Jan 28, 2023  
2014 - 2015 Catalog 
    
2014 - 2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Admission Status


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, or a Louisiana Technical College institution (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 attaining a certain level on the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment as defined by the U. S. Department of Education.  However, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education requirements, applicants admitted solely on the basis of ATB scores are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  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 demonstrated evidence of potential for success by attaining a certain level on the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment as defined by the U. S. Department of Education. However, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education requirements, applicants admitted solely on the basis of ATB scores are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  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 attaining a certain level on the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment as defined by the U. S. Department of Education. However, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education requirements, applicants admitted solely on the basis of ATB scores are not eligible for federal financial aid. 
  4. Non-High-School Graduates - Non-high school graduates are eligible for admissions once they have demonstrated evidence of potential for success by attaining a certain level on the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment as defined by the U. S. Department of Education.  However, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education requirements, applicants admitted solely on the basis of ATB scores are not eligible for federal financial aid.

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 12 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.
  5. Attain a certain level on the Ability to Benefit (ATB) assessment as defined by the U. S. Department of Education if a non-high school graduate or graduate of a non-state approved, non-state registered, or non-regionally accredited home school or high school. However, in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education requirements, applicants admitted solely on the basis of ATB scores are not eligible for federal financial aid. 

  6.  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 . TAcademic 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 may continue to use the ATB scores to meet admission requirements if the test taken remains a valid ATB test in accordance with the Department of Education guidelines. Otherwise, the re-admit student must retake the ATB to be readmitted to the College.  In accordance with U.S. Department of Education requirements, applicants admitted solely on the basis of ATB scores are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, re-admit students who were previously admitted solely based on ATB results and enrolled at the College prior to Fall 2012 Semester may continue to use valid ATB results to become eligible for financial aid.

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. The acceptance of courses taken more than ten years before a student transfers to Delgado Community College is determined by the appropriate division dean.

  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.



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