Admissions Process


Admission to Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is a multi-step process that consists of evaluation of prior academic experience and assessment for postsecondary readiness of eligible applicants. The admissions requirements and procedures established at SRTC are designed to assist the applicant in making a career decision based on such factors as aptitude, ability, interest, background, assessment results, and other appropriate evaluations. Admissions requirements follow the guidelines developed by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia and reflect concern for the applicant’s health, safety, well-being, and ability to benefit from the educational opportunities available. SRTC assures implementation of this procedure to include consistent interpretation and administration of the following activities:

  • recruitment
  • orientation to admission procedures, as needed
  • assessment of students
  • career counseling and job placement assistance
  • financial aid counseling
  • procedures to assist persons with disabilities
  • program placement
  • placement into degree, diploma, certificate on a regular or provisional basis
  • learning support programs

Eligible Applicant

Individuals 16 years of age or older or dually enrolled high school students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades who seek access to quality instruction at the post-secondary level are eligible for admissions.


Required Academic Criteria for Admissions

  1. High school graduates must submit an official high school transcript (including graduation date) that reflects the student has met the attendance, academic, and/or assessment requirements for the state’s board of education or equivalent agency.
  • Secondary schools must be accredited by an agency included on the TCSG approved accreditation agency list.
  • Applicants with diplomas from secondary schools located outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency by an approved outside evaluation organization.
  • High school Certificates of Attendance or other certificates, credentials or documents where the student did not complete all required coursework or testing required for a high school diploma in that state are not recognized for admission purposes.

TCSG approved accreditation agencies are as follows:

  • Regional accrediting agencies which include:
    • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
    • Northwest Accreditation Commission
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement
  • Georgia Accrediting Commission
  • Georgia Association of Christian Schools
  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Georgia Private School Accreditation Council
  • Accrediting Commission for Independent Study (note: ACIS merged with the Georgia Accrediting Commission in 2005)
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • Florida Council of Independent Schools
  • Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
  • Florida Council of Private Schools
  • South Carolina Independent School Association
  • Alabama Independent School Association
  • Texas Private School Accreditation Commission
  • Distance Education Accrediting Commission
  • National Council for Private School Accreditation
  • North American Christian School Accrediting Agency
  • Tennessee Association of Christian Schools
  • Florida Coalition of Christian Private Schools Accreditation

  1. Submission of an official transcript reflecting the student has passed an examination the state recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma (e.g. GED).
  1. Submission of an official transcript from each of one or more previously attended postsecondary institutions (accredited by an accepted accrediting agency) reflecting the successful completion (C or better) of a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter credit hours of coursework at the degree level.
  1. Applicants who were home schooled in the state of Georgia and did not attend a recognized accredited program must submit:
  1. Certificate of Attendance form from the local superintendent’s office or a Declaration of Intent to utilize a Home Study Program from the Georgia Department of Education verifying that the parent or legal guardian complied with the requirements of home study programs as referenced in O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.
  2. Annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the home-schooled student’s junior and senior years (the final progress report or transcript must include the graduation date).

5. Applicants who were home schooled outside the state of Georgia and did not attend a recognized accredited program must submit:

a. annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the home-schooled student’s junior and senior years (the final progress report or transcript must include the graduation date); and

b. one of the following:

  • SAT or ACT scores that meet or exceed the TCSG system and college minimum score requirements for program readiness.
  • ACCUPLACER or Compass placement scores that meet or exceed the TCSG system and college minimum score requirements for program readiness.

6. Service members of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, or Navy may submit an official copy of their DD Form 214 indicating high school graduate or equivalent.


Assessment

The ability of a student to succeed in a program at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is greatly determined by the math and language skills possessed by the student. SRTC is committed to assist each student to achieve at his/her maximum potential. It is the philosophy of the College that a student is not helped by admitting him/her to a program in which he/she does not possess the basic educational skills needed to succeed. Therefore, all students applying for diploma, degree, and certificate programs must be assessed prior to acceptance to a program of study at the College. Students will then be admitted in accordance with the academic standards applicable to the program.

SRTC utilizes the state-approved assessment instruments (ACCUPLACER or COMPANION ) to assess program readiness. Minimum scores for entry into programs are established to meet state requirements. Official scores meeting admission criteria on a validated assessment instruments such as ACT, SAT, PSAT, GED, Georgia Milestones, or HOPE GPA can also be used to assess program readiness. Assessment scores will be considered valid for placement purposes for a period of five years (60 months) and are transferable to any Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) college. A student possessing an associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution shall be exempted from placement requirements.

ACCUPLACER placement exam


Admissions Categories

Minimum admissions requirements shall be established for each program. Students will be admitted to a Technical College in one of the following categories: Regular; Provisional; Special; Pending (High School Seniors Only); and Transient.


Regular Status

Students who meet all requirements for admission into a selected program and are eligible to take all courses in the program curriculum are granted regular admission status.


Provisional Status

Students who do not meet all requirements for regular admission into a selected program are granted provisional admission status. Provisionally admitted students may take learning support classes, and certain specified occupational courses as long as class pre- and co- requisites are satisfied.

All degree, diploma and certificate, program students initially admitted on a provisional basis must have satisfactorily completed the necessary prerequisite and learning support course work in order to progress through the State Standard Curriculum.

Note: Dually enrolled students are not eligible for Provisional Admission status.


Special Admit Status (Non-credential seeking)

Applicants who wish to take credit coursework, but are not seeking a certificate, diploma, or associate degree are granted Special Admit status. The following specifics define the parameters of this status:

  1. May apply up to a maximum of 25 quarter or 17 semester credit hours into a specific program for credential seeking purposes after achieving regular admit status. The number of hours taken as a special admit student in no way waives the requirements of the regular admission process.
  2. May enroll in classes only on a space-available basis.
  3. Should adhere to the specific institutional prerequisite requirements when selecting courses.
  4. Will not be eligible for any financial aid.

Pending Admit Status (High School Seniors only)

Applicants who are in their final year of high school and are applying for a college term immediately after they graduate are granted Pending Admit Status. The following specifics define the parameters of this status:

  1. Applicants must submit a transcript showing the applicant is on track for completing all required high school courses before the semester they wish to enroll.
    1. A letter from the high school confirming the pending completion is encouraged to be sent with the transcript.
  2. Will be allowed to register for courses after course placement requirements have been met.
  3. These applicants are not eligible for federal financial aid until a final high school transcript has been received.

Transient Admit Status

A student may be permitted to enroll as a transient student on a space-available basis in order to complete work to be transferred to a home college. Students who submit a Transient Agreement Letter from their home institution are granted Transient admission status. The Transient Agreement Letter should verify that the student is in good standing and should list the courses the student is eligible to take. A current Transient Agreement Letter is required for each term of enrollment. The student will pay an application fee and all regular fees. To apply for transient admission, please submit application at www.gvtc.org.


International Students

Southern Regional Technical College is not authorized by the Office of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to issue 1-20’s or student visas. It is the student’s responsibility to comply with all appropriate INS regulations. Citizens of foreign countries and resident aliens must complete the following requirements in addition to the admission procedures for new students:

  1. Provide an official English translation of all secondary and postsecondary records and an evaluation of those records performed by an independent evaluation service (the address and applications are available in the Student Affairs Office).
  2. Submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. A report/recommendation from an English language institute or program within the United States will be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Exceptions to the admissions procedure are limited and based on specific criteria as identified in TCSG Procedure: V. B. 1. Admissions Requirements.

See the list of approved agencies by the Technical College System of Georgia here.


Online

Students who have completed admissions requirements may register for an online course through their program advisor after verifying the hardware and software requirements. For more information regarding online courses, contact the Director of Online Instruction at 229-217-4227 or program advisor.


Dual Enrollment

Under Dual Enrollment, students may take occupational and career courses that can help jump start a career. Students may also take academic core courses that can transfer to USG colleges and universities. Students who are in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades, attend a participating Georgia high school or an approved home study program may qualify to take college level courses under the Dual Enrollment Program. The state of Georgia has set aside funds to cover the tuition and non-course related fees for all qualified students. Under the Dual Enrollment Program, the college provides the textbooks. However, students may be required to pay for course-related supplies or fees. Students who enroll in a TCSG college or other Georgia colleges or universities in the Dual Enrollment program receive credits that allow them to complete the requirements for their high school graduation and diploma.


Senior Citizens

Residents of Georgia who are 62 years of age or older are eligible for a tuition waiver at the standard rate of tuition. Proof of age must be presented at registration to receive the standard tuition waiver. All fees will be assessed. Admission under this provision is granted on a space available basis and does not apply to continuing education classes.


Auditing a Class

Applicants wishing to audit a course must submit an application and pay the application fee and all regular fees. Applicants for audit are not required to take the placement assessment. Credit is not awarded for courses taken on an audit basis.


Double Majors

Students are allowed to enroll in a maximum of two majors with common core curriculum at one time.


Admission Appeal


Applicants who feel that they have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, or citizenship status are encouraged to make use of the appeal process. Those who are dissatisfied with an admissions decision or have a complaint are also encouraged to discuss with the Director of Admissions any concern relative to denial of admission based on the discrimination factors listed.

  1. The applicant may appeal in writing within 30 days of admissions decision to the Admissions Appeal Committee, which shall consist of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Program Instructor. The written complaint should contain a complete description of the alleged discrimination and should be submitted to the Director of Admissions to be forwarded to the Admissions Appeal Committee.
  2. Within 5 working days of the receipt of the complete appeals package, notification of the date, time, and location of the Admissions Appeals Committee meeting will be sent to the applicant. If the applicant wishes to appear before the Committee, but is unable to make the scheduled meeting, he/she should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs before the scheduled meeting.
  3. When the Committee has reviewed all the information it deems necessary and made its decision, the Committee will send a written report to the applicant within 5 working days of the receipt of the complete appeals package.