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Nashville State Community College    
 
    
 
  Dec 17, 2017
 
2017-2018 Catalog

Admissions



Nashville State Community College provides opportunities for collegiate education to all qualified applicants without regard to their race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability. Information concerning admission to the college may be obtained from:

Office of Admissions
Nashville State Community College
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone 615-353-3215
Email: Recruiting@nscc.edu
Web: www.nscc.edu

Campus Visitation

Campus visits may be scheduled by calling the Office of Admissions at 615-353-3057 or by visiting the website at www.nscc.edu/admissions/schedule-a-tour.

Admissions Requirements

NSCC provides two major types of admission: Degree Admissions and Non-Degree Admission, with several subcategories. Each admissions category is designed for a particular purpose and for different populations. Applicants should review the various types and subcategories and select the admissions category that best suits their educational needs and qualifications.

In all cases, qualified students must:

  1. Meet entry-level standards for the courses in which they enroll,
  2. Be able to complete assignments, and
  3. Be able to read and write at the required level.

Future students are urged to submit their applications as early as possible to allow sufficient time for application processing and the timely distribution of registration information.

Nashville State’s classes are considered to be web-enhanced. Faculty have an expectation that students will use a computer and the Internet to complete assignments, engage in online discussions, and access various course materials through Desire2Learn (D2L) course shells. Computers are available for student use at each campus during campus open hours.

All admissions documents submitted by the applicant become the property of the college and cannot be forwarded or returned. All correspondence concerning your admissions file should be sent to the address above.

When all admissions requirements have been met, the degree-seeking applicants will receive letters indicating they have been accepted for admission or indicating further action is necessary in order to establish eligibility for admission. Applicants will be advised when to appear for orientation, testing, and/or registration.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs may, upon appeal, waive or modify conditions of admissions for individual applicants.

The following admissions requirements are divided into admissions classifications. Each classification begins with a description. Read each description carefully to determine your admissions requirements.

Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) and University Parallel Program

For applicants wishing to enroll in a Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) or University Parallel Program leading to an Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science, or an Associate of Science in Teaching degree, and eventually a Bachelor’s degree, the Tennessee Board of Regents requires the completion of specific high school courses.

Applicants who graduated from high school or home school during or after 1989 must meet the following course requirements in addition to those listed in the applicant’s selected program of study. Applicants who received a GED certificate during 1989 and thereafter as well as students who have an Enhanced ACT composite score of 26 or higher are considered to have met all high school unit requirements except those in foreign language and visual or performing arts. Listed below are the required courses and the required number of courses.

Courses  Units  
English  4  
Algebra I 1  
Algebra II 1  
Geometry or other advanced math units with geometry component 1  
Additional unit of math 1  

Natural or Physical Science
At least 1 unit must be Biology I or II; other courses are Biology for Technology, Chemistry I or II, Physics or Principles of Technology II

3  
U.S. History 1  
European History, World History, or World Geography 1  
Social Studies 1  
Foreign Language 2  
Visual/Performing Arts 1  
     

*Required by T.C.A. §49-7-110. Students deficient in the completion of United States History are required to complete six semester hours of United States History or three semester hours of United States History and three semester hours of Tennessee History.

Questions regarding this policy should be forwarded to the Admissions Office at 615-353-3215.

Removal of High School Unit Deficiencies

NSCC encourages students to remove unit deficiencies within the first 30 semester hours of their programs of study to avoid prerequisite problems. Courses used to remove high school unit deficiencies can be used to fulfill program requirements, and a grade of “C” or better must be earned in those courses.

High school deficiencies in English or Algebra I or Algebra II may be removed by scoring 19 or higher on the ACT sub-score or scoring at college level on placement tests other than the ACT. Completion of general education blocks also removes deficiencies in social studies, history, visual performing arts, science, geometry/advanced mathematics. Students entering Tennessee public institutions will be required to make up any deficiency, including foreign language, before receiving a baccalaureate degree. It is strongly recommended that students remove all deficiencies as part of their associate degree program. Courses used to satisfy the foreign language deficiency may be designated as electives or used to satisfy the Associate of Arts language requirement.

Degree Seeking

First-Time Student

A “First-Time Student” at NSCC is an applicant who has never attended any college before. 

These applicants must:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admission and a $20 non-refundable application fee. All information must be completed on the application. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application delays processing your application.
  2. Graduate from a state approved high school, home school, or receive a high school equivalency diploma (such as the GED or HiSET) and submit to the Office of Admissions an “official” high school transcript or an “official” copy of high school equivalency scores. An “official” transcript is one that is mailed directly to the Office of Admissions by the high school guidance counselor or one that is submitted in an envelope sealed and stamped or initialed by the guidance counselor. An official high school equivalency transcript is one mailed directly to the Office of Admissions by the testing agency or one that is submitted in an envelope sealed and stamped or initialed by the testing agency. Tennessee public high school graduates’ transcripts must include a notation indicating the student passed any required state proficiency exams, beginning with the class of 1983. NOTE: The transcript of a non-public high school (including home-schools, private schools and church-related schools) student should be an official copy from an affiliated organization as defined by state law (T.C.A. 49-50-801). Transcripts from independent home-schooled students must be accompanied by certification of registration with the superintendent of the local education agency that the student would have otherwise attended. Applicants must graduate with a regular diploma or higher. Those applicants unable to provide a satisfactory secondary school credential may substitute acceptable high school equivalency scores. The minimum acceptable score for the GED is 450 with no sub-score less than 410. The minimum acceptable score for the HiSET is 10.
  3. Show proof of two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination if entering as a full-time student and were born prior to January 1, 1957. By state law (Tenn. Code Annotated § 49-6-5001) immunization is not required if:
    1. It conflicts with the parent’s or guardian’s or individual’s religious tenets and practices;
    2. A qualified physician certifies that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the individual involved due to pregnancy, allergy to the vaccine, or other valid medical reasons;
    3. Applicant is a Tennessee graduate from 1999 to present; or
    4. Applicant can provide proof of military service.
  4. Show proof of two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of varicella disease from a health care professional if entering as a full-time student and were born January 1, 1980 to present.
    1. Students enrolled in ONLY online classes are excluded.
    2. Students born prior to January 1, 1980 are exempt.
    3. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school between 1999 and May, 2016 are presumed to have had one dose of Varicella vaccine. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school after May, 2016 can be presumed to have two doses.
    4. Applicants are exempt if proof of military service is provided.

Certificate of Immunization forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Official copies of State Health Department or military immunization forms will be accepted in lieu of the certificate.

  1. Complete the Hepatitis B Immunization Health History Form.
  2. Male applicants between the ages of 18 and 26 must show proof of Selective Service registration. Applicants must meet this requirement prior to registration. Selective Service registration forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions.
  3. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.
  4. Applicants under the age of 21 should submit ACT or SAT scores or the approved college placement test. ACT or SAT scores are used to determine in which areas the applicant may be required to complete college prep course work. Enhanced ACT or SAT scores must be less than five years old. Information regarding the ACT or SAT may be obtained from your high school guidance counselor or online:
     
    Request your report from American College Testing, Inc.
     
    NSCC ACT code number is 3983. Please use this number to request scores be sent to NSCC.
  1. Applicants under 21 years of age possessing a state approved high school equivalency diploma with acceptable scores, as described above, are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores. However, they are required to undergo placement assessment.
  2. All applicants 21 years of age or older must take the placement assessment.

Transfer Student

A degree-seeking applicant who has attended another college or university will be considered a transfer student. For “Transfer” applicants the following will apply:

  1. Submit a completed Application for Admissions and a $20 non-refundable application fee. All appropriate spaces must be completed on the application. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application will result in a delay in processing your application.
  2. Submit transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Transcripts should be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions from the sending institution. For the convenience of the applicant, the college will accept “official” transcripts hand carried by the applicant, when it is in an envelope sealed by the Records Office of the previous college attended. If the seal has been tampered with in any way, the “official” designation of the transcript will be voided and the applicant will be required to submit another “official” transcript. An initial evaluation of the transcript will be completed.
  3. Students are required to submit an “official” high school transcript, “official” GED score report or state approved high school equivalency exam results.
  4. Show proof of two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination if they are full-time entering students born prior to January 1, 1957. By state law (Tenn. Code Annotated § 49-6-5001) immunization is not required if:
    1. It conflicts with the parent’s or guardian’s or individual’s religious tenets and practices;
    2. A qualified physician certifies that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the individual involved due to pregnancy, allergy to the vaccine, or other valid medical reasons;
    3. Applicant is a Tennessee graduate from 1999 to present; or
    4. Applicant can provide proof of military service.
  5. Show proof of two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of varicella disease from a health care professional if they are full-time entering students born January 1, 1980 to present.
    1. Students enrolled in ONLY online classes are excluded.
    2. Students born prior to January 1, 1980 are exempt.
    3. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school between 1999 and May, 2016 are presumed to have had one dose of Varicella vaccine. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school after May, 2016 can be presumed to have two doses.
    4. Applicants are exempt if proof of military service is provided.

Certificate of Immunization forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Official copies of State Health Department or military immunization forms will be accepted in lieu of the certificate.

  1. Applicants under the age of 21 can submit ACT or SAT scores or the college approved placement exam. If fewer than 60 semester hours have been attempted, the ACT or SAT scores are used to determine in which areas the applicant may be required to complete college prep course work. Grades received in transfer courses will be considered for proper placement. If there are insufficient transfer grades and the student does not wish to submit test scores, then the student will automatically be enrolled in Learning Support co-requisite courses. Enrollment in those courses indicated by the results (or absence of results) of the assessment is mandatory.
  2. Have their transcripts evaluated for proof of competency in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics, if they are 21 years of age and older and have fewer than 60 semester hours of completed work. Applicants lacking college level work in these areas will not be required to undergo assessment, but will be required to enroll in Learning Support co-requisite courses.
  3. College prep course work taken at other TBR institutions will be posted to the applicant’s NSCC record and be considered in the number of attempted hours, but are not counted as hours earned toward the program of study.
  4. Transfer applicants who do not meet the Admissions standards of NSCC or whose last term of enrollment resulted in academic suspension will be admitted on academic probation and may be required to undergo placement assessment. Enrollment in those courses indicated by the results of the assessment is mandatory.
  5. Transfer applicants whose last term of attendance at NSCC resulted in academic suspension and who are currently serving a suspension at another institution must meet with the Dean of Students to begin the academic review process (See Academic Action Appeals ). If admission is recommended by the Academic Review Committee, the applicant may be required to undergo placement assessment as noted in item 6 or 7 above.
  6. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

Readmitted Student

Any former NSCC student who has not been enrolled for over one year and who wishes to return to the college is considered a readmit student. Students seeking a readmission status must:

  1. Submit an application for admission.
  2. Submit an official transcript from each college or university attended since leaving NSCC. If it has been more than five (5) years since attending NSCC, all transcripts must be resubmitted. (High School, GED, College, etc.)
  3. Be eligible for readmission under the college’s admissions policy.
  4. Students may take the placement assessment if they do not meet one of the following conditions:
    1. Meet ACT requirement as outlined above under Degree Seeking Students, item 6.
    2. Have previously earned college credit for first-term math or English.
    3. If students do not meet the above criteria and do not wish to take the placement assessment, then students will be required to enroll in Learning Support co-requisite courses.
  5. Show proof of two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination if entering as a full-time student born prior to January 1, 1957. By state law (Tenn. Code Annotated § 49-6-5001) immunization is not required if:
    1. It conflicts with the parent’s or guardian’s or individual’s religious tenets and practices;
    2. A qualified physician certifies that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the individual involved due to pregnancy, allergy to the vaccine, or other valid medical reasons;
    3. Applicant is a Tennessee graduate from 1999 to present; or
    4. Applicant can provide proof of military service.
  6. Show proof of two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of varicella disease from a health care professional if entering as a student and were born January 1, 1980 to present.
    1. Students enrolled in ONLY online classes are excluded.
    2. Students born prior to January 1, 1980 are exempt.
    3. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school between 1999 and May, 2016 are presumed to have had one dose of Varicella vaccine. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school after May, 2016 can be presumed to have two doses.
    4. Applicants are exempt if proof of military service is provided.

Certificate of Immunization forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Official copies of State Health Department or military immunization forms will be accepted in lieu of the certificate.

  1. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

International Student

An applicant who is a citizen or a Permanent Resident of a country other than the United States is classified as an International Student.

It is the responsibility of the International Student to be familiar with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations and assume responsibility for complying with these regulations.

Important Information for International Students

All International Students, regardless of status, are required by USCIS to complete the “Special Registration Alien’s Change of Address Card” within 10 days of such change. This form must be completed upon entering the United States and within 10 days of any change of address during time of stay.

International Students may obtain the “Special Registration Alien’s Change of Address Card” from the Information Desk in the Student Services Building. Forms should be mailed to the Department of Justice address located on the form.

F-1 Student Status

NSCC is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students on F-1 student status in its Associate’s degree programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Applicants are subject to meeting admissions deadlines, which can be found in the International Student Letter (PDF). Applicants should have the following credentials on file in the Office of Admissions one month prior to the start of the semester in which they wish to enroll:

  1. A completed application for admission and a non-refundable $20.00 application fee.
  2. Official copies of academic records of attendance from secondary schools, colleges, or universities accompanied by a certified English translation of these documents.
  3. Show proof of two doses of Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccination and two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination.
  4. Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for international students who are seeking an Associate’s degree. A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based version, a minimum score of 173 on the computer-based version, or a 61 on the Internet-based version is required for admission. Course work completed at another United States college or university or graduation from a United States high school may be used in lieu of TOEFL. Additional institutional placement assessment such as the Michigan Plus Language Proficiency Test and/or the math portion of the placement test is required of all international students (See Degree-Seeking Non-Immigrant Status other than F-1 section that follows). Any academic skills deficiencies must be removed through enrollment in college prep courses. Our TOEFL code number is 1149. International students who are non-degree seeking ESL students are not required to submit TOEFL scores, unless, after completing ESL requirements, they decide to be degree-seeking and/or take college-level courses. Non-degree ESL students will take the Michigan Plus test for placement in ESL courses.
  5. Satisfactory evidence of the financial capability to meet the expense involved while studying at NSCC. Applicants on F-1 status must also complete the appropriate form, provided by the college, showing financial capability. Completion of this form includes the student’s intent to attend the college on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours per semester) and states that no employment will be required to meet expenses. International students will pay out-of-state fees and are not eligible for Title IV funding.
  6. A certificate from a licensed physician or other medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. This certificate must be submitted to the Office of Admissions within 30 days from the first day of classes to continue enrollment. If the student either has or potentially has tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment depends upon the decision of a licensed physician that the student’s enrollment is not a risk to others and upon the student’s compliance with any prescribed medical treatment.
  7. All foreign non-immigrant students with F-1 visas must enroll in the TBR Student/Scholar Health & Accident Insurance Plan as a condition of admission and continued enrollment.

Degree-Seeking Non-Immigrant Status other than F-1

Students whose first language is NOT English are protected under Title IV of the Civil Rights Act and are guaranteed language assistance once a language deficiency is documented. These students must:

  1. Submit an application for admission and a non-refundable $20.00 application fee.
  2. Provide all documentation proving U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service status. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documentation.
  3. Meet all regular admission requirements as a degree-seeking student except as described below:
    1. Take the Michigan Plus Language Proficiency Test and accept placement in the appropriate course work. Call the ESL testing specialist for details at 615-353-3380.
    2. Students may also take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 500 is required on the paper version, or a minimum score of 173 on the computer-based version, or a 61 on the Internet-based version.
    3. Take the math portion of the placement test or be automatically enrolled in Learning Support co-requisite math.
    4. Official copies of academic records of attendance from secondary schools, colleges, or universities accompanied by a certified English translation of these documents.
  4. Show proof of two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination if they are full-time entering students born prior to January 1, 1957. By state law (Tenn. Code Annotated § 49-6-5001) immunization is not required if:
    1. It conflicts with the parent’s or guardian’s or individual’s religious tenets and practices,
    2. A qualified physician certifies that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the individual involved due to pregnancy, allergy to the vaccine, or other valid medical reasons, or
    3. Applicant is a Tennessee graduate from 1999 to present.
  5. Show proof of two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of varicella disease from a health care professional if they are full-time entering students born January 1, 1980 to present.
    1. Students enrolled in ONLY online classes are excluded.
    2. Students born prior to January 1, 1980 are exempt.
    3. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school between 1999 and May, 2016 are presumed to have had one dose of Varicella vaccine. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school after May, 2016 can be presumed to have two doses.
  6. Certificate of Immunization forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Official copies of State Health Department or military immunization forms will be accepted in lieu of the certificate.

Permanent Residents and Refugees

Applicants in this category must meet all applicable requirements for regular admissions to the college. Other requirements are as follows:

  1. Submit an application for admission and a non-refundable $20.00 application fee.
  2. Submit Permanent Resident or I-94 card. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documentation.
  3. A permanent resident whose native language is NOT English must take the Michigan Plus Language Proficiency Test and accept placement in the appropriate course work in lieu of regular placement assessment. Call the ESL testing specialist for details at 615-353-3380.
  4. Official copies of academic records of attendance from secondary schools, colleges, or universities accompanied by a certified English translation of these documents.
  5. Show proof of two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccination if they are full-time entering students born prior to January 1, 1957. By state law (Tenn. Code Annotated § 49-6-5001) immunization is not required if:
    1. It conflicts with the parent’s or guardian’s or individual’s religious tenets and practices;
    2. A qualified physician certifies that administration of such immunization would be in any manner harmful to the individual involved due to pregnancy, allergy to the vaccine, or other valid medical reasons;
    3. Applicant is a Tennessee graduate from 1999 to present; or
    4. Applicant can provide proof of United States military service.
  6. Show proof of two doses of the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, or a history of varicella disease from a health care professional if they are full-time entering students born January 1, 1980 to present.
    1. Students enrolled in ONLY online classes are excluded.
    2. Students born prior to January 1, 1980 are exempt.
    3. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school between 1999 and May, 2016 are presumed to have had one dose of Varicella vaccine. Students graduating from a Tennessee high school after May, 2016 can be presumed to have two doses.
    4. Applicants are exempt if proof of United States military experience is provided.

Certificate of Immunization forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Official copies of State Health Department or military immunization forms will be accepted in lieu of the certificate.

Non-Degree Seeking

Technical Certificates

Students enrolled in technical certificate programs are considered non-degree students. Placement assessment will be required if the certificate has college-level course work. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details.

For admissions into a technical certificate program, applicants must:

  1. Submit an application for admission with a $20.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit an official copy of high school transcript showing graduation with a regular or honors diploma or an “official” GED score report or state approved high school equivalency exam results.
  3. These programs of study are eligible for Title IV assistance.
  4. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

Special Student

A special student is one who is not enrolled in a degree program. Students in this classification desire to take one or more courses in order to gain employment skills, professional growth, or personal enrichment. In order to apply, special students should:

  1. Submit a completed application for admission with a $20.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Students under 21 years of age must be high school graduates, have the GED equivalent or state approved high school equivalency exam. Documents showing graduation or state approved high school equivalency must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. One exception to this requirement is students 18 years of age or older who have not earned a high school diploma, are not enrolled in high school, and are seeking admissions only to pursue study in GED preparatory courses.
  3. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

There is no limit on the number of hours a special student can pursue. Although special students are not required to complete normal assessment procedures, they should realize that the content of college-level courses assumes mastery of fundamental knowledge, skills, and aptitudes required for the course. Special students may not enroll in a college-level English or mathematics course, or in a course that has an English or mathematics prerequisite, until they have provided evidence of adequate preparation for these courses. This evidence may consist of college transcripts, or placement test scores/ACT or SAT examination scores. If placement scores cannot be provided, students will be required to enroll in Learning Support co-requisite courses.

If a special student decides to pursue an Associate’s degree, the student must meet all admissions requirements as described for the degree-seeking student.

Transient Student

A regularly enrolled student of another institution who wants to take a limited number of credit hours during a term and who is not presently working towards a degree at NSCC may be admitted as a transient student. Those wishing to enroll as transient students must:

  1. Submit an application for admission with a $20.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit official college transcript(s) or take the placement assessment if the student wishes to enroll in college-level English or math. Students may provide a Transient Student Approval Request form in lieu of official college/university transcripts. The form may be obtained online or from the Admissions Office.
  3. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

Audit Student

Students wishing to enroll on a non-credit basis may choose to audit courses at NSCC. To enroll as an audit student:

  1. Submit an application for admission with a non-refundable $20.00 application fee.
  2. Enroll in classes on a space available basis the first day of late registration. No late registration fee is assessed, and the enrollment in certain classes may be limited or denied based upon space availability.
  3. You may NOT change status from credit to audit or audit to credit once officially enrolled.
  4. The student is expected to attend class but does not receive a letter grade or credit for the course. “AU” will appear on the student’s record for completion of an audit course. Audit hours are counted in determining a student’s maximum course load.
  5. The student may NOT audit college-prep courses.
  6. A state employee may NOT use a fee waiver to audit courses.
  7. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

High School Graduate

An applicant who has earned a regular high school diploma, GED or state approved high school equivalency, may enroll in any course, except college-level math, English, or a course that has college-level math or English prerequisites. Any student who plans to enroll in college-level math or English must have the required ACT/SAT scores. For ACT/SAT requirements, refer to Degree-Seeking, First-Time Student above. Students wishing to enroll without placement scores will be required to enroll in the appropriate Learning Support co-requisite classes.

To enroll applicants must:

  1. Submit an application for admissions with a non-refundable $20.00 application fee.
  2. Submit official high school transcripts.
  3. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

Student with Previous College Credit

An applicant who has earned college credit but does not have a degree may enroll after completing the following:

  1. Submit an application for admission and a $20.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submit official college transcript(s) or take the Placement assessment if the student wishes to enroll in college-level English or math. Students wishing to enroll without placement scores will be required to enroll in the appropriate Learning Support co-requisite classes.
  3. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

College Graduate

Applicants who have earned college degrees may enroll in college-level courses provided the applicants have met the prerequisite requirements for the courses in which they intend to enroll. Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application for admission with a non-refundable $20.00 application fee.
  2. Submit official college transcript(s).
  3. Provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

Dual Enrollment Program

Dual Enrollment is the enrollment of a high school student in one or more specified college courses for which the student will be awarded both high school and college credit. High school students can take college courses at their high school (where available), on any NSCC campus, or online.

Dual enrollment students should be aware that college courses are designed for the traditional college age student and adults. The course may expose the student to content, language, discussions and approaches appropriate for adults.

To enroll in the Dual Enrollment program applicants must:

  1. Be a junior or senior in high school.
  2. Have a minimum sub-score of 19 on the ACT in math and reading and a sub-score of 18 on the English portion.
  3. Meet all prerequisites of the course or courses in which they wish to enroll.
  4. Have written permission from their high school principal or counselor and parent or guardian.
  5. Students who are 18 years of age or older at the time of application must provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

For more information on Dual Enrollment, contact the NSCC Director of High School Programs at 615-353-3269.

Joint Enrollment Program

Joint Enrollment is the enrollment of a high school student in one or more specified college courses for which the student will be awarded college credit. Students can take classes on any NSCC campus or online.

Joint enrollment students should be aware that college courses are designed for the traditional college age student and adults. The course may expose the student to content, language, discussions and approaches appropriate for adults.

To enroll in the Joint Enrollment Program applicants must:

  1. Be a junior or senior in high school.
  2. Have a minimum sub-score of 19 on the ACT in math and reading and a sub-score of 18 on the English portion.
  3. Meet all prerequisites of the course in which they wish to enroll.
  4. Have written permission of parent or guardian.
  5. Students who are 18 years of age or older at the time of application must provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

For more information on Joint Enrollment, contact the NSCC Director of High School Programs at 615-353-3269.

Academically Talented

A student in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 who has been classified as “academically gifted” may earn college credit while in high school. Students can take classes on any NSCC campus or online.

Academically talented students should be aware that college courses are designed for the traditional college age student and adults. The course may expose the student to content, language, discussions and approaches appropriate for adults.

To enroll as an “academically gifted” student applicants must:

  1. Be in the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.
  2. Have a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Have a minimum sub-score of 19 on the ACT in math and reading and a sub-score of 18 on the English portion.
  4. Meet all prerequisites of the course in which they wish to enroll.
  5. Have written approval of high school principal or counselor and parent or guardian.
  6. Students who are 18 years of age or older at the time of application must provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence. See the Admissions Office for acceptable documents.

For more information on Academically Talented, contact the NSCC Director of High School Programs at 615-353-3269.

Residency Classification

Upon admission to the college, the Office of Admissions classifies each student as a resident or non-resident. Ordinarily it is presumed that a person entering Tennessee from another state or country to attend college does so intending to remain only for the period of attaining his or her educational degree.

All decisions regarding residency classification are made for the purpose of paying fees and tuition, and are based on the Tennessee Board of Regents Policy No. 3:05:01:00. Copies of these policies are available in the Office of Admissions. The College may require proof of relevant facts regarding residency. The responsibility for residency classifications rests with the Director of Admissions, and all documentation should be submitted with an In-State Residency Application to the Office of Admissions. Students who disagree with the final decision may submit an appeal in writing to the Dean of Students. For more information or to receive a Residency Application, go online to www.nscc.edu/admissions/apply, stop by the Office of Admissions in Room S-215 in the Student Services building, or call 615-353-3215.

Selective Service Requirements

  1. Pursuant to federal law, every male who is between the ages of 18 and 26, and is a citizen of the United States or a resident of the United States must register with the Selective Service.
  2. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1, the requirements to register shall not apply to any alien lawfully admitted to the United States as a non-immigrant, under Section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, for so long as he continues to maintain a lawful non-immigrant status in the United States.
  3. Men who have previously served in the military must also meet this requirement.
  4. If a student meeting the above age requirements has not registered for the Selective Service, that student must show proof of said registration by completing the Selective Service Registration Form. Forms may be obtained from the Office of Admissions or online at www.sss.gov.

Vaccination Policy

In accordance with the Tennessee Department of Health rule (1200-14-01.29), unless exempted by law, all new full-time enrollees (minimum of 12 credit hours) who are not full-time online learning students (taking 100% of courses online) must provide proof of adequate immunization against the diseases listed in the Vaccination Policy. Note: Students may be enrolled or registered after a single dose of all required vaccines provided that the second dose is obtained within 2 months of registration, and at least 28 days after the first dose, and provided, further, that the institution has a procedure for identifying students who have failed to obtain the necessary immunizations and for taking appropriate action to ensure compliance. Students who can provide proof of military service are exempt from providing vaccinations.

For full information, please see the NSCC Vaccination Policy.