3.1 Admissions

(Adopted 2-6-1989; Revised 12-4-2000, 6-23-2003; Reaffirmed 8-25-2014; Revised 12-6-2021)

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 Workforce Development, and best practices recommended by The Higher Learning Commission. 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 ensure a student’s admission to a specific program.

Procedures (Revised 5-12-2008; Revised 8-25-2014, 12-6-2021):

3.1.1 All graduates of accredited high schools and those who hold a High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate are eligible to enroll at East Central College.

3.1.2 Graduates of high schools not accredited by a regional accrediting agency or appropriate state agency must, before admission, present evidence to the Early College & Admissions Office of a High School Equivalency certificate. In the event of extenuating circumstances, the applicant should discuss their application with the Director, Early College & Admissions.

3.1.3 Graduates of home schools must present a final high school transcript from a parent, guardian, or external correspondence program with evidence of final cumulative GPA and a graduation date or a High School Equivalency certificate.

Home school students under the age of 17 must also complete the Special Admissions Form when they apply to the College.

3.1.4 Students who have not completed high school or home school are eligible to enroll as a dual credit or dual enrollment student. Dual credit students earn both college and high school credit simultaneously. Dual credit classes are taught by ECC-certified highs school faculty in the high school. Dual enrollment students enroll in classes taught by ECC faculty, either on campus or online. Dual enrollment also includes the Early College Academy, a program in which students enroll during junior year in high school and complete an associate degree at the same time as their high school diploma. Students in the Academy are selected for participation by their high school administrators.

Upon enrollment, dual enrollment and dual credit students are also subject to the Coordinating Board of Higher Education Student Eligibility Criteria outlined by grade level, which includes specific grade point average requirements, permissions from school administrators and/or parent/legal guardian, or ACT or SAT scores.

Dual enrollment students under the age of 17 must also complete the Special Admissions Form when they apply to the College. Secondary students enrolled in dual credit classes at the high school campus are exempt from this requirement.

3.1.5 Upon admittance, all students are subject to the placement guidelines in place at that time, which will include review of the high school or home school transcript, college transcripts, and/or placement testing.