class rank/size.
    3. ACT, SAT or PSAT or PLAN scores, if available.
    4. A SHEP Acknowledgement Form signed by a parent or guardian.
    5. Records of immunizations (alternative or home schooled students only).
 

Subpart A:  Financial Responsibility
Tuition, fees, and books are the student’s responsibility.  Applicants must submit a form signed by a parent or guarding acknowledging all financial 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 placement testing are the determining factor for a student’s eligibility to enroll in college-level courses.  

  1. Students must satisfy all three sections (reading, writing, and math) of the placement testing.
  2. Students may submit ACT or SAT scores for possible waiver of the placement testing.
    1. An ACT sub score of 21 or above or an SAT score of 550 or above in the reading component exempts a student from taking the associated placement test in that academic skill area.  It also authorizes a student’s placement in the introductory college-level courses in that academic subject.
    2. An ACT sub score of 18 or above or an SAT score of 550 or above in the writing component exempts a student from taking the associated placement test in that academic skill area.  It also authorizes a student’s placement in the introductory college-level courses in that academic subject.
    3. An ACT sub score of 22 or above or an SAT score of 550 or above in the mathematic component exempts a student from taking the associated placement test in that academic skill area.  It also authorizes a student’s placement in the introductory college-level courses in that academic subject.
  3. Students must indicate college-level placement in reading at a minimum.
 

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

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Part 6: Visiting Students
 

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

  1. Visiting students do not have an admission status to the college.
  2. Visiting students should not apply for admission.
 

Subpart A:  Requirements

  1. Visiting student status is not available to individuals currently on suspension or having a financial hold of more than $30 at another post-secondary institution.
  2. Visiting students may use financial aid from their home institution (financial aid is not available through Normandale).
  3. The maximum number of enrolled credits at all MnSCU system institutions cannot exceed 22 in any semester.
  4. Visiting students must meet any required course prerequisites or placement levels.
  5. Visiting students can enroll in public courses; private courses are not available.
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Related Documents
  Policy 3.1 Admission to College
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  Procedure History
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