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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 Applicants

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. A high school diploma (verified by an official transcript including graduation date and diploma type) or General Educational Development (GED®) diploma will be required for admission to SRTC, unless otherwise specified by the program’s standards. Home school students may follow an alternative path for admissions, described below. High school diplomas from unaccredited institutions, certificates of attendance, or special education diplomas are not recognized for admission purposes. Students with diplomas from secondary schools located outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency by an approved outside evaluation organization. Applicants who have successfully completed (C or better) a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the degree level may submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges accredited by an accepted accrediting agency in lieu of a high school diploma or GED® diploma.


  1. The President of SRTC has the authority to grant a waiver to the admissions requirement as it relates to possessing a high school diploma or GED® diploma for those secondary students or those pursuing a GED® diploma who are otherwise eligible to enroll in a specific program of study that is agreed upon by the secondary school or the Adult Education Department and SRTC.

    However, prior to graduation from SRTC, students in degree, diploma, and specified certificate programs must receive a high school diploma or GED® diploma.
  1. In order for the high school diploma to be accepted by SRTC, the high school must be accredited by a regional accrediting agency such as:
  •  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 Accreditation Commission
  •  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
  •  Southern Association of Independent Schools
  •  Distance Education Training Council
  •  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
  •  National Council for Private School Accreditation
  •  North American Christian School Accrediting Agency
  •  Tennessee Association of Christian Schools
  •  A public school regulated by a school system and state department of education


  1. Applicants of homeschools located in Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:
  • Submit a 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.
  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the homeschooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.


  1.  Applicants of homeschools located outside the State of Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:
  • Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the homeschooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.
  •  Submit SAT or ACT scores as required by SRTC.



The ability of a student to succeed in a program is greatly determined by the math and language skills possessed by that student. SRTC is committed to assisting each student to achieve his/her maximum potential. All students applying for diploma, degree, and certificate programs must be assessed prior to acceptance to a program of study. Students will be admitted in accordance with the academic standards applicable to that program.

SRTC utilizes the COMPASS or ASSET, the TCSG approved assessment instruments, when evaluating students for program readiness. However, in the place of COMPASS or ASSET, SRTC accepts a student’s official entrance score on a validated assessment instrument (such as SAT, ACT) or Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English/Language Arts if the scores meet the College program’s required minimums. A 235 or higher score on the ELA portion of the GHSGT will ONLY exempt testing in writing and reading for placement into diploma and technical certificate of credit programs. This WILL NOT exempt testing for degree seeking students. If a student’s SAT, ACT, or GHSGT in English/Language Arts scores do not meet the College’s program minimums for regular admission, a student must be assessed using COMPASS or ASSET. Assessment results are valid for placement purposes for 5 years (60 months).

Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education documenting equivalent program-level English and/or math coursework successfully completed (C or better) may be used in lieu of completing the corresponding portion of SRTC’s assessment instrument.

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; Learning Support; Special, Transient, Transfer, Audit, Move On When Ready, International, Online, and Senior Citizen.

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.

Learning Support Status

Applicants who score below the provisional cut scores in English, math and reading are granted learning support status or referred to Adult Education.  Students with Learning Support status may not take occupational courses until achieving Provisional status.  Students with this status are not eligible for federal financial aid (i.e. Pell, SEOG, or Federal Work Study).

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.

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.


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

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 SBTAE Policy: V. B. 1. Admissions.

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


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.

Move On When Ready

Funds for full-time college while still in high school Move On When Ready (MOWR) is a 2009 state law that allows Georgia students entering 9, 10, 11 or 12th to take all of their courses at a TCSG college or through any other state institution or a virtual course approved by the State Board of Education. The student pays no college tuition because the law provides that the funding that would normally be applied to the high school education instead follows the student to the college, as arranged by the Georgia Department of Education. To be eligible, students must have spent the prior school year in attendance at a public high school in Georgia. Students who enroll in a TCSG college or other Georgia colleges or universities in the MOWR program receive credits that allow them to complete the requirements for their high school graduation and diploma.

*Beginning Fall Semester 2015, Move On When Ready will include Dual Enrollment, and ACCEL 

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.

Double Majors

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

Students shall be admitted to SRTC in one of the following categories: Regular; Provisional; Learning Support; Special Admit; Transient; Dual; ACCEL; Joint; Move On When Ready; Audit; or Transfer.


Admission Appeal

Applicants have the right to appeal an admission decision to SRTC. Appeals should be made in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs within three (3) working days of receiving notification of the admissions status. The written document must include specific details supporting the appeal.