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Admissions Policy

The Admissions Office of National Park Community College is responsible for evaluating applications and transcripts to determine the admissions status of all first-time, associate degree-seeking applicants.  Qualified applicants are admitted on a conditional or unconditional basis.  Those applicants who do not qualify may be eligible for Alternative Placement.  After review, the Director of Admissions for the College shall notify each applicant in writing concerning his or her admission status.

Unconditional Admission Status

Applicants for Unconditional Admission status must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Must have graduated from high school and completed the high school core curriculum, and must present American College Test (ACT) scores of 19 on English and Reading and 20 on Mathematics or the equivalent SAT, COMPASS or ASSET scores.
  2. Must present a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT, a 910 on the SAT, a 43 on the ASSET Reading test, or an 83 on the COMPASS Reading test, if the applicant received a GED or graduated through home schooling or from a private high school after May 1, 2002.  Applicants must also present ACT scores of 19 on English and Reading and 20 on Mathematics or the equivalent SAT, COMPASS or ASSET scores.
  3. Must present ACT scores of 19 on English and Reading and 20 on Mathematics or the equivalent SAT, COMPASS or ASSET scores, if the applicant graduated from high school, received a GED, or graduated through home schooling or from a private high school prior to May 1, 2002.

Conditional Admission Status

Applicants are admitted in the Conditional Admission Status, if they fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Have graduated from high school since May 1, 2002 and have not completed the high school core curriculum.  Note:  Transcripts of graduates of out-of-state high schools must be evaluated for meeting the core curriculum.  Students not meeting the core curriculum requirement and 2.0 grade point average requirement must be admitted conditionally.
  2. Have graduated from high school and completed the high school core curriculum, but have an ACT Reading score of 15-18 or the equivalent SAT, COMPASS or ASSET scores.
  3. Have received a GED or graduated through home schooling or from a private high school after May 1, 2002, but have scores below an ACT Composite score of 19, 910 on the SAT, 43 on the ASSET Reading test, or 83 on the COMPASS Reading test.
  4. Have graduated from high school, received a GED, graduated through home schooling, or graduated from a private high school prior to May 1, 2002 and have an ACT Reading score of 15-18 or the equivalent SAT, COMPASS or ASSET scores.

Stipulations for Conditionally Admitted Applicants:

For Transfer Degrees:  Applicants who have not completed the high school core curriculum and who are seeking an associate transfer degree (Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Arts in Teaching) must complete twelve (12) hours of core academic courses and any necessary developmental course requirements within their first 30 semester hours of continuous enrollment with a grade point average of a 2.0.

For AAS Degrees:  Applicants who have not completed the high school core curriculum and who are seeking a career and technical education (CTE) associate degree (Associate of Applied Science) must complete six (6) hours of core academic courses, six (6) hours of technical courses required for the CTE associate degree, and any necessary remedial/developmental courses within their first 30 semester hours of continuous enrollment with a cumulative grade point average of a 2.0.

Notification of Completion or Non-completion:  Students will be notified by the Registrar’s Office in conjunction with Student Services when they have completed the requirements for Conditional Admissions.  Students not meeting these requirements will be notified and will not be allowed to enroll for additional course work until they have developed a plan for completion with an academic advisor.

Alternative Placement

Applicants who score a Composite Score of 14 or below on the ACT or a 690 or below on the SAT, a 69 or below on the COMPASS Reading Skills test, or 35 or below on the ASSET Reading Skills test, will not be admitted to NPCC.  However, applicants falling into this category may be reassessed using the COMPASS Reading.  Upon retesting, a score of 70 or better on the COMPASS Reading will allow the student to be reevaluated for admission to NPCC.  Students who do not score at this level will be counseled to enroll in NPCC’s Adult Basic Education and GED Center.  Students admitted into alternative placement must successfully complete basic education courses and demonstrate a readiness for transitional/developmental college coursework by retesting on the ACT or an equivalent test and earning at least the minimum scores for Conditional Admission.  Alternative placement students are not eligible to apply for Title IV federal financial aid at NPCC.

Registration

Students should register for courses during the official registration periods prior to the beginning of every semester. Students must complete an admissions data form prior to beginning the registration procedure.

Enrollment is not complete until all required admission credentials are received and approved.

Orientation

Orientation is a short session that will acquaint you with our campus and procedures available to new students. You will be advised of dates and times. Call 501-760-4233 for more information.

The college reserves the right to deny admission, re-admission or registration for a violation of academic integrity, for failure to make academic progress as outlined in the college catalog, or for the inability of the college to provide appropriate learning environment, courses or programs needed to meet educational objectives. In such cases, students may be required to document improvement of circumstances prior to enrollment. In such cases where the college is unable to provide services, assistance may be provided to help find an appropriate learning environment for the student.


National Park Community College at Hot Springs is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and administers its educational and employment programs in conformance with federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination based upon sex, sexual orientation, race, age, disability and Vietnam Era Veterans' status.