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Admissions Guidelines

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Get started by submitting an application and some additional information.

What additional information will I need to submit?

Depending upon which type of student you are, you'll need to provide to the BCTC Office of Admissions different information.

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If you have questions about the admissions process, please give us a call at (855) 246-2477.

Beginning Freshmen

Beginning Freshmen (students who have never attended college before) need to provide:

  • Your official high school transcript or GED test scores
  • Official scores from a placement test such as the ACT or SAT. If you scored below an 18 on the ACT in English, a 20 in reading, or a 19 in math, you'll need to take the COMPASS test. COMPASS is free for first-time takers.

Readmit Students

Students who have attended BCTC before and have sat out for at least a semester need to provide:

  • Official transcripts of all college work attempted after they attended BCTC. Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges (KCTCS) official transcripts are not required, only official college or university transcripts outside of KCTCS.
  • Students returning after sitting out for a semester due to Academic Suspension will be required to apply to the college and submit a Reinstatement Form by the published term deadline.
  • Student wanting to view the established equivalencies for BCTC may go to the TES database.

Transfer Students

Students who have started their college course work at another college or university need to provide:

  • Official transcripts of all previous college work. For the transcript to be official, coursework must be completed and not in progress on the transcript. Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges (KCTCS) official transcripts are not required, only official college or university transcripts outside of KCTCS. BCTC will only accept electronic transcripts from Kentucky colleges sent via the National Student Clearinghouse Exchange. PDF copies emailed to a student or the college will not be accepted.

    Applicants who have previously attended an accredited college or university and who have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 on a 4.0 quality-point scale in all course work attempted are classified as transfer students. Applicants who were previously placed on academic probation at an accredited college or university may be admitted to Bluegrass on academic probation. To be admitted to Bluegrass, the applicant must be eligible to return to the previous institution without an interruption of one or more regular semesters.

    Faxed, photocopies, and scanned images of documents will not be accepted. Original documents must be provided to the Office of Admissions.

    If you will be hand-delivering documents after hours, you may submit using the drop box located on the door to the Admissions Office located in room 119 of the Oswald building at the Cooper campus. The drop box is secure and checked daily for submissions.
  • Student wanting to view the established equivalencies for BCTC may go to the TES database.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who just want to take one or two classes and are not pursuing a degree need to know the following information:

  • Students in non-degree seeking status are permitted to take only six credit hours per semester;
  • Non-degree students are not eligible to participate in federal student aid programs or to receive Veteran Educational Benefits;
  • Non-degree students who later decide to become degree-seeking must submit all required documents (official high school transcript or GED scores, any college transcripts, and any necessary international student documents) before admission; and
  • Any student who wishes to take a course in either English or Math will be required to take the Computerized Placement Assessment and Support Services System (COMPASS) test or show evidence of successful completion of prerequisite college courses.

Visiting Students

Students currently enrolled at another institution wishing to take a course or two at BCTC need to provide:

  • A letter of good standing or an official transcript from the Registrar of the current institution which reflects the current cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.). Students who are currently taking classes at another KCTCS school are not required to submit a letter of good standing. Students in visiting status are permitted to take a maximum of six credit hours per semester.  If a course requires a prerequisite, an unofficial transcript may be needed to show proof of completion.

Are there other requirements?

If you want to enter a technical program or other selective admissions programs, you may have a few more special requirements. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions a few months before you plan to begin your studies. Here is a list of frequently asked questions for students interested in the selective admissions program.

Admissions Application & Document Deadlines

Spring II 2015
Absolute Deadline: January 26, 2015

Summer I 2015
Absolute Deadline: May 1, 2015
International Absolute Deadline: February 16, 2015 (Visiting students ONLY)

Summer II 2015
Absolute Deadline: June 5, 2015
International Absolute Deadline: April 1, 2015 (Visiting students ONLY)

Fall 2015: Incoming Freshmen
Absolute Deadline: July 15, 2015
International Absolute Deadline: June 15, 2015

Fall 2015: Transfer, Returning, and Non-Degree/Visiting

Absolute Deadline: August 3, 2015
International Absolute Deadline: June 15, 2015

Fall II 2015 (12 Week Session)

Absolute Deadline: September 4, 2015

Spring 2016
Absolute Deadline: December 1, 2015
International Absolute Deadline: TBD