Academic Standards Handbook

1.2 Admission Procedures

How to Apply for Admission - Each student desiring to be admitted must present to Admissions the following materials prior to the date stipulated in the college calendar for submission of credentials.


  1. The application for Admission to Colorado Collegiate Institutions properly filled out by the applicant.  Students may also apply online at


  1. An official transcript of high school credits showing date of graduation and signed by the high school principal, college Guidance Coordinator or superintendent of schools.  Transfer students must submit current, official transcripts of all previous college attendance, to be sent by the other college or university at the request of the applicant.  Transfer students with less than one year of college must also submit high school transcripts.  GED graduates must submit proof of successful GED test completion.


  1. Scores from the American College Test or the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the Accuplacer.


  1. Certificate of Immunization – According to Colorado law, proof of adequate immunization is required for all students 19 years of age and under seeking admission to a residential college.  Specifically, students must meet these Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) requirements; first dose of MMR at age 12-15 month or later, second dose at age 4-6 years later.  Students residing in a residential hall must

For all public or nonpublic postsecondary education institutions in Colorado, the state law requires that each incoming freshman student residing in student housing, as defined by the institution, or any student who the institution requires to complete and return a standard certificate indicating immunizations received by the student as a requirement for residing in student housing, be provided with information on meningococcal disease. If the student is under the age of 18 years, the student’s parent or guardian must be provided with this information. Each institution must require each new student who has not received a vaccination against meningococcal disease, or, if the new student is under the age of 18 years, the student’s parent or guardian, to check a box and sign to indicate that the signer has reviewed information on meningococcal disease and has decided that the new student will not obtain a vaccination against meningococcal disease.

Students completing admission requirements with incomplete or missing Certificates of Immunization will not be allowed to complete their housing reservation, and will not be assigned to a residence hall until the college has received a completed Certificate of Immunization that is signed and dated by a health official.

Each applicant must accept the responsibility for getting these items to the college before the date they are due.  This includes responsibility for requesting and authorizing officials of the high school or college previously attended by applicant to send transcripts.

Mandatory Assessment Guidelines - Assessment is designed to assist students in understanding their current academic levels and to aid them and their advisors in the selection of college courses.  All degree seeking student --both first-time and returning—are responsible for making arrangements with the Counseling and Assessment at NJC to meet the assessment requirements prior to conferring with an advisor.  First-time students are those who enter the college for the first time with no previous postsecondary experience, or those seeking a degree regardless of previous postsecondary experience, at the time they enroll in a degree program.  Prior post-secondary enrollment as a high school concurrent student does not prevent a student from being categorized as first time.

Placement Testing: NOT REQUIRED

  1. Student has prior college-level English and college-level math course work with a final grade of C or better.
  2. Student has a valid (non-expired_ college-level ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, CCPT, GED, HiSet, TASC, PARCC, SBAC, AB, IB, CLEP, DSST or PLA scores.
  3. Student has 3.0 high school GPA with B in Algebra II or Geometry (For CTE math, MAT 120, 135, and 155), B in Pre-Calculus (for MAT 121) within last 18 months.
  4. Student has 3.0 high school GPA with B in 11th grade English (for END 121) within last 2 years.
  5. Degree program does not require testing.

Placement Testing: REQUIRED

  1. First time college student how does not have valid college-level ACT, SAT, Accuplacer, CCPT, GED HiSet, TASC, PARCC, SBAC, AP, IB, CLEP, DSST, or PLA scores.
  2. Student has not taken college-level course work in English or Math.

Students who enroll in a certificate program are exempt, unless they seek to enroll in college-level English or mathematics courses.

Students whose completion of courses at other colleges which demonstrate their proficiency in English, Math and/or Reading may submit transcripts for the purpose of waiving all or part of the assessment requirements.  The student should contact the Counseling and Assessment office as early as possible for assessment arrangements.

Assessment scores, including ACT and SAT scores, are considered valid for initial placement for a period of five years.

There will be a onetime $15.00 fee charged for the battery of ACCUPLACER tests.  If a student meets exemption requirements for any subject area, then the cost is $5.00 for each subject area Accuplacer test required.  There is no additional charge for retakes taken for class placement the same semester (up to two retakes).  A picture I.D. must be presented before any student will be allowed to take the Accuplacer.

Students with mobility, visual, hearing, learning, mental, emotional, speech, or health disabilities must meet with the Director of the Comprehensive Learning Center to arrange for special accommodations in testing.