ECC, a Christian Arts College, welcomes students from a variety of educational, ethnic, Christian religious backgrounds and experiences, and seeks to provide an opportunity for those who will benefit from a ECC education. Students who have graduated from High School or its equivalent, and beyond, are invited to apply for admission. All applicants are reviewed on an individual basis, with emphasis on general academic performance and complete “born again” experience, along with the evidence of ability to accomplish college work.
The following distribution of high school units in preparing to attend ECC is strongly recommended: English, 4; Mathematics, 4; Social Sciences, 1; American History, 2; Foreign Language, 1.
Each application for admission is individually reviewed by admission officials under the guidelines provided by the Committee on Undergraduate Admission.
Regular Academic Acceptance - is granted to applicants who meet the regular criteria as outlined by each admission standard. See specific admission requirements for freshman, transfer and part-time students.
Conditional Academic Acceptance - may be granted after review by the Committee on Undergraduate Admission, composed of appointed faculty members. Applicants who are referred to the admission committee for consideration must demonstrate evidence to potential success. The conditions, requirements, or limitations of acceptance are outlined in the conditional acceptance letter.
Probationary Academic Acceptance - new undergraduate students applying as transfer students, who are or were on probationary status at the last college/university attended, may be admitted and enroll under probationary status at ECC. Refer to the section on “Academic Standards.”
Denied - a first time college applicant may be denied admission if academic preparation is not adequate for regular or conditional acceptance. Students who are denied admission may enroll in ECC’s summer session. By completing 6 hours or more of academic course work with a grade of “C” or better, 3 hours of which must be in English 1301 or the equivalent, a first time college applicant may petition for reconsideration for admission. Denied transferring students may request admission counseling for a strategy to improve their overall cumulative grade point average prior to enrollment.
Provisional Enrollment - A student whose admission file is incomplete at the time of registration may be permitted to enroll by signing a Provisional Admission form. All required application materials must be submitted during the initial semester of enrollment. Early submission of application materials is recommended to preclude last minute problems in registration. A hold will be placed on all incomplete files which will prevent grades from being released and will prevent registration for the following semester. Information pertaining to the admission of a student shall become the property of ECC.
ADMISSION OF FRESHMAN STUDENTS
All applications to the freshman class must submit the following to the Office of Freshman Admission:
- Application for Admission - A complete application for admission with a non-refundable fee of $150.00. An application for admission may be obtained from the Office of Freshman Admission.
- High School Transcript - An official high school transcript, official General Education Development Diploma (GED) results, or documented home school transcript is required. Acceptance to ECC Christian College may be granted on the basis of an official transcript showing six semesters of work. However, a final high school transcript, documenting graduation and the successful completion of any qualifying exam required by the state for graduation or a statement of explanation must be submitted prior to the beginning of the student’s initial semester at ECC.
- Test - Official results from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Board must be sent directly to the Office of Freshman Admission ECC. ECC’s SAT code number is 4169.
- 500 (+) essay in reference to the topic assigned to the application form, demonstrating applicant’s ability to write on basic college level.
High School Graduates will be reviewed for regular admission according to the following criteria:
- Cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 920 or American College Testing (ACT) score of 18.
- Upper 40th percentile of the high school ranking
General Education Development (GED) Diploma - An applicant with the average score of 50 on a General Education Development (GED) Diploma testing program may be considered for acceptance to ECC. A copy of the GED certificate and official report of test results must accompany the admission application. Applicants under the age of 25 are expected to meet all admission requirements for regular high school graduates with the exception of a high school diploma. A written essay is required.
Students not meeting any of the above criteria are subject to review by the committee on undergraduate admission. Specific academic programs may require higher entrance requirements and applications are subject to review by the dean of the appropriate school for approval to admit.
ADMISSION OF TRANSFER STUDENTS
A student applying for admission to ECC as a transfer student from another accredited college must submit the following to the Office of Transfer:
- Application for Admission - A completed application for admission with a non-refundable application fee of $150.00 Forms may be obtained from the Office of Transfer and Undergraduate Admission.
- Transcripts - Official final transcripts from all colleges and previously attended.
- High School Transcripts - Each applicant transferring with fewer than 30 hours of transferable work from a regionally accredited institution must submit an official transcript from the high school from which he/she graduated or an official copy of the General Education Department (GED) Diploma test results.
- Tests - Each applicant transferring with fewer than 30 hours of college credit must submit official results from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Board. The scores must be sent directly by testing boards to the Offices of Transfer Admissions. ECC’ SAT code number is 4169. Student applicants who are 25 years old or older are not required to provide ACT or SAT results for admission, but will be required to submit an essay of 500 (+) words.
For regular admission, transfer student applicants (students with previous college level work) must hold a high school diploma or the accepted equivalent and meet the following criteria:
- Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. GPA is completed based on college/university level work transferred from regionally accredited institutions. Not to include remedial or non-college level.
- Students transferring fewer than thirty semester hours must provide official high school transcripts or equivalent and a combined university level, high school level GPA will be computed. These students must also submit a minimum SAT composite score of 920 to be eligible for an admission decision. Students who are 25 years old or older are exempt from SAT test requirements.
Specific academic programs may require higher entrance requirements and applications are subject to review by the dean of the appropriate school for approval to admit. For information regarding the awarding of transfer credits, please refer to section titled “transfer credit” below.
A student suspended from another college/university who transfers to ECC must have served the suspension according to ECC guidelines or show documentation for eligibility to return to their suspending institution prior to enrollment. See the section titled “Readmission After Academic Suspension” in the Academic Policies section below.
ADMISSION OF FORMER STUDENTS
Any former ECC student who has not been enrolled at ECC for two or more consecutive semesters must re-apply for admission, including application for admission, submission of official transcripts from all colleges attended during his/her absence from ECC and a non-refundable $150.00 application fee. A student who has not been enrolled for fewer than two concurrent semesters is required to submit a personal letter to the Office of Transfer and Undergraduate Admission requesting reactivation of his/her academic file accompanied with official transcript(s) of any academic work taken during the absence from ECC.
A student who has been suspended from ECC because of his/her academic record must re-file an application for admission. If he/she has taken college courses for credit for this work toward degree from ECC.
A student seeking readmission after academic suspension must meet with his/her academic advisor and the dean of the school. The academic advisor and the dean of the college will send to the Provost a written recommendation regarding readmission of the student. If readmitted, the student will be on academic probation and will be expected to satisfy the requirements for continued enrollment at the end of the semester.
ADMISSION AS TRANSIENT/NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENT
A student attending another college to enroll in courses at ECC as a non-degree seeking student may be admitted as a transient student. The student must submit a completed application for admission, including the non-refundable application fee and all official college transcripts. Should a transient student decide to apply for degree-seeking status at ECC, all required application for admission materials for transfer admission must be submitted to the Office of Transfer and Undergraduate Admission.
ADMISSION AS CONCURRENT STUDENT
High school seniors may enroll in credited courses at ECC during their senior year. Admission requires submission of application for admission, sixth-semester official high school transcript, and a letter of recommendation high school principal to the Office of Admission. Course load is limited to a maximum of 6 hours per semester. An application may be obtained from the Office of Freshman Admission.
A student transferring from an accredited college/university will be granted credit for work earned elsewhere, provided the course work is comparable to that offered by ECC. All transferring student documents will be evaluated in accordance with the academic standards as outlined in the ECC catalog regarding academic probation and suspension and readmission after academic suspension.
A student who transfers to ECC may receive credit for courses taken more than once if, and only if, the institution of higher education granting credit indicates in its catalog that the course may be taken for credit. The Director of Student Records and Registration, in consultation with the appropriate academic dean, determines the transferability of courses.
The transfer of courses is subject to the limitations of residence requirements for the major and for graduation. Transfer of courses is also limited by the provision that courses which were completed 10 or more years before matriculation may, at the discretion of the Chancellor of the college in which the student is enrolled, have to be repeated.
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations. ECC accepts the CLEP program prior to enrolling at ECC. ECC welcomes a wide variety of students and recognizes that many of them possess previously acquired knowledge of specific subjects. The college therefore, honors such knowledge by awarding credit of CLEP tests, provided that an acceptable score is attained and certain guidelines are followed. When applicable, a list of required scores is available from the Office of Student Records and Registration and the Office of Carrier Development and Student Employment. Also, CLEP credits that meet ECC standards will be accepted for transfer students.
- CLEP tests should be taken during the first two years of college study, unless under rare circumstances to be determined by the Chancellor.
- CLEP scores cannot be substituted for any grade including an “F”, that a student may have earned for a course at ECC, or at another college/university.
- CLEP scores will not be included in the grade point average (GPA) at ECC, but they will be included in the total required credit hours and on the transcript.
PRIOR LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Students may receive academic credit for learning acquired outside college. ECC recognizes that learning may result from work experience, work-related training, special interest, and travel in addition to enrollment at an academic institution for academic credit. However, credit will be awarded only for college level learning, not for experience alone.
Two options for seeking academic credit for non-college learning are preparing a portfolio or taking challenge examinations. Additional opportunities for seeking academic credit are through other correspondence courses and the CLEP.
Students interested in pursuing academic credit for prior learning experience should consult with the enrollment coordinator at ECC.
MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT TEST
The Mathematics Placement Test must be taken by students without college algebra or its equivalent prior to initial registration. Students should contact the Office of Freshman or Transfer Admissions for further information about testing and times.
Placement in Mathematics General studies testing (GST 2301) is determined by performance on the Mathematics Placement Test. Full-time students who have completed 15 hours cumulative must enroll in Practical Business Math Procedures (PBMP 2301).
Applicants who are 25 years and older are not required to take the Mathematics Placement Exam.
ENGLISH PLACEMENT EXAM
All students are required to take the English Placement Exam. This consists of a composition exam. Students who do not achieve minimum score of 70 will not be allowed to attend ECC until completion of English 1301 courses.
All applicants who are 25 years and older are not required to take the English Placement Exam.
PLACEMENT EXAMS - MATH/ENGLISH
The students who fall below 70 percent on the Placement Exams must enroll in the mathematics course or English composition course for which the student failed. After the completion of the 90 day course, the student shall be eligible to re-take the Placement Exam. The student must achieve the minimum score of 70 percent.
A student desiring to confirm enrollment is required to submit a $150.00 enrollment deposit if enrollment is for 12 hours or more. A $100.00 enrollment deposit is required for a student who will be enrolled in 11 hours or fewer. The enrollment deposit is non-refundable.
Students enrolling for the first time during the years encompassed by this catalog are expected to complete the degree requirements of this catalog in order to graduate. Academic and other policies, requirements and fees may change at any time during a student’s enrollment.
Students who transfer from an institution with which ECC has a Transfer Guarantee Agreement may select the ECC catalog in effect at the time of matriculation or a previous catalog not to exceed two years prior to matriculation. Official documentation as to catalog selections will be entered into the student’s permanent file as part of the transfer admission process.
A student will normally complete requirements for a degree within the maximum 10 calendar years from the date of initial enrollment at ECC. A student who has not been in continuous enrollment in ECC and who re-enrolls after the 10 year maximum time period has elapsed will complete requirements for a degree under the catalog which is current on the date of re-enrollment. Exceptions must be approved by the Chancellor. Catalog requirements may be superseded by changes imposed by external governing agencies or certifying bodies.