Mar 04, 2021  

Student Affairs

03:04:00 Admissions Policy


  1. INTRODUCTION: Chattanooga State is committed to serve the post-secondary educational needs of the community. The College develops specific admissions policies consistent with the TBR policy. The College provides opportunities for collegiate education to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability. In order to be admitted as a credit student, individuals must meet the requirements of admission to the category for which they are applying (first-time freshman, transfer, readmission, non-degree). The requirements reflect the academic background and/or basic academic competencies required to succeed in the various courses and programs.
    1. Admissions Application

      1. All applicants, regardless of type, must submit an admissions application.  Applicants are responsible for the accuracy of the information contained within the application.  There is no application fee.

    2. Residency Classification

      1. All applicants will be classified as in-state or out-of-state according to the Residency and Lawful Presence policy (03:05:01). 

    3.  Selective Service

      1. Applicants who are born male and are between the ages of 18 and 26 must certify registration with the Selective Service System ("the draft") before they can register for classes.

    4. High School Transcripts

      1. References in this policy to a requirement for an official high school transcript can be satisfied by: 

        1. An official transcript showing graduation from high school, as well as a final GPA. The high school transcript must be a "regular" or "honors" diploma. A special education diploma or certificate of attendance does not meet this requirement.

        2. A home school transcript showing a date of graduation and final GPA.

        3. An official record of high school equivalency (such as a HiSET test transcript).  Most state-recognized equivalency exams are acceptable.

    5. Immunizations

      1. All first-time students under the age of 18 at the time of registration must submit a completed Immunization Health History Form with a parent or guardian's signature. This form provides detailed information concerning the recommended vaccines and immunization schedule by the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee.

      2. New students 18 years of age or older will acknowledge this information online before registering. 

    6. Specialized Programs or Limited-Enrollment Programs

      1. In addition to the admission requirements of Chattanooga State, applicants must also meet additional requirements to be considered for acceptance into certain specialized programs. These programs require an additional application and documentation before an applicant can be considered. The specific requirements for each specialized program, and that program's admission process, are published by the respective program on the College's website.

    7. Readmission

      1. A student who has not attended Chattanooga State for two consecutive terms must reapply for admission. If the student is reapplying for degree admission, and has attended any other college(s) since leaving Chattanooga State, he or she must submit official transcript(s) from the other college(s) attended.  Failure to provide official college transcripts and report all institutions attended will result in delay of admissions and financial aid processing.

    8. Placement Testing 

      1. Chattanooga State does not use standardized test scores for admissions purposes, but scores are used for advisement purposes.  Degree-seeking applicants should complete placement testing before registering for classes.  Additional details on placement and testing are in the TBR Learning Support policy ( 


    1. All degree-seeking applicants must provide official transcripts from all prior institutions attended, both high school and college, regardless of whether any credits were earned.
    2. Any degree-seeking applicant who has attended another college or university shall be considered a transfer student. Transfer students who earned credits but not a degree at another college and are eligible for readmission to the last institution attended are eligible for admission to Chattanooga State. Those who do not meet the readmission standards of the last institution attended may be admitted on academic probation or other established condition.
    1. Certificate Admission
      1. Certain programs at Chattanooga State lead to certificates instead of degrees.  These programs are shorter in duration and designed to prepare students to meet specific workforce demands. 
      2. In addition to the admissions application, certificate students must submit an official high school transcript
    2. Transient Admission
      1. A transient student is someone who wishes to enroll at Chattanooga State as a visiting student while primarily enrolled at another college (the "home institution"). Their intent is to take courses at Chattanooga State to transfer back to their home institution.
      2. In addition to the admissions application, transient students must submit an official transcript from the respective home institution or a transient permission letter.  Transient applicants must show that they have met appropriate prerequisites at their home institution before registering for courses at Chattanooga State.
      3. Transient students are not eligible for financial aid at Chattanooga State, but may be eligible for aid through a consortium agreement with their home institution.
    3. Audit Admission
      1. An audit student wishes to attend a course but will not receive credit for the course or a grade in the course.
      2. Audit students are not eligible for financial aid.
    4. Personal Enrichment Admission
      1. A personal enrichment student wishes to enroll in a course for their own intellectual development without working toward a certificate or degree. 
      2. Unlike audit students, these students do receive credit and grades for each course in which they enroll. 
      3. Personal enrichment students are not eligible for financial aid.
    5. Dual Enrollment Admission
      1. A dual enrollment student is a student currently in high school (including home school), enrolling simultaneously in college courses. 
      2. In addition to the admissions application, dual enrollment applicants must submit:
        1.  An official high school transcript
        2. Valid placement test scores
        3. Approval from an authorized official of the secondary institution (high school or home school)
        4. Approval from a parent or guardian if the student is under 18
      3. Dual enrollment students may be eligible for certain state financial aid.


Submitted to Policy Review Committee on September 16, 2019

Submitted to Policy Review Board on October 21, 2019

Approved by Policy Review Board on October 30, 2019


See Previous Version(s):

Submitted to Policy Review Committee on October 8, 2018

Submitted to Policy Review Board on November 30, 2018

Approved by Policy Review Board on December 6, 2018


Reviewed and Revised by: Student Affairs, 03/27/09

Original Approved by Executive Staff, 05/20/09 and President's Cabinet, 05/20/09