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Admission Policy

In accordance with the College’s goal of minimizing barriers to educational opportunity, an individual is admitted to Williamsburg Technical College without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX, Title VI or Section 504 may be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs, Williamsburg Technical College, 601 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Kingstree, South Carolina 29556-4103, or by calling (843) 355-4170 or (800) 768-2021. Students must be 16 years of age or older to be considered for admission into a curriculum program and courses offered by the College. Qualified high school students who desire to enroll in college courses concurrent with their high school classes may do so with the approval of their parents and high school principal. Admission to the College does not constitute admission into a program with specified admission requirements. Placement into a program is a different process than admission to the College. The College uses placement screening (testing and advisement) to ensure that students are adequately prepared for college-level work. For students who require additional preparation, specifically, improving their basic skills in English, mathematics and reading, the College offers a comprehensive developmental studies department. During the admission process, the College provides career, personal, financial and academic counseling to applicants to assist them in evaluating their individual potential for success in specific programs. Personalized attention to students is an important characteristic of all phases of academic and campus life at Williamsburg Technical College, and this personal touch is evident throughout all phases of the admission process. Student contact with the faculty and staff is an integral part of the process. Williamsburg Technical College participates in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP).
 
Admission Procedure

To be accepted as a student at Williamsburg Technical College, an applicant must:
1. Complete an application form obtained from Student Affairs or on the website.
2. Pay a $10 nonrefundable application fee. Applications will remain on file one year from the date submitted.
3. Request high school and/or other institutions to forward transcripts of all academic work attempted.
4. Take the COMPASS, an assessment instrument designed to aid counselors and advisors in determining the best course of study for each student; present an SAT score of 977 (verbal - 470; writing - 47; math - 460) or an equivalent ACT score of 19; or be currently enrolled in good standing at another institution.
5. Register for classes during registration.
6. Meet the established admission criteria for each curriculum. The student should apprise himself/herself of these criteria.
7. Be accepted into a curriculum by the Director of Enrollment and Record Services.
Former students of Williamsburg Technical College should contact the Office of Admissions to determine what steps must be taken to reactivate their records. All students must update their admission data anytime there is a change in information. Students who are not enrolled for one semester or more must verify admission data before enrolling. New applications will be completed when appropriate.
 
Classification of Students

Students are classified according to the following applicable terms:
Full-time: A student enrolled for 12 or more semester hours.
Part-time: A student enrolled for less than 12 semester hours.
Freshman: A student who has completed less than one-half of the semester hours required for graduation.
Sophomore: A student who has completed half or more of the semester hours required for graduation.
 
New Students
An applicant who has never attended a college or university must request that his/her high school forward an official transcript to the Office of Admissions at Williamsburg Technical College. Proof of satisfactory completion of the GED (General Educational Development program) is required for applicants having a high school equivalency certificate. All documents submitted to the College become the permanent property of the College. Applicants to associate degree programs must be high school graduates or possess a high school equivalency certificate (GED). Applicants to the cosmetology diploma program must present proof of at least tenth grade completion before being accepted.
All curriculum students are required to take the College’s assessment for placement. The College uses the COMPASS (Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System) as its assessment. The main emphasis of the Williamsburg Technical College placement assessment focuses on appropriately placing students in entry-level classes in order to promote student success and retention. Students whose assessment scores do not meet program requirements will be required to satisfactorily complete the respective Developmental Studies course(s) before enrolling in related courses in their programs of study. Exceptions may be granted if one of the following criteria is met:
1. The applicant has earned an associate or higher degree from another institution; or has an SAT score of 977 (verbal - 470; writing - 47; math - 460) or an equivalent ACT score of 19.
2. The applicant has earned a grade of “C” or better in an appropriate transferrable freshman math and English course from another institution.
3. The applicant has taken the Williamsburg Technical College assessment within the past two years and has appropriate program entry scores.
 
Transfer Students
Students who intend to transfer credits from Williamsburg Technical College to other colleges or universities should have, in advance, the written approval of their academic advisors or deans from the receiving institution before registering for any course intended to be transferred. Students are responsible for requesting transcripts to be sent to other colleges or universities. Students who are transferring credits from another college or university to Williamsburg Technical College will be admitted with advanced standing, subject to the acceptance of transfer credits from other institutions. Credit may also be received for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or through the Williamsburg County School District articulation agreement, or for experiential learning. Students should request an official transcript from all colleges and universities previously attended. All documents submitted to the College become the permanent property of the College.

Undeclared Major Students
An applicant who does not intend to enter a curriculum program may enter as an “undeclared major” student and take up to, but no more than, 15 semester hours in selected courses. Undeclared major students who plan to take transfer courses must meet all criteria before registering for these courses. It is generally recommended that undeclared major students take no more than seven semester hours in any given semester. It is required that all prerequisites be met and that the student declare a major upon completion of 15 semester hours. An undeclared major student is often one who enrolls in a specific course to improve job performance or to acquire a necessary background to support a career change. Tuition for this category of career development student is often paid by his or her employer. Career development students are not eligible for financial aid.
 
Senior Citizen Students
Legal residents of South Carolina who are at least 60 years of age may enroll on a space-available basis without paying tuition, provided that the students are not employed full-time. Such persons enrolling for credit must meet all admission criteria.
 
Audit Students
An audit student is expected to attend classes regularly, but may choose not to take the examination and will not receive college credit. Each student must declare status upon registering for an audit course. Change of status is permitted within the scheduled add/drop period. A grade of “AU” will be awarded for all classes audited. To earn credit for an audited course, the student must meet all admission criteria and repeat the course or take an exemption exam.

Readmission Students
If  a student is dismissed from the College for academic, improper conduct  or other adverse reasons, readmission is subject to review in accordance  with the Student Code.
1.  Students who have attended the College previously and withdrawn in good  standing, have graduated, or are changing programs must file a  readmission application.
2.  Readmittance of students who have been dismissed for any reason or who  have withdrawn without authority will be at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
3.  Students who interrupt their education at Williamsburg Technical  College for more than two terms and return must reapply and will reenter  under the catalog in effect at the time of reentry. Transcripts will be  evaluated to determine applicable credits.
4.  Placement testing is required for readmission if previous test results  are over two years old and English and math credits have not been  earned.

Procedure for Readmission
A  student is only considered a readmit if he/she sits out of college more  than one semester. A student does not have to readmit after skipping  only one semester if the student is not changing majors, on academic  probation or suspension, or on financial aid probation or suspension. A  student must be readmitted after skipping one semester or more if he/she has graduated or is a distance education student.
 
 
Student Rights

You have the right to ask the College:
1. The name(s) of its accrediting or licensing organization(s).
2. About its programs; its instructional, laboratory and other physical facilities; and its faculty.
3. The cost of attending and the College’s policy on refunds to students who drop out.
4. What financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, local, private and institutional financial aid programs.
5. What the procedures and deadlines are for submitting applications for each available financial aid program.
6. What criteria it uses to select financial aid recipients.
7. How it determines your financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, and personal miscellaneous expenses are considered in your cost of education.
It also includes how resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, assets, etc.) are considered in calculating your need.
8. How much of your financial need, as determined by the institution, has been met.
9. How and when financial aid will be disbursed.
10. To explain each type and amount of assistance in your financial aid package.
11. If you are offered a Federal Work-Study job, what kind of job it is, what hours you must work, what your duties will be, what the rate of pay will be, and how and when you will be paid.
12. To reconsider your aid package if you believe a mistake has been made, or if your enrollment or financial circumstances have changed.
13. How the institution determines if you are making satisfactory progress, and what happens if you are not.
14. What special facilities and services are available to students with disabilities.
 
Student Responsibilities

It is your responsibility to observe the following criteria and guidelines as established by the administrative staff and the Area Commission of Williamsburg Technical College:
1. Review and consider all information about the College’s programs before you enroll.
2. Pay special attention to your application for student financial aid, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to the right place. Errors can delay or prevent your receiving aid.
3. Meet all deadlines for applying or reapplying for aid.
4. Provide all additional documentation, verification, corrections and/or new information requested by either the financial aid office or by the agency to which you submitted your application.
5. Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms you are asked to sign.
6. Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.
7. Notify the school of any change in your name, address or attendance status (halftime, three-quarter time, or full-time). If you have a loan you must also notify your lender of these changes.
8. Satisfactorily perform the work agreed upon in a Federal Work-Study job.
9. Understand your institution’s refund policy.

 
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