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Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions



Admissions Philosophy

CCBC offers the community accessible educational opportunities that are designed to help students:

  • Prepare to enter the workforce
  • Transfer to four-year educational institutions
  • Improve professional or occupational skills
  • Enrich themselves culturally and academically

Admission to General Credit Programs

Enrollment Credentials

  • CCBC requires students to provide proof of high school completion. An official high school transcript or GED certificate needs to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by July 15.
  • Academic credentials (high school or college transcript), college entrance exam scores (ACT or SAT), or the CCBC placement test may be used to determine readiness for enrollment in courses and programs.

General Admissions Procedure

A new applicant to CCBC will need to complete the following steps for admission to enroll as a full or part-time student in credit or audited courses:

  • The Application for Admission, official high school transcript,  GED scores, or final transcripts from other colleges may be delivered to the Enrollment Services Center.

The Community College of Baltimore County
Registrar’s Office
Building A, Student Services Center, Room 150
7201 Rossville Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21237 

SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission to CCBC.  However, placement testing may be required for new first-time students. Scores may be used for placement if the test was taken within two years from the date of application to CCBC.

Some applicants may be exempt from placement testing with the following standardized test scores:

SAT -   550 or higher in either critical reading, writing, and math or
ACT -   21 or higher in either reading, writing, and math

Readmission

A student who withdraws from CCBC in good standing and is eligible for readmission does not need to complete a new application for admission.  Submit the Change of Student Information form to the Enrollment Services Center with supporting documentation if you have changed your name, residence, email address, phone number, or program of study since the last time you attended CCBC.

Procedures for students who will enroll in college courses while still in high school

 Parallel Enrollment Program (PEP)

By enrolling in PEP, high school juniors and seniors who turn 16 before the end of their first semester of their enrollment, have an opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school. The tuition rate for Baltimore County PEP students is one-half the in-county tuition rate  and is limited to two academic years beginning the summer session preceding the junior year, the fall and spring semesters of the junior year, the summer preceding the senior year, and the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. Baltimore County PEP students can take advantage of the tuition discount during the winter sessions in the junior and senior year.

How to Enroll in PEP:

Learn more about PEP here: www.ccbcmd.edu/pep/indext.html or talk with the professional high school school counselor or a CCBC PEP Coordinator.  The Application for Admission and Consent forms are also available from your high school or CCBC.

Gifted and Talented Students

Students under the age of 16 enrolled in the 8th – 10th grades may be considered for admission to CCBC if one of the following criteria is met and documented. 

  • Enrollment in a recognized Gifted and Talented program
  • Documented academic ability or documented ability in the creative, performing or visual arts

Students must take the CCBC placement test and place at college level for math, reading and sentence skills; provide SAT scores of 550 or better in critical reading, writing and math; or ACT scores of 21 or better in reading, writing, and math.  

To apply, students are encouraged to submit the following documents to the Admissions office 30 days before the start of classes: 

Students are required to meet with an Assistant Director of Admissions.  Call the Admissions Office to schedule an interview.

Home-Schooled Students

A student receiving home school instruction may apply to CCBC if he or she:

  • Has completed the seventh grade
  • Is enrolled in a supervised and approved Maryland State Department of Education home instruction program

To apply, a student is encouraged to submit the following documents to the Admissions office 30 days before the start of classes:

  • Application for Admission
  • Official secondary school transcript
  • SAT or ACT scores (if available)
  • Early Admission Consent Form

Contact the Admissions office for all questions about admission to CCBC as a Gifted and Talented, Parallel Enrollment Program (PEP), or Home-Schooled student.              

The Community College of Baltimore County reserves the right to admit secondary school students on a case-by-case basis. 

Admission to Selective Health Professions Programs

All of the programs in the School of Health Professions have competitive, selective admissions.  Applicants must meet specific admission criteria for each program.  Please refer to the individual program catalog pages for more information, or go to the SHP web page at www.ccbcmd.edu/allied_health to find the program information packets. Applicants must first be admitted to CCBC and then apply online for admission to these programs.  Admission to CCBC does not guarantee acceptance into selective programs. For more information, refer to the identified program:

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Electroneurodiagnostic Technician *
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Mental Health
     - Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Mortuary Science
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physician Assistant **
  • Practical Nursing
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Radiography (X-Ray Technology)
    - CT
    - MRI
  • Respiratory Care
  • Veterinary Technology

* This program articulates with Harford Community College.
** For this program only, apply to CASPA before applying to CCBC.                   

International Student Services

CCBC welcomes international and immigrant students and offers programs and services that assist students throughout their college career. These include:

  • Welcome and Orientation programs
  • Advising about visa, immigration, financial, health insurance and employment matters from pre-arrival to departure
  • Updates to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding F-1 students’ registration, address changes, and other events through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
  • Interpretation of college regulations, policies and procedures
  • Transitional support for students seeking housing, health insurance, transportation, banking, legal, and other services in the community
  • Advising and registration sessions
  • Cross-cultural orientation, adjustment and referral to other services as needed
  • Intercultural programs and activities that foster interaction and increased appreciation among international and U.S. students
  • Social activities through the International Clubs, College Life, and Multicultural Affairs

Admission of Prospective International Students Applying for an F-1 Visa

A new international student applicant must complete and submit the following documents to International Student Services to obtain an I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant F-1 Student Status):

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • Certified copy of high school transcripts in English, verifying completion of secondary school
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency with one of the following:
    • Official TOEFL score report with a minimum of 450 paper-based/133 computerized/45 iBT (TOEFL codes: Catonsville 5137, Dundalk & Essex 5192)
    • IELTS score report with a 5.0 or higher
  • Declaration of Financial Support form
  • Financial statements to verify sufficient funds; these statements must
    • Be written in English on bank letterhead
    • Show the sponsor as the owner of the account
    • Be less than 6 months old
    • Show a minimum of $18,533 in U.S. dollars
  • Personal Data Sheet

Application Deadline Dates for Prospective International Applicants

The Application for Admission and all supporting documents are due to International Student Services by the following dates:

  Fall Semester June 1
  Spring Semester November 1
  Summer Admission May 1

After all documents are received, International Student Services staff will determine admission and eligibility for the I-20. Applicants who meet all the requirements for admission will receive an acceptance letter and I-20 form.

Admission of International Transfer Students with F-1 Visas

An F-1 student who plans to transfer from another institution to CCBC must submit the following documents before the deadline dates below:

  • Application for admission
  • Certified copy of high school transcripts in English, verifying completion of secondary school
  • Copies of all I-20’s, passport ID and visa pages and I-94 in your passport
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended U.S. institutions
  • Certificate of Transfer Eligibility form from the most recently attended U.S. institution
  • Declaration of Financial Support form
  • Original Financial statements to verify sufficient funds; these statements must:
    • Be written in English on bank letterhead
    • Show the sponsor as the owner of the account
    • Be less than 6 months old
    • Show a minimum of $18,533 in U.S. dollars
  • Personal Data Sheet

An applicant transferring from another college or university within the U.S. who meets all admission requirements to CCBC will receive an acceptance letter and I-20 form. To complete the transfer process, applicants will need to meet with International Student Services staff.

Application Deadline Dates for F-1 Transfer Students

All required documents are due to International Student Services by the following dates: 

  Fall Semester August 10
  Spring Semester January 10
  Summer Session I May 10

Admission of F-1 and J-1 Visiting Students

Students with an I-20 from another institution who enroll concurrently at CCBC are charged international student rates. To be admitted, they need to provide the following:

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • Valid passport
  • All college and university transcripts
  • Approval statement from an international counselor indicating how many credits the student is permitted to take at CCBC

Admission of Individuals Seeking to Change their Immigration Status and Become an F-1 Student

A non-immigrant who wants to become a full-time student must apply to change status. There are two steps in that process. The first step is to complete the CCBC admission process. To be admitted to CCBC, you need to provide the following items:

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • Certified copy of high school transcripts in English, verifying completion of secondary school
  • Declaration of Financial Support form and financial statements to verify sufficient funds; these statements must: 
    • Be written in English on bank letterhead
    • Show the sponsor as the owner of the account
    • Be less than 6 months old
    • Show a minimum of $18,533 in U.S. dollars

      OR
       
    • Affidavit of Support (I-134) and 3 years of U.S. federal tax returns from the financial sponsor
  • Passport with original visa page and your original I-94 card
  • Proof of English proficiency, based on TOEFL, IELTS or CCBC English placement tests
  • Personal Data Sheet

After you have submitted the items above to International Student Services, the next step is to complete a change of status application for USCIS. An International Student Counselor at CCBC can help you determine what is needed for the packet. Minimally, it will require the following:

  • A letter from you detailing your reasons for the change of status
  • A check or money order payable to “Department of Homeland Security.” Visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, click on “Forms” at the top and then choose “Checking Filing Fees” from the menu on the left to locate the fee amount.
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee Payment Receipt

An individual with a current B1/B2 visa cannot enroll in CCBC credit classes until the change of status has been approved.

Admission of Individuals with Other Non-immigrant Visas

Many non-immigrants can take courses without changing their status. Some examples include, H4, H1A, H1B, J2, R2, TN, and TPS. In addition to the standard application procedures, all international applicants are required to submit proof of their immigration status at the time of application. Tuition rates are based on immigration and residency status, and enrollment in credit courses may be limited according to federal, state and college regulations. For additional information, contact an International Student Services staff member.

Students without appropriate documentation of immigration status or have expired documents and are not eligible for Maryland Dream Act (Senate Bill 167) may be admitted and allowed to take credit courses at international tuition rates.

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • A birth certificate or passport

Visitors for Business or Tourism with B-1, B-2, WB, or WT visas can only enroll in non-credit courses offered through the Continuing Education division. For credit classes, refer to the section related to “Changes in Immigration Status.”

Official USCIS documentation should be submitted to International Student Services if a student’s visa status changes for any reason during any period of enrollment. In some cases, a change in visa status may affect the tuition rate.

Contact International Student Services for additional information:

Admission of Permanent Residents, Asylees and Refugees (Immigrant Students)

An applicant is considered an immigrant if he or she
holds an Alien Registration Card (“green card”), refugee, or asylum  documents from the U.S. Government. A permanent resident or an immigrant applicant will pay tuition based on their residence in the U.S.

To apply for admission, submit the following documents to the Admissions office:

  • CCBC Application for Admission.
  • Valid permanent residency document (green card, form I-551 or I-151), refugee or asylum documents (I- 94, passport, or official letter from the U.S. Government)
  • Official transcripts from high school or GED scores and transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities.

Applicants with Pending Permanent Residents who have submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and are waiting for approval for permanent residency must submit:

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • Notice of Action statement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or an Employment Authorization Document
  • Official transcripts from high school or GED scores and transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities.

Tuition rate is determined by residency status.

Applicants with Pending Asylee status who have submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Justice and are waiting for approval for asylum must provide:

  • CCBC Application for Admission
  • Correspondence from the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Official transcripts from high school or GED scores and transcripts from previously attended colleges or universities.

Although SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission to CCBC, scores may be used for placement if the test was taken within two years from the date of application to CCBC. Some applicants may be exempt from placement testing with the following scores.

SAT -   550 or higher in either critical reading, writing, and math or
ACT -   21 or higher in either reading, writing, and math

Placement testing may be required for new first-time students.

Maryland Dream Act  

In order to qualify for the Non-Resident Tuition Exemption, a student must meet eligibility requirements.  Submit the Application for Non-Resident Tuition Exemption for Undocumented Students and required documentation before the first day of session or semester classes: 

1. Beginning in the 2005 – 2006 school year, attended a public or private high school in Maryland for at least 3 academic years.

2. Beginning in the 2007 – 2008 school year, graduated from a public or private high school in Baltimore County, Maryland or earned a Maryland GED or equivalent.

3. Enrollment at CCBC which serves  the same jurisdiction as the high school from which the student graduated or last attended; 

4. Register for CCBC classes within four years after graduating from a public or private Baltimore County high school or earning a Maryland GED and entering as a CCBC student no earlier than Fall 2011.

5.  Provide documentation that the student, student’s parent(s) or legal guardian has filed Maryland income tax returns:

                                I.  Annually for the 3 years that coincide with the student’s attendance at a public or non-public high school in Maryland (home-schooled students are subject to this requirement);

                              II. Annually during the period, if any, between the student’s graduation from high school and enrolling at CCBC.

6. Provide a Maryland income tax return or transcript for each year of enrollment at CCBC if the student is eligible for the non-resident tuition exception.

7. Submit an official Maryland high school transcript, copy of the Maryland high school diploma or GED certificate, and a photo ID.

8. File an application for permanent residence status within 30 days after becoming eligible to do so.

9. Present the Selective Service System registration acknowledgement card to prove registration with the Selective Service System (all males 18 – 25 years old).  For information, visit www.sss.gov or call 1-877-668-6888.  

The application package will be reviewed within 7 days of receipt by CCBC.   If the student is determined to be eligible, the tuition exemption will be granted for as long as the requirements are fulfilled or until the college no longer offers this benefit. 

Applying for the exemption does not change the student’s responsibility to pay the tuition and fees bill before the exemption eligibility is determined. The Maryland Dream Act is different from Deferred Action from the U.S. government.

Contact International Student Services for all questions pertaining to international and immigrant admission and enrollment. 

Transferring to CCBC

Admission with transfer credit
It is preferred that the sending institution be a regionally accredited college or university for a student to be admitted to CCBC with transfer credit. CCBC recognizes the following regional accrediting associations:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Northwest Association of Accredited Schools
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Credit may not be accepted from schools that are candidates for regional accreditation and not fully accredited. This includes institutions regionally accredited by a commission on occupational education. A student who transfers from an institution that is not regionally accredited has the opportunity to receive credit by petitioning the department from which they would like to receive credit.

As part of CCBC’s general admissions procedures, a student will need to submit official transcripts of all previous college course work. Transcripts from other institutions should be current and submitted to CCBC within one year of the date they are issued. CCBC reserves the right to verify any questionable grades or credits. Transcripts submitted to CCBC are the property of CCBC and become part of the student’s file.  Transcripts will not be re-issued by CCBC to another institution or returned to the student.

Grade Level Requirements

To earn transfer credit, courses will need to fit the applicant’s proposed curriculum. After the award of general education credit, courses in which the applicant earned a “D” will be accepted for transfer only if the overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of the remaining transferred courses is 2.0 or above. Science courses completed with online labs may not transfer to CCBC.

General Education courses taken at a Maryland public college or university will be accepted with an earned grade of “D or better.” Grades for courses taken at colleges or universities other than CCBC will not be computed in the GPA but may be used for selective admission requirements.

Number of Transfer Credits Accepted

CCBC has direct transfer agreements with other Maryland community colleges and four-year institutions. CCBC will accept a maximum of 45 transfer credits, including no more than 30 credits by assessment of prior learning. In order to receive an associate degree from CCBC, the transfer applicant must fulfill the credit and curriculum requirements of the major. The minimum number of credits for an associate degree is 60. However, students must complete either a total of 31 credits taken in any order or in any time sequence or the last 15 credits (a minimum of 25 percent) to satisfy residency requirements at CCBC.

NOTE: A student enrolled under a joint college/military agreement may complete his or her final 15 credits in any order or time sequence.

Transfer of General Education Requirements

A student who successfully completed a degree at another regionally accredited institution of higher education meets the General Education requirements for a degree at CCBC. Transfer credits may be granted if the credits were earned at a time when the sending institution was not accredited by an appropriate agency.

A student who earned a degree from an accredited institution outside of the U.S. will be evaluated on an individual basis. CCBC will make any decision regarding General Education requirements based on the results of the transcript evaluation, particularly relating to English requirements.

Transfer Credits for Certificate Programs

A student who applies to CCBC as a transfer student with the intention of earning a certificate in a designated occupational area must complete the admission criteria and also complete at least 25 percent of the courses required for the certificate at CCBC. No more than 75 percent of the courses may be accepted in transfer from another institution.

Permission to Enroll in Courses at Another Institution

To enroll in a course at another institution to earn credits toward completion of CCBC graduation requirements, a student should obtain permission from CCBC to confirm that the course credits earned will be accepted for transfer by CCBC.

  • Obtain the Permission to Enroll form in the Registrar’s office or any Enrollment Services Center.
  • Complete the form and submit it to the transcript evaluator in the Registrar’s office for approval.

Credit from Other Sources

Admission with articulated credit - www.ccbcmd.edu/agreements/articulation.html

CCBC has associations with secondary and proprietary schools and other organizations offering instruction. The college matches the instructional program of these institutions with its own curricula and, when appropriate, enters into a formal articulation agreement. 

Military Training and Education

Many military training and educational programs have been evaluated and recommended for college-level credit by the American Council on Education, the National Program on Non-Sponsored Instruction and CCBC faculty. These recommendations may be acceptable for credit, when the courses are applicable to the student’s program of study.

Assessment of Prior Learning - www.ccbcmd.edu/apl/index.html

CCBC recognizes that many adults obtain valuable learning experiences outside the college classroom in situations such as:

  • On-the-job experience
  • Training for job advancement
  • Military training Involvement in community activities
  • Self-designed learning activities in areas of personal interest

A student may be able to benefit from these experiences and receive college credit for the college-level learning he or she has already completed through the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) program. APL evaluates a student’s prior learning (equivalent to the objectives and scope of college courses) for college credit. Credit may be applied toward a certificate or degree requirement. Fees may apply.

The number of credits awarded for prior learning may be no more than half of the specialized courses in a program, with a maximum of 30 credits. No more than 15 of the 30 credits may be granted based on examinations developed by CCBC or portfolio assessment.

The APL program offers a variety of options to the serious adult interested in getting credit for his or her college- level learning experience. College credits may be earned through the following options:

  • Credit by examinations:
    Scores from programs such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement Testing Program (AP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and International Baccalaureate (IB) are reviewed for possible award of credit.
  • Departmental examinations:
    Academic departments of the college have developed competency examinations for selected courses. Students are assessed a fee at one-half the Baltimore County tuition rate. 
  • Portfolio assessment:
    Since many educational experiences cannot be evaluated satisfactorily by examination, a qualified student may choose to develop portfolio summaries of his or her college-level learning. Portfolios are then presented to appropriate faculty for evaluation and possible award of credit. Students are assessed a fee at one-half the Baltimore County tuition rate.
  • Non-collegiate training and education:
    Many training and educational programs offered through businesses, industries and government agencies have been evaluated and recommended for college-level credit by the American Council on Education and N.Y. Regents/PONSI and may be acceptable for credit.
  • Apprenticeship Training
    A student may qualify for up to 30 college credits for the satisfactory completion of an apprentice training program registered with and recognized by the Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council.