Admission Criteria

Standard high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school or equivalent

The following are considered equivalent:

  • High school equivalency diploma issued by a state Department of Education
  • Graduation from a Florida home education program in compliance with F.S. 1003.4282 and F.S. 1003.26 or graduation from a non-Florida home education program in compliance with that state’s home education statute.
  • Demonstrated competency in college credit postsecondary coursework, in accordance with F.S.1007.263
  • International secondary school transcript. Official documentation of high school graduation equivalent to a U.S. standard high school diploma. All documents in a language other than English must be submitted with certified English translations.

Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.)– Eligible Certificate of Completion (W8A): Florida public high school students who have completed all requirements for the standard high school diploma, including a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, except for passage of the state approved graduation test or concordant and/or comparative score. Students who receive this certificate of completion are eligible to take a common placement test and be admitted to developmental education or credit courses. These students are not eligible to apply for limited access programs that require high school graduation, or to be eligible athletes.

Note: The College will evaluate the validity of a student's high school diploma if the institution has reason to believe that the high school diploma is not valid or was not obtained from a regionally accredited institution that provides secondary school education. This is in compliance with the United States Department of Education regulation addressing the validity of high school diplomas for students seeking federal financial aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) 34 CFR 668.16(p).

As such, diplomas issued by correspondence or nontraditional high schools will not usually be accepted unless the school is accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). These schools will be considered on an individual basis. Acceptance will be based upon submission of sufficient documentation by the school to indicate that the school meets the minimum standards outlined by the Florida Department of Education and F.S. 1002.42

Contact the Admissions and Records Office for more information.

Non-standard and non-high school graduates and students whodo not fall into one of the categories previously listed, including students who receive a regular Certificate of Completion or a Special Diploma, may not take college credit or college developmental courses. These students may register for vocational/career courses and programs that do not require a standard high school diploma for admission or graduation purposes and are not eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Programs and Admission Requirements section in this catalog.

Admission to Limited Access Programs

Students pursuing a degree in a limited access program should check the requirements specific to the program. In addition to completing the Application for Admission to the College, students must complete a separate application to the program and pay appropriate fees. Students will not be placed under the limited access degree until they are accepted into the program.