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Admissions

Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) believes that everyone should have an opportunity to further his or her education. Whether a student strives to attain an associate degree, certificate, or select courses for personal and professional growth, our Admissions Staff will gladly help the student through every step of the process.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic criteria for admission may still enroll at QCC. They can take courses to meet the minimum requirements as a non-degree student, or they will be admitted to the General Studies program. If a student does not wish to be admitted into the General Studies program, he or she must contact the QCC Admissions Office (Welcome Center, HLC, 2nd Floor) at QCC Worcester (Main Campus) at 508.854.4262 or at admissions [at] qcc.mass.edu.

QCC has established minimum academic requirements for admission to most programs, which are designed to help assure academic success. Information about minimum requirements can be found in the Areas of Study section of this catalog.

How to Apply

  1. Apply online at www.QCC.edu/enrollment-steps. Applications are also available in the QCC Admissions Office at QCC Worcester (Main Campus) at 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, or at QCC Southbridge, or through high school guidance departments. Applicants may also contact the QCC (Worcester) Admissions Office at 508.854.4262 or the QCC (Southbridge) Admissions Office at 508.453.3800, to request an application.
  2. Submit the online application. Return the paper application and application fee to the QCC Admissions Office at QCC Worcester (Main Campus), or via mail to “Quinsigamond Community College, Attn: Admissions Office, 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606-2092”. The fee is $20.00 for in-state students or $50.00 for out-of-state students. This fee is non-refundable and may be waived if it causes unusual financial hardship. To qualify for the In-State Resident tuition rate, applicants must certify continuous residence in Massachusetts during the six months preceding the application and be a permanent resident or citizen of the United States (U.S.). Applicants can contact the QCC Admissions Office for details.
  3. QCC requires a high school transcript, diploma, or demonstration of high school equivalency, such as the General Equivalency Development or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). Applicants should ask their high school to forward a transcript of their grades (including the first marking period of the senior year) directly to the QCC Admissions Office.
  4. Applicants who have never obtained a high school diploma or the equivalency must obtain a high school equivalency in order to be accepted to the College. Applicants can contact the QCC Admissions Office for detailed information on how to enroll in the College.

Admission to Health Programs

Students who meet the established Admissions Requirements for the Health Programs (Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assisting, Nurse Education, Occupational Therapy, Perioperative Nursing, Paramedic Technology, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, and Surgical Technology) will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. Qualified students will be given a start date for their clinical/core courses and placed on a waiting list if the program is full for the upcoming semester. Students will begin their clinical classes no later than their given start date. If a slot in an earlier semester becomes available, the student will be contacted and given an opportunity to begin sooner. While on the waitlist, if a student wishes to enroll in education courses that apply to the program, the student must contact the QCC Admissions Office.

Applicants who do not meet the Admissions Requirements can be accepted to the Healthcare program. Alternatively, they should make an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor who will assist them in meeting the Admissions Requirements of their chosen program.

January (Spring) and May (Summer) Admissions

Applications for admission to the College for the Spring and Summer semesters are accepted on a rolling basis. Some programs only have a Fall start and course offerings vary from year to year. Students should visit the QCC website at www.QCC.edu for program start dates.

Undeclared Students

Prospective students who wish to enroll in individual courses and do not wish to pursue an associate degree or certificate can enroll at QCC as an Undeclared Student. All course prerequisites apply to Undeclared Students in the same manner as degree-seeking students. Credits earned in the Undeclared Student status may be applied to an associate degree or certificate curriculum. Undeclared Students are not eligible for financial aid.

Transfer Students

Transfer Student applicants are required to submit a high school transcript, diploma or official documentation of high school equivalency (GED or HiSET). To satisfy the College residency requirement, a minimum of 15 credits must be completed at QCC to receive an associate degree or certificate.

An official transcript, issued directly from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution mailed to QCC, is required to receive transfer credit. Credit is awarded for courses completed with a grade of “C” or higher, provided these courses are applicable to the student’s QCC major. Applicants may also transfer “D” grades if their Quality Point Average (QPA) is 2.00 or higher at the institution from which they are transferring. However, “D” grades are only accepted in lower sequence courses and only if they have completed the upper sequence of the same course with a grade of “C” or higher at the transfer institution.

Transferring “In” to QCC

Applicants who have previously attended college may submit an official college transcript to QCC if they want credit. Transfer students are still required to submit an official high school transcript - or GED certificate - even if they currently hold an undergraduate or graduate degree. For more information, contact the QCC Registrar’s Office (Room 152, Administration Building) at QCC Worcester (Main Campus) at 508.854.4257.

Campus Tours

Both individual and group campus tours of QCC Worcester (Main Campus) are available. To schedule a tour, please visit www.QCC.edu/campus-tours, or contact the QCC Admissions Office.

State Immunization Requirements

Massachusetts State Law requires all candidates for admission to be in compliance with the immunization requirements specified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. All full-time students and all students enrolled in health career programs provide proof of immunization to: measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); varicella; tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap), hepatitis B, and meningococcal.

Students in health-related fields and some other programs should expect to receive information on additional health requirements from their academic department. Immunization documentation is requested during the application process and prior to the start of clinical assignments each semester.

Placement Testing

Most new and currently enrolled students are highly encouraged to take the College Placement Test before registering for English and mathematics courses and courses requiring a prerequisite of English or mathematics.

The College Placement Test is a computerized test that helps determine the appropriate level at which students should begin their mathematics and English courses. The test is not timed and the majority of the questions are multiple-choice. Students can choose to take the entire test (English and mathematics) during one testing period, or take the English and mathematics tests at different times. The entire test takes approximately two and a half hours. An Academic Advisor will use the results to help students select the appropriate courses during registration.

Students can access study materials at 
www.QCC.edu/testing.

Students for whom English is a second language may also take a computerized assessment test. The Combined English Language Skills Assessment (CELSA) test requires students to complete a story or conversation by choosing the correct answer; it is a timed test of 45 minutes.

Students requiring accommodations for testing should contact Student Accessibility Services (Room 246, Administration Building) at QCC Worcester (Main Campus) at 508.854.4471, before scheduling a test.

The College Placement Test and the CELSA test are offered at QCC Worcester (Main Campus), 670 West Boylston Street, Worcester; QCC’s Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester; and at QCC Southbridge. See schedules online at www.QCC.edu/testing. Students may call 508.854.2784 for help with scheduling. For all testing, students must bring photo identification with them to the test.

It is not necessary to take the College Placement Test if a student has transcripts showing that he or she has taken college level English and mathematics coursework at another accredited college. Students should bring their transcripts to their advising appointment. Also, students with a high school GPA of 2.70 or higher and recent high school graduation might not need to test. Please check with an advisor to determine if testing is necessary.

 

High School Equivalency Test

Massachusetts and QCC now offer both GED and HiSET testing. Both tests provide students the opportunity to earn a high school credential. This credential is recognized as a key to employment opportunities, career advancement, and further education.

Both tests are offered at QCC at the Healthcare and Workforce Development Center, 25 Federal Street, Worcester, Room 114D.

To learn about the tests, apply for accommodations, or schedule a test appointment, visit the HiSET website at www.hiset.ets.org, or the GED website at www.ged.com.

Test takers who are under the age of 18 must contact the state office before registering for either test. Please call 781.338.6625.

New England Regional Student Program

QCC participates in the New England Regional Student Program (RSP), which provides tuition savings every year to thousands of New England residents. Students from any of the six New England states can receive the Massachusetts in-state tuition rate plus 50 percent. Contact the QCC Admissions Office for specific details. Information is also available at www.nebhe.org.

Home Schooled Students

All homeschooled students, without a high school diploma or equivalent, are eligible to apply for admission to an associate degree or certificate program provided they have successfully completed an approved homeschool program in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws or the laws of their home state. If a homeschooled student has not completed an approved homeschool program, the student should contact the QCC Admissions Office.

To determine whether a student has participated in an approved homeschool program, the student shall submit, with the application for admission, evidence that the homeschool program was approved by the superintendent or school committee of the student’s school district. Additionally, if the homeschooled student is under the age of compulsory attendance, which is 16 years old in Massachusetts, a letter from the student’s school district’s superintendent or school committee is required, stating that the student is not considered truant and would not be required to attend further schooling or continue to be homeschooled, if the student has completed his or her homeschool program before the age of 16.

The College reserves the right to limit or deny enrollment of a student under the age of 16 in a course or program based on this case-by-case consideration of a variety of factors, including, but not limited to: the student’s maturity, life experience, placement test scores, prior education, course content, instructional methodology, and risks associated with a particular course or program.

 

International Students

International Students must use the International Student Application at www.QCC.edu/international-students. Deadlines are July 1 for the Fall semester and November 1 for the Spring semester.

If transferring from another American institution, International Students must submit the admissions application at least 60 days before the beginning of the semester. Only students who have a secondary school diploma or who have passed an equivalency test - and can speak, read, write and understand English well enough to take a full-time program - will be considered for admission. If a student’s native language is not English, he or she will be asked to demonstrate his or her ability to understand English. International Students must demonstrate adequate financial support for the time they will be attending QCC. Financial support can be verified by providing a certificate of finances or a certification of sponsorship. International Students who have student visas are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits during each semester. Information about International Student regulations, admission, and fees are available from the QCC Admissions Office.

Perkins Career Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) Linkages/Chapter 74 Articulation Agreements

QCC has established agreements with local comprehensive and vocational/technical high schools to assist students in making the transition to higher education. Some of these agreements come under the state’s Chapter 74 Articulation Agreements or the State “2 + 2” programs. All agreements state the conditions and criteria that must be met by graduating high school students in order to receive advanced placement and college credit.

For more information, students can contact the Director of Educational Partnerships at 508.854.2853.

Early College Programs

Early College Programs are offered to more than 20 high schools in Central Massachusetts. Early College Programs provide students with the opportunity to earn 12 college credits along with earning a high school diploma. In addition to earning 12 college credits, students choose pathway courses that lead them to a career that meets the needs of the Central Massachusetts labor market. Once the course or courses are completed, a college transcript is created. Most of the courses students take are Massachusetts transferrable, or fit into the “MassTransfer Block,” which satisfies general education/distribution/core requirements across Massachusetts institutions. Taking advantage of QCC’s credit course offerings enable students to get a “jump start” on college access, in addition to saving time and money. Students must meet all course prerequisite or corequisites, if required.

Attend College Early 

QCC offers the Attend College Early program to local high school districts that wish to allow their current students the opportunity to complete high school graduation requirements through concurrent enrollment at QCC. Participation in this program is available to high school seniors and juniors who have been properly prepared for appropriate college level work. High school guidance counselors are expected to lead in the process of identifying potential applicants and assisting students with the application process. In addition, coursework to be taken at QCC is determined collaboratively by the students and appropriate high school guidance personnel; it is the responsibility of the student and parent to consult with the Guidance Office and Principal to ensure that courses selected will meet the requirements for high school graduation.

Criteria for Acceptance

To be eligible for acceptance into the Attend College Early Program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in high school
  • Have completed high school English courses with grades of “B” or higher
  • Have an overall “B” average
  • Demonstrate satisfactory disciplinary history in his/her student profile
  • Place into ENG 101 and MAT 095 on the College Placement Test.
  • Complete the Attend College Early Program application process within the established timelines.

For more information, contact the QCC Admissions Office.

Readmission to the College

Students who have previously attended QCC and have not attended the College for four consecutive semesters, either due to withdrawal or academic failure, must apply to be readmitted. Students must submit a new application.

Upon academic failure, or withdrawing from a health or high demand program, students are required to meet with their Program Coordinator to establish guidelines for readmission. Students will be considered only once for readmission to all health programs. Specific steps for readmission can be obtained in the QCC Admissions Office or from the appropriate academic department.

Program Admissions Requirements

A High School Diploma or GED/HiSET is required for admission to all programs at QCC. Some programs have additional admissions requirements. See individual program pages for any additional program admissions requirements.

Any applicant who does not meet the minimum program admissions requirements should contact the QCC Admissions Office to schedule an interview with an Admissions Counselor. Upon review of one’s academic background and a consultation with the appropriate academic department, the student will be informed if his or her background is equivalent to the program admissions requirements. For additional information and acceptance criteria, contact the QCC Admissions Office.