Admission to College (Procedure 3.0100)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64; 1002.41; 1007.263,.264; 1008.30; 1009.26; FAC 6A-10.040
Date Adopted:01/04
Date of Review:05/09; 10/09; 08/11; 09/2014; 01/2015; 11/2018
Related Policies:3.020


The purpose of this procedure is to describe the:

  • application and admissions process;
  • requirements for general admission to Seminole State College (SSC); and
  • requirements for admission to specific programs offered at SSC.

General Admissions

A.  First Time in College (FTIC) Applicants

Seminole State College is required by Federal Rule and State guidelines to validate the integrity of a student’s reported high school diploma to determine if a student can be admitted to the college and is eligible to receive Federal funds.

  1. Applicants who seek to enroll in associate degree and certificate programs must have present one of the following:
    1. official high school transcripts
    2. a state-issued score report
    3. GED diplomas, including test score results
    4. Florida Certificate of Completion
  2. Students who have graduated from a home education program are eligible for admission as high school graduates. Students must provide a Seminole State College Affidavit of Home School Completion signed by a parent or legal guardian attesting that they have completed a home education program pursuant to the requirements in 1002.41 F.S. and provide their high school transcripts.
  3. Some FTIC students may be required to take a placement test. When a test is not required, students may opt to take it. Students without scores on file may take a college placement test, which is used to assess comprehension in reading, writing, and mathematic skills and determine course placement.

B.  Transfer Applicants

Students shall be admitted as transfer students if they have previously attended a college or university. Students who have earned fewer than six semester hours of transferable college credit must also submit an official high school transcript or completion document. Transfer students must request that official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities be sent directly to the Enrollment Services/Registrar’s Office prior to the first day of classes for the semester in which they seek to enroll. Official transcripts must be generated no longer than 12 months before the date they are presented.

  1. Transfer students are exempt from testing for placement purposes if the College accepts successfully completed college prep courses in reading, writing and math or college-level courses in English and math. Students will be exempted from entry testing when their official transcripts arrive, are evaluated and entered into the student database.
  2. Students are allowed to apply for admission to the College if they are on academic probation, academic suspension, or academic dismissal from another college. Once their transcript is received and evaluated, their academic status can change. After transcripts are evaluated, students are alerted to their Standards of Academic Progress as indicated on their current transcript.
  3. Students who are not high school graduates, but have successfully completed a minimum of six semester credits of college-level courses at another institution and have passed an acceptable placement test indicating college readiness (e.g. ACT, SAT or placement test recognized by the other institution), are eligible for admission to the associate degree programs. Students without a high school diploma, home school certificate or GED may not be eligible for financial aid.

C.  International Student Admissions

  1. International students seeking college credit admission on the F-1 visa or seeking career certificate admission on the M-1 visa must meet the following requirements:
    1. Students are required to take the institutionally recognized placement test and complete a writing sample for placement purposes. They may also be required to take the LOEP exam for placement into English for Academic Purposes.
    2. A completed admissions package must be postmarked to the College one month prior to the term or session for which the applicant seeks admission.
  2. Foreign Education Transcripts:
    1. If the student attended only high school: transcripts must be officially translated to English AND evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The NACES members most commonly used by the College are World Education Services and Josef Silny and Associates. The student is responsible for the cost.
    2. If students have attended high school or any postsecondary (college or university) institution for any period, both transcripts must be translated to English AND evaluated by NACES.
    3. All foreign education evaluations must be presented to the Enrollment Services/Registrar’s Office. Only original documents in English will be accepted. Facsimiles and photocopies will not be accepted.
    4. For Transfer students ONLY, the following are needed: completed International Student Transfer Form and photocopy of previous I-20 (both sides), I-94, and passport.

General Admission Requirements for Career Certificate Programs

A.  Students who are enrolled in a Career Certificate program of 450 clock hours or more shall meet basic skills examination requirements as set forth in 6A-10.040 FAC. Students who meet the Exemption Status are not required to take the TABE exam.

B.  A high school diploma or equivalent is required for most Career Certificate programs. Career Certificate Programs that do not require a Standard High School Diploma or the equivalent:

  1. All Apprenticeship programs
  2. Automotive Fundamentals
  3. Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology I & II
  4. Electrician Helper
  5. Building Trade Technologies
  6. Welding Technologies

General Admission Requirements for the Bachelor Degree Programs

A. Refer to College Catalog for specific admission requirements for each program.

Readmission/Reactivation of Former Students

A.  Students who have not been in attendance at the College for one year (three consecutive terms) or more must complete a College application to ensure that the College has accurate directory and degree information on file; and submit transcripts from any institutions attended after leaving the College. Student must re-establish residency for tuition purposes with appropriate documentation.


A.  Audit Students
Audit students must meet the College admission requirements and may enroll in college classes on a non-credit basis. Attendance requirements are established by the instructor. Audit students must declare audit status prior to the end of the drop and add period. Audit students are assessed college credit fees as listed in the College Fee Schedule.

B.  Non-Degree Seeking Students

  1. Dual Enrollment -
    1. Students who reside in Seminole County and who are enrolled in a Seminole County Public School or in a non-public school (including home schools) that is in compliance with State Statute 229.808 and conducts a secondary curriculum pursuant to State Statute 232.246 are eligible for dual enrollment. Home school students residing outside of Seminole County may enroll at Seminole State by completing an Out of County Dual Enrollment Exception Request.
    2. General Education Candidates must:
      1. Submit a dual enrollment application (available in high school guidance offices).
      2. Obtain high school approval and parent/guardian approval if required.
      3. Have a 3.0 unweighted GPA.
      4. Have college-ready placement test scores.
      5. Have a high school transcript on file in the Seminole State Enrollment Services/Registrar Office.
      6. Complete the dual enrollment orientation online.
    3. Career Program candidates must:
      1. Submit a dual enrollment application (available in high school guidance offices).
      2. Obtain high school approval and parent/guardian approval if required.
      3. Have a 2.5 unweighted GPA.
      4. Have a high school transcript on file in the Seminole State Enrollment Services/Registrar Office.
      5. Have college placement test scores.
      6. Complete the dual enrollment orientation online.
    4. Home Education Dual Enrollment Students must:
      1. Meet all requirements listed above
      2. Complete a Home School Articulation Agreement
  2. Delayed Credit
    Delayed Credit is a program for high school seniors wanting to enroll in classes but will not graduate high school until the term has already begun. Such credits will not be used to satisfy high school diploma requirements. Students will be required to pay fees associated with the course(s), textbooks, and other instructional material required for the course(s). Because this is a non-degree seeking status, students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid or institutional scholarships. Earned college credits will be held in escrow for the students until they graduate from high school and submit an official final high school transcript. To be eligible students must meet the following criteria:
    1. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    2. Be in good academic standing with their high school
    3. Graduate high school during the term in which they are admitted as Delayed Credit.
    4. Be approved by the Associate Vice President of Recruitment and Enrollment or the Assistant Director of Student Recruitment for this status. 

To apply, students must submit:

  1. Their application with a member of the recruitment team in the Admissions office.
  2. A special program application.
  3. Residency affidavit.
  4. A letter from high school guidance counselor or principal stating the student’s GPA and graduation date.
  5. Unoffical high school transcripts
  6. Unofficial SAT, ACT or PERT test scores (if the college does not already have official test scores on file).

3. Post High School Non Degree Seeking
Post High School Non Degree Seeking students typically take courses for job improvement or personal enrichment, but do not seek associate degrees or certificates. The following requirements apply to Post High School Non Degree Seeking Students:

  1. Must complete an Application for Admission;
  2. Are exempt from college level placement tests;
  3. Must provide an additional high school transcript or equivalent prior to enrolling;
  4. May enroll in any college level course except English or mathematics courses or courses with an English or mathematics co requisite and/or prerequisite;
  5. Must meet all co- and prerequisites
  6. May complete up to 12 hours in Post High School Non Degree Seeking status. Once a Post High School Non Degree Seeking student exceeds 12 hours, s/he will be reclassified to degree-seeking status and will be required to meet degree-seeking admission and placement testing requirements.
  7. Post High School Non Degree Seeking students completing courses for transfer to another institution should determine the transferability of these courses to other institutions prior to enrollment at the College.

4. Post Associate Non Degree Seeking Students
Students who have earned an associate degree or higher, including Teacher Re-certification, may enroll in courses. Students admitted in this category must:

  1. Complete the Application for Admission.
  2. Indicate that a college degree or certificate is not sought.
  3. Provide an official transcript from the institution granting their highest degree prior to enrolling.
  4. Students are responsible for their own advising and are to meet all prerequisites and co-requisites for courses in which they intend to enroll, including appropriate placement scores when required. The responsibility for determining the transferability of credit earned at the College as a Non-Degree Seeking student toward a degree program at another institution is the sole responsibility of the student.

5. Post Baccalaureate Non Degree Seeking Students

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher may enroll in 1000-4000 level courses. Students who apply to this status must complete the following:

  1. Application for Admission.
  2. Indicate that a college degree or certificate is not sought.
  3. Provide an official transcript from the institution granting their highest degree prior to enrolling.
  4. Students are responsible for their own advising.

    The responsibility for determining the transferability of credit earned at the College as a Non-Degree Seeking student toward a degree program at another institution is the sole responsibility of the student. Applicants who wish to take EAP or developmental courses will not be admitted and will need to apply as a Post-Associate or degree seeking student.

6. Transient students

  1. Students in good standing at other colleges may be admitted as "transient" or guest students to take courses for transfer back to their home institutions. A transient form or letter is required which indicates the student's good standing, specific courses to be taken and the parent institution's willingness to accept the credits earned. The transient form or letter is required prior to registration for classes. Only transient students applying for ESL English for Academic Purposes courses are required to see a counselor or advisor for approval prior to registration. ESL/EAP students must present counselors or advisors with unofficial transcripts for advising purposes only prior to approval for registration.
  2. Transient students who are part of the Florida College System may apply at THE FLVC admission application allows the student to complete the application and receive approvals from their home institution online.
  3. Transient students who are not part of the Florida College System must complete the college application and Residency Affidavit.
  4. Transient students must submit a new transient form for each term/session.

All Applicants

  1. The applicant/student is responsible for understanding the admission policies and procedures published in the College Catalog.
  2. Furnishing false or fraudulent statements in connection with an application for admission or residency affidavit may result in disciplinary action, denial of admission, loss of financial aid and invalidation of credits or degrees earned.
  3. The College reserves the right to deny or rescind admission to any student whose record of behavior indicates that he or she would disrupt the orderly processes of the College's programs or would interfere with the rights and privileges of other students. This includes but is not limited to applicants who furnish false, inaccurate, or misleading information.
  4. Students without a high school diploma will not be admitted to "limited access" programs, programs requiring a high school diploma, or programs that may include licensure requirements that include a high school diploma.

Disciplinary Suspension

  1. In accordance with Florida Statutes, a student who has previously been expelled from a Florida state college or university for unlawful possession, sale, or use of narcotic drugs is not admitted to the College for a period of one year from the date of expulsion.
  2. A student who has been suspended from the College for a student code of conduct violation may be re-admitted to the College after serving the sanction imposed.
Recommended by:Executive Team/CACDate11/17/2020
Signed by:President, Georgia L. LorenzDate12/1/2020