South Louisiana Community College has an open admission policy as established by the Louisiana Legislature and approved by the Board of Regents. All students applying to South Louisiana Community College must submit an online application for admission at www.solacc.edu/Admissions. Applicants will be admitted to the College after all admission requirements have been met. Some programs may have additional admission requirements based on the requirements of their accrediting bodies. More information about the admission requirements for these programs can be found at www.solacc.edu/Admissions. Admission to the College does not guarantee a seat in any program.
General Admission Requirements
In addition to the online application, applicants to South Louisiana Community College must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 17 years of age or show proof of high school completion or its equivalent, except high school dual-enrolled students.
- As required by Louisiana R.S. 17:170, all South Louisiana Community College students born after 1956 must show proof of immunization by providing:
- two separate doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccination,
- one dose of the tetanus-diphtheria vaccination,
- two doses of meningococcal conjugate, if the first dose was given before the age of 16.
Some specific programs have additional immunization requirements. The proof of immunization form is available in the Office of Admissions and on the SLCC website. Forms are to be completed by the student’s physician or other health care provider. Students may claim an exemption to the immunization requirement for medical or personal reasons. A waiver statement can be signed on the online application for admission or on the proof of immunization form.
- As required by Louisiana R.S. 17:3151 and the Federal Selective Service Act, male applicants between the age of 18 and 25 must provide proof of registration with Selective Service. Acceptable documents include a copy of the applicant’s Selective Service registration card or a print out from the Selective Service website (https://www.sss.gov/Home/Verification) indicating the applicant’s registration status. A veteran of the armed forces of the United States may submit a copy of his discharge papers or his discharge certificate instead of the statement of compliance.
- Some specific programs have additional admission requirements.
International Student Admission Requirements
International students are defined as “non-immigrant” visitors who come to the United States temporarily to take classes. A non-immigrant is someone who:
- intends to stay in the US temporarily
- does not have US citizenship or legal permanent resident status (a valid “green card”)
- currently is in the US on a non-immigrant visa status (without a valid green card)
- applies for a visa to be allowed entry into the US
International applicants are encouraged to submit all admission requirements at least ninety (90) days prior to the start of the semester. In addition to the items listed above, international applicants must submit:
- a certified English translation of their high school transcript
- a certified English translation of all official college transcript(s)
- financial information disclosure for the full academic year
- original TOEFL, IBT, or paper report (required only if the student’s native language is not English)
- TOEFL Scores: Original results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 512 paper base, 170 computer-based, or 60 internet-based is needed for admission.
- IELTS Scores: Original results of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0 is needed for admission.
The English ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer test will be used to place the student in the appropriate English and math class.
An evaluation and determination of eligibility for admission will be made. The appropriate immigration form will be issued after all credentials have been submitted, and the applicant has been admitted to the College. International students must maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours and are limited to a maximum of 3 credit hours in online courses per semester. In addition, online courses should not exceed 25 percent of the total curriculum.
For international students who receive/acquire permanent residency status prior to mid-semester, changes will be reflected in the current semester, and tuition will be adjusted accordingly to reflect in-state residency. For international students receiving permanent residency after mid-semester, changes will be adjusted for the next semester of enrollment to reflect in-state residency. Documentation must be submitted immediately once permanent residency status has been granted/awarded by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to the Office of Admissions for processing student information in the Student Exchange Visitors Information System (SEVIS).
First-Time College Student
A first-time college student has never attended an accredited college or university after leaving high school.
A transfer student has been enrolled or is currently enrolled at another college or university after leaving high school and will be attending SLCC for the first time. Visit our Advanced Placement/Credit for Prior Learning/Transfer Credits for information on the evaluation of transfer credits.
A returning student has previously enrolled at SLCC after leaving high school. SLCC students who do not attend class(es) for a consecutive Fall or Spring semester must apply for re-admission as a returning student. A returning student who left SLCC on academic probation will be re-admitted on academic probation in accordance with current policies. A returning student who is returning after a period of suspension will be re-admitted on probation. A returning student will be required to complete the requirements of the major/program that are in place at the time of readmission.
A visiting student is seeking or intending to seek a degree at another institution and is attending SLCC for one semester or the summer session only. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that credits earned at SLCC will be accepted for transfer by another institution.
A non-matriculating student is attending SLCC to take courses for personal enrichment, job improvement, or some other purpose and is not currently pursuing a degree or certificate from any other higher education institution.
High School Student
Students currently enrolled in high school may complete college courses in place of, or in addition to, the standard high school course load. Credits earned upon successful completion of a course may be applied towards a program of study at South Louisiana Community College or may be transferred to other colleges and universities, in accordance with their transfer policies. High school students must meet admission requirements as defined by one of the following:
Applicants to early college programs that offer the completion of a college credential with high school completion must meet the requirements specified by the individual program.
An eligible high school student can be admitted to SLCC as a non-degree seeking student to earn college credit and Carnegie units. It is the responsibility of the student to verify that SLCC courses fufill high school graduation requirements.
Dual enrolled students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Must be a junior or senior in high school when courses are taken, except for students taking all of their courses at their high school or their school district’s college and career center site;
- Satisfy all SLCC general admission requirements, including providing immunization records/waiver as well as proof of registration with Selective Service, if applicable;
- Provide a current copy of their high school transcript, if not available through the Louisiana Student Transcript System;
- Students who register for transferrable academic courses listed on the Board of Regents Articulation Matrix must meet the minimum GPA and test score requirements outlined by the Board of Regents in the Academic Affairs Policy 2.22 Minimum Requirements for Dual Enrollment.
- Satisfy all prerequisite requirements for SLCC courses.
Dual enrolled students are subject to all policies and provisions in place at the time of enrollment. Individual schools and/or school districts may have additional requirements that must be satisfied to qualify for funding. Dual enrolled students must follow the same withdrawal deadlines as any other undergraduate student in the college.
A high school junior or senior can be admitted to SLCC to earn college credit while not earning Carnegie units.
Concurrent enrollment students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Satisfy all admission requirements, including providing immunization records/waiver as well as proof of registration with Selective Service, if applicable;
- Provide a current copy of their high school transcript, if not available through the Louisiana Student Transcript System
- Students must meet GPA and minimum test score requirements outlined by the Board of Regents in their Academic Affairs Policy 2.22 Minimum Requirements for Dual Enrollment.
- Satisfy all prerequisite requirements for SLCC courses.
Concurrently enrolled students are subject to all policies and provisions in place at the time of enrollment. Concurrently enrolled students must follow the same withdrawal deadlines as any other undergraduate student in the college.