It is the intention of Penn College to offer educational opportunities to anyone who has the interest, desire, and ability to pursue postsecondary study. Admission to the College is open to applicants who have a high school diploma or its equivalent and who satisfy necessary placement requirements. Some majors are restricted to applicants who meet certain academic skills and prerequisites; major-specific admission criteria is referenced in the major’s curriculum information in the College Catalog. Questions regarding the admission standards for specific majors should be directed to the Admissions Office.
The College reserves the right to deny admission or re-admission to any student if, in the opinion of College authorities, his/her admission is not in the best interest of the student or the College. The College will provide opportunities to develop the basic skills necessary to enroll in degree and certificate courses to those who demonstrate such needs on the College's placement tests.
Penn College evaluates students’ skills to ensure each student has the entry-level ability necessary to be successful in his/her college-level course work. The goal of the placement process is to identify the correct initial placement in math, English, and reading. In addition to completion of placement testing, an applicant may satisfy placement requirements through transfer courses or established minimum SAT/ACT scores.
Placement testing with accommodations is available for students with disabilities.
When placement test results indicate that a student is significantly underprepared for college-level course work, acceptance may be rescinded until the necessary academic deficiencies are remediated. Some majors are subject to specific remediation requirements and are noted in the major’s curriculum information in the College Catalog.
Minimums Required for Bachelor’s Degree Majors
An applicant whose placement tests identify a need for developmental reading course RDG 001 or developmental math course MTH 004 may not enroll in a bachelor’s degree major. Alternative enrollment options may allow the student to enroll in a related associate’s degree major until the deficiency is remediated.
Developmental Education Courses
Since developmental courses provide the foundation for subsequent courses, including those in the student’s major, it is particularly important for both full- and part-time students to successfully complete those courses prior to or during their first semester. If multiple developmental courses are required within the same discipline, they must be scheduled in consecutive semesters until all are complete, unless the school dean approves a delay. Students enrolled in developmental courses do not have the option of dropping/withdrawing from these courses.
Additional protocol relating to developmental course work is stipulated in the College's Developmental Studies Policy and Procedure 4.30. Current students can access these, as well as all official policies and procedures, on the myPCT Portal (login required).
An applicant whose placement results indicate deficiencies in all three areas: English, mathematics (except MTH006), and reading (triple deficient) will not be permitted to enroll in his/her major until at least one of the three subject areas has been remediated in one of the following ways:
- Enrollment in the College's Conditional Acceptance Program, intended to improve the student's academic skills and readiness for college-level studies. Prior to enrollment in the College, the student will enroll in one or two developmental courses and will complete a Penn College study-skills workshop series. After successfully completing this program, the student may enroll in a Penn College major. Students who do not satisfactorily complete the Conditional Acceptance Program will have their acceptance to the College rescinded.
- Alternative plans, which may include enrolling in, and completing, remedial programs or successfully completing courses at another institution (must satisfy developmental requirements) in addition to the Penn College study-skills workshop series.
- Working with a tutor and retesting without deficiencies.