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2022-2023 Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions



BridgeValley Community and Technical College adheres to an open admissions policy. It is the intent of this policy that all people should have access to higher education opportunities that align with their interest and abilities. BridgeValley follows 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 request an application be mailed by telephoning 304.205.6700.

General Admissions Information

Regular (degree-seeking) admission is available for all people 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 financial aid and are used for placement and counseling purposes. If a student is applying for financial aid, one of these exams, 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 college.

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

Next Gen

ACCUPLACER

 

ACT

 SAT

 

Course Prerequisites

ENGL 101F English Composition with Fundamentals

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.)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

0-430

 

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 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.)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 440-470

 

Grade of B or C in ENGL 095 (a former course) 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 252+

and

Writing 250+

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Reading 17+

and

English 18+

 

(Placement is determined by the lower score.)

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480+

 

Grade of A in ENGL 095 (a former course) if required.

 

 

All other English courses 100-level or greater

 

 

 

Grade of C in ENGL 101

*Note: Please see the Dean of General Education or the Department Chair of English if score interpretation assistance is needed. Placement follows the lowest score if there is an “and” in the placement results.

Placement Guidelines for Math Courses

Placement score (ACT, SAT, etc.) or prerequisite course must be from the past five years to be valid for placement; students with scores or courses older than five years must take current  exams for initial placement. 

 

NON-ALGEBRA TRACK

Course

Next Gen ACCUPLACER

 

ACT

 SAT

 

Course Prerequisites

MATH 109E

Arithmetic

0 -262

Math 0 - 18

 

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

237-262 and

QAS 0 - 249

Math 14-18

 

Math

370-500

C or better in MATH 109E if required by placement scores

 

 

MATH 109

 

Arithmetic

263+

 

 

Math 19+

Math 510+

 

 

 

 

MATH 113

 

Arith. 263+ and

QAS 250+

Math 19+

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

Next Gen ACCUPLACER

 

ACT

 SAT

 

Course Prerequisites

MATH 119 Foundations of Algebra (replacing MATH 060)

 

QAS 237-262

 

Math 14-18

Math

370-500

Students who do not meet the minimum prerequisite requirements will be required to successfully complete MATH 109 before taking MATH 119

 

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

QAS 263+

 

Math 19+

Math 510+

MATH 119 (C or higher)

 

 

 

MATH 130 College Algebra

 

QAS 276+

 

Math 21+

Math 530+

 

 

MATH 135 Technical Algebra

MATH 140 Trigonometry

QAS 263+

 

Math 19+

Math 510+

grade of C or better in MATH 060 or MATH 119, if required

 

MATH 155 Technical Calculus

QAS 300

Math 28+

Math 640+

MATH 125/130/135 AND MATH 140 (C or higher)

 

 

 

Note: Please see the Dean of General Education or the Department Chair of Math if score interpretation assistance is needed. Placement follows the lowest score if there is an “and” in the placement results. 

Degree-Seeking Admissions Requirements

Individuals interested in applying for Certificate (one-year) or Associate (two-year) Degree programs must submit the following documents to the Admissions:

  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. (Only required for students applying for financial aid) 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. (Only Rrequired for financial aid and /or placement in math and English courses.)

Provisional admission may be granted for a semester 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,  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 Admissions.

  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 Admissions Department-which include the following: 

  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. The transferring applicant must submit the following documents to Admissions:

  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.

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. 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 other 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

Individuals 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 should complete a BridgeValley Transient Approval Form with appropriate signature approvals.

Early College High School Students Requirements

  1. The student must complete a consent form signed by his/her parent and the high school principal or counselor as appropriate.
  2. The student must submit a completed BridgeValley Community and Technical College application for admission.
  3. The student must have a 2.5 high school GPA or be recommended by a counselor or a principal.
  4. Early College High School students must meet prerequisites for courses, which may include ACT/SAT scores, or other state-approved placement test scores.
  5. Early College High School 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 Admissions.

  1. An international student application at least four (4) months prior to their intended date of enrollment.
  2. Official records 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.

  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. Photocopies will not serve as an official score report.
  4. A certification of “Financial Support Statement” from a financial institution.
  5. Additional standardized test (ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, or COMPASS) for placement and counseling purposes, must be taken prior to registration. 

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 competitive and the number of students admitted to these programs is limited to assure appropriate educational services and academic excellence.