General Admissions Policies
Pacific College of Technology follows an open admissions policy for those who meet its educational requirements. Application decisions are made without regard to the applicant’s race, color, gender, handicap or disability, or national/ethnic origin, according to our non-discrimination policy. Applicants are assessed according to their academic background and moral character. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews an applicant’s records, and after such review, makes a recommendation to allow or refuse admittance. Once the Admissions Committee makes a decision, the applicant will be immediately notified of his or her status, usually within one business day. Approved applications are valid for a year from the date of approval. Pacific College of Technology reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicants who do not meet our standards and criteria.
Pacific College of Technology does not admit ability-to-benefit students. All applicants must possess the required educational background (high school diploma or equivalent, etc.). No credit is given for prior learning experience or for credit earned from non-degree programs. All transfer credit must be earned post-secondary-level credits. See “Transfer Students and Transfer of Credits,” page 19, for details. Pacific College of Technology does not accept applications for concurrent enrollment (high school students enrolling in undergraduate programs), nor does it accept probationary enrollment unless under special circumstances related to a student readmitted after academic suspension. All other applications for admission are subject to the requirements detailed in this section of the Catalog.
Pacific College of Technology does not discriminate against applicants based on race, national origin, age, sex, disability or religion, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Admittance decisions are made without regard to race, color, gender, handicap, or national or ethnic origin. Pacific College of Technology does, however, reserve the right to refuse admission to those applicants who do not meet its standards of moral character or academic ability.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
As part of its policy of nondiscrimination, and in accordance with Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Pacific College of Technology will make reasonable accommodation to ensure equal opportunity and access for qualified students to applicable programs, services, activities, and facilities. After acceptance and prior to entering classes, a student with a disability must submit written requests for modifications or auxiliary aids to the Academic Office. Documentation of disability may be required in order to receive the appropriate modifications. Service animals are permitted on the Pacific College of Technology campus if the appropriate documentation has been filed. Students with documented disabilities may use the marked parking spaces in the parking lot.
Pacific College of Technology cannot make substantial adjustments in existing programs beyond those necessary to eliminate discrimination against otherwise qualified students and will not modify existing programs to the extent it places an undue financial or administrative burden on the College. Pacific College of Technology assumes no responsibility for personal care attendants or health-care providers; personal health or accommodation devices for personal use or study; or private tutors.
Pacific College of Technology has no physical residency requirements and does not charge separate tuition for in state and out of state. However, certain academic residency requirements apply transfer students must complete a minimum percentage of academic credits towards a degree while enrolled at Pacific College of Technology. Undergraduate students may not transfer more than 35% of the credits towards a degree. See “Transfer Students” for details.
Verification of High School Diploma and GED Policy
A student must have, at a minimum, a high school diploma or GED or equivalent to be admitted into any approved academic programs at Pacific College of Technology. A student seeking acceptance into any program must submit a copy of his U.S. high school diploma, GED, or if an international student, its equivalent. A student qualifies if he/she can provide any documentation of the following:
- Has a high school diploma (this can be from a foreign school if it is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma)
- Has the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma, such as a general educational development or GED certificate or other state sanctioned test or diploma-equivalency certificate
- Has completed homeschooling at the secondary level as defined by state law, or
- Has completed secondary school education in a homeschool setting which qualifies for an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law if state law does not require a home-schooled student to receive a credential for their education.
If the College has reason to believe that the diploma is not valid or was not obtained from an entity that provides secondary education, the Registrar will pursue efforts to verify the validity of the high school completion. That will include requiring a copy of the student’s diploma or transcripts directly from the source. In addition, the Registrar also has the option of checking with the state where the document was issued to verify the source and or access the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database.
For comparable documents outside the United States, services for companies that determine the validity of foreign secondary school credentials will be employed.
In limited circumstances, where the high school transcript or documentation is no longer after reasonable efforts to attain it, the College may allow the student to complete an attestation that high school studies were completed. The decision by the College to allow, or to disallow, an attestation is not appealable.