Age: Applicants for admission must be at least 16 years old; however, applicants for Cosmetology and Health Occupation programs must be 17 years old.
If an exception to the minimum age is requested, the exception must be approved by completion of a Presidential Waiver Form. The Presidential Waiver Form is available in the Office of Admissions.
Education: A high school diploma or GED (verified by an official transcript including graduation date and diploma type) is required for applicants in all associate-degree, diploma and certificate programs. Students who do not hold the requisite high school diploma must obtain a GED. Certificates of Attendance and Special Education Diplomas are not recognized for admission purposes. Applicants who received a diploma from a country outside the United States must have an approved evaluation service evaluate the transcript and send that evaluation directly to Columbus Technical College.
Home-schooled applicants must present an official transcript with a graduation date from an accredited home-school program as proof of high school completion.
Applicants of home schools located in Georgia who did not receive their diploma from a recognized accredited home-study program must adhere to the following alternative path for admissions:
- Submit a Certificate of Attendance form 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 a annual progress report or final transcript for the equivalent of the home-schooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.
Applicants of home schools 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 home-schooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.
- Submit ACT or SAT scores that meet the TCSG system minimum requirements.
Assessment: Applicants for all degree, diploma and certificate programs must submit official COMPASS or other nationally recognized college placement-test scores that are no more than five years old (sixty months) or provide official documentation of course grades of "C" or better in college-level English and mathematics taken at an regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Applicants for Early Childhood are required to apply for a criminal record check, and present official documentation of a TB test.
Special testing accommodations for students with disabilities are available upon request. Individuals must contact the Office of Disability Services and provide documentation of the disability to request accommodation.