Policy Number: I-12
Last Reviewed: March 24, 2022
Responsible Dept.: Dean of Student Affairs
A signed copy of this policy is available in the President’s Office.
In accordance with VCCS Policy 6.0.1, individuals are eligible for admission to Virginia Western Community College if they are:
- high school graduates or the equivalent, OR
- if they are eighteen years of age or older and able to benefit academically from study at the community college, as demonstrated by assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics.
Minimum scores are noted in the chart below:
|Subject||Virginia Placement Test (VPT)|
|Reading||ENF 1 or EDE 10|
|Writing||ENF 1 or EDE 10|
|Mathematics||MTE 1 or MDE 10|
Students who fail to meet these criteria in reading, writing, and mathematics, regardless of high school diploma, will only be permitted to enroll in non-credit classes. Virginia Western reserves the right to require direct enrollment placement for any individual seeking to enroll in credit classes. Students enrolling in Career Studies Certificate programs may be waived from direct enrollment, unless a course in the program requires a reading, writing, or mathematics prerequisite. Please see the college catalog for program requirements.
Virginia Western reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse or revoke admission if the college determines that the applicant or student poses a threat, is a potential danger, is significantly disruptive to the college community, or if such refusal or revocation is considered to be in the best interest of the college. Virginia Western also reserves the right to refuse admission for applicants that have been expelled or suspended from, or determined to be a threat, potential danger, or significantly disruptive by, another college. Students whose admission is revoked after enrollment will be given due process through the college’s Care Team.
Admission to Virginia Western does not guarantee admission to a particular curriculum. Individuals may be admitted as curricular or non-curricular students. Curricular students are those placed in degree, certificate or career studies certificate programs. All other students are considered non-curricular.
For all non-curricular students, a completed official application is required with social security number requested. Non-curricular students must satisfy all required course prerequisites before enrolling in specific college-level courses.
For all curricular students, a completed official application is required with social security number requested. Curricular students who have attended another college or university outside of the Virginia Community College System must submit an official transcript for evaluation. Curricular students seeking entry into a restricted admission program are required to submit official high school transcripts, an official copy of GED scores (if applicable), and official transcripts from all colleges attended outside of the Virginia Community College System.
Virginia Western shall promote and maintain equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification), status as a veteran, national origin, or other non-merit factors.
12.0.1 Special Admission Requirements for International Applicants
In addition to the general admissions requirements outlined above, Virginia Western adheres to the documentation and eligibility requirements established by federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS) when evaluating applications for prospective international students. Assessment of English language proficiency will be required of international applicants whose native language is not English.
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