Enrollment Information

 

Regular Admissions 

  • A completed application for admission form.

  • A completed Virginia Residency Form

  • Official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended.
    If the student has been out of high school ten (10) years or more, high school transcripts are not required for admission to the College; however, certain programs may require high school transcripts for admission.



Non-Curricular Admissions (For Non-Program-Placed Students)

  • A completed application for admission form.

  • A completed Virginia Residency Form

  • Acceptance by the College does not ensure admission to a specific curriculum or course. Once accepted by the College, the student will meet with a college counselor. Together they will discuss his/her educational interests and decide if additional tests are needed to help choose a program or course. The counselor will advise the student about the specific admission requirements of the program in which he/she is interested. After these requirements are met, the student can be admitted to the program. Provided all program admission requirements are met, priority will be given to students:

  • Recommended by the program's admission committee;

  • Legal residents of Virginia living in cities and counties supporting the College;

  • Other Virginia residents;

  • Other U. S. Citizens; and

  • Others

The College reserves the right to refuse admission to applicants when it can be demonstrated to be in the best interest of the College.



Admissions to Specific Curricula

In addition to the general admission requirements explained above, specific requirements are listed for each program of the College. Among the items generally considered in determining students' eligibility for admission to a curriculum are their educational and occupational experiences and other reasonable standards to ensure that they can successfully complete the program requirements. Specific requirements for each program of the College are listed in the Program of Study section. If a student does not meet the requirements for a specific program or course, the student may improve his or her chances of eligibility by completing Developmental Studies courses. Program-placed students normally are required to take an appropriate placement test. The test is administered in the College's Learning Assistance Center.



Residence Requirements

Each student applying for admission must complete a Virginia-In-State Tuition Application in order to be declared legally domiciled in Virginia. Students must verify that one year before the date of entering the term for which they are requesting in-state tuition status they had given up any previous domicile and were living in Virginia with the unqualified intention of remaining in Virginia. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions regarding residency requirements.

This link will provide further information.

http://www.schev.edu/SCHEV/Publications/domicilebrochure.pdf



Advanced Standing for Experiential Learning Guidelines

Students who have reason to believe that previous educational studies, training programs, or work experiences may entitle them to an adjustment in the course requirements for a particular curriculum should contact the Dean of Instruction and Student Development. Recognizing that many adults have gained college-level knowledge in non-collegiate settings--through work experience, seminars, workshops, non-credit courses, and other educational experiences--DCC provides a mechanism for evaluating and awarding college credit for knowledge. Credit earned through this evaluation process is considered advanced standing credit.



Advanced Standing Credit

The following shall apply to the advanced standing credit requirements:

  • To earn credit for prior learning, an individual must be admitted to the curriculum in which advanced standing is requested.

  • As much as 25 percent of the required curriculum credits may be earned through the advanced standing process.

  • Advanced standing credits awarded through the advanced standing evaluation process will be posted to the student's transcript after the student has successfully completed 15 credits of course work in the curriculum with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25 in the curriculum.

  • Advanced standing will be awarded only for courses in which a student is not currently and has not been previously enrolled.

Procedure for student to apply for Advanced Standing Credit :

The procedure will be administered by two faculty members. One of the faculty members must teach the course for which credit is requested.

  • Student must submit a resume which will be reviewed by the faculty members.

  • Student will be interviewed and a determination will be made by the faculty members at this time whether or not to proceed.

  • Student will be requested to take a brief oral examination administered by the faculty members. Again, a determination will be made whether or not to proceed.

  • Student will be requested to take a written test, perform specific tasks, and/or complete a project.

  • The results of the above will be reviewed by the faculty members who will make a final decision whether or not to recommend that credit be awarded.

  • The recommendation will be forwarded to the appropriate administrator.



Course Acceptance Policy

  • The administrator responsible for the program for which the evaluation of a student's previous course work is requested shall:


A. Determine the acceptability of each course the student wishes to transfer or apply toward the program requirements based upon his/her knowledge of changes which have occurred since the course(s) was completed;

B. Give particular attention to courses in areas which have had significant technological changes in recent years (i.e., electronics, automotive, printing, computer science, accounting, office systems technology, etc.)

C. As deemed appropriate, seek the input of faculty or other administrators regarding the proper course of action.

  • Courses which are determined to have outdated information and whose acceptance would not assure the student of having current skills may be used to meet elective credit requirements.

  • Students who have kept their educational training current though their job activities may have their course work given special consideration for acceptance.

  • A student who wishes to challenge the decision regarding the non-acceptance of his/her course work may do so by demonstrating his/her competencies in an appropriate manner to the administrator or appropriate faculty member.

  • Because of the diversity of courses offered and the difference in changes which occur over a given time, no specific time frame can be established for courses whose content may have become obsolete. However, it is recommended that all technical courses taken under the quarter system or more than five years ago be carefully reviewed for their current relevance.

  • The decision to accept or not accept a course(s) should be made with the idea that a student's graduation indicates current and relevant competencies in the program of studies




Withdrawal Policy

Students withdrawing from a course(s) prior to the add/drop date will be taken from the roll and no grade will be awarded. After the add/drop  period, but prior to the completion of sixty percent (nine weeks for regular session), a student who withdraws or is withdrawn for a course(s) will be assigned a grade of "W".  After that time, if a student withdraws or is withdrawn from a course(s) or the College, a grade of "F" will be assigned.  Exceptions to this policy may be made under mitigating circumstances; such circumstances must be documented and a copy of the documentation placed in the student's academic file.  If the mitigating circumstances  cause the withdrawal, and the student is making satisfactory progress at the time of withdrawal, the grade "W" will be issued.



Auditing a Course

Under special circumstances, and with the approval of the Division Chair/Director and the Dean of Instruction and Student Development, course audits may be permitted. Audit courses carry no credit and do not count as a part of the student's course load. Students receiving permission to audit a course will register in the regular manner and pay tuition.



Senior Citizens Tuition and Fees Waiver

Students who wish to enroll in the College with Free tuition in the Senior Citizens Act must wait until all students paying tuition have had an opportunity to enroll in that class before they can enroll.  SENIOR CITIZENS are accepted on a space-available basis only. 

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for free tuition and fees for credit courses, part-time or full-time, a person must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be 60 years of age or older.

  2. Be a legal resident of Virginia.

  3. Had a taxable income not exceeding $15,000 for Federal Income Tax purposes for the year in which enrollment is sought.

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