Required Academic Criteria

A General Education Development (GED®) diploma or high school diploma (verified by an official transcript including graduation date and diploma type) will be required for admission to the Technical College unless otherwise specified by the program’s standards. Home schooled students may follow an alternative path for admission, described below. High school diplomas from unaccredited institutions, Certificates of Attendance or special education diplomas are not recognized for admission purposes. Students with diplomas from secondary schools located outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated for equivalency by an approved outside evaluation organization. Applicants who have successfully completed (C or better) a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter credit hours at the degree level may submit official transcripts from all previously attended colleges accredited by an accepted accrediting agency in lieu of a GED® diploma or high school diploma. However, if applying for financial aid, a high school transcript is required.

In order to be accepted by a Technical College, the applicant must have been awarded a high school diploma from a secondary school that is on the TCSG approved accreditation agency list. Graduates of unaccredited high schools must obtain a GED® diploma.

Applicants of home schools located in Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:

• Submit a Certificate of Attendance form from the local superintendent’s office verifying that (1) the parent or legal guardian notified the superintendent of intent to home school and (2) that the parent or legal guardian submitted the required attendance reports as required by O.C.G.A. § 20-2-690.

• Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the home-schooled student’s junior or senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.

Applicants of home schools located outside the state of Georgia who did not attend a recognized accredited program must adhere to the following alternative path for admission:

• Submit annual progress reports or a final transcript for the equivalent of the home-schooled student’s junior and senior years. The final progress report should include the graduation date.

• Submit SAT or ACT scores that meet the TCSG system minimum requirements.

Presidents of Technical Colleges may waive the GED® diploma/high school diploma requirement for those secondary students or those pursuing a GED® diploma who are otherwise eligible to enroll in a specific program of study.

College entrance exam

ATC, in accordance with the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), uses the ACCUPLACER instrument for measuring proficiency in reading, writing, algebra and math. An applicant must achieve minimum admissions scores on these tests as specified in the program state standards. Acceptable scores on a statistically validated test such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), or American College Test (ACT) will be accepted in lieu of the ACCUPLACER test. Entrance scores vary by program. The program-specific entrance scores are minimum requirements, and some programs require higher scores. Reasonable accommodations are made during testing for those who need them and who have self-identified with the Special Needs Coordinator. Students who apply for associate degree programs must meet the following current score requirements:

ACCUPLACER NEXT GENERATION- ACCUPLACER-
Reading 236 Reading Comprehension 64
Writing 249 Sentence Skills 70
Quantitative Reasoning 245 Algebra 57

Assessment results will be valid for placement purposes for a period of 60 months and are transferable to any TCSG college.

Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education documenting equivalent program-level English and math coursework successfully completed (C or better) may be used in lieu of completing the corresponding portion of the TCSG-approved assessment instrument.