The Admissions requirements and procedures established at Ogeechee Technical College follow the guidelines developed by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia and reflect concern for the applicant’s health, safety, well-being, and ability to benefit from the educational opportunities available.
1. Admission to Ogeechee Technical College is not a guarantee of admission to a certificate, diploma, or degree program. The admissions process encourages students to enter programs in which they have a reasonable expectation of success.
2. Admission to specific programs requires that the applicants have adequate educational preparation, as measured by satisfactory entrance assessment scores, and have completed all admission requirements. When scores on the entrance assessment and/or evaluation of admission information indicate that an applicant is not prepared to enter a particular program, the applicant will be offered the appropriate course or courses to provide the needed preparation. Several of the College’s medical programs have competitive admissions criteria including but not limited to: admissions scores, cumulative GPA, criminal background check, and weighed scoring combinations whereby the top ranked students are admitted to the program. Information on entrance standards required for programs and other requirements unique to each program may be obtained in the Office of Admissions.
3. Applicants furnishing false, incomplete, or misleading information will be subject to rejection or dismissal without a refund.
4. Credentials submitted become the property of Ogeechee Technical College and will not be returned to the applicant.
Admissions requirements for some programs vary. Please refer to specific program information in this catalog to obtain exact entrance requirement information.
Admission to Ogeechee Technical College is a multi-step process which consists of evaluation of prior academic experience and assessment for postsecondary readiness of eligible applicants.
Any individual 16 years of age or older who seeks access to quality instruction designed to develop or improve occupational competencies is eligible for admissions.
A GED or high school diploma (verified by an official transcript including graduation date and diploma type) will be required for admission to Ogeechee Technical College unless otherwise specified by the program's standards. Certificates of Attendance or special education diplomas are not recognized for admission purposes. Students with diplomas from secondary schools located outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency by an approved outside evaluation organization (suggested agencies). Applicants who have successfully completed (C or better) a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours at the degree level may submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges accredited by an accepted accrediting agency in lieu of a GED or high school diploma.
In order to be accepted by Ogeechee Technical College, the applicant must have been awarded a high school diploma from a secondary school that is accredited by regional accrediting associations that are part of the Commission on Colleges (such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), the Georgia Accrediting Commission, the Georgia Association of Christian Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International, the Georgia Private School Accreditation Council, the Accrediting Commission for Independent Study, the Southern Association of Independent Schools, the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Distance Education Training Council, or from a public school regulated by a school system and state department of education.
Applicants of home schools who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:
- Submit a letter from the local superintendent’s office verifying that the parent or legal guardian notified the superintendent of intent to home school and must also verify that the parent or legal guardian submitted the required attendance reports to the superintendent’s office on a monthly basis as required by O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.
- Annual progress reports 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.
Presidents of Technical Colleges may waive the GED/high school diploma requirement for those secondary students or those pursuing a GED who are otherwise eligible to enroll in a specific program of study.
The ability of a student to succeed in a program at Ogeechee Technical College is greatly determined by the math and language skills possessed by that student. The Technical College System of Georgia is committed to assisting each student to achieve at their maximum potential. All students applying for diploma, degree, and certificate programs must be assessed prior to acceptance to a program of study at Ogeechee Technical College. Students will then be admitted in accordance with the academic standards applicable to that program.
Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education documenting equivalent program-level English and math coursework successfully completed (C or better) may be used in lieu of completing the corresponding portion of the TCSG-approved assessment instrument.
Minimum admissions requirements shall be established for each program.
Students shall be admitted to Ogeechee Technical College in one of the following categories: Regular; Provisional; Learning Support; Special; or Transient.
Students who meet all requirements for admission into a selected program and are eligible to take all courses in the program curriculum are granted regular admission status.
Students who do not meet all requirements for regular admission into a selected program are granted provisional admission status. Provisionally admitted students may take learning support classes, and certain specified occupational courses as long as class pre- and co- requisites are satisfied.
All certificate, diploma, and associate degree program students initially admitted on a provisional basis must have satisfactorily completed the necessary prerequisite and learning support course work in order to progress through the State Standard Curriculum.
Learning Support Status
Applicants who score below the provisional cut scores in English, math and reading are granted learning support status or referred to Adult Education. Students with Learning Support status may not take occupational courses until achieving Provisional status. Students with this status are not eligible for federal financial aid (i.e. Pell, SEOG, or Federal Work Study).
Special Admit Status (Non-credential seeking)
Applicants who wish to take credit coursework, but are not seeking a certificate, diploma, or associate degree are granted Special Admit status. The following specifics define the parameters of this status:
- may apply up to a maximum of 25 credit hours into a specific program for credential seeking purposes after achieving regular admit status. The number of hours taken as a special admit student in no way waives the requirements of the regular admission process.
- May enroll in classes only on a space-available basis.
- Should adhere to the specific institutional prerequisite requirements when selecting courses.
- Will not be eligible for any financial aid.
Students who submit a Transient Agreement Letter from their home institution are granted Transient admission status. The Transient Agreement Letter should verify that the student is in good standing and should list the courses the student is eligible to take. A current Transient Agreement Letter is required for each term of enrollment.