Admission to the College

Students who wish to enroll in credit courses offered by GSCC should follow these steps:

  • Complete an online application for admission, www.gadsdenstate.edu
  • Provide appropriate identification documentation such as
    • Unexpired Alabama Driver’s License or instruction permit
    • Unexpired Alabama identification card
    • Unexpired U.S. Passport
    • Unexpired U.S. Permanent Resident Card
    • Resident Alien Card -Pre-1997
    • Unexpired Driver’s License or instruction permit from another state or U.S. Territory that verifies lawful presence, dated 2000 and beyond
    • U.S. Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-151) prior to 1978
    • BIA or tribal identification card with photo
    • I-797 Form with expiration date
    • Voter identification card from a state that verifies lawful presence
  • Submit at least one of the following: 
    • An official transcript showing graduation date, the high school diploma of another state equivalent to the Alabama High School Diploma, or an equivalent diploma issued by a non-public high school or;
  • An official GED transcript.  Alabama GED records can be obtained from www.ged.com.
  • Take the Placement Test, submit appropriate ACT/SAT scores, or provide documentation of eligibility for math and English placement.

International students must apply for admission through the Gadsden State International Programs Office: http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/international_students/home.  More information can be found in the "Admission of International Students" section of the catalog.

The requirements and procedures for admission are determined by the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Community College System.  Persons seeking admission must complete the online application and submit appropriate documentation as required, including one primary form of identification.

All male students between the ages of 18 and 26 must verify that they have registered with the U.S. Selective Service System in accordance with 36-26-15.1 of the Code of Alabama of 1974 (as amended).

Admission to the College does not guarantee acceptance or admission to certain selective admissions programs such as Health Science programs or Court Reporting. Students should refer to the program descriptions in this Catalog for additional information. Any and all elements of admission requirements are subject to change without prior notice.

Conditional admission may be granted to an applicant who does not have all required documents on file for admission.  However, all applicants must submit a primary form of identification. Conditional admission is a strictly temporary status in which the student will be permitted to enroll and attend classes for one term but will not be eligible for federal student aid, and transcripts of completed work will not be produced until admissions file is complete.

Transfer students have attended one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities other than Gadsden State but wish to continue their education at Gadsden State. Transfer students must:

  • Complete an online application for admission
  • Provide an official transcript from high school and an official transcript from all colleges and universities previously attended. An applicant who has a baccalaureate degree need only submit a transcript from the institution awarding the degree.
  • Provide one primary form of identification (examples are an unexpired Alabama driver's license, an unexpired Alabama identification card, an unexpired U.S. passport, or an unexpired U.S. permanent resident card) per Alabama Community College System Policy 801.01.

A transfer student who meets requirements for admission to a course creditable toward an associate degree will be classified as a “degree-eligible student.” A transfer student who does not meet these requirements will be classified as a “non-degree-eligible student.”  Non-degree-eligible students are not eligible for federal student aid.

Transfer students must adhere to the same standards of satisfactory academic progress as a “native” student.  Those not meeting standards will be admitted on academic probation and noted as such on the transcript.

An applicant who has been academically suspended from another regionally accredited postsecondary institution may be admitted as a transfer student only after following the appeal process established at the College for “native” students who have been academically suspended. If the transfer student is admitted upon appeal, the student will enter the institution on academic probation. The transcript will read “Admitted upon Appeal – Academic Probation.”  Readmission upon appeal does not guarantee financial aid eligibility.  Refer to Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress for more information. 

Transient students are students who desire to enroll at Gadsden State, fully intending to return to their previous home colleges or universities to complete their studies. For admission as a transient student, applicants must:

  • Complete an online application for admission
  • Provide one primary form of identification (examples are an unexpired Alabama driver's license, an unexpired Alabama identification card, an unexpired U.S. passport, or an unexpired U.S. permanent resident card) per Alabama Community College System Policy 801.01. (http://www.gadsdenstate.edu/admissions/proof-us-citizenship)
  • The student must also submit a letter of transience.  The Transient Student Letter must contain the courses approved by the student’s home institution for transfer. Transient students must request and ensure that the Registrar of their home college or university send directly to Gadsden State Admissions Office a letter of transience, indicating that the course(s) to be taken at Gadsden State will be acceptable at that institution. Letters of transience must be on file prior to the student’s registration for courses.   Transient students are not eligible for federal student aid.

Re-admit students are those former Gadsden State students who have not attended Gadsden State within the past full academic year. Re-admit students must:

  • Complete the online admission application.
  • Provide one primary form of identification (examples are an unexpired Alabama driver's license, an unexpired Alabama identification card, an unexpired U.S. passport, or an unexpired U.S. permanent resident card) per Alabama Community College System Policy 801.01.
  • If students have attended one or more colleges and/or universities since their original admission to Gadsden State, they must submit an official transcript from each institution to the Gadsden State Admissions Office. If the student has never submitted his/her high school transcript, this will also be required per new regulations.

This documentation must be received to be cleared for admission and registration.  

Accelerated students are high school students who have completed at least the tenth grade and who have been approved to enroll for college credit in Gadsden State courses while they are still attending high school. Accelerated students are not eligible for federal student aid.

A student is eligible for early admission if he/she meets ALL of the following criteria:

  1. The student has successfully completed the tenth (10th) grade.
  2. The student provides a certification from the local principal and/or designee certifying that the student has a minimum cumulative 3.0 average and recommending that the student be admitted under this policy.
  3. The student has completed the high school prerequisite(s) for the postsecondary course in which he/she wishes to enroll.

Exceptions may be granted by the Chancellor for a student documented as gifted and talented according to the standards included in the Alabama Administrative Code 290-8-9.12. Exceptions apply only to requirements “1)” and “3)” above.

All credit for coursework completed under these provisions is held in escrow until the student provides proof of high school graduation (final high school transcript). Transcripts issued prior to a student’s high school graduation will be labeled “Conditional Credit.” Upon proof of high school graduation, this notation will be removed from the transcript.

Accelerated students must follow the application procedures as listed for first-time freshmen with the exception of a completed high school transcript.

Personal enrichment students are students who desire to take courses but who do not intend to fulfill the requirements for a degree. Personal enrichment students must complete the same documents required of the first-time freshman and/or the transfer student. Personal enrichment students are not eligible for federal student aid.

Senior adult students are students who may qualify for the Senior Adult Scholarship Program (tuition assistance) because they are sixty (60) years of age or older. Senior adult students must complete the same documents required of the first-time freshman and/or the transfer student. 

The applicant must

  1. Comply with the College’s admission standards as noted earlier in this catalog under “Admission,”  “First-time freshmen,” “Transfer Students,” or “Re-admit Students”;
  2. Be an Alabama resident; and
  3. Enroll for credit during the drop/add period only. (Non-credit enrollment and early registration are not covered under these provisions.)

Senior Adult scholarships will be limited based on available funds. The scholarship can cover up to six (6) hours per semester. The Senior Adult scholarship will be available only after all other forms of financial assistance have been exhausted. The student is responsible for any fees or other charges applied to the general student body. Senior citizens granted a tuition waiver under the Senior Adult Scholarship Program may receive the tuition waiver only one time per course. Any time a senior citizen repeats a course, the student is responsible for not only fees but also tuition. Senior citizen course enrollment under the Senior Adult Scholarship Program is restricted to a space-available basis. A course will not be expanded beyond the optimal number to accommodate the enrollment of senior citizens attending under the Senior Adult Scholarship Program. Eligible students who choose to register for courses and receive the senior citizen tuition waiver must wait until the first day of class to register.