Oct 26, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog

Admissions



BridgeValley Community and Technical College adheres to an open admissions policy. It is the intent of this policy that area residents shall have access to higher education opportunities commensurate with their interest and abilities. BridgeValley abides by the Community and Technical College System on residency classification for determining tuition and fees. For the full text, visit www.wvctcs.org/rulesandpolicies

Applications for admission may be completed online at www.BridgeValley.edu, or print out an application at https://www.bridgevalley.edu/sites/default/files/BridgeValley_Site_Files/Admissions/Forms/Admissions%20Application.pdf and mail to  the Office of Admissions t at the South Charleston campus at 2001 Union Carbide Drive, South Charleston, WV 25303 or the Montgomery campus at 619 2nd Avenue, Montgomery, WV 25136, or request an application be mailed by telephoning 304.205.6700 South Charleston campus or 304.734.6604 Montgomery campus.

General Admissions Information

Regular (degree-seeking) admission is available for all persons who have obtained a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED/TASC) diploma.

Scores from standardized tests such as the American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), ACCUPLACER or COMPASS are not required for admission. However, scores from one of these tests are required for placement and counseling purposes, and must be taken prior to registering for classes.

*PLEASE NOTE: West Virginia residents are highly encouraged to take the ACT or SAT test as scores from these tests are required for certain West Virginia scholarships and grant programs including the Promise Scholarship, as well as campus-based scholarships from the institution.

Placement Guidelines

Placement Guidelines for English Courses

Note: Any placement score (ACT, SAT, etc.) or prerequisite course older than five years is not valid for placement; students with scores or courses older than five years must take current Accuplacer exams for initial placement. Both scores must be met for placement to be accurate, excepting ENGL 101F.

 Course

Classic ACCUPLACER

(prior to SP 2019)

Next Gen

ACCUPLACER

(starting SP 2019)

ACT

Old SAT

(prior to Mar. 2016)

New SAT

(starting Mar. 2016)

Course Prerequisites

ENGL 101F English Composition with Fundamentals

Reading Comp.0-59

or

Sentence Skills 0-65

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Reading 0-236

or

Writing 0-236 
 
(Placement is determined by the lower score.) 

Reading 0-14  

or

English 0-15

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Critical Reading  200-430

or

Writing 200-420

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 200-430 

Students who did not successfully complete ENGL 095 should enroll in this course.

ENGL 101E English Composition Enhanced

[Technical program alternative: ENGL 109E Writing for the Professions Enhanced

(course with co-req)

Reading Comp. 60-78

and

Sentence Skills 66-87

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Reading 237-251

and

Writing 237-249 
 
(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Reading 15-16

and

English 16-17

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Critical Reading 

440-450 and

Writing 430-440

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

440-470 

Grade of B or C in ENGL 095 if required. 
 
If Reading and Writing scores fall in different course categories, placement will be determined by the lower score. 

ENGL 101 English Composition I

[Technical program alternate: ENGL 109 Writing for the Professions]

Reading Comp 79+

and

Sentence Skills 88+

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Reading 252+ and Writing 250+ 
 
(Placement is determined by the lower score.) 

Reading 17+

and

English 18+

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Critical Reading

 460+ and

Writing 450+

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480+  

Grade of A in ENGL 095 if required.

All other English courses 100-level or greater

 

 

 

 

 

Grade of C in ENGL 101

*Note: Please see the Dean of GELAS or the Department Chair of English if score interpretation assistance is needed. Placement follows the lowest score if there is an and.

Placement Guidelines for Math Courses

Note: Any placement score (ACT, SAT, etc.) or prerequisite course older than five years is not valid for placement; students with scores or courses older than five years must take current Accuplacer exams for initial placement. And indicates that both scores must be in range for placement to be accurate.

 

NON-ALGEBRA TRACK

Course

Classic ACCUPLACER

prior to SP 2019

Next Gen ACCUPLACER

(starting SP 2019)

ACT

Old SAT

(prior Mar 16)

New SAT

(starting Mar 16)

Course Prerequisites

MATH 109E

Arithmetic

0 - 84

 

Arithmetic

0 -262

Math 0 - 18

 

Math 0-450

Math

0 -500

Students in degree programs requiring any higher level math who do not meet the placement prerequisites for their major math requirement, regardless of track, will be placed in MATH 109E. 

MATH 113E

Arithmetic

40-84

 

Arithmetic

237-262 and

QAS 0 - 249

Math 14-18

 

Math 330-450

Math

370-500

MATH 109E if required by placement scores

 

MATH 109

 

Arithmetic 85+

 

 

Arithmetic

263+

 

 

Math 19+

Math 460+

Math 510+

 

 

 

MATH 113

 

Arithmetic 85+ and Elem. Algebra 57+

Arith. 263+ and

QAS 250+

Math 19+

Math 460+

Math 510+

 

students who took MATH 109E MUST take MATH 113E

Note: If students change from the Non-Algebra track into the Algebra track, they must be placed into the algebra sequence according to their placement scores (Accuplacer, ACT, etc.). Non-Algebra track courses are NOT prerequisites to any Algebra track course.

 

ALGEBRA TRACK

Course

Classic ACCUPLACER

prior to SP 2019

Next Gen ACCUPLACER

(starting SP 2019)

ACT

Old SAT

(prior Mar 16)

New SAT

(starting Mar 16)

Course Prerequisites

MATH 119 Foundations of Algebra (replacing MATH 060)

 

Elem. Algebra

43-75

QAS 237-262

 

Math 14-18

Math  330-450

Math

370-500

Grade of C MATH 109E if required by placement scores

MATH 125 College Algebra Expanded   (Course is equivalent to MATH 130—but offers additional review.) Elem. Algebra 76+

QAS 263+

Math 19+ Math 460+ Math 510+

Grade of C in MATH 119 or MATH 060 if required by placement scores

MATH 130 College Algebra

Elem. Algebra 108+

QAS 276+

Math 21+ Math 500+ Math 530+ Grade of B in MATH 119 or MATH 060 if required by placement scores

MATH 135 Technical Algebra

MATH 140 Trigonometry

Elem. Algebra 76+

QAS 263+

Math 19+ Math 460+ Math 510+ Grade of C in MATH 119 or MATH 060 if required by placement scores
MATH 155 Technical Calculus Elem. Algebra 120 QAS 300 Math 28+ Math 620+ Math 640+

Grade of C in MATH 130 (or MATH 125)

and MATH 140

Note: Please see the Dean of GELAS or the Department Chair of Math if score interpretation assistance is needed. Placement follows the lowest score if there is an and.

Degree-Seeking Admissions Requirements

Persons interested in applying for Certificate (one-year) or Associate (two-year) Degree programs must submit the following documents to the Division of Student Affairs:

  1. A completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College Application for Admission.
  2. An official high school transcript or GED/TASC scores report.
  3. An official transcript from each previous college or university attended. Note: Official transcripts must be mailed directly to BridgeValley Community and Technical College from the issuing institution.
  4. ACT/SAT or other placement test (ACCUPLACER, ASSET, or COMPASS) scores. (Required for placement in math and English courses.)

Provisional admission may be granted to degree-seeking students whose admission, readmission, or transfer admission documentation is incomplete at the time classes begin.

(NOTE: Financial aid will not be processed until all records are received.)

If student records indicate a student does not meet regular degree-seeking admissions requirements, either the registration will be voided or the student will be conditionally admitted.

If records are not received by the Division of Students Affairs by the designated time, the student’s registration will be voided. If the registration is voided, there will be no refund of tuition and fees.

Non-Degree Seeking Admission Requirements

Individuals that wish to enroll at BridgeValley Community and Technical College to take credit classes for personal enrichment, job improvement, or for reasons other than seeking a degree may enroll as a non-degree student. Non-degree applicants must submit the following documents to the Division of Student Affairs.

  1. A completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College application for admission. Non-Degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.

Non-Degree students who wish to change to the degree-seeking status must complete the necessary forms in the Division of Student Affairs and also submit the following documents.

  1. An official high school transcript or GED/TASC scores report.
  2. An official transcript from each previous college or university attended. (Note: Official transcripts must be mailed directly to BridgeValley Community and Technical from the issuing institution.)
  3. ACT/SAT or other placement test (ACCUPLACER, ASSET, or COMPASS) scores. (Required for placement in math and English courses.)

Transfer Student Requirements

Individuals may transfer to BridgeValley Community and Technical College from other accredited postsecondary institutions. Transfer students must meet BridgeValley’s admission requirements. The transferring applicant must submit the following documents to the Division of Students Affairs:

  1. A completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College Application for Admission.
  2. An official transcript from each previous college or university attended. (Note: Official transcripts must be sent directly to BridgeValley Community and Technical College from the issuing institution.)
  3. An official high school transcript or GED/TASC score report for transfer applicants with less than 15 credit hours of college work.
  4. ACT, SAT scores, or other state-approved placement test scores are required for transfer applicants with less than 15 semester hours of college credit and for those who have not successfully completed the first level of college math and English courses in their program.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College reserves the right to suspend or expel any student who does not reveal previous college records and/or who misrepresents the truth on any admission document.

The institution abides by the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education Series 17: Rules and Policies for Transferability of Credits and Grades at West Virginia Pubic Colleges and Universities. Credits and grades for college-level courses completed at previous accredited institutions will be evaluated by the Registrar’s Office and recorded on the BridgeValley Community and Technical College transcript with equivalents noted when applicable.

Readmission Requirements

Readmission Due To Non-Attendance

Individuals seeking readmission because of discontinued studies by not enrolling for one or more academic semesters must complete a readmission application in the Division of Student Affairs. Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.00 will be required to meet with the Vice President of Academic Affairs prior to registering for any courses offered by BridgeValley Community and Technical College. Students who have attended another institution(s) during their absence from BridgeValley Community and Technical College will be considered transfer students. Please follow the instructions listed under “Transfer Students”. Readmitted students may be required to meet academic standards which have changed during their absence.

Readmission Due To Academic Reasons

Persons who were required to discontinue their studies due to academic reasons and are now seeking readmission must submit a readmission application to the Academic Affairs Office with complete academic records and a narrative as indicated on the application. The student must schedule a meeting with the Vice President for Academic Affairs after submitting this information where a decision on readmission will be made and the conditions of readmission will be applied, if appropriate.

Transient Students Requirements

Students enrolled at another postsecondary institution wishing to enroll in courses at BridgeValley may be admitted as transient students. The transient student must submit the following:

  1. A completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College Application.
  2. A completed Transient Approval Form from their home institution.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College students who wish to enroll at another institution as a transient student must complete a BridgeValley Transient Approval Form with appropriate signature approvals.

Early Entrance High School Students Requirements

  1. The student must complete a consent form signed by his/her parent and the high school principal or counselor.
  2. The student must submit a completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College application for admission.
  3. The student must have a 2.5 average or be recommended by a counselor or a principal.
  4. Early entry students must meet prerequisites for courses, which may include ACT/SAT scores, or other state-approved placement test scores.
  5. Early entry students are not eligible for financial aid.

International Student Requirements

International students must have their completed application on file at least four (4) months prior to their intended date of enrollment. International students must complete the equivalent of a secondary education with higher than average grades. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all students with a native language other than English. International students must submit the following documentation to the Division of Students Affairs.

  1. An international student application at least four (4) months prior to their intended date of enrollment.
  2. Official records equivalent of a secondary education with higher than average grades. Official transcripts, from all institutions, of previous college work completed. All documents must be translated to the English language. For consideration, international college transcripts must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by an approved third-party, such as Educational Credential Evaluators or World Education Services.

  3. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 500 on the paper-based test, or 173 on the computer-based version, or 61 or above on the internet-based version, or a score of 6.5 or above on the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Only official score reports for the TOEFL are acceptable. Under no circumstances will photocopies serve as an official score report.
  4. A certification of “Financial Support Statement” from a financial institution.

Additional standardized tests are required for placement and counseling purposes, and must be taken prior to registration. Acceptable placement tests include ACT, SAT, Accuplacer or COMPASS.

Admission to Specific Academic Programs

Selective Admission Programs

BridgeValley offers several academic programs with limited enrollment and specific requirements for consideration of admission into those programs. The programs with selective admission are extremely competitive and the number of students admitted to these programs is limited to assure appropriate educational services and academic excellence. The admission decisions of the respective selective admission committees are final.