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General Studies

Admission Requirements

All applicants must either be a high school graduate with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0, or a general equivalency diploma (GED) recipient with a score of 500 (score of 50 prior to 2002). If an applicant’s GPA or GED score is below the minimum, he/she may be eligible for admission under transfer student guidelines.

Transfer Student Guidelines
A transfer student must be a high school graduate or a GED recipient and have earned a minimum of 15 credit hours of college coursework from a regionally accredited college, with a GPA of at least 2.0. For applicants who have attended more than one regionally accredited college, GPAs from all colleges must combine to equal at least 2.0.

Additional Admission Requirements for All General Studies Program Applicants
Applicants must have achieved the following test scores:
  • ACT composite score of 20, with a score of 19 on the sub-tests in both mathematics and scientific reasoning, or SAT with a combined score of 990 or above.
  • ACT/SAT testing will be waived for transfer students who have earned a minimum of 15 college semester hours at a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Applicants should have completed and passed the necessary high school courses, or their college equivalents:

  • English - three units (may include public speaking or journalism; not required for GED recipients)
  • Math - two units
  • Social Studies - two units (not required for GED recipients)

All courses should be completed with a grade of “C” or better; a grade of “B” or better is preferred.

For students who are not United States citizens and/or for whom English is a second language, please review the college catalog online for further admission information.