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    Florida State College
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
2011-2012 Catalog [Aug. 2011-Aug. 2012] [Archived Catalog]

Admissions


Admission Requirements 
Enrollment Procedures
Registration Procedures 
Tuition and Fees 
Financial Aid 


Enrollment Procedures

College Credit Programs
Continuing Education Programs
Specialized Continuing Education Programs

College Credit Programs

Enrollment procedures for students entering Florida State College’s college credit programs are different for students in varying circumstances. Below is a list of admissions categories. Find the one that best describes your situation and go to the section indicated to learn what is required for enrollment.

Type of Student Goal

First-Time-In-College Degree Seeking

Earn a degree at Florida State College

Incoming Transfer

Transfer to Florida State College’s college credit program from another college/university.

Students with Degree Seeking Second Degree

Earn a second degree at Florida State College

Non-Degree-Seeking

Earn college credit without earning a degree at Florida State College

High School

Earn college credit while in high school

Military

Earn college credit via SOC or SOCNAV programs

International

Earn college credit as a visiting foreign student (non-resident)

First-Time-in-College Degree Seeking Students

Applicants in this category are those who intend to earn a college degree from Florida State College and have never attended Florida State College or any other institution. If this describes your situation, please take the following steps to enrollment:

  1. Application and Fee Submit a completed application and the appropriate application fee . Be sure to indicate in the “Educational Plans” section of the application that you intend to earn your degree at the College. The application and fee may be submitted online or to any campus enrollment services office.
  2. High School Transcript If you graduated or will graduate from a high school outside of Duval, St. Johns or Clay county, or if you graduated or will graduate from a private school, please have your high school send an official transcript of your grades and credits with graduation date indicated to the Admissions Office, Florida State College, P.O. Box 2550, Jacksonville, FL 32203-2550. If you graduated from a public school in the state of Florida, the College will automatically request your high school transcript after we receive your application. The college requests electronic transcripts for all public school applicants who graduated in May or June on July 1st each year. Electronic transcripts are available for student who graduated from Duval after June 1989, St. Johns after June 1993 and Clay after June 1992. Prior year graduates of these counties must submit an official paper transcript. Individuals completing high school outside of the United States or U.S. Territories must submit official documents in their native language and have it translated into English by a certified translator. We will review all documents submitted and determine if they are acceptable. Where the documentation provided is unclear, or where it does not look like the documents we typically see, the College reserves the right to request an evaluation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
  3. Welcome Letter Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a welcome letter from the College. Included with this letter will be information outlining steps new students are required to take before enrolling in classes, such as placement testing and College orientation. As your records are reviewed, you will receive additional information regarding your admissions approval. See admissions criteria.
  4. Financial Aid Application If you are interested in receiving financial aid, call or visit the enrollment services office on campus. The Welcome Center can also mail you an application for federal student aid, or visit our Web site.
  5. Career Goal If you haven’t already decided on a career goal and program of study, make an appointment with a counselor at the Career Development Center on campus.
  6. Assessment After receiving the letter notifying you of your admission to Florida State College, contact the Assessment and Certification Center on campus and take the required assessment for course placement. (Students with SAT or ACT report scores that are less than two years old may use their test scores.)
  7. Orientation Complete the New Student Orientation, either by video (about a half–hour in length) or through live group session on campus (about one hour).
  8. First Term Academic Advising All first–time students will meet with an academic advisor who will review your placement scores and suggest appropriate courses for your first term.
  9. Registration During the appropriate registration period, register for the courses you plan to take this term using Florida State College’s Web site registration system, Connections, or enrollment services on campus.
  10. Tuition and Fees Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline. Payment may be made mail, online or by visiting the business affairs office on campus.
  11. Identification Card Obtain a student identification card on campus.
  12. Parking Decal A parking decal may be picked up from any campus security office.

Incoming Transfer Students to Florida State College’s Degree Programs

If you have attended and received college credit from institutions other than Florida State College and desire to complete your degree at Florida State College, please take the following steps to enrollment:

  1. Application and Fee Submit a completed application and the appropriate application fee . Be sure to indicate in the “Educational Plans” section of the application that you intend to earn your degree at the College. The application and fee may be submitted online or to any campus enrollment services office.
  2. College Transcripts Have official transcripts from all colleges attended sent to the Admissions Office, Florida State College, P.O. Box 2550, Jacksonville, FL 32203-2550. If these transcripts are not received within one term, subsequent registration will be blocked. All transcripts must be evaluated before a student can be approved for financial aid.
  3. Welcome Letter Once your application and transcript(s) have been submitted, you will receive a welcome letter from the College. Included with this letter will be information outlining steps new students are required to take before enrolling in classes, such as placement testing and College orientation. As your records are reviewed, you will receive additional information regarding your admissions approval. See admissions criteria.
  4. Financial Aid Application If you are interested in receiving financial aid, call or visit the enrollment services office on campus. The Welcome Center can also mail you an application for federal student aid. All prior college coursework must be received and evaluated before you can be considered for financial aid.
  5. Admissions Placement Survey Go to any student success office and complete an admissions placement survey (APS) to establish a course placement record and document previous coursework in English, reading and mathematics. Also, if you have ACT or SAT scores less than two years old, bring these along. You will be advised if any further testing is required.
  6. Orientation Complete the New Student Orientation online, by video (about a half–hour in length) or through live group session on campus (about one hour).
  7. Academic Advising Make an appointment with an academic advisor to help select your classes. Bring along a copy of your transcripts if possible. This advising will be unofficial if your transcripts have not been officially evaluated. You should return for official advising once you receive notice that your transcripts have been evaluated. Make an appointment by calling the counseling and advising center. Any questions that you may have about the evaluation can be discussed at this time.
  8. Registration Contact any student success office counseling and advising center for assistance if there is any difficulty with registration. It may happen because all records may not yet be on file. During the appropriate registration period, register for the courses you plan to take this term using Connections or at enrollment services office on campus.
  9. Tuition and Fees Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline. Payment may be made by mail, online or by visiting the business affairs office on campus.
  10. Identification Card After registering, go to the student I.D. center and get a photo I.D. (identification card). All students are required to carry their I.D. while on College property.
  11. Parking Decal A parking decal may be picked up at any campus security office.
  12. Deadlines, Policies and Procedures After your orientation session, be certain to review important College policies and procedures in detail. They include policies and procedures related to drop deadlines, course withdrawal deadlines, standards of academic progress, financial aid eligibility requirements, standards of student conduct, grading, and student academic support services. Consult the college catalog and class schedule for this information.
  13. Graduation Status An academic degree audit can be obtained at your counseling office or visit the State Web site at Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS). Transfer students must complete at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College and meet all other Florida State College graduation requirements.

Evaluation of Other College Transcripts

Transcripts from all colleges attended are evaluated for Florida State College degree–seeking students and vocational certificate students only. All courses attempted at the freshman and sophomore levels are evaluated. Transfer credit and the assigned whole grades (plus or minus designations removed) are used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Upper division courses will only be evaluated when they are substantially equivalent to courses offered at Florida State College. Florida State College does not evaluate transcripts for external agencies.

Transfer credit may be accepted from degree granting institutions that are accredited at the collegiate level by an appropriate regional or national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Courses are also accepted from institutions recognized and participating in the Florida Department of Education Statewide Course Numbering System. Transfer courses are subject to a course–by–course evaluation process to determine if the course is equivalent to courses offered at Florida State College.

For courses that are initially deemed nontransferable to Florida State College, the following supporting documentation must be submitted, by the student, for each course requested for reconsideration: (1) a copy of each course syllabus must include course title, course length, course description, text used and (2) verification of faculty credentials including college transcripts, professional licensure and/or certifications, and work experience in the field. The course syllabus must be the syllabus from the specific course section and semester that appears on the transcript. The faculty credentials must reflect the credentials at the time that the professor taught the course specified on the transcript. The student should submit this supporting documentation to: Admissions Office, Florida State College, P.O. Box 2550, Jacksonville, FL 32203-2550.

Quarter credit hours from external colleges are converted to semester credit hours at the rate of one–quarter hour is equivalent to 0.67 semester–hours. For example, a three–quarter credit hour course becomes a two–semester hour course and a five–quarter credit hour course becomes a three and one–third–semester credit hour course. If quarter hours have been transferred, consult with your academic counselor/advisor to ensure that program credit hour requirements will be met.

College Transcripts from Outside the United States or U.S. Territories:

  1. Must have an English translation and course–by–course evaluation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services. Florida State College will only accept evaluations from a NACES agency.

  2. Must submit true copies of the original transcript/credential. A certified true copy is a photocopy of the original official document to which an educational or consular official has affixed his/her signature and/or official seal indicating that this is an attested or certified true copy of the original document. If you bring your original credentials to a campus Student Success Office and would like to keep them, we will note on the copies that we have seen your originals.

Students with Degree Seeking Second Degree

Students who have earned an associate in arts degree or higher from a college outside the state of Florida may enroll at Florida State College to pursue a bachelor of applied science, associate in arts, associate in science or associate in applied science degree. Students who have completed an associate in arts degree or higher from a Florida public or private college may not pursue the same degree at Florida State College, but they may pursue a bachelor of applied science, associate in science or associate in applied science degree.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

If you want to take college credit courses but you do not intend to earn your degree at Florida State College, all you need to do is submit a completed application and the $25 application fee. Call (904) 359-5433 to have an application mailed to you, or simply apply and pay online in Connections. No transcripts are required, but students may need to show proof of completion of a course prerequisite or present a permission letter from their previous institution. Placement testing will be required only if you desire to enroll in a mathematics, English or reading course. Please note that non–degree seeking students cannot be certified for financial aid. If you desire to switch to a degree seeking status in the future, contact the enrollment services office on your campus and follow the procedures for degree–seeking students in the previous section. Non–degree seeking students are required to obtain and carry a Florida State College identification card.

Students Seeking College Credit While Still in High School

Dual Enrollment for High School Students

The dual enrollment program enables qualified high school students to receive simultaneous high school and college credit for courses they take as dual enrollment. Eligible students include Duval and Nassau high school juniors and seniors whose county school board, private school, or home school has an articulation agreement with Florida State College to offer dual enrollment courses. These students must possess established high school grade point averages and must earn the required college entry scores on the Florida College Entry Level Placement Test (FCELPT), ACT or SAT to qualify. Students take a limited number of credit hours each term, and do not pay tuition and fees. Books may be paid for by the high school. Upon successful completion of college courses, students will also earn high school credits.

All dual enrollment is handled by the designated campus dual enrollment coordinator. Dual enrollment students are NOT permitted to enroll at a enrollment services office or online. A high school representative must submit an application packet to the campus dual enrollment coordinator that includes the following:

  1. A dual enrollment application signed by the student, parent and guidance counselor.
  2. A transcript reflecting the appropriate grade point average.
  3. An official copy of the student’s scores on the Florida College Entry Level Placement Test (FCELPT), SAT or ACT.

Dual enrolled high school students are not required to pay an application fee to enroll in dual enrolled classes. Payment is required when registering for other than dual enrolled classes or when requesting a transcript.

Early Admission

The early admission program is a dual enrollment program which allows applicants to enter Florida State College as full–time students at the end of their junior year in high school, earn college credits and still graduate with their high school class. The program is governed by all the dual enrollment requirements listed above, with the exception of requiring a higher high school grade point average.

Military Personnel Seeking College Credit

Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

SOC is a consortium of some 1835 colleges and universities dedicated to meeting the voluntary educational needs of members of the military service. SOC member institutions act as “home campus” for service members who, by prior agreement, earn academic credits elsewhere. Service members desiring to participate in SOC may do so by calling (904) 633-8134.

Service Members Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV)

SOCNAV is a network of some 126 colleges agreeing to accept in transfer, with previous approval, courses applicable to the student’s degree program.

SOCNAV students/applicants must coordinate all activities (student agreement forms, transfer advising and possible rating credit) through the Florida State College office at any of the Navy bases or through the Military Education Institute office by calling (904) 633-8134.

International Students

International Applicants

For admission purposes, applicants are classified as international students only if the applicants require the College to issue an I–20 to be presented to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a student F–1 visa. Florida State College will not issue an I–20 to an individual for the sole purpose of studying the English language.

Individuals who have been admitted to the United States as immigrants and have been issued resident alien numbers are not classified as international students for admission purposes. These individuals must follow the special admission classification procedures for non–U.S. citizens (lawfully approved permanent residents, temporary permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) and non–immigrant visa holders.

Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. Application for international admission as degree seeking students.
  2. Application fee of $80, (a non–refundable, non–transferable processing fee).
  3. Proof of previous education as follows:
    1. A certified English translation of the transcript (for high school graduates who have never attended college), or
    2. A certified English translation and evaluation of transcript(s) of foreign college(s) for students who have attended college previously. Students transferring from a U.S. college are required to submit transcripts from all colleges attended.
  4. Proof of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students from non–English speaking countries must submit to the College admissions office an original copy of satisfactory scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), available through the Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Rd., Princeton, N.J. 08541.
  5. A statement showing that financial resources are available for travel, tuition and fees, books and living expenses while in school. Applicants may also be requested to show evidence that there are funds to cover these expenses on deposit in a United States bank.

No international applicants will be considered for admission until items one through five have been received. To be considered for any term, all items must be received at least 90 days prior to the student’s initial term of admission. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by the first day of class. Students under the age of 18 must have local living arrangements with a guardian or relative approved by their parents prior to arrival. Florida State College does not provide on-campus housing. International students accepted for admission will be notified of their acceptance and will be provided with Form I–20A as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. International students should be enrolled and satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 credit hours for the fall term (I) and 12 credit hours for the spring term (II) and six credit hours for any summer term (III). For more information contact the College admissions office.

Note

Prior to registration, international students take a college placement test to determine their proficiency in English, reading and math. Based upon the results of this placement test, students may be assigned to English as a Second Language classes (EAP 1000 and above), preparatory math, English composition or reading classes. These classes are not intended for transfer, counted for graduation or calculated in total hours or in grade point. These additional courses will add additional terms and the student will be required to include this additional expense when calculating the necessary funds to complete their degree program.

Continuing Education Programs

Through its continuing education program, Florida State College offers a wide variety of continuing workforce education and recreation courses. These courses are offered throughout the College district wherever the need exists and adequate facilities are available. Courses are taught in public schools, industrial plants, commercial office buildings, on all the campuses and centers of the College, and other suitable locations. The length and frequency of meetings for classes differ and are determined by the type and objectives of each course.

The primary purpose of these courses is to provide individuals with the training needed to upgrade or broaden their present skills and enhance their occupational opportunities. This training also provides the business and industrial community with trained personnel.

The College maintains close liaison with outside agencies to facilitate the educational and training needs of the community. These groups include: program advisory committees, professional and civic organizations, governmental agencies, business and industry as well as various other groups.

A high school diploma is not required for enrollment in most continuing workforce education courses, but students must be at least 16 years old.

New participants in the College’s continuing education programs must submit an application.

Non–resident aliens may enroll in continuing workforce education courses; however, the College will not issue immigration papers based on this enrollment.

Specialized Continuing Education Programs

Numerous education programs are offered to meet the needs of professionals by updating knowledge and skills required for current practice.

Topics and locations will vary to meet the diverse needs of the community. Current areas of emphasis include health and nursing, computer information technology, insurance, real estate, financial planning and event management. For information call (904) 359-5433.

Teacher Continuing Education

Florida State College offers coursework for teachers interested in updating their skills, adding to their content or renewing their teaching certificate. They can select from a variety of courses including English, history, psychology, science, mathematics and computers.

Educator Preparation Institute — Teach First Coast

Florida State College’s Teach First Coast program is a response to the teacher shortage in Florida. This program prepares non-education majors and mid–career individuals with a bachelor’s degree in needed content areas to complete their professional (not temporary) teaching certification. Program participants will complete a competency–based alternative certification program. They will also prepare to sit for the Professional Educator Test, the General Knowledge Test and a Subject Area Exam. Please refer to the individual course descriptions.

Teleconferencing/Videoconferencing

Florida State College is a leader in providing quality teleconferencing and videoconferencing services to Northeast Florida. As part of a statewide network of satellite downlink sites, Florida State College offers C–Band and Ku–Band satellite downlinking, program videotaping, meeting rooms for large and small groups, catering, event planning, large screen projection, phone and fax lines, Internet access, expert technical support, and a trained staff. Florida State College also provides videoconferencing facilities at selected campus sites. Ideal for small, face–to–face meetings, videoconferencing technology uses telephone lines to connect people in different cities, thereby eliminating the costs and lost productivity often associated with business travel. A regular host of special teleconference events on topics ranging from law and education to health care and the environment, Florida State College offers affordable, convenient training and networking opportunities to businesses, government and the local community. For information call (904) 633-8312.

Professional Development and Self–Enrichment

A variety of courses are offered for professional development and self enrichment. Brochures are available for a wide variety of courses that provide new skills, help develop new and exciting interests and offer opportunities to have fun while in pursuit of lifelong learning goals. For information call (904) 359-5433.