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.
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.