Admissions

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Freshman Admission Standards

• Academic Admission

• Professional-Technical Admission

Academic Admission

Regular Admission - (1989 high school graduates to present) All of the following must be met:

  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 score (critical reading & math) 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 (see Idaho College Admission Core Standards) with a 2.0 GPA.

*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.

Conditional Admission - (1989 high school graduates to present)
If an applicant does not qualify for regular admission, he/she may be considered for conditional admission, but must demonstrate at least the following:

  1. Proof of high school graduation with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA or completion of a GED with a minimum score of 600 (150 on each of the four modules) beginning in 2014. If tested prior to 2014, a standard score average of 500 or above on the 2002-2013 GED test is needed. A standard score average of 50 or above is needed if tested prior to 2002.
  2. An overall 2.0 cumulative GPA from all college transcripts
  3. A minimum ACT composite of 14 or SAT combined score (critical reading & math) of 560 (if under the age of 21)
  4. 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 registration periods or the student will be moved to non-degree seeking status, limited to 7 credits and no financial aid; subject to Petition Committee appeal procedures.
  5. Conditional students and their academic 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. Conditionally admitted students must enroll in, and successfully complete, a Student Success Seminar or an equivalent course approved by the Dean of Academic Programs. Students who place into developmental coursework may also be required to enroll in a Student Success Seminar.

Orientation

All newly admitted degree-seeking students, including international students, must participate in a new student orientation as a condition of admission and regardless of major, campus location, or delivery method (e.g., on-line). Orientation must be completed prior to the first day of classes. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be permitted to enroll as a degree-seeking student in a subsequent term.

Home School or Non-Accredited High School Graduates

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 including subjects studied and date of graduation 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 minimum score of 600 (150 on each of the four modules) beginning in 2014. GED test results with a standard score average of 500 or above on the 2002-2013 test (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) or SAT (combined critical reading and math score at least 560) scores for academic applicants age 20 and younger. Note: The ACT Writing test is not required. The COMPASS Test is required if age 21 and older.
  6. Professional-Technical applicants: COMPASS, ACT or SAT test scores. Test scores will also be used to determine course placement in Math, English composition, reading and program placement. All Professional-Technical applicants must complete the Professional-Technical Education Center’s admission intake process before being fully admitted to a technical program.

Orientation

All newly admitted degree-seeking students, including international students, must participate in a new student orientation as a condition of admission and regardless of major, campus location, or delivery method (e.g., on-line). Orientation must be completed prior to the first day of classes. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be permitted to enroll as a degree-seeking student in a subsequent term.

Professional-Technical Admission

Regular Admission

  1. Proof of high school graduation* with at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and
  2. Successful completion of high school coursework that includes at least the following:
    • Mathematics -- 4 credits (6 credits recommended) from challenging math sequences of increasing rigor selected from courses such as Algebra I, Geometry, Applied Math I, II, and III, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Discrete Math, Statistics, and other higher level math courses. Two (2) mathematics credits must be taken in the 11th or 12th grade. (After 1998, less rigorous math courses taken in grades 10-12, such as pre-algebra, review math, and remedial math, shall not be counted.)
    • Natural Science -- 4 credits (6 credits recommended, with 4 credits in laboratory science) including at least 2 credits of laboratory science from challenging science courses including applied biology/chemistry, principles of technology (applied physics), anatomy, biology, earth science, geology, physiology, physical science, zoology, physics, chemistry, and agricultural science and technology courses (500 level and above).
    • English -- 8 credits. Applied English in the Workplace may be counted for English credit.
    • Other -- Professional-technical courses, including courses eligible for dual credit and organized work-based learning experiences connected to the school-based curriculum, are strongly recommended. (High School Work Release time not connected to the school-based curriculum will not be considered.)

-OR-

  1. Completion of a GED with a minimum score of 600 (150 on each of the four modules) beginning in 2014. If tested prior to 2014, a standard score average of 500 or above on the 2002-2013 GED test or a standard score average of 50 or above on GED tests taken prior to 2002.
  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 composition, reading and program placement.

All Professional-Technical applicants must complete the Professional-Technical Education Center’s admission intake process before being fully admitted to a technical program. NOTE: Though physical fitness is not a condition of enrollment, various technical programs require strenuous physical performance. Please consult with an advisor to determine whether a program is suitable for your capabilities and overall health.

*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.

Conditional Admission

Professional-Technical applicants who do not meet all the requirements for regular admission may be admitted to the college on a conditional admission status. All conditionally admitted professional-technical students are required to meet with the Professional-Technical Education Center to develop, implement and execute an individualized student learning plan until such time as they are upgraded to a regular admission status. Regular admission status entails: completing any required remediation; completing 12 college credits numbered 100 or above; passing ID 140, a Student Success Seminar; and, attaining a 2.0 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 600 standard score (2014 GED Test) will not be admitted. Students with a GED standard score average less than 500 on the 2002-2013 test or 50 on the tests taken prior to 2002 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 transcript GPA, high school core GPA, GED score or completion of the College Admission Core Standards.

Orientation

All newly admitted degree-seeking students, including international students, must participate in a new student orientation as a condition of admission and regardless of major, campus location, or delivery method (e.g., on-line). Orientation must be completed prior to the first day of classes. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be permitted to enroll as a degree-seeking student in a subsequent term.