Admissions Requirements


In order to fulfill the South Carolina Technical Education System's educational mission and to promote the achievement of individuals with varied potential, an open door admissions policy admits all citizens who can benefit from available learning opportunities and specific programs of study. This admissions policy does not mean, however, that there are no entrance requirements. South Carolina wisely imposes general restrictions governing overall admissions practices.

Acceptable High School Graduation Types 

Program Admission Requirements
In most programs of study, various entrance requirements are a necessity. These requirements are enforced to enhance student success in chosen fields.

For example, Health Sciences/Nursing applicants complete additional program requirements once admission to the college has been completed. Applicants to Health Sciences/Nursing programs are considered to be in a "pre" status until all admission criteria for the program are complete. Enrollment in each Health Sciences/Nursing program is limited. All applicants must complete a mandatory career talk session. Some courses are also time-sensitive - Health Sciences/Nursing applicants entering with advanced standing must have completed any biophysical course within five years of starting clinicals.

Although applicants for admissions may not meet the requirements for entering a particular program, the college has the ability, through the transitional studies process, to help them attain their academic goals.

Lawful Presence
In June 2008, the governor of South Carolina signed into law 'The South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act." This law requires that all students attending public colleges and universities in the state of South Carolina provide proof of "lawful presence in the United States." This law further states that a person who is unlawfully present in the United States is not eligible for scholarships, financial aid, grants or resident tuition. In order to enroll, you must verify your citizenship or lawful presence in the United States by providing one of the following documents (see step 1):

U.S. Citizens:

  • Valid South Carolina (or most other states) driver's license or permit
  • Valid state issued photo identification card
  • U.S. birth certificate & photo ID
  • U.S. passport
  • Military identification
  • Certificate of naturalization


  • Permanent residents: contact the admissions office for a list of acceptable documents
  • International students: contact your designated school official for more information