Admissions

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Freshman Admission Standards

• Academic Admission

• Professional-Technical Admission

• Home School/ Non-accredited High School Admission

• Validating High School Diplomas

Academic Admission

Academic Degree-Seeking (Applicants with less than 14 transferable semester credits after high school)

Regular Admission - All of the following must apply:

1.Proof of high school graduation from an accredited high school with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and

2.An overall 2.0 cumulative GPA from all college transcripts, and

3.A minimum ACT composite of 17 or SAT combined critical reading and math score of 690 (if under the age of 21), and

4.Successful completion of the established Idaho College Admission Core Standards set by the Idaho State Board of Education with a 2.0 GPA.

Conditional Admission -  Freshmen applicants who do not qualify for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission if at least one of the following requirements apply:

1. If under age 21: an ACT composite in the range of 14 through 16 or SAT combined critical reading/verbal and math score in the range of 560 through 680, or

2. Is missing at least one of the required established Idaho College Admission Core Standards, or

3. If earned a General Education Development (GED) certificate with a standard score of at least 500/50, or

4. Graduated from a non-accredited high school or was home schooled.

■ Applicants who are missing more than two (2) semesters in any one category of the Idaho College Admission Core Standards, or a total of five (5) or more classes, have less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA, or less than a 500/50 GED will be considered on an individual basis.

■ All academic applicants MUST have a minimum ACT composite of 14 or SAT combined critical reading/verbal and math score of 560 to be admitted if under the age of 21.  Additional tests may be requested to help make an admission decision.

■ Academic applicants may be denied admission based on grade point average, high school core grade point average based on the Idaho College Admission Core Standards, test scores and GED score.

■ An academic student with conditional standing will upgrade to regular admission upon completion of 14 credits of college-level courses while maintaining a 2.0 GPA.  Twelve of the 14 credits must be in four different categories of the college's general education requirements.  Regular admission status MUST be attained within three registration periods or the student will be moved to non-degree seeking status, limited to seven credits, no financial aid; subject to Petition Committee appeal procedures.

■ Conditional students, their staff advisor and their faculty advisor will plan a prescriptive curriculum to ensure academic success during their first year. Frequent advising visits and reduced credit loads (12-15) are suggested for conditional students. Conditional students may be required to complete specific placement or assessment examinations prior to entry.

Professional-Technical Admission

Professional-Technical Degree-Seeking (Applicants with less than 14 transferable semester credits)

Regular Admission  All of the following must apply:

1. Proof of high school graduation with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA or completion of a GED with a standard score of 50 or above received prior to 1997.

      -and-

2. An overall 2.0 cumulative GPA from all college transcripts.

      -and-

3. COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores.  Test scores will also be used to determine course placement in math, English, reading and program placement.

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4. Successful completion of the following established Idaho College Admission Core Standards set by the *Idaho State Board of Education (the following apply to high school graduation years of 1992 – present):

■ English: Eight credit minimum requirement.  Composition and literature courses which integrate components of composition, literature and language.

■ Math: Professional-Technical students must complete four credits with six credits strongly recommended. Applied Math I or Algebra I, Geometry or Applied Math II or III; and Algebra II.  Other math courses may include Probability, Discrete Math, Calculus, Statistics Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry.

■ Natural Science: Professional-Technical students must complete four credits with six credits strongly recommended. Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Geology, Physiology, Physical Science and Zoology.  Selected applied science courses may count for up to 2 credits.  Must have lab science experience in at least two credits.

*NOTE:  A high school credit may only be counted in one category.  The Idaho State Department of Education has reviewed and approved specific coursework for college entrance requirements.

Conditional Admission

Professional-Technical applicants who do not meet all the requirements for regular admission may be admitted to the college on conditional admission status.  All conditionally admitted professional-technical students are required to meet with the Professional-Technical Counselor in Career and Advising Services to develop, implement and execute an individualized student learning plan until such time as they achieve regular admission status.  Regular admission status entails: completing any required remediation; completing 12 college credits numbered 100 or above; and, attaining a 2.0 cumulative grade point average

• Applicants who are missing more than two semesters in any one category of the Idaho College Admission Core Standards, or a total of five or more classes, will be considered on an individual basis.

• Applicants with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA, or less than a 500/50 GED will be considered on an individual basis.

• If admitted with conditional standing, the student is subject to the institutional academic standing policies described above.

• Professional-Technical students may be denied based on high school grade point average, GED scores, etc.

Professional-Technical Program Additional Information

• Students should be familiar with the demands of a particular occupation and how that occupation matches individual career interests and goals.

• While admission to LCSC is required, it does not guarantee entrance into a professional-technical program. Students are encouraged to meet with the professional-technical programs representative, or an instructor, to discuss program capacities, career plans, and specific program requirements.

 Home School/Non-Accredited High School Admission

Students who graduate from non-accredited secondary schools or home schools must submit the following. Applicants meeting these criteria are admitted under conditional admission.

1. Application for admission and application fee.

2. One of the following:

◦ Home school transcript or a description of educational background with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA as well as transcripts from any secondary school attended prior to, or in addition to, home-schooling with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA; or

◦ Non-accredited high school transcript with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA; or ◦GED test results with a standard score of 500 or above (50 or above if tested prior to 2002).

3. Official transcripts from any secondary school attended prior to or in addition to home schooling with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

4. Official transcripts from each college or university attended with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.

5. Academic applicants: Official ACT (composite at least 14)/SAT (combined critical reading + math score at least 560) scores for academic applicants. Note: The ACT Writing test is not required.

6. Professional-Technical applicants: Official ACT/SAT/COMPASS results. Note: The ACT Writing test is not required.

•If admitted with conditional standing, the student is subject to the institutional academic standing policies; excepting that the student with conditional standing may change to regular admission status upon satisfactory completion of 14 baccalaureate-level credits, 12 of which must be in four different areas of the general education requirements of LCSC while maintaining a 2.0 GPA. Regular admission status must be attained within three (3) registration periods or the student will be moved to non-degree seeking status, limited to 7 credits and non financial aid; subject to Petition Committee appeal procedures.

•Conditional students, their staff advisor and their faculty advisor will plan a prescriptive curriculum to ensure academic success during their first year. Frequent advising visits and reduced credit loads (12-15) are suggested for conditional students. Conditional students may be required to complete specific placement or assessment examinations prior to entry. 

Validating High School Diplomas

Lewis-Clark State College requires applicants to provide official documentation in the form of a high school transcript in order to be evaluated for admission.If we receive a high school diploma only, or a diploma of questionable validity, we will ask the applicant to provide official high school transcripts, and/or other documentation proving the authenticity of high school graduation.  If the requested documentation is not provided, admission will be denied.