3.1 Admission Policies

The administration of the College will develop and implement admissions procedures in accordance with the Revised Statutes of Missouri, guidelines of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the Department of Higher Education, and best practices recommended by The Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Some programs and majors have specific admission requirements, such as educational prerequisites, cumulative grade point averages and/or test scores. Admission to the College does not insure a student admission to a specific program.

Procedures (Revised 5-12-2008; Revised 8-25-2014):

A. All graduates of accredited high schools and Missouri residents who hold a General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate are eligible to enroll at East Central College.

B. Students without a high school diploma, GED or HSE certificate may be provisionally admitted and allowed to complete a maximum of 15 credit hours.

C. Graduates of high schools not accredited by a regional accrediting agency or appropriate state agency must, before admission, present evidence to the Admissions Office of a composite ACT score of 21 or above or a High School Equivalency (HSE/GED) certificate. In the event of extenuating circumstances, the applicant should discuss their application with the Director of Admissions.

D. Students who have graduated from home schooling are subject to the regulations found in Chapter 167 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri and as such are eligible to enroll at East Central College. Home school students must present a final high school transcript from a parent, guardian or external correspondence program with evidence of graduation or a GED/HSE certificate.

All home schooled students will be placed in appropriate levels of coursework based upon college placement measures in effect at the time of admission.

Home schooled students may be admitted at the start of the semester following certification of completion by a parent or guardian, or external correspondence program regardless of their age. Students under the age of seventeen must also follow the special admission process when they apply to the College.

E. To be admitted, all full-time students and certain part-time students will be required to complete an assessment of basic reading, writing and mathematics for placement in appropriate course levels unless official transcripts from accredited colleges indicate successful completion of college level reading, English composition and mathematics courses.

F. Registration of dual credit and dual enrollment students is covered in the Course Credit Options Policy.

(Adopted 2-6-1989; Revised 12-4-2000; Revised 6-23-2003; Reaffirmed 8-25-2014)