Students shall be admitted to Albany Technical College in one of the following categories: Regular, Provisional, Learning Support, Special, or Transient.
Regular admission of students to a technical certificate of credit, diploma or degree program is contingent upon their meeting statewide admissions requirements and institutional admissions requirements established for that specific program and upon their proper completion of application, assessment, and registration procedures.
Those students for which assessment is required will adhere to the admission requirements as indicated for a diploma or degree program and will be classified as regular students. Those students for which program assessment is not required will be exempted from the assessment requirement of this policy, but must comply with the remainder of the requirements in order to be classified as a regular student. All diploma or degree students must achieve regular admission status before graduation. Regular admission of transfer students to a diploma program is contingent upon their meeting the following requirements: a) regular admission and good standing at a regionally accredited diploma or degree granting institution, b) proper completion of the Admissions Application and related procedures.
Provisional admission of students to a diploma program for which assessment is required is based on an evaluation of assessment scores and other admission data by the Director of Admissions and program faculty, and upon proper completion of application, assessment and related procedures.
Provisional admission of transfer students to a diploma program is contingent upon their meeting applicable licensure and accreditation requirements. Provisionally admitted students must satisfy learning support requirements and/or take general education courses and may take certain occupational courses as designated in the program-specific standards. All diploma program students initially admitted on a provisional basis must have satisfactorily completed the necessary prerequisite and learning support coursework in order to progress through the State Standards curriculum and must meet regular admissions for that program within 12 months of acceptance.
Students are not admitted on a provisional basis into health care programs, cosmetology, or technical certificate of credit programs.
Special Admit Status (Non-Credential Seeking)
The special admissions category is designed to be an admission method for non-award seeking students. The following specifics define the parameters of this classification:
- Be classified as non-award seeking at time of admission.
- Be granted special status upon recommendation of the Admissions Director.
- Receive credit for regular program coursework, which is satisfactorily completed.
- May apply up to a maximum of 18 semester 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, including the state approved assessment process.
- May enroll in classes only a space-available basis.
- Adhere to the specific institutional prerequisite course requirements when selecting courses.
- Will not be eligible for any financial aid.
A student in good standing at another accredited institution may be permitted to enroll as a transient student on a space-available basis at a technical college in order to complete work to be transferred back to the home institution. Students who submit a Transient Agreement Form or Letter from their home institution are granted Transient admission status. The Transient Agreement Form or Letter should verify that the student is in good standing and should list the courses that student is eligible to take. A current Transient Agreement Form or Letter is required for each term of enrollment.
Auditing courses - Audit
Applicants must submit an Admissions Application, pay the non-refundable application fee and all regular fees, and register for the class. Applicants for audit are not required to take the college entrance assessment. Credit is not awarded for courses taken on an audit basis. Courses taken on an audit basis will not be used for certification for federal financial aid, HOPE, TANF, Social Security or Veteran’s Administration educational benefits. Students will be allowed to audit courses on a space available basis.
Admission of Disadvantaged and/or students with a disability
Within a framework of personal guidance and evaluation, special services are provided for the disadvantaged and/or disabled student. These services include aiding students in setting realistic goals, developing individualized programs of study, providing job orientation and job search services, providing assistance in determining the degree and nature of their disabilities and/or disadvantages, and providing referrals to community service agencies for additional assistance.
A student may be accepted as a disadvantaged or disabled student when he/she cannot meet the recommended entrance exam score(s) to enter a program under regular or provisional status but whose aptitudes and other factors indicate a likelihood of success in at least a segment of the total program. Limited English speaking students may be included in the disadvantaged group. For further information on disadvantaged student admissions, contact the Special Needs Coordinator at (229) 430-2854. For information on hearing impaired and visually impaired student admissions, contact the Director of Special Needs & LEAP program at (229) 430-2854.
Students dismissed or suspended from the institution because of administrative action, absenteeism or academic reasons may apply to re-enter after completing the designated absence. Application to re-enter must be made through the Office of Admissions; however, reapplying does not guarantee acceptance. Upon re-entry to the college, regardless of the reason, all students must follow standards, policies, and regulations that are in effect at the time of re-entry. A change of program is considered a re-admission and applications to change a program must be made through the Academic Advisement Center, subject to the $15.00 processing fee if it is your second or greater change. The deadline for change of major is noted on the Academic Calendar. Re-admission applications are due in the Admissions office no later than 30 days before the start of a new academic term, and applicants must follow the specific program of study’s admissions process.
Notice and Responsibilities Regarding this Catalog
The purpose of this catalog/handbook is to provide general information. It should not be construed as the basis of a contract between students and Albany Technical College (ATC). While the provisions of this catalog/handbook will ordinarily be applied as stated, ATC reserves the right to change any provisions listed without notice. Such changes may include entrance requirements and admissions procedures, courses, and programs of study, academic requirements for graduation, fees and charges, financial aid, rules and regulations and the College calendar. It is the student’s responsibility to keep informed of all changes including academic requirements for graduation.