General requirements for all non-degree applicants. An undergraduate special student is one who is not working toward a degree. To be admitted as an undergraduate special student, a person must hold a regular high school diploma or a GED certificate or have the approval of the assistant vice president of Enrollment Services. Exceptions may be made as listed in the high school section below. Special students must (1) meet entry-level standards for each course in which they enroll, (2) be able to complete assignments, and (3) be able to read and write at the required level.
If a student wishes to change to degree-seeking status, the student must meet the mandatory placement criteria for degree-seeking students. Undergraduate special students must (1) satisfy all learning support requirements indicated by the placement test or (2) provide evidence that they have successfully completed all college-level prerequisites or (3) provide evidence of other equivalent experiences before enrolling in regular college-level English or mathematics courses or other college-level courses that are the second course in a two-course sequence (e.g., Accounting I and II). Special students are not eligible for financial aid.
High school students
Dual enrollment of high school students. Dual enrollment is the enrollment of a high school student in one or more specified college courses for which the student will be awarded both high school and college units. The Dual Enrollment program is a cooperative effort between Pellissippi State and high schools in Knox and Blount counties and Pellissippi State and qualified home school students. Qualified high school students may accelerate their college education through dual enrollment courses; all requirements of both the high school and Pellissippi State must be met by students participating in the program.
Students enrolling in general education courses must meet the requirements specified for admission of degree-seeking students and the requirements of the appropriate course syllabus, available at www.pstcc.edu/departments/adv/ syllabi. To learn more about Pellissippi State’s Dual Enrollment program, go to www.pstcc.edu/admissions/dual.html.
Joint enrollment of high school students. Joint enrollment is the enrollment of a high school student in one or more college courses for which the student will earn only college units. High school students who meet the following criteria as specified in Chapter 395 of the Public Acts of 1983 are eligible for special admission:
With the recommendation and approval of the high school principal and the assistant vice president of Enrollment Services, academically talented/gifted students enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 in public or private high schools in Tennessee may enroll in and receive regular college degree units from Pellissippi State if the students have a grade point average equivalent to 3.2 on a 4.0 maximum basis and if such placement is a part of the students’ planned Individual Education Program (IEP) as established by the multidisciplinary team process.
Early admission of first-time freshmen. The following procedures apply to the admission of applicants who have completed their junior year in high school. The minimum requirements for admission of this category of applicants shall be the following:
- Completion of grades 9, 10 and 11 with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 based on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent.
- A valid ACT composite score of at least 22.
- Written endorsement for each semester of attendance from the applicant’s high school principal specifying the college courses that will be substituted for the remaining high school courses needed for high school graduation.
- Written endorsements for each semester of attendance from the applicant’s high school counselor and from the applicant’s parents or guardians.
People who have attended other colleges
People who have not earned a degree. People who earned credits but not a degree at another college and are eligible for readmission to the last institution attended are eligible for admission to Pellissippi State. Those who do not meet the readmission standards of the last institution attended may be admitted on academic probation or other established condition.
People who have earned a college degree or certificate. People who have a degree or certificate equivalent to the associate’s degree in a particular field who wish to take additional courses are eligible for admission. Senior citizens and people with disabilities Tennessee Code Annotated (T.C.A.) 49-7-113 provides special legislation for people with permanent disabilities and for Tennessee residents 60 or older and for Tennessee residents 65 or older.
Eligibility to audit courses. People with permanent disabilities and Tennessee residents 60 or older are eligible to enroll in courses on a space-available basis for audit without payment of maintenance, campus access, student activity, international studies, Student Recreation Center, technology, sustainable campus and late registration fees. The application fee and all applicable special course fees will be charged. Learning support courses cannot be audited.
Eligibility to take courses for credit. People with permanent disabilities and Tennessee residents 65 or older are eligible to enroll in courses on a space available basis for credit without payment of maintenance, campus access, student activity, international studies, Student Recreation Center, technology, sustainable campus and late registration fees. A service fee not to exceed $70 per semester will be charged. The application fee and all applicable special course fees will be charged. Special students may not audit learning support courses.
People with permanent disabilities must contact the Services for Students With Disabilities Office to be certified as eligible for either program. Senior citizens must see the Cashier’s Office to be certified as eligible for either program.