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Admissions Eligibility

Individuals are eligible for admission to courses creditable toward an associate degree, certificate or short term certificate if they meet the following criteria and have completed and submitted an application for admission, residency form, official high school and college transcripts, and proof of identification. 

High School Graduates

  • A student who holds an Alabama High School Diploma, 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; Policies related to non-public non-accredited high school diplomas are subject to revision by the Alabama Community College System Board of Trustees 
  • ​A student who holds a GED Certificate issued by the appropriate state education agency. 

Non High School Graduates

  • Non-high school graduates or non-GED recipients seeking admission may only enroll in non-degree creditable courses or programs. 
  • Non-high school graduates or non-GED recipients who are admitted to an Alabama Community College System institution must be able to benefit from instructional training as indicated by attainment of at least minimum scores on an approved academic assessment. Students covered by this policy may not enroll in courses or programs that lead to an associate degree. 

Non-high school graduates or non-GED recipients seeking admission must be assessed using level-M or higher of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), COMPASS, or ASSET. Students must attain at least the following minimum scores: 

TABE minimum educational levels:
Reading 566, Math 565, Language 559 

COMPASS minimum scores:
Writing 32, Reading 62, Pre-Algebra/Numerical Skills 25 

ASSETT minimum scores:
Reading 35, Writing 35, Numerical 33 

Readmission Students 

Individuals who previously attended Wallace State Community College and who seek to return after an absence of one semester (excluding the summer term) must submit an application for readmission, comply with current admissions requirements, and supply transcripts of all academic work taken since last attending WSCC. 

Transfer Students 

  • A student who has previously attended another regionally or Council on Occupational Education accredited postsecondary institution will be considered a transfer student. 
  • Transfer students on academic or disciplinary suspension from another college or university must submit a written request to the College Admissions Committee for admission. 
  • A student who has completed the baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution will be required to submit only the transcripts from the institution conferring the highest degree. 
  • Transfer students with less than a baccalaureate degree must submit transcripts from all colleges attended and either high school transcripts with graduation date or proof of completion of GED. See General Admissions Procedures. 

Transfer Credit for Incoming Students 

  • Transcripts will be evaluated after the student has been admitted to the college. 
  • Evaluation of transfer credit is based on a student’s program of study at Wallace State. Only transfer courses that are applicable to a student’s program of study are considered for transfer credit. 
  • Only official transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit. Student copies will not be utilized for evaluation of official transfer credit. 
  • A grade of “D” may transfer if the cumulative GPA is 2.0 or above at the time of admission. 
  • The grade of “D” may only be applied to general education courses for the Associate’s Degree unless program restrictions or course prerequisites prohibit. See Course Descriptions and Abbreviations for specific prerequisite requirements. 
  • All major required courses require a grade of “C” or higher for successful course completion. 
  • No graduate level or pass/fail courses may transfer. 
  • Courses taken under a quarter or trimester system will be evaluated and adjusted to the semester system. 
  • Students inquiring about the application of transfer credit should complete a Re-Evaluation of Transfer Credit Request available on the Admissions section of the website or available at Lion Central in the Bailey Center. 

Transient Students 

  • A transfer student who attends another postsecondary institution and who seeks credit for transfer to that parent institution may be admitted to the College as a transient student. 
  • The student must submit an application for admission, proof of identification, residency form, and an official letter from the institution that certifies that the credit earned at the college will be accepted as a part of the student’s academic program. 
  • Transient Students are responsible for completing the transcript request to assure that transcripts are sent to the parent institution. 
  • Wallace State Students who seek to take classes as a transient student at another institution should contact the admissions office to request a Transient Authorization Form. Students must be in good academic standing. Students who owe a balance to the college will not be issued a Transient Authorization Form. 
  • Credit for the course(s) will be accepted in partial fulfillment of the degree requirements at Wallace State provided a grade of “C” or better was earned in the transient course. 

Accelerated High School Students 

  • A student who meets the provisions of state policy which allows students to enroll who have completed the tenth grade, who have a cumulative “B” average, and who have been recommended by the local principal may enroll. The student may enroll only in postsecondary courses for which high school prerequisites have been completed. 
  • Exceptions may be granted by the Chancellor for a student documented as gifted and talented according to the standards included in Alabama Administrative Code §290-8-9- .12. 
  • All Accelerated High School Students must complete an application for admission; submit a residency form, and a copy of a photo ID. See General Admission Procedures, Items 1, 6,7 for specific information. 

Dual Enrolled/Dual Credit High School 

Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit High School allows eligible high school students to enroll in college classes concurrently with high school classes, either on the college campus or at the high school, and receive both high school and college credit, provided the student is in grades ten, eleven, or twelve; has a “B” average; and has written approval of the Principal and Superintendent. All Dual Enrollment Students must complete an application for admission, submit a residency form, and a copy of a photo ID. See General Admission Procedures, Items 1, 6,7 for specific information. 

International Students 

For the protection of the public and to assist in maintaining state and national security, persons who are not citizens of the United States may not be admitted to any public two-year college for the purpose of enrolling in flight training, or in any segment or portion of a flight training program, until appropriate certification and approval have been received from the Office of the Attorney General of the United States, pursuant to Section 113 of the Aviation Transportation and Security Act, regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and all other applicable directives. 

Admission to an Alabama Community College System institution does not ensure admission to any individual program or course. Institutions comply with all applicable accreditation requirements and standards regarding program admission. 

International Students can contact the Wallace State Primary Designated School Officer for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, Jim Milligan at jim.milligan@wallacestate.edu

Wallace State Community College accepts international students who have F-1 student visa and meet the academic, linguistic, and financial requirements listed below. International Students are not eligible for State or Federal Financial Aid. 

Prior to being issued an I-20 form, international students must present the following: 

  • A completed admissions application. Applications can be completed via the Wallace State website at www.wallacestate.edu 
  • Official transcripts in English that document graduating from a secondary institution that is equivalent to a US high school. International applicants must have the high school transcript evaluated by Lisano International (www.lisano_ intl.com) or World Education Services (www.wes.org) in order to determine admissions eligibility. For transfer credits from foreign colleges or universities to be considered, the college transcripts must also be evaluated on a course by course basis. Reports from the evaluation service must be mailed directly to the Wallace State Admissions Office/International Students. 
  • A current and valid passport 
  • A current photo (passport-size, preferred) to be submitted to the Admissions Office 
  • Official transcripts showing a minimum of 500 on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 61 on the internet based TOEFL, or 173 on the computer based TOEFL test, or a 5.5 or greater on the International English Language Testing* (IELTS) 
  • A signed notarized financial statement declaring that the international applicant will be fully responsible and that funds are available for financial obligations during enrollment at Wallace State Community College. Financial obligations include but are not limited to: tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses, housing and miscellaneous expenses. A bank statement or bank letter dated within 6 months must be attached. 
  • Payment of I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee after receiving I-20. 
  • A medical health history with proof of vaccinations on Alabama Community College System form. Form can be accessed under the admissions tab at www.wallacestate.edu or from the Primary Designated SEVIS Officer in the Wallace State Admissions Office. 
  • Documentation demonstrating adequate health and life insurance, including repatriation, which must be maintained during all periods of enrollment. 

*English as a Second Language exam may be waived from all English speaking countries including but not limited to: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Montserrat, Nauru, New Zealand, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the United Kingdom, the US Virgin Islands. Other requests must be submitted with substantial documentation to the college for approval by the ACCS Chancellor 

International Students Transferring within the United States 

Any international student who has attended an accredited college or university within the United States may be considered for admissions as a transfer student. Transfer students must comply with the items listed below: 

  • A completed admissions application. Applications can be completed via the Wallace State website at www.wallacestate.edu 
  • Official transcripts in English that document graduating from a secondary institution that is equivalent to a US high school. International applicants must have the high school transcript evaluated by Lisano International (www. lisano_intl.com) or World Education Services (www.wes.org) in order to determine admissions eligibility. Students who have achieved a minimum of a Baccalaureate degree are only required to submit a transcript from the degree granting institution. For transfer credits from foreign colleges or universities to be considered, the college transcripts must also be evaluated on a course by course basis. Reports from the evaluation service must be mailed directly to the Wallace State Admissions Office/International Students. 
  • A current and valid passport and F-1 student visa. 
  • A current photo (passport-size, preferred) to be submitted to the Admissions Office 
  • Official transcripts showing a minimum of 500 on the paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 61 on the internet based TOEFL, or 173 on the computer based TOEFL test, or a 5.5 or greater on the International English Language Testing* Students who have completed ENG 101 or its equivalent at an accredited college or university with a grade of “C” or better may be exempt from the TOEFL requirements. 
  • A signed notarized financial statement declaring that the international applicant will be fully responsible and that funds are available for financial obligations during enrollment at Wallace State Community College. Financial obligations include but are not limited to: tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses, housing and miscellaneous expenses. A bank statement or bank letter dated within 6 months must be attached. 
  • Payment of I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Fee. 
  • A medical health history with proof of vaccinations on Alabama Community College System form. Form can be accessed under the admissions tab at www.wallacestate.edu or from the Primary Designated SEVIS Officer in the Wallace State Admissions Office. 
  • Documentation demonstrating adequate health and life insurance, including repatriation, which must be maintained during all periods of enrollment. 
  • Request a transfer clearance eligibility form from the International Student Advisor, DSO or PDSO, at the most recently attended college or university stating that the student is currently in status with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. 
  • Transfer 1-20 to Wallace State Community College via the SEVIS program. 

*English as a Second Language exam may be waived from all English speaking countries including but not limited to: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Montserrat, Nauru, New Zealand, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the United Kingdom, the US Virgin Islands 

Other requests must be submitted with substantial documentation to the college for approval by the ACCS Chancellor 

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

DACA status is conferred by the USCIS Department of Homeland Security. Eligible individuals can seek this status through the Department of Homeland Security. Individuals Seeking Admission to the college should complete the General Admissions Procedures to the college in the addition to completing the following requirements: 

Provide the college’s SEVIS Primary Designated School Officer with an Employment Authorization Card and the I-797 documentation. 

While students granted DACA are normally assigned a Social Security number, they are not eligible for Title IV aid. 

Continuing Education Students

Individuals seeking to enroll in Non-Credit Continuing Education courses that are not degree creditable can do so by registering with the office of continuing education. Course offerings and enrollment procedures are outlined in the current class schedule.

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