The page uses Browser Access Keys to help with keyboard navigation. Click to learn moreSkip to Navigation

Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate accesskey shortcuts. Please reference the following list to use access keys on your system.

Alt and the accesskey, for Internet Explorer on Windows
Shift and Alt and the accesskey, for Firefox on Windows
Shift and Esc and the accesskey, for Windows or Mac
Ctrl and the accesskey, for the following browsers on a Mac: Internet Explorer 5.2, Safari 1.2, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 6+.

We use the following access keys on our gateway

n Skip to Navigation
k Accesskeys description
h Help
facebook icon twitter icon youtube icon instagram icon pintrest icon rss icon tumbler icon
    Delgado Community College
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
2016 - 2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Admissions


Admissions

Delgado Community College welcomes all eligible prospective students. The College assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religious or political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, national origin, age, disability/handicap or marital status or veteran’s status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, and the sickle cell trait in the admission to, participation in or employment in programs and activities of the College.

Prospective students seeking admission to Delgado Community College must meet the admission requirements for the category under which they are entering. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. A student may not register for most credit courses in any semester after the scheduled registration dates for that semester unless otherwise noted in the published Credit Course Schedule.

Delgado Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Some programs, however, have special requirements and a separate application process. Currently, these programs are Barber-Styling, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dietetic Technician, EMT Paramedic, Funeral Service Education, Health Information Technology, Medical Coding, Medical Laboratory Technician, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Ophthalmic Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Polysomnographic Technology, Radiation Therapy, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, Teaching (Grades 1-5), and Veterinary Technology.

Requests for information and applications should be directed to the campus/site you wish to attend:

Admissions - City Park Campus
Delgado Community College
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119-4399

Admissions - Allied Health
Delgado Community College
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119-4399

Admissions - Charity School of Nursing
Delgado Community College
450 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112-1310

Admissions - Northshore
Delgado Community College
320 Howze Beach Road
Slidell, LA 70461

Admissions - West Bank Campus
Delgado Community College
2600 General Meyer Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70114-3095

Anyone wishing to apply in person may do so at the proper location. Application should be made as early as possible in the semester preceding the period of anticipated enrollment. Applications may be submitted via the web at www.dcc.edu.

It is the responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations of the College as stated in this catalog. Additionally, those who plan to transfer credits earned at Delgado must familiarize themselves with the course and grade requirements of the College to which they plan to transfer.

General Admission Requirements

In accordance with the requirements of Louisiana R.S. 17:3151 (Acts 1985, No. 185, Section 1, and Acts 1987, No. 214, Section 1), all male students between the ages of 18-25 are required to register for the federal draft under the federal Military Service Act prior to enrollment at this institution. Other requirements vary according to admission status, educational intent, and other established criteria. Students are notified of admission requirements upon receipt of the application by the Office of Admissions. 

Applicants who have not submitted all required documents prior to admission may be admitted provisionally to Delgado. Provisionally admitted students are given 30 days after the start of the semester to submit all required admissions documents. If the student fails to provide requested documents, a registration and transcript hold will be placed on his or her academic records.

English Language Proficiency Test

All applicants whose first language is not English are required to take the Delgado English Language Proficiency Test. The English Language Proficiency Test consists of a written paper-and-pencil portion designed by the English as a Second Language (ESL) department and a three-part, Internet-based Accuplacer computer portion given through the College Board Educational Testing Service. Enrollment in English as a Second Language (ESLN and ESLR prefixes) courses is required if an English language deficiency is determined. Although the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not required, international students may test out of ESL if they have the following scores in the Internet Based TOEFL (IBT): Reading - 22 or higher, Speaking - 26 or higher, Listening - 22 or higher, and Writing Skills - 25 or higher. All other types of TOEFL scores will be dealt with on an individual basis. 

Proof/Waiver of Immunization

As required by Louisiana R.S. 17:170, Schools of Higher Learning, and as a condition of enrollment, all Delgado Community College students born after 1956 must show poof/waiver of immunization by providing two separate dates of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and, Rubella) vaccination and one date of the tetanus-diphtheria vaccination within the last 10 years. In addition, ALL freshmen must provide proof/waiver of immunization against meningococcal meningitis. Forms to be completed by the student’s physician or other health care provider are available in the Office of Admissions. Some specific programs have additional immunization requirements.

American College Test (ACT)

First-time freshmen entering Delgado Community College must provide American College Test (ACT) scores that are no more than three (3) years old OR must take the Delgado Placement Test. First-time freshmen who have taken the ACT within the past three years should request that their score reports be sent to the Office of Admissions. Delgado’s ACT code number is 1577. Certain scores on the ACT exempt the student from having to take the Delgado Placement Test. Only first-time freshmen may request English and/or math advanced placement in their first semester at Delgado Community College. ACT scores are used for advanced placement when a student obtains an ACT English score of 25 and/or Math score of 22 in the last 3 years. Students should check with the Office of Advising and Testing for more details.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I)

First-time freshmen entering Delgado Community College who have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT I) within the past three (3) years should request that their score reports be sent to the Office of Admissions. Delgado’s code number is 6176.

Applicants will not be refused admission to the College based on test scores. Test scores are used for counseling and placement purposes.

Placement Tests/Advising

The Office of Advising and Testing administers a standardized placement exam. The ACT COMPASS assessment is used to properly place Delgado students in their basic courses. The placement test is administered only to students who have already been admitted to the College. Applicants will not be refused admission to the College because of low test scores. Test scores are used for advising and placement only. The placement test is not a pass/fail exam. This placement test is comprised of three exams: English, math, and reading. A student is required to take all three exams, except when adequate ACT scores or prior course credit has been accepted. An optional biology test is also offered for science majors who wish to bypass General Biology I Lecture and/or Lab.

All certificate/degree­-seeking students (first-­time freshmen, transfer, and re­admit) who do not have appropriate ACT scores for placement purposes, or who have not passed college-­level English and math courses, or who have not successfully completed developmental English and math with a grade of “C” or better within the last three (3) years may be required to take the Delgado Placement Test.

There is a non-refundable testing fee for the placement test and for each verification test subject.

The COMPASS exam is computerized. Study guides for the placement exam are available in the Office of Advising and Testing. Students may also refer to www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html for sample study questions.

Reading Placement

Delgado students are tested on reading comprehension and placed into reading courses based on their scores on the Compass Reading Placement Test.  A score of 1-30 requires READ 070; a score of 31-60 requires READ 071; a score of 61-70 requires READ 072. A score of 71-75 paired with a Compass English Placement Test score of 70 or below requires READ 072.  A score of 71-75 paired with a Compass English Placement Test score of 71 or above requires READ 101. With a score of 76-90, READ 101 is recommended. With a score of 91 or above, reading is not required. (Students must successfully complete required developmental course work and pass a reading exit exam before enrolling in most college-­level courses.)

Delgado’s Reading Placement Test may not be retaken during the three (3) years in which the results are valid. If the student does not successfully complete the designated entry-level reading course within three (3) years, the student must retake the Delgado Placement Test. Students may challenge their reading placement results through verification. Students must make an appointment in the Office of Advising and Testing for the reading verification exam.

English Placement

The Compass English Placement Test is an exam designed to determine which level of English would best serve the student’s needs. The final placement score determines which level of English the student requires: a score of 1-10 requires ENGL 060; a score of 11-45 requires ENGL 061; a score of 46-70 requires ENGL 062 (ENGL 060, 061, and 062 are developmental courses and must be successfully completed before a student may enroll in a college-level ENGL course), a score of 71 or higher requires ENGL 101 (college-level English). It is important that the student perform to his or her best ability, for Delgado’s English Placement Test may not be retaken during the three (3) years in which the results are valid. If the student does not successfully complete the designated entry-level English course within three (3) years, the student must retake the Delgado Placement Test. Under special circumstances students may challenge their English placement results through verification. Students must make an appointment to take the English Verification Exam in the Office of Advising and Testing. This verification exam is a 60-minute essay scored by the English faculty.  

Math Placement

Delgado students whose math score is below 18 on the ACT or below 420 on the SAT are placed into their math classes based on their performances on the Compass Math Placement Test. This test is administered by the Office of Advising and Testing and covers the material from MATH 092 – MATH 131. Students may choose to prepare for this exam. Handouts and online resource information indicating what is covered on the placement test are available in the Office of Advising and Testing.

Delgado’s Math Placement Test may not be retaken during the three (3) years in which the results are valid. Students who do not successfully complete the designated entry-level math course within three (3) years must retake the Delgado Placement Test.

Once students have taken the Compass Math Placement Test, retakes are not possible. However, a procedure does exist for these students to challenge their placement. Students attempting to enroll in their FIRST math course at Delgado may challenge their math placement through a process called Placement Verification. This procedure consists of individual tests for the various math levels. Each test contains 16 problems. If students successfully complete the first test, they are offered the opportunity to take sequential tests as long as they continue to pass. Verification tests exist for MATH 092, 093, and 094. It is possible, though not likely, for  students who are placed in MATH 092 to qualify for MATH 128/130 through this process.

Students who were previously enrolled in a Delgado math course, whether they completed the course or not, are not eligible for placement verification.

The Office of Advising and Testing will administer the indicated verification tests in succession until the student reaches a level of math difficulty greater than that individual’s math skills. If a change of math level is indicated, the student will take the completed verification form to the registration area or appropriate division office to have math courses changed. During regular registration, placement verification is administered in the Math Lab.

Students seeking placement verification should make every effort to complete the process before classes begin. No verification tests will be administered after the first week of class during the fall and spring semesters or after the first two days of class during the summer session.

More information about placement and credit  

Basic Education

Students who are required to take any READ and/or ENGL developmental course are initially classified as Basic Education students. If MATH is the only developmental course required, students are not classified as Basic Education students.

Basic Education students should meet with an academic advisor prior to scheduling their classes.

Basic Education students placed in READ courses must complete all developmental reading courses prior to enrolling in most college-level courses (non-developmental courses that require college-level reading skills).

All Students classified as Basic Education students are strongly encouraged to complete CCSS 107 - College Success Skills within the first 12 hours of coursework. It has been demonstrated that the single most important factor in student success in college is the completion of an “orientation” course that familiarizes the student with college resources, policies, and necessary academic skills, such as studying, note-taking, test-taking, and other relevant skills.

Ability To Benefit Test (ATB)

The Ability to Benefit test (ATB) is available to all non-high school graduates at least 17 years of age whose high school class has graduated and by all graduates of non-accredited high schools.  The Office of Advising & Testing administers the computerized version of the ACCUPLACER ATB test which covers the following subjects: sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic.  The ATB is not offered in a paper and pencil format through our testing centers.

Within any three-month period, ATB candidates may be permitted an initial test and one retest.  There must be a two-week waiting period between the initial test and the retest. Students who do not pass all three tests during the initial testing must retake and pass all three tests in order to meet the required ATB passing scores.  Scores from two different administrations cannot be mixed or combined. A student must pass all three tests during a single test session.

Only non-high school graduates who are enrolled in an eligible career pathway may take the ATB for financial aid purposes. Students who cannot or do not wish to enroll in an eligible career pathway may plan on earning a high school equivalency diploma through the HiSET Exam. 

Hibernia Enrichment Center

The Hibernia Enrichment Center, initially funded by Hibernia National Bank, provides computer-assisted remedial education for Delgado students. In some cases, instructors will incorporate assignments to be completed in the Center into the course curriculum. All Delgado students may use the Center during its open hours for study, access to the Internet, and to reinforce their basic reading, English, and study skills.

Workforce Training Admission

Students who score at least at the 6.0 grade level on the ATB, but who do not score sufficiently high to be admitted as regular students, may enroll as Workforce Training students. Such students are limited to enrollment in workforce training programs (credit-bearing) and will be awarded technical competency or letters of completion when they complete the program. Workforce training students may not receive any form of Title IV federal financial assistance. Workforce training students may change to the regular admission status if they obtain their high school diploma, high school equivalency diploma, or the minimum acceptable scores on the ATB exam.  In accordance with U.S. Department of Education regulations, federal financial aid eligibility of applicants admitted solely on the basis of ATB scores is based on “Title IV ATB Eligibility Requirements” as per Section 484(d) of the Higher Education Act.

Admission Status

Students are classified as one of the following upon applying for admission: First-Time Freshman, Transfer Student, Visitor, Re-Admit Student, or Student in High School (Early College Admission, Dual Enrollment, Concurrent Enrollment, or Summer Enrichment).

First-Time Freshman Status

First-time freshmen are students who are of the state’s compulsory school age (as per L.R.S. 17:221), who have never attended Delgado Community College, any other regionally accredited institution of higher education (except for high school students who participated in dual/concurrent enrollment), and who possess a high school diploma or equivalent.  Such applicants are eligible for regular admission to the College if they fall into one of the following categories:

  1.  High School Graduates - High school graduates of state approved or regionally accredited schools of secondary education are eligible for admission. High school graduates from schools not approved by the state or schools/programs that are not regionally accredited are eligible for admission once they have demonstrated evidence of potential for success by completing an Adult Basic Education program, enrolling in an eligible Career Pathway Program, or attaining a high school equivalency.
     
  2. High School Equivalency Diploma Recipients - High school equivalency diploma recipients of state approved or regionally accredited programs are eligible for admission. High school equivalency diploma recipients from schools or institutions that are not approved by the state or schools/programs that are not regionally accredited are eligible for admission once they have evidence of potential for success by completing an Adult Basic Education program, enrolling in an eligible Career Pathway Program, or attaining a high school equivalency.
     
  3. Home School Graduates -  Home school graduates of state approved, state registered, or regionally accredited programs are eligible for admission. Home school graduates of programs that are not state approved, state registered, or regionally accredited are eligible for admission once they have obtained a high school equivalency diploma from a state approved or regionally accredited program or have demonstrated evidence of potential for success by ​completing an Adult Basic Education program, enrolling in an eligible Career Pathway Program, or attaining a high school equivalency.
  4. Non-High School Graduates - Non-high school graduates are eligible for admissions once they have demonstrated evidence of potential for success by completing an Adult Basic Education program, enrolling in an eligible Career Pathway Program, or attaining a high school equivalency.

    Non-high school graduates who do not attain the required level on the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment as defined by the U. S. Department of Education can be admitted as non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating). Applicants in this category are not eligible for federal financial assistance and are limited to 11 credit hours before meeting admission requirements.

    Non-high school graduates who are enrolling in a Technical Competency Area (TCA) program are not required to take the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment; they can be admitted as non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) and are limited to courses in the program. Applicants in this category are not eligible for federal financial assistance.

First-Time Freshman Admission Requirements

Degree/Certificate-Seeking Students

Degree/certificate-seeking students applying for admission to the College as first-time freshmen must:

  1. Complete a formal application for admission prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought.
     
  2. Provide proof/waiver of immunization against MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (if born after 1956); all first-time freshmen must provide proof/waiver of immunization against meningococcal meningitis. The proof/waiver of immunization must be submitted on the state approved form as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:170.
     
  3. Take the Delgado Placement Assessment (ACT COMPASS or ACT ASSET) unless exempted by appropriate ACT scores that are no more than three (3) years old.
     
  4. Provide official high school transcript if the College is unable to retrieve transcript via the Student Transcript System (STS). STS data is available to the College for Louisiana high school graduates graduating May 2003 or later. Applicants who graduated prior to May 2003 are required to request an official transcript from their respective high schools. Applicants who graduated 10 years prior to their admission date may provide the high school diploma for photocopying.

    High school equivalency diploma recipients may bring in the original certificate or scores to be photocopied by the Office of Admissions.

    Non-high school graduates without a high school equivalency must provide proof of enrollment in an eligible Career Pathway Program.
  5. If required, register with the military selective service prior to enrollment as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:3151.

Non-Degree/Certificate Seeking (Non-Matriculating) Students

Applicants who are not seeking any type of credentials and are taking courses for professional development or personal enrichment only, are classified as “non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating).” Non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) students:

  • cannot earn a certificate or degree from Delgado Community College;
  • are not eligible for federal financial assistance; and
  • must meet all admission requirements at the time of enrollment status change to degree/certificate seeking.

A non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) student applying to the College as a first-time freshman must:

  1. Complete a formal application for admission prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is being sought.
     
  2. Provide proof/waiver of immunization against MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (if born after 1956); all first-time freshman must provide proof/waiver of immunization against meningococcal meningitis. The proof/waiver of immunization must be submitted on the state approved form as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:170.
     
  3. Take the Delgado Placement Assessment if required as a prerequisite, (e. g. general education courses) or exempted by appropriate ACT scores that are no more than three (3) years old.
     
  4. If required, register with the military selective service prior to enrollment as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:3151.

Transfer Student Status

A student who has attended another regionally accredited college or university or a Louisiana Technical College institution regardless of duration is classified as a transfer student as follows:

  1. A degree/certificate seeking transfer student is an applicant who has attended another regionally accredited college or university or a Louisiana Technical College institution, regardless of duration, and who plans to pursue a degree or certificate from Delgado.
     
  2. A non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) transfer student is an applicant who has attended another regionally accredited college or university or a Louisiana Technical College institution, but is not seeking any type of credentials at Delgado and is taking courses for professional development or personal enrichment only. Non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) students are not eligible for federal financial assistance.

A student who registers as a non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) student and later wishes to change to a degree or certificate program should petition the Registrar to change his or her status. The student must then complete admission requirements for degree/certificate seeking students. (To be eligible for financial assistance, it is necessary to enroll in a degree/certificate program.) Students who wish to enroll in non-credit courses should contact the Workforce Development and Education Office.

Transfer students who have been suspended for the first time from an accredited college or university may admitted to Delgado. (See  Academic Status of Transfer Students .)

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

Degree/Certificate-Seeking Transfer Students 

Degree/certificate-seeking transfer students applying for admission to the College must:

  1. Complete a formal application for admission prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is sought.
     
  2. Submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services from each college or university previously attended, whether credit was earned or not.

    - Applicants who have been enrolled in a regionally accredited institution of higher education or a Louisiana Technical College institution the past year prior to applying for admission, and are admitted provisionally to Delgado, are required to provide verification of academic status at the previous institution prior to being admitted to Delgado.

    - Students who fail to acknowledge attendance at a regionally accredited college or university or a Louisiana Technical College institution in which they have been registered may be subject to immediate dismissal without benefit of refund.
     
  3. Provide verification that they have met all prerequisites for desired course enrollment by providing college transcripts (official transcripts are required to meet admissions requirement; however, unofficial transcripts may be used for advising purposes) or by meeting the assessment requirements as described in #4 below.
     
  4. Take the Delgado Placement Assessment (ACT COMPASS or ACT ASSET) unless exempted by:

    - Appropriate ACT scores that are no more than three (3) years old, or
    - Successful completion of developmental or college-level math and English courses with a grade of “C” or better within the last three years
     
  5. Provide proof/waiver of immunization against MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (if born after 1956). The proof/waiver of immunization must be submitted on the state approved form as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:170.
     
  6. If required, register with the military selective service prior to enrollment as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:3151.

Transfer students are subject to the academic status, transfer credit, and academic amnesty provisions outlined in the College catalog in effect at the time of admission to Delgado.
 

Non-Degree/Certificate Seeking (Non-Matriculating) Transfer Students   

Applicants who are not seeking any type of credentials and are taking courses for professional development or personal enrichment only are classified as “non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating).” Non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) students:

  • cannot earn a certificate or degree from Delgado Community College;

  • are not eligible for federal financial assistance; and

  • must meet all admission requirements at the time of enrollment status change to degree/certificate seeking.

A non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) transfer student applying to the College must:

  1. Complete a formal application for admission prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is being sought.

  2. Submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services from the last college or university previously attended, whether credit was earned or not.*

    -Applicants who have been enrolled in a regionally accredited institution of higher education or a Louisiana Technical College institution in the past year prior to applying for admission and are admitted provisionally to Delgado are required to provide verification of academic status at the previous institution prior to being admitted to Delgado.

    -*Applicants who are non-degree/certificate seeking (non-matriculating) and have attended a regionally accredited institution of higher education or a Louisiana Technical College institution prior to the past year may be admitted as “Special Students.” The Special Student category allows a student to take no more than twelve semester hours before having to submit official transcripts to meet admission requirements.

    - Students who fail to acknowledge attendance at a regionally accredited college or university or a Louisiana Technical College institution in which they have been registered will have a registration and transcript hold placed on his or her academic records and may be subject to immediate dismissal without benefit of refund.

  3. Provide verification that he or she has met all prerequisites for desired course enrollment by providing college transcripts or by meeting the assessment requirements as described above in #4 of Degree/Certificate-Seeking Transfer Students.

  4. Provide proof/waiver of immunization against MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (if born after 1956). The proof/waiver of immunization must be submitted on the state approved form as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:170.

  5. If required, register with the military selective service prior to enrollment as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:3151.

Visitor Status and Admission Requirements

An applicant who is currently attending another college or university, but plans to attend Delgado Community College for one semester/session only and to return to his or her home institution for the following semester. 

A visitor student applying to Delgado must:

  1. Complete a formal application for admission prior to the beginning of the semester/session for which admission is being sought.

  2. Provide a letter of academic standing from the previous institution’s Registrar’s Office reflecting academic status at the end of the previous semester. If a letter of academic standing is not available, official transcript as of the previous semester is required.

  3. Provide verification that he or she has met all prerequisites for desired course enrollment by providing college transcripts or by meeting the assessment requirements as described above in #4 of Degree/Certificate-Seeking Transfer Students.

  4. Provide proof/waiver of immunization against MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (if born after 1956). The proof/waiver of immunization must be submitted on the state approved form as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:170.

  5. If required, register with the military selective service prior to enrollment as per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:3151.

    If a visitor student decides to continue enrollment at the College, he or she must meet the requirements as outlined in Degree/Certificate-Seeking Transfer Student Admission Requirements.

 Re-Admit Student Status and Admission Requirements

A re-admit student is an applicant who attended Delgado Community College previously and interrupted his or her studies for at least one spring or fall semester. Previous credits of readmitted students earned at Delgado or at other institutions are evaluated by the same criteria used for first-time transfer students.

Applicants who attended Delgado previously and interrupted their studies for at least one spring or fall semester must:

  1. Complete a formal application for admission prior to the beginning of the semester for which admission is being sought.

  2. Submit official transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services from each college or university attended after the break in enrollment at Delgado.

    -Re-admit applicants who fail to acknowledge attendance at a regionally accredited college or university or a Louisiana Technical College institution after the break in enrollment at Delgado may be subject to immediate dismissal without benefit of refund. 

  3. If all admission requirements were not met during initial enrollment, submit all required documents prior to being readmitted to the College.

  4. If ATB scores were used to meet admission requirements during initial enrollment, the re-admit student is required to attain a high school equivalency diploma or enroll in an eligible Career Pathway Program for readmission in accordance with the Department of Education guidelines. 

Re-admit students are subject to the academic status and academic amnesty provisions outlined in the College Catalog in effect at the time of re-admission.

 Acceptance of Transfer Credits

Transfer credits from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education are recorded on the student’s permanent academic records. College credits (not developmental courses) are accepted as described below; a grade of “C” or better is required in the student’s major. Equivalencies in developmental courses are used for placement if the student earned at least a grade of “C” and the courses are not more than three years old.

The acceptance of transfer credits to meet degree/certificate program requirements will be governed by the following guidelines:

  1. General education courses over ten (10) years old will be accepted as transfer credits.  The acceptance of required and required related courses over ten (10) years old will be determined by the dean of the division of the student’s major.

  2. The acceptance of courses that are not equivalent to courses taught at Delgado Community College is determined by the appropriate division dean.

  3. Transfer credits earned through nontraditional sources are accepted with the same limitations as those applied to other Delgado students. (See “Credit from Non-Traditional Sources,” in Academic Policies and Procedures.)

Inquiries about the use of a transfer course to meet degree or certificate requirements should be directed to the division dean for the student’s major. Requests for appeal of a decision should be directed to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Students must take at least 25 percent of courses required for a degree or certificate at Delgado, of which nine must be in the student’s major (see “Graduation Requirements,” in Academic Policies and Procedures.) Transcripts will be evaluated for degree-seeking students during their first semester at Delgado.

Courses taken at institutions that are not accredited by regional associations are generally not accepted at Delgado Community College. However, the student may pursue one of the following avenues to gain acceptance of this coursework:

  1. Use coursework as a basis for permission to take credit examinations; or

  2. Use coursework as a part of the basis for awarding LEAP credits; or

  3. Establish that another regionally accredited institution has accepted the courses in question.

If eligible to re-enter the previous college on academic probation, a student will be admitted on probation. If the grades earned at the previous college were such that the student would have been placed on probation if the grades had been earned at Delgado, the student will be admitted on probation. Students admitted to Delgado Community College with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will be admitted in good standing.

Academic Amnesty

Students who have not been enrolled in an accredited college or university for at least three calendar years may, during their first semester of enrollment only, petition for academic amnesty. When students are granted academic amnesty, all college-level work completed at an earlier date is eliminated from computation of the grade point average and cannot be applied to a degree or certificate program of study at Delgado Community College. While previous work at Delgado will not be removed from the student’s scholastic records and transcript, it may not be used to meet degree requirements. The Delgado record will indicate clearly that academic amnesty has been granted and the effective date.

Students who are granted academic amnesty may qualify for scholarships or honors based on academic merit at such time as their Delgado Community College cumulative grade point average indicates that they are qualified. A student demonstrating competency in a given area may be allowed advanced standing (without credit) or a waiver of requirements, just as may any entering freshman. Students may be eligible for credit examinations for courses in which grades of “C” or higher were earned. (See Academic Policies and Procedures .)

Academic amnesty applies only to admission to Delgado Community College. Students granted amnesty at Delgado will be subject to the admissions policies of other institutions to which they may transfer after attending Delgado. When reviewing applications, many undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools compute the undergraduate grade point average based on all hours attempted.

Academic amnesty may be granted to a student only once, regardless of the institutions attended. Amnesty granted by another regionally accredited institution of higher education will be accepted by Delgado Community College.

During the first semester of enrollment, denials of requests for academic amnesty may be appealed to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for a final decision.

High School Students - Dual / Concurrent Enrollment

High school students may meet requirements for college admission if they fall into one of the following categories: dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, or summer enrollment. As these students are enrolled in high schools in the state of Louisiana, all dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and summer enrollment students are classified as Louisiana residents for tuition purposes.

Dual Enrollment

A dual enrollment student is a high school sophomore, junior, or senior who has been admitted to Delgado while still in high school to earn college credits and Carnegie units. Freshmen may be considered for dual enrollment in special circumstances. In accordance with Louisiana Department of Education provisions, the high school agrees that the dual enrollment student will also earn Carnegie units. 

The Delgado Dual Enrollment Program provides an opportunity for high school students to start college while still attending high school. Students have greater access to a wide variety of rigorous academic and technical courses and can earn college credit for the courses they successfully complete. By earning college credit while still in high school, the student saves money and time on achieving a college degree and experiences a more seamless transition into college. Careers today demand more knowledge, critical thinking skills, and higher levels of technical education. Additionally, to compete in the global economy, a minimum of two years of college is necessary to meet the demands of industry and to earn a livable wage.

The Delgado Dual Enrollment Program prepares students to become tomorrow’s leaders through a rigorous and relevant curriculum that stresses high academic achievement. Students are prepared more effectively for higher education through their participation in “Career Clusters” and “Cohort Classes” that link high school coursework to advanced technical programs in the community or technical colleges and which may transfer to a baccalaureate program. Ideally, students will also develop the qualifications and certifications necessary to obtain employment in high demand professional careers.

In accordance with Louisiana Department of Education provisions, students eligible for this program may also be eligible for the Louisiana Tops Tech Early Start Funding, which pays for tuition for up to six (6) credit hours per semester; however, students are responsible for all applicable student fees, books for each course, and transportation.

Dual enrollment students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • have written recommendation from the high school principal and parental approval on the completed concurrent/dual enrollment approval form;
  • have maintained a “C” or higher average on all work pursued (six semesters) in high school;
  • minimum ACT composite of 15 and/or take the Delgado Placement  Assessment;
  • complete the Delgado Dual Enrollment Application;
  • provide copy of transcript if not available through the Student Transcript System (for private, parochial and home school applicants); and
  • provide proof/waiver of state-required immunization compliance if attending classes on campus.

To continue enrollment for subsequent semesters, the student must have successfully completed the dual enrollment course with a college grade of A, B, C, or P, and must have a recommendation from the principal and parental approval to continue.

Dual enrollment students are subject to the dual enrollment provisions outlined in the college catalog in effect at the time of Delgado enrollment.

Interested students should contact their High School Counselor for the following required documents:

Home-schooled students must also supply a copy of their Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Approved Home Study Program Application.

Concurrent Enrollment

A concurrent enrollment student is a high school sophomore, junior, or senior who has been admitted to Delgado while still in high school to earn college credits and may also earn Carnegie units. Freshmen may be considered for concurrent enrollment in special circumstances. The student may receive Carnegie units, as determined by the high school.

Students applying for admission under this category will be responsible for tuition, all applicable fees, and books. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are limited to seven (7) credit hours during the first semester and seven (7) credit hours the subsequent semesters if eligibility requirements are met.

Concurrent enrollment students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • have written recommendation from the high school principal and parental approval on the completed concurrent/dual enrollment approval form;
  • have maintained a “C” or higher average on all work pursued (six semesters) in high school;
  • take the Delgado Placement Assessment to determine eligibility for the desired course and/or provide ACT scores;
  • complete the Delgado Concurrent Enrollment Application;
  • provide copy of transcript if not available through the Student Transcript System (for private, parochial and home school applicants); and
  • provide proof/waiver of state-required immunization compliance if attending classes on campus.

To continue enrollment in subsequent semesters, students must have successfully completed the concurrent enrollment course, with a college grade of A, B, C, or P, and must have a recommendation from the principal and parental approval on the concurrent enrollment form. Concurrent enrollment students are subject to the concurrent enrollment provisions outlined in the college catalog in effect at the time of Delgado enrollment.

Summer Enrollment

A summer enrollment student is a high school sophomore, junior, or senior who has been admitted to Delgado while still in high school to earn college credits and may also earn Carnegie units during the summer. Students applying for admission under this category will be responsible for tuition, all applicable fees, and books. High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are limited to six (6) credit hours during the summer session.

Summer enrollment students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • have written recommendation from the high school principal and parental approval on the completed concurrent / dual enrollment approval form;
  • have maintained a “C” or higher average on all work pursued (six semesters) in high school;
  • take the Delgado Placement Assessment to determine eligibility for the desired course and/or provide ACT scores;
  • complete the Delgado Concurrent Enrollment Application;
  • provide copy of transcript if not available through the Student Transcript System; and
  • provide proof/waiver of state-required immunization compliance if attending classes on campus.

To continue enrollment in subsequent semesters, students must have successfully completed the concurrent enrollment course, with a college grade of A, B, C, or P, and must have a recommendation from the principal and parental approval on the concurrent enrollment form.

Summer enrollment students are subject to the concurrent enrollment provisions outlined in the college catalog in effect at the time of Delgado enrollment.

International Students

A non-U.S. citizen who plans to attend Delgado Community College should write directly to International Student Admissions, City Park Campus, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA 70119, for detailed information. Delgado Community College welcomes international students. The International Student Advisor provides information and assistance to international students regarding college, immigration regulations, and financial matters. The International Advisor is also available to discuss and assist with personal concerns.

All international students are required to visit the International Student Advisor as soon as they arrive on campus and to maintain contact with that person during their stay at Delgado. International students (with M-1 and F-1 visas) must register and complete each semester as a full-time student. For immigration purposes, full-time is defined as twelve (12) credit hours per semester in a regular program and eighteen (18) to twenty-one (21)credit hours for English as a Second Language (ESL). International students must enroll every Fall and Spring semester until their studies are completed. Failure to enroll for a full course of study is considered a violation of their M-1 or F-1 status.

English Language Proficiency Test

International students whose native language is not English are required to take the Delgado English Language Proficiency Test. Enrollment in English as a Second Language (ESLN and ESLR prefixes) courses is required if an English language deficiency is determined. Although the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not required to be admitted to Delgado Community College, international students may test out of ESL if they have the following scores in the Internet Based TOEFL (IBT): Reading - 22 or higher, Speaking - 26 or higher, Listening - 22 or higher, and Writing Skills - 25 or higher.  All other types of TOEFL scores will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Application

APPLICATIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSIONS ACCORDING TO THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:

Application Deadlines for First-Time Students:

 

Fall Semester

 

before July 1

 

Spring Semester

 

before November 15

New F-1 student applicants will not be able to submit an application for summer, ONLY Fall and Spring semesters.

Application Deadlines for Transfer Students:

 

Fall Semester

 

before August 10

 

Spring Semester

 

before January 10

 

Summer Session

 

before May 10

If an applicant decides not to attend Delgado, he or she must return the Form 1-20.

Admissions Application and International Student Admissions forms are available on the web at www.dcc.edu.

An applicant seeking admission on a student visa must submit the items below before Form I-20 can be issued. Once all items are received, an I-20 will be generated through SEVIS. SEVIS is an electronic reporting system for international students and exchange visitors.

STEPS FOR ADMISSIONS: (All documents must be translated in English. Incomplete applications will not be processed.)

Step 1:  Letter of Intent
Applicant must explain why he/she is interested in studying in the United States and why he/she has chosen Delgado Community College to continue his/her education. The letter MUST be translated into English.

Step 2:  Admission Application
Applicants must fully complete and sign the Admissions Application. 

Step 3:  Supplemental Application
Applicants must fully complete and sign the supplemental application.

Step 4: Proof of Immunization
Applicants must submit proof of immunization compliance if born after 1956.

Step 5: Statement of Understanding
Applicants must read the statement of understanding, then sign, date, and submit.

Step 6: Financial Support
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Service requires all international students attending a college or university to submit a statement of financial support as well as an official bank letter. The funds required for tuition and living expenses are approximately $20,300 U.S. dollars per year.

The following must be submitted to the International Student Office:

  1. An official bank letter and bank statements verifying current funds of $20,300.00 U.S. dollars. See Official bank letter sample. Bank letter must be addressed to Delgado Community College. The letter must be in English and have funds converted into U.S. dollar amount.
  2. Statement of Financial Support Form. This statement must be notarized.
  3. U.S. Sponsors must fill out I-134 Affidavit of Support form available at www.uscis.gov.

All financial documents must be original. No copies will be accepted.

Please request duplicates as you may need to provide evidence of sponsorship to embassy officials. Please check with your embassy website.

These documents must be completed before an applicant can receive an SEVIS I-20.

Step 7: Foreign Transcript
International students enrolling in degree or certificate programs are required to submit official transcripts.  * Students who begin as ESL, non-degree seeking students do not have to supply transcript evaluations; however, they will not be permitted to take any other courses (English, Mathematics, Music, etc.) or to change to degree-seeking without first getting an evaluation of their foreign transcripts. For a list of transcript evaluation agencies, please visit www.naces.org.

NOTE: Students who do not submit a high school or college transcript evaluation will have English as a Second Language listed on their I-20.

Step 8: Copy of Passport

Step 9: Submission of Admissions Documents
Mail the completed admissions packet to: Delgado Community College, International Student Admissions, 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70119. The admissions packet must contain the following:

1. Letter of intent

2. Delgado admissions application

3. Supplemental admission application

4. Proof of immunization

5. Statement of understanding

6. Bank letter verifying $20,300 in U.S. funds

7. Notarized statement of financial support

8. Foreign transcript(s), if required

9. Copy of passport

Step 10: Acceptance Notification
Applicants will be notified by mail regarding their admission status. A Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS Form I-20) will accompany the acceptance letter.

Step 11: Obtaining An F-1 Visa
The Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS Form I-20), acceptance letter, passport, and I-901 SEVIS fee receipt are used to obtain a Visa (F-1) at a U. S. Consulate nearest to you.

Step 12: English Language Proficiency Assessment
The Delgado English Language proficiency assessment is required of international students whose native language is not English.

Step 13: Planning Travel                                              
Planning arrival is important. The following links provide assistance with this process: www.ice.gov/sevis/students. Insurance for F-1 student visa holders is not mandatory; however, it is highly recommended to have an insurance plan in place.

Step 14: All Students are Responsible for their Own Housing
Delgado Community College does not provide dormitories.  Students are responsible for obtaining their own housing accommodations.

Step 15: Attend the International Student Orientation
All F-1/M-1 students attending Delgado Community College as first-time freshmen will be required to attend an orientation.

International Transfer Students

International students transferring from other institutions in the U.S. must have been maintaining status as an F-1 student at the prior institution for immigration purposes and must also be in good academic standing. Those students out of status must apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for reinstatement upon entry to Delgado Community College. Transcripts from all U.S. institutions attended are required for admission as well as numbers 1-7 above. A complete transfer evaluation form by the last school attended must be submitted along with the documents and fees, as applicable, listed above.

STEPS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRANSFER STUDENT ADMISSIONS: (All documents must be translated in English. Incomplete applications will not be processed.)

Step 1: English Language Proficiency Assessment
The Delgado English Language proficiency assessment is required of international students whose native language is not English.

Step 2: Admission Application
Applicants must fully complete and sign the Admissions Application. Download the admissions application in PDF format and download the supplemental admission application (PDF Form).

Step 3: Transfer Evaluation form (PDF form)
This form must be filled out by the applicant’s International Student Office.

Step 4: Proof of Immunization
Submit proof of immunization compliance if born after 1956.

Step 5: Financial Support

The following must be submitted to the International Student Office:

  1. An official bank letter and bank statements verifying current funds of $20,300.00 U.S. dollars. See Official bank letter sample. Bank letter must be addressed to Delgado Community College. The letter must be in English and have funds converted into U.S. dollar amount.
  2. Statement of Financial Support Form. This statement must be notarized.
  3. U.S. Sponsors must fill out I-134 Affidavit of Support form available at www.uscis.gov.

All financial documents must be original. No copies will be accepted.

Please request duplicates as you may need to provide evidence of sponsorship to embassy officials. Please check with your embassy website.

Step 6: Read, sign, & Date Statement of Understanding.

Step 7: Submit Copies of Visa/passport/I-94

Step 8: Submit Copies of I-20’s from previous schools

Step 9: Foreign Transcript
International students enrolling in degree or certificate programs are required to submit official transcripts. * Students who begin as ESL, non-degree seeking students do not have to supply transcript evaluations; however, they will not be permitted to take any other courses (English, Mathematics, Music, etc) or to change to degree-seeking without first getting an evaluation of their foreign transcripts.  For a current list of transcript evaluation agencies, see www.naces.org.

Step 10: Official U.S. transcripts from all previous schools are required.

Step 11: Submission of Admissions Documents
Mail the completed admissions packet to: Delgado Community College, International Student Admissions, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119. The admissions packet must contain the following:

  1. Delgado admissions application
  2. Supplemental application
  3. Proof of immunization
  4. Statement of understanding
  5. Bank letter in the amount of $20,300
  6. Notarized statement of financial support
  7. Completed transfer evaluation form by last school attended
  8. Official Transcripts from all schools attend in the U.S.
  9. Copies of Visa/Passport
  10. I-94 Card (copy)
  11. Foreign transcript (if required)

Additional Requirements

International students transferring from another U. S. college or university must submit a current passport, I-94 card, SEVIS I-20, and transcripts from all U. S. colleges and universities attended. These documents are required in addition to those listed in the steps above. Furthermore, the student must be in good academic standing. Those students currently out of status must apply to the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for reinstatement upon entry to Delgado Community College.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation

International students who have graduated from a foreign post­secondary institution must provide evidence of academic achievement equivalent to a U.S. high school education or university/college-level equivalency.  For foreign high school graduates, transcripts that are not in English must be translated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by a certified translator.  Official basic/general high school diplomas must be sent to a member of NACES to determine equivalency.

Only translations certified by the American Translators Association will be accepted. Official evaluations are those which are sent from the evaluation agency directly to the Office of Admissions at Delgado Community College.

An applicant who has satisfactorily completed university-level courses in a foreign country must have official transcript(s) evaluated by a member of NACES.  All university/college course-by-course evaluations must accompany course descriptions to receive transfer credits. All course descriptions must be translated in English preferably through one of the agencies listed on this form or by a certified English translator. Course descriptions already translated by the foreign university are acceptable alongside the course-by-course evaluation.

The request for an evaluation must be made immediately so that the results will be received by Delgado Community College prior to registration. Students are required to furnish general evaluations only; however, students who wish to use credits earned in their country toward a degree at Delgado may request a more extensive course equivalency evaluation (course-by-course evaluation). There is an additional fee charged by the agencies for this service. All fees required must accompany the transcript sent to the agency. For a current listing of evaluation agencies, see www.naces.org. Students may check with the Office of Admissions for more information.

Admission Review

Denial of admission to a selective admission program when a student alleges that a decision is arbitrary or capricious or in violation of stated guidelines is addressed through the respective academic division. Denial of admission based on submission of inaccurate admission documentation is addressed through the student judicial process.  

Residency

The Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS) has established policies and procedures for determining residency for tuition and fee purposes (LCTCS Policy #2.008 Residency). Eligibility for classification as a Louisiana resident is determined by the Office of Admissions after the completed application for admission and other related documents have been submitted. After enrollment, changes in residency status are made in the Office of the Registrar.

Owning property in Louisiana, paying Louisiana state taxes, or establishing voter privileges in Louisiana do not, in themselves, qualify an applicant for Louisiana residency.

For tuition purposes, a Louisiana resident is defined as one who has, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has, abandoned all prior domiciles and has been domiciled and is employed part-time or full-time in the State of Louisiana continuously for at least one full year (365 days) immediately preceding the first day of classes of the semester of enrollment for which resident classification is sought. In accordance with the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, eligible military personnel and their spouse/dependents are also classified as residents for tuition purposes.

Residency categories are as follows:

  • Have lived and worked in Louisiana for at least one full year
  • Married to a Louisiana resident (as defined by LCTCS policy)
  • A dependent child of a Delgado Community College graduate
  • Dependent child of a Louisiana resident
  • Dependent child of a Louisiana resident living with a legal guardian
  • Permanent resident - must be in possession of Form I-551 (alien permanent resident card) or must show proof of permanent resident approval)
  • Military Personnel/Spouse/Dependent as defined below

    -An active duty member of the Armed Forces (including National Guard and Reserves) may be classified as a Resident for tuition purposes upon submission of documentation signed by the unit commander verifying active duty.

    -An honorably discharged and retired veteran of the Armed Forces may be classified as a Resident for tuition purposes upon submission of documentation verifying military discharge/retirement status.

    -A spouse, minor child or dependent of an active duty, honorably discharged or retired member of the Armed Forces may enroll as a Resident upon submission of documentation verifying spouse/dependent status.

    Veteran/Service Member/Dependent/Spouse Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Request Forms, which outline the required supporting documentation to verify non-resident tuition eligibility, are available in the Office of Admissions and on the Delgado web site (www.dcc.edu). The form and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of Admissions within 21 days after the first day of classes.

Other persons not meeting the 12-month legal residency requirement as defined by the LCTCS may be classified as temporary residents for tuition purposes only if they meet the requirements for one of the following categories.

Temporary Residency Classification Categories:

  • Visa categories: A, E, G, I, H, K, L
     
  • Non-U.S. citizen lawfully admitted to the United States as Refugee, Amnesty Alien, Temporary Protective Status

Residency Reclassification

Students in the process of working to have their classification as non-residents changed to residents must present satisfactory written documentation proving that they meet one of the categories to be classified as a Louisiana resident for tuition purposes.

To qualify as a Louisiana resident for tuition purposes, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen; a legal permanent resident; a non-U.S. citizen who can demonstrate that he or she has been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence; or meet one of the classifications of temporary resident as defined by the LCTCS above.

Non-U.S. citizens must be a permanent resident in possession of Form I-551 (alien permanent resident card) or proof of approval for such status before beginning the process of establishing residency by meeting the criteria to be classified as a Louisiana resident. Non-U.S. citizens not in possession of Form I-551 are referred to International Student Admissions for determination of residency status.

Non-Louisiana Residency Reclassification Applications, which outline the required supporting documentation, are available in the Office of Admissions and on the Delgado web site (www.dcc.edu). The application along with all supporting documentation must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for new students or to the Office of the Registrar for readmit and continuing students within 21 days after the first day of classes. Appeals of denial for reclassification as non-residents must be submitted to the Admissions Review Committee at the student’s home campus.

Appeals of denial for reclassification as non-residents must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for consideration by the College’s Residency Appeals Committee. The Residency Appeals Committee consists of not less than three voting members of the College staff appointed by the Chancellor’s designee, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The College Registrar serves as an additional, non-voting member.  If the Committee finds from the evidence submitted that the student is entitled to reclassification under the established regulations, the Committee makes a recommendation to the Chancellor’s designee regarding the reclassification of a student who has appealed his or her classification as a non-resident.

Within 21 days of the receipt of the appeal, the student will be notified by the Registrar’s Office regarding the College’s decision. If the decision is to reclassify the student to a resident, the classification will be effective with the current term and a refund of non-resident fees will be made to the student, if applicable. Failure of the student to comply timely with the residency appeals procedure will constitute a waiver of all claims for reclassification for the applicable semester/session. Exceptions to the policy may be made by the Chancellor’s designee.

All students classified as residents are subject to reclassification to non-resident and payment of all non-resident fees not paid. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts by the student, the student is also subject to the College’s student judicial procedures.