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Admission: Policy 3E.1

Procedure 3E.1/11 Admission


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Minnesota Resident Tuition Rate

Anoka-Ramsey Community College charges the same Minnesota resident tuition rate to residents and non-residents. However, South Dakota residents pay tuition equal to the Minnesota resident tuition rate, plus a surcharge that is determined each year.

Minnesota Resident Status

MN resident status is determined at the time of application according to the permanent residence of the student and is based on the following:

  • Residency must be established for at least one calendar year immediately prior to application.
  • Residency must not be primarily for the purpose of attending college or university.

Residency status is not automatically updated after you have been admitted to the college and have resided in Minnesota for one calendar year. However, except for residents of South Dakota, all other resident and non-resident students are still charged the Minnesota resident tuition rate, regardless of their state or country of residence.

Placement for Success

To ensure academic success, new students at the college are required to take College Board Placement test, Accuplacer. Accuplacer assesses skill levels in the areas of reading, English composition, and mathematics. Placement results are used to determine skill level and place students in appropriate courses. Accuplacer testing is offered on a regular basis throughout the year.  It takes approximately two hours to complete the entire test. There is no fee for the first set of tests.
Placement tests are required for:

  • New students registering for credit-based courses
  • All PSEO students
  • Returning students or transfer students who have not either:
    taken the Accuplacer placement test at another institution or
    successfully completed a college-level math and/or college-level English course with a grade of "C" or higher
    (Send an official copy of your valid placement scores and/or transcripts to the Records and Registration Office.)

Students are not required to take the placement test(s) if they have:


  • ACT sub-scores of at least 22 in math, at least 18 in Writing, or at least 21 in reading. Students whose sub-scores are lower in one of these areas must take the placement test in that area.


The placement test and/or ACT scores are considered valid if within three calendar years, inclusive of the current calendar year, for reading and writing and two calendar years, inclusive of the current calendar year, for mathematics.

Although the placement tests do not determine admission to Anoka-Ramsey Community College, they do determine entry into some courses. If the Accuplacer reading score indicates placement into Reading 0910, students must enroll in that course during their first semester at Anoka-Ramsey.  Reading 0990 must be completed during the next semester of attendance following successful completion (grade of C or better) of Reading 0910. Students are also encouraged to register for the indicated courses immediately when placement is other than into 1000-level courses. Students are expected to complete all courses numbered below 1000 prior to the completion of 30 credits. Students placing below the lowest pre-college level courses offered may be referred to Adult Basic Education (ABE).

A student’s course enrollment may be cancelled if the student does not take the placement test or if the student registers for a course at a level above the cut-off score of his or her placement test(s).  Course refunds may not be issued for inappropriate registration.  Students who are not satisfied with their placement results may retest once per subject area prior to the test score expiration date for a fee.  

For additional information about placement testing, including our hours of operation, retests, or requests for testing accommodations, please stop by or call the Testing Center (Cambridge Campus at 763-433-1980 / Coon Rapids Campus at 763-433-1180).


Immunization

Minnesota Statute (M.S. 135A.14) requires all students born after 1956 and enrolled in a public or private post-secondary school in Minnesota be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella allowing for certain specified exceptions. No proof of immunization is needed from students who are assumed to be up-to-date with their immunizations due to requirements imposed by their previous school enrollment, such as students who graduated from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later. Immunization forms are sent out from the Admissions and Records Office. Students will not be able to complete registration a second time without this information.

Registration

Course schedules for both campuses are published before registration begins for each new semester. In addition, course information is available online at www.AnokaRamsey.edu. Students are permitted to register only at times indicated in the published schedule.
Students are encouraged to register online. Online registration is limited to returning students who do not have holds on their records and new students attending orientation. A student ID number and PIN are necessary for online registration. See the course schedule for details. Students may also register in person at each campus.
Students may register for a maximum of 22 credits per semester.
Fees must be paid by the payment deadlines unless deferred by financial aid. The college reserves the right to withhold registration privileges from students with unpaid college financial obligations. Tuition invoices are not mailed. Invoice statement and payment deadlines can be found at http://www.anokaramsey.edu/Events.aspx  

Adding and Dropping Classes

Students without holds on their records may add and/or drop classes according to the add/drop procedure listed in each semester course schedule. A Student/Tech ID number and PIN number are necessary for online transactions. All students may add, drop or withdraw in person. Students are responsible for dropping courses if they register and later change their plans for attendance.

Withdrawing from a Class

The final date for official course withdrawal is the last day on which students may officially terminate their enrollment in a course, and shall be the date on which eighty percent (80%) of the days in the academic semester have elapsed. For courses not on a standard academic semester schedule, the final date for official course withdrawal shall be established as the date on which eighty percent (80%) of the instructional days for the course have elapsed. To withdraw from classes, students must complete the Withdrawal procedure. Check the campus course schedule for procedures and published withdrawal dates.
Withdraw grades may subject students to academic probation or suspension. Review the College Costs and Financial Assistance section for pertinent refund information.
Important: If students stop attending class(es) but do not officially withdraw from the college or from a specific course, they will receive the grade that is earned in the course (very likely an “F”). It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from the course; the college does not assign a “W” grade for students who fail to officially withdraw.

Evaluation of Transfer Credits
General Transfer Guidelines
GPA and Grades

Course-for-course equivalencies will be made toward the general education distribution requirements. MnTC goals will be followed from the transferring institution. Other credits accepted in transfer will be indicated as electives.
All college courses in which a student has received a grade of A, B, C, D or P will be considered for transfer evaluation. If a student’s cumulative GPA at the originating institution is less than 2.0, no “D” grades will be accepted in transfer from that school. Transfer credit grades will not be used in computing the student’s GPA at the college. Only earned credits (not grade point credits or grade points) will be recorded on the official college transcript.

Comparability: Courses approved for transfer must be comparable in nature, content, and level and match at least 75% of the content and goals of the course for which the student is seeking equivalent credit.

Time Limit: General education, general studies, and elective credits shall have no transfer time limit. The timeliness of credits applied to career programs will be considered when evaluating transfer credits.

Equivalency/Conversion: The number of transfer credits granted per course shall not exceed the number granted by the originating institution. The conversion of quarter hours to semester hours is .66 semester hours for each quarter hour.

Repeated Courses: When a student transfers in courses and later successfully repeats a comparable course at the college, only credit from the college will be granted.
Credits achieved through military training will be considered for transfer. Students should submit a Military Transcript for evaluation.
Competency-Based Education credits will transfer as general electives unless approved for other distribution requirements.
Students who have questions about their transfer credits or wish to appeal the transfer evaluation may contact the Admissions and Records Office or an advisor or counselor at either campus.

Additional Technical College Credits

The college shall accept in transfer, for full credit, college-parallel general education courses offered by technical colleges to provide transfer-level general education courses leading to a certificate, an associate in arts degree, associate in fine arts degree, associate in science degree, or an associate in applied science degree.
The college shall accept for transfer, as electives, a maximum of 16 semester credits of college-level vocational or technical courses offered by technical colleges.
A grade of C or 2.0 shall be the minimum required for any course to transfer.

Application to the Nursing Program

Applicants must include all of the following criteria to be considered for admission into the Anoka-Ramsey Community College Nursing Program.

A completed file includes:

  • Application to Anoka-Ramsey Community College (on file with the College)
  • Application to the Nursing Program
  • Official transcripts from high school and all non-MnSCU colleges attended. Electronic transcripts from MnSCU colleges may be used if indicated on the nursing application. A list of MnSCU colleges is available at www.mnscu.edu.
  • Official ACT scores in signed, sealed envelope (exempt if earned baccalaureate degree)
  • High school transcript (exempt if earned a college degree/college diploma)
    • If an applicant is currently a high school student, documentation including the letter indicating progress towards graduation must be included in the application.

The following are not accepted for admission into the Nursing Program, and will result in the application not being considered for admission:

  • Courses still in progress are not considered
  • Omitting an official transcript from high school or other colleges attended means the file is incomplete

If a Nursing Program application is incomplete, it will be returned to the student.

Nursing Program Admission Procedure

Applications will be accepted only during the published application dates. The application period will be extended if an insufficient number of qualified applications are received.
All students must meet minimum criteria for admission.
Application dates:

  • January 2 – 21 for the 2-Year Fall Program
  • February 1 – 21 for the LPN Mobility Fall Program
  • June 1 – 21 for the 2-Year Spring Program
  • July 1 – 21 for the LPN Mobility Spring Program

Students will be admitted to either the 2-year Program or the Mobility Program according to admission ranking as indicated on the scoring rubric (see below) until the program is full.

Scoring Criteria

 Score

Cumulative GPA (point-for-point) from all colleges (and high school if necessary)

 

ACT Composite score: divided by 10 

 

Anatomy & Physiology I completed: .5 point

 

Anatomy & Physiology II completed: .5 point

 

# of 30 General Education credits completed (# of general education credits divided by 10)

 

Anoka-Ramsey student with 12 earned credits: add one point

 

 Admission Score:

 

Alternate List Procedure for the Nursing Program

A limited number of qualifying applicants will be placed on a ranked order alternate list. Students placed on this list will be eligible for admission to the program pending availability prior to the beginning of the term (e.g. if an accepted student decides later they do not want to attend the college). All students who wish to gain admission to the Nursing Program must reapply, including those who were on the previous year’s alternate list.

Application Status Notification for the Nursing Program

Applications will be accepted only during the established time periods. All applicants will be notified by the Records office of acceptance or denial to the Nursing Program. Students offered admission must respond within 10 days of notice to accept their seat in the program.

Admitted students will be notified of the date and time for the required nursing student orientation.

Admission to the PTA Program

Admission to the Anoka-Ramsey PTA Program is made only after completion of all admission criteria. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Courses still in progress or absence of required documentation such as official transcripts from high school or other colleges attended render a file incomplete. A GPA of less than 2.0 will not satisfy admission and graduation requirements for the PTA Program. Students with a previous college degree are not required to submit an official high school transcript. For all other students, a high school transcript must be submitted with application. A PTA Program application will be returned if the student’s file is incomplete. Applicants must meet the following criteria before applying for admission to the PTA program.

  • Qualify to take ENGL 1121 
  • Successful completion of READ 0910 or assessment score placement in READ 0990 or above
  • All required BIOL courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher (within the last 5 years) Priority Admission is given to those who have completed BIOL 2113 and 2114 or their equivalent.
  • Students will be required to take The Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET V) or the ACT. Applicants who have completed a baccalaureate degree in another field are exempt, and will have equivalent to a score of 75-77 (8 points) to calculate their rubric score. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree may choose to take the HOBET V test in order to achieve a score higher than 8.
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher 

Students will be admitted according to the admission ranking as indicated on the scoring rubruc (see below) until the program is full. 

GPA: __________

10

Scale:  2.0=1    2.25=2    2.5=3    2.75=4    3.0=5    3.25=7    3.5=9    3.75+=10

Comments:

 

 

BIOL  Courses      A(4)        B(3)         C(2)         Taking SPR(1)        D/F/not taken(0)

16

BIOL  1106             o            o            o                            o                            o 
BIOL  2113             o            o            o                            o                            o

BIOL  2114             o            o            o                            o                            o

BIOL  1102             o            o            o                            o                            o

 

 

Completed ALL BIOL Courses With “C” Or Better

5

Gen Ed Courses                    A(3)            B(2)         C(1)                D/F/not taken(0)

12

       ENGL  1121                      o            o            o                            o

       SPCH  1110/2220             o            o            o                            o

       PSYC  1110                      o            o            o                            o

       Fine Arts/Hum                   o            o            o                            o

 

 

HOBET V Score:

10

Scale:  60 or below =1, 61-62 =2, 63-64 =3, 65-66 =4, 67-68 =5, 69-71 =6, 72-74 =7, 75-77 =8, 78-80 =9, 81 or above = 10.

66.7 to 69.9=1    70 to 71.9=2    72 to 73.9=3    74 to 75.9=4    76 to 77.9=5    78 to 79.9=6    80 to 81.9=7    82 to 83.9=8     84 to 85.9=9     86 or greater = 10   (Bachelor’s Degree =8)

Academic Standards Petitions:

 

Evaluator Comments:                                                                                          Total Score:


56

This student applied to the PTA program last year     YES     NO

 

PTA Program Admission Procedure

Applications are accepted between January 1st and January 31st every year, and are reviewed for admission for the following fall semester between the published review dates February 1st through March 10th, or until the program is filled. The application period will be extended if an insufficient number of qualified applications are received. Students will be admitted according to admission ranking, based on points awarded for selection criteria, until the program is filled. All students must meet minimum criteria for admission.

Admission ranking will be determined by scoring on the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA for the last ten years
  • Previous enrollment at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

Application to the Pharmacy Technician Program

 Application to the Anoka-Ramsey Pharmacy Technician Program is made only after completion of all admission criteria. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Courses still in progress or absence of required documentation such as official transcripts from high school or other colleges attended render a file incomplete. A GPA of less than 2.0 will not satisfy admission and graduation requirements for the Pharmacy Technician Program. Students with a previous college degree are not required to submit an official high school transcript. For all other students, a high school transcript must be submitted with application. A Pharmacy Technician Program application will be returned if the student’s file is incomplete. Applicants must meet the following criteria before applying for admission to the Pharmacy Technician program.

  • Successful completion of READ 0910 or assessment score placement in READ 0990 or above
  • Successful completion of MATH 0110 or test out
  • Students will be required to take The Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test (HOBET V) with a composite score of 66.7% or higher. Applicants who have completed a baccalaureate degree in another field are exempt, and will have equivalent to a score of 80 – 81.9 (7 points) to calculate their rubric score. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree may choose to take the HOBET V test in order to achieve a score higher than 7.
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher

Students will be admitted according to the admission ranking as indicated on the scoring rubric (see below) until the program is full.

GPA: __________

10

Scale:  2.0=1    2.25=2    2.5=3    2.75=4    3.0=5    3.25=7    3.5=9    3.75+=10

Comments:

 

 

HOBET V Score :

10

Scale:  60 or below =1, 61-62 =2, 63-64 =3, 65-66 =4, 67-68 =5, 69-71 =6, 72-74 =7, 75-77 =8, 78-80 =9, 81 or above = 10.

66.7 to 69.9=1    70 to 71.9=2    72 to 73.9=3    74 to 75.9=4    76 to 77.9=5    78 to 79.9=6    80 to 81.9=7    82 to 83.9=8     84 to 85.9=9     86 or greater = 10   (Bachelor’s Degree =8)

Academic Standards Petitions:

 

Evaluator  Comments:                                        Total Score:

20

 

Pharmacy Technician Program Admission Procedure

Applications are accepted between February 1st and February 28th every year, and are reviewed for admission for the following fall semester between the published review dates March 1st through March 31st, or until the program is filled. The application period will be extended if an insufficient number of qualified applications are received. Students will be admitted according to admission ranking, based on points awarded for selection criteria, until the program is filled. All students must meet minimum criteria for admission.

Admission ranking will be determined by scoring on the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA for the last ten years
  • Previous enrollment at Anoka-Ramsey Community College

History:

04.0005 Moved the following sections from this procedure into the admission policy: Minnesota Resident Admission, Midwest Students Exchange Program, Non-Resident Admission, International Student Admission, PSEO Admission, Special Highs School Admission, Senior citizen Admission.
05.2006 Added the following sections to this procedure: Application to Nursing Program, Priorities for Nursing Program Admission, Waiting List Procedure for the Nursing Program, Application Status Notification Nursing Program.
03.2008 Revised language in the Reciprocity Agreement and Admission section, Orientation section, Evaluation of Transfer Credits General Transfer Guideline GPA and Grades section, and the Nursing Program admission section. Moved the Reciprocity Agreement and Admission section to the beginning of the procedure.
05.2010 Removed Reciprocity section and replaced with Minnesota Resident Tuition Rate and Status. Updated test length for Accuplacer tests and removed qualifier for initial course placements. Clarified registration requirements for registering for 19 credits or more in a semester. Updated application to the Nursing Program procedure added Nursing Program Admission Procedure, Application to the PTA Program and PTA Program Admission Procedure.
10.2011 Updated PTA admissions requirements to comply with Office of Civil Rights.
11/2012 MnSCU updates for Withdrawing from a Class and Registration. Pharmacy Tech program Admissions additions and PTA updates.
10/2013 Changes to Placement for Success re: Placement Test requirements. Removed Orientation. 
12/2013 PTA updates - scoring rubric changes.

For Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) policies and procedures, go to http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/index.html