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First-Time College Students

If you have never attended college after high school graduation and are interested in earning a degree, you are classified as a first-time college student.

Read the admissions requirements below to get started today!

Admissions Requirements* (under 21 years of age):

  1. Submit an application for admissions and pay a non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit an official copy (sealed and unopened) of your high school transcript or GED test scores. Graduation date and GPA should be included on your high school transcript. Transcripts or scores should be mailed directly to the school’s Office of Admissions. 
  3. Submit official ACT or SAT scores earned within 3 years of the first day of the semester or term of enrollment.

Admissions Requirements* (21 or older)

  1. Submit an application for admissions and pay a non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit an official copy (sealed and unopened) of your high school transcript or GED test scores. Graduation date and GPA should be included on your high school transcript. Transcripts or scores should be mailed directly to the school’s Office of Admissions. 
  3. Take the COMPASS test (for academic placement purposes) or the ACT exam. ACT scores must be less than three years old.
  4. Some institutions may require you to submit a personal statement of academic and career goals.

*NOTES: 
  • Always consult the institution’s Bulletin/Catalog for the most current information on admission policies, procedures and credentials which are subject to change without notification. 
  • Full-time distance learning students are exempt from submitting proof of immunization documentation as required by the Tennessee Department of Health. 

Transfer Students

If you are a degree-seeking applicant who has attended another college or university, you are classified as a transfer student.

Tips for Making Your Transfer Successful

  • Choose Where to Transfer EARLY
  • Contact your Transfer School EARLY
  • Apply EARLY

Read the admissions requirements below to get started today!


Admissions Requirements*

  1. Submit an application for admissions and pay a non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit an official copy (sealed and unopened) of your high school transcript or GED scores and transcripts from all previously attended colleges. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the school’s Office of Admissions. 
  3. Submit proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the US.
  4. Complete placement testing (if applicable).  This may include COMPASS testing if ACT/SAT scores are not acceptable or you have not earned credit for college-level English and Math courses. The need for placement assessment is largely dependent upon the number of college-level hours you are transferring and a review of your transcript.
  5. Some degree programs may require additional official test scores.
  6. An initial evaluation of your transcripts will be completed and an acceptance letter will be sent outlining any additional steps or documentation required to complete the application process.

*NOTES: 

  • Always consult the institution’s Bulletin/Catalog for the most current information on admission policies, procedures and credentials which are subject to change without notification.
  • Full-time distance learning students are exempt from submitting proof of immunization documentation as required by the Tennessee Department of Health. 

Transient/Visiting Students

If you currently attend another college or university and are interested in taking courses for transfer back to your current college or university, you are classified as a transient or visiting student.

Courses are usually taken during the summer semester.

Admissions Requirements*

  1. Complete the application for admission and submit the nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Submit an official transcript from the college you are currently attending.  This is necessary to determine if you meet the prerequisites for the courses you plan to take as a transient student.

*NOTES: 

  • Federal financial aid is not available to transient students. 
  • Always consult the institution’s Bulletin/Catalog for the most current information on admission policies, procedures and credentials which are subject to change without notification.
  • Online students are exempt from submitting proof of immunization documentation as required by the Tennessee Department of Health.