There are some eligibility requirements that must be met before any student may register for classes. You must:
- Be at least 16 years of age. Health Occupations and Cosmetology applicants must be 17.
- New students may apply for admission using Columbus Technical College’s Admissions Application (pdf) or through GAcollege411.org (please see the tips for using GAcollege411).Please complete the re-admit application if you are a former student but have not been enrolled at CTC for at least two consecutive semesters.
- New students must pay the $25 non-refundable application fee.
- Have your official high school or GED transcript (showing your graduation date or GED scores) sent to Columbus Technical College Admissions Office:Columbus Technical College Admissions
928 Manchester Expressway
Columbus, GA 31904If you received your high school diploma from a country outside the United States, your document must be evaluated to show U.S. equivalency. A list of approved evaluation agencies appears in the International Student Special Instructions below.
- Submit official transcript from college(s) attended to the Admissions Office:Columbus Technical College Admissions
928 Manchester Expressway
Columbus, GA 31904To be awarded transfer credit courses must be taken at a regionally accredited institution, be comparable in nature to CTC courses, and must have a grade of “C” or higher. Some courses have time limits for transfer. If you attended college in a country outside the United States, you must request a course by course evaluation for work to be evaluated for transfer credit. A list of approved evaluation agencies appears in the International Student Special Instructions below.
- Submit acceptable COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, or ACT scores that are no more than five years (60 months) old to:Columbus Technical College Admissions
928 Manchester Expressway
Columbus, GA 31904Take the COMPASS test, if needed. An official college transcript showing acceptable English and math grades may be used in lieu of test scores.
- Receive your acceptance letter from the College.
- Register on your assigned date.
- Attend the New-Student Orientation.
You must provide transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended. Only those courses with a grade “C” or higher that meet the quality of established standards and are essentially the same content as courses taught at Columbus Technical College are considered for transfer. Grade points are not assigned to transfer coursework. For graduation purposes, at least 25 percent of the total required hours in a degree or diploma program must be Columbus Technical College credit.
A transfer student is admitted to Columbus Technical College:
- In good standing if the student was in good standing at their former institution.
- On probation if the student was on warning at their former institution. To be removed from academic probation, a student must earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 during the first semester enrolled.
- On probation if the student was on probation at their former institution. A student admitted on probation must earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 during the first semester enrolled to continue the next semester.
- Transfer students who are on academic suspension from their former institution are considered for admission to Columbus Technical College on the same basis as suspended students from Columbus Technical College who apply for readmission. Such applicants, if admitted, are admitted on probation as indicated above. A student admitted on probation must earn a grade point average of at least 2.0 during the first semester enrolled to continue the next semester.
Transient students only need to complete the college application, pay the fees, and submit a letter of transient permission from your home college or university.
International applicants must complete the checklist above and:
- Submit an official evaluation of all previous education documents
- Submit INS documents and complete the statement of financial support. Forms are available in the International Student Admissions Packet (pdf ).
For ADMISSIONS purposes only, Columbus Technical College requires a Document Evaluation for all secondary school documents. Students who are interested in having previous college courses transferred will need to have a more detailed report done showing specific course information.
Following is a sample listing of companies who offer credential evaluation services to International Students who wish to pursue their education in the United States. All of the companies listed below offer evaluation services. Please contact the company of your choice for more information on services and costs.
World Education Services (WES)
Regional Offices: See web page for Bowling Green Station address and contact information. Midwest, Chicago, IL; Southeast, Miami, FL; Washington, DC.
High School Student Joint Enrollment / Early Admissions
High School students must complete the checklist above and:
- Obtain permission from parents, principal, counselor (on form supplied by the student’s school)
- Notify the admissions office that you are a joint enrollment student
- Submit joint enrollment application
Special Admit (Non-Diploma/Degree-seeking) Students
Special Admit students only need to complete the college application, take the COMPASS placement test, pay the fees, and meet with an admissions counselor and a faculty advisor for explanation of status and class scheduling. Special Admit students do not have to submit high school transcripts or GED scores. Financial Aid is not awarded to students in this status.
V.A. students must complete the checklist above and see the V.A. Counselor in the Financial Aid office for instructions on applying for V. A. Benefits.
Tech Prep Students
These students must complete the checklist above and:
- Notify the Admissions Office at 706.649.1847 that you are or will be enrolling as a high school Tech Prep student.
- Obtain permission from parents, principal, counselor (on form supplied by the student’s school).
Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States
Effective January 1, 2012, all students applying for in-state tuition must provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. The following documents will serve as proof of lawful presence in the United States and documentation will be required before you are eligible for consideration of in-state tuition:
- A current Driver’s License issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
- A current ID issued by the State of Georgia after January 1, 2008.
- A current Driver’s License or ID issued by a state that verifies immigration status and only issues to persons lawfully present in the United States. See list of compliant states at http://law.ga.gov/vgn/images/portal/cit_1210/50/35/173461453Lists_of_states_that_verify_immigration_status_7_26_11.pdf
- A certified U.S. Birth Certificate showing the student was born in the U.S. or a U.S. territory. A photocopy is not acceptable
- A U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad issued by the Department of State (DS-1350) or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
- A current U.S. Passport.
- A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (USCIS form N-560 or N-561).
- A U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (USCIS form N-550 or N-570).
- An approved completed FAFSA for the current financial aid year.
- A current, valid Permanent Resident Card (USCIS form 1-151 or 1-551).
Any student who cannot be verified as lawfully present in the United States is not eligible to be considered for in-state tuition, regardless of how long he or she has lived in Georgia. In addition to being lawfully present in the United States, students must meet the in-state tuition requirements as outlined in TCSG Board Policy and Procedure V.B.3 to warrant an in-state classification. Students that are initially classified as out-of-state, and successfully petition to have their residency changed to in-state also have to meet the verification requirement.