Methods of Admission

Freshman or GED

Students enrolling in college for the first time may apply for admission based on one of the following categories:

  • Students who graduate from an accredited public or private high school must submit an official high school transcript showing the date of graduation.
  • Students who have completed a non-traditional secondary education course of study in a non-accredited private school setting, including home school, must submit an academic record indicating the curriculum completed and graduation date.
  • Students who have satisfactorily completed the Test of General Education Development (GED) must submit official GED test scores or an official GED certificate. Copies will not be accepted.
  • North Central Texas College will not recognize a student as a high school graduate who has obtained a diploma through a school or online program that requires only payment with little or no coursework requirements. Determination of the legitimacy of these diplomas will be at the discretion of the Office of Admissions. Graduates of such programs will be considered for admission on an individual approval basis (see Individual Approval section below).

Dual Credit

Dual credit refers to courses taught by NCTC in which students are eligible to receive college and high school credit simultaneously. Courses are limited to NCTC Core Curriculum, Field of Study Curriculum, Foreign Language, or if the course offering is part of a Early College Educational Program. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Only high school students who have met all the eligibility requirements (academic and behavioral) and who are recommended by the high school principal/counselor are eligible to enroll in dual credit courses. Students must be college ready as evidenced by TSI (Texas Success Initiative) Assessment scores, if pursuing academic courses, and have a high school GPA of "C" or higher. To remain eligible, students must maintain a "C" or higher in each dual credit course.
  • Home or private schooled students may enroll in dual credit courses. All dual credit requirements apply.
  • Dual Credit students are not eligible to take college preparatory/remedial courses at NCTC.

Dual Credit Admission Requirements

Students must submit the following to NCTC for admission:

  • Application for Admission through Apply Texas
  • Current high school/college transcripts
  • Official TSI test scores or exemptions
  • Dual Credit Registration Form - this form must be completed accurately with required signatures and NCTC course information.
  • Students that are registering for Dual Credit courses that will be taught on any of the NCTC campuses will be required to submit proof of the Bacterial Meningitis immunization. Students registering for courses offered on the high school campus or online are not required to submit proof of the immunization.

Student Eligibility

High School students who meet and maintain all academic and behavioral requirements and who are recommended by the high school principal/counselor are eligible to enroll in dual credit courses.

Appropriate scores on any of the following approved tests may be used to determine eligibility for dual credit: SAT, ACT, PSAT/NMSQT, TSI Assessment, and STAAR EOC. All scores are subject to change based on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The testing standards include:

  • ACT: Composite score of 23 with 19 on English and 19 on Math.
  • SAT - New SAT: 530 on Math and 480 on EBRW (Evidenced Based Reading and Writing), no composite score.
  • STAAR End of Course (EOC): Score of 2000 on English II and 2000 on Reading test, or score of 4000 cumulative on Reading/Writing on English II, and score of 4000 on Algebra II test
  • TSI Assessment standards: Reading 351, Writing Multiple Choice score of 340 with an essay of 4 or Multiple Choice of 339 or lower with an Essay of 5; Math 350 or higher.
    • TSI2A-new statewide TSI Assessment beginning in August 2020, THECB approved scores pending.
  • PLAN Aspire: Composite of 23 with 19 on English and 19 on Math.
  • PSAT (10th grade only): 460 on Reading and Writing and 510 on Math.

Dual Credit students must show college readiness in at least one testing area to be eligible to enroll in dual credit courses pursuant to a two year degree. Students that are pursuing a level one certificate are not required to meet the TSI standards and will only be eligible to take courses within that certificate. Dual Credit students taking English composition courses must be college ready in both Reading and Writing areas (pending new TSI2A test after August of 2020, and updated score requirements, students may be required to be college ready in both Reading and Writing for additional courses).

Dual Credit Load

High School students may enroll in the number of courses appropriate to their needs with an institutional upper limit of 18 hours per fall or spring semester without the appropriate approval from. A load of 12 hours per fall or spring semester should be considered advanced by most metrics for dual credit students.

Early Admissions

Early Admissions refers to students who have successfully completed their junior year of high school. Students must submit an official high school transcript or home or private school academic record to date, along with written approval from their high school principal or counselor. Students must also meet requirements for College Readiness through approved TSI (Texas Success Initiative) test scores previously mentioned. Students can choose Early Admissions or Dual credit, but cannot be in both programs at the same time. Early Admission students are not eligible to take college preparatory/remedial courses at NCTC.

Individual Approval

This method of admission may be selected by non-high school graduates or GED completers. Students admitted through individual approval must sign a waiver stating that they understand they will be ineligible for financial aid without a GED or high school diploma, unless the minimum score requirements are met on the Ability to Benefit exam, which can be scheduled through any NCTC Testing Center location. Continued enrollment at NCTC will require completion of a GED or high school diploma within a year of signing this waiver. In addition to this, there are certain special admission programs that require a GED or high school diploma. It is the student's responsibility to check the requirements for the program to which he/she is applying, or to visit with any NCTC Mane Stop Office regarding which programs may require completion of a GED prior to admission. 

College Transfer

Students previously enrolled at another accredited institution of higher education are eligible for admission. Credit will be awarded for prior course work according to the following conditions:

  • Transfer applicants are considered for admission to North Central Texas College first on the basis of having received sufficient credit to demonstrate ability to make satisfactory progress.
  • Transfer Credit Evaluation: Transfer of credit from another institution involves consideration of accreditation, comparability of course work, and applicability of that course work to a degree program.
  • Course work from regionally accredited institutions can be evaluated without a written request. However, students are encouraged to submit a completed Transcript Evaluation Form to the Registrar's Office to expedite evaluation.
  • Official transcript(s) reflecting all work taken from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education, as well as placement scores or TSI status, must be on file in the NCTC Office of Admissions by the official date of record of the student's first semester. If transcripts are not received by this time, then there will be an academic hold placed on the student's account.
  • Credit for courses equivalent to those listed in the NCTC catalog will be given for credit earned at a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Courses noted as meeting core requirements at a Texas public institution will be evaluated and transferred in as satisfying the specific core component.
  • Credit for equivalent courses will be awarded, according to the previously mentioned procedure. A minimum of 15 semester hours must be taken in residence before a degree can be awarded by North Central Texas College.
  • Official course descriptions from out-of-state colleges previously attended may be needed to determine transfer credit toward equivalent course work. If a determination is unable to be determined, further recommendation will be required from the appropriate instructional area.
  • Credit for all non-equivalent courses, which includes course work not listed in the core curriculum or general education requirements, will be awarded up to 15 hours of general elective credits to apply toward degree completion.
  • All courses completed with a "D" or better on an official transcript will be considered as part of the academic history subject to transfer credit evaluation. Grades of "D" may not meet degree requirements based on departmental requirements.
  • The Registrar's Office determines the total number of semester hours as well as grade points to be transferred. Students who complete the "Transcript Evaluation" form will be informed of their transfer credit four to six weeks after submitting the request. Student's transcripts may be evaluated administratively for financial aid purposes.
  • Course work completed from non-regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated after a written request has been submitted by the student along with required documentation.
  • Students with credit from non-regionally accredited institutions of higher education should submit an official transcript with course descriptions, learning outcomes and faculty credentials to the Registrar's Office for instructional review.
  • The official transcript from institutions not regionally accredited only need to be submitted if a transcript evaluation for equivalent courses is needed.
  • Foreign transcripts or credentials will not be evaluated or accepted for transfer coursework.
  • PE courses may be waived for military service or for medical reasons. Required documentation include the student's DD214 indicating six months of active duty or a written statement from a physician.
  • Credit will be evaluated for military courses and/or experiences based upon the evaluation recommendations as outlined in the American Council on Education Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services manual.


Students wishing to return after a break of enrollment for two long semesters must reapply through Applicants who have attended institutions of higher education since last enrolled at NCTC must submit official transcripts from those institutions along with TSI scores from a state-approved assessment by the official date of record. If transcripts are not received by this time, then there will be an academic hold placed on the student's account.