Admission Requirements - GPC’s “Try College” Program

These requirements apply only to senior citizens who do not have prior college/university attendance, and those students admitted under this program may register for a maximum of 12 hours from a list of available courses. Senior citizens with college/university attendance may return to theAdmissions homepage and apply as a degree-seeking student (non-traditional freshman, transfer or special/degreed).

  1. GPC Application for Admission accompanied by a $20 non-refundable fee

    • GPC’s application is available online at www.gacollege411.org. This is a state-authorized site for college applications in Georgia. A GAcollege411 account is required to submit an application.
    • A GPC application is valid for three (3) consecutive terms, including the term of application.
  2. Prime Timer/Senior Citizens “Try College” Programs Request

  3. Minimum test scores on the Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) test(s) and/or eligible Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP),SAT or ACT test scores

    Do NOT pay for expedited delivery of SAT and/or ACT scores. GPC requires 5 - 7 business days to process each admission document after it is received.
    • AP, IB, CLEP, SAT and ACT scores submitted must be official scores.
    • Information for requesting official scores or documentation may be found at the SAT, ACT, CLEP, AP and IB websites.
  1. Verification of Lawful Presence in the United States

  2. Immunization Records

  3. Document Upload System

    • Applicants may upload many documents required for admission, except for official transcripts, test scores, or birth certificates.

Additional Admission Requirements

After completion of 12 semester hours, senior students may continue to receive a waiver of tuition and fees, BUT they must meet all additional admission requirements:

  1. Official high school transcript with graduation date and diploma type listed

    • The transcript needs to indicate type of diploma received (college preparatory or technical/career).
    • Certificates of performance or special education diplomas are not acceptable.
    • Applicants who received a General Education Development (GED) diploma need to submit official passing GED scores and high school transcripts.
  2. Official transcript from each college, university or technical college attended

    • Transcripts from each college, university or technical school attended must be submitted.
    • Applicants who previously attended a college or university and have less than30 semester hours of transferable college credit will need to submit high school transcripts or GED scores.
  1. Placement testing requirement or exemption

    • Applies to applicants who do not have transferrable English composition and/or college algebra credit that GPC can accept from college transcript(s).
    • Test scores from the Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) placement exam and/or eligible Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), SAT or ACT official test scores.
      Do NOT pay for expedited delivery of SAT and/or ACT scores. GPC requires 5 - 7 business days to process each admission document after it is received.
    • Information for requesting official scores or documentation may be found at the SAT, ACT, CLEP, AP and IB websites.
    • The score requirements table is listed below.

COMPASS Placement Test Table

GPC uses the COMPASS (Computer Adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System) as its course placement testing tool. GPC does not require SAT or ACT scores. Students may submit scores that meet COMPASS test exemption criteria. The COMPASS test measures English, reading and math abilities.

College Level Classes Score Requirements

Class    Score Range    Class    Score Range    Score Range   
ENGLISH 1101    64 or higher    ENGLISH 0098    32 - 63    31 or lower   
READING 1101    74 or higher    READING 0098    62 - 73    61 or lower   
COLLEGE MATH    37 or higher    MATH 0098    20 - 36    19 or lower   

Students who place into all three (3) areas of Learning Support are not eligible for admission to GPC.

Students are eligible for one (1) retest immediately. Additional retests (as needed) may occur 30 days after the initial retest. Each retest requires the $20 COMPASS test fee. Visit the Testing website to view COMPASS test practice materials as well as testing center information.

COMPASS Exemption Requirements

Test scores ( SAT or ACT) must be less than seven (7) years old from the first day of class of your specified application term. You may partially or fully exempt COMPASS placement testing if you have one of the following:

  • SAT Verbal/Critical Reading score of 480 or higher.
  • SAT Mathematics score of 440 or higher.
  • ACT Mathematics score of 18.
  • ACT English score of 20.
  • College credit for English composition or college algebra (or higher) earned and officially reported in the form of AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) scores.
  • A college transcript from a regionally accredited institution showing that you have English composition and/or college algebra college credit that GPC can accept.

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