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College Catalog: Admissions Requirements

General Admission to the College

Individuals are eligible for admission to PDCCC if they are high school graduates or the equivalent, or if they are eighteen years of age or older and able to benefit academically from study at the College, as demonstrated by assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics. Minimum scores are noted in the chart below:

VPT Compass Asset
Reading ENF 1 62 35
Writing ENF 1 32 35
Math MTE 1 25 33

Exceptions to this policy may be made by the college president only for documented reasons. PDCCC reserves the right to evaluate and document special cases and to refuse or revoke admission if it is determined that the applicant or student poses a threat, is a potential danger, is significantly disruptive to the College community, or if such refusal or revocation is considered to be in the best interest of the College. PDCCC also reserves the right to refuse admission for applicants that have been expelled or suspended from, or determined to be a threat, potential danger or significantly disruptive by, another college.

Individuals may be admitted to PDCCC as a curricular or non-curricular Student.

For all curricular students, the following items are required:

  1. Completed official application for admission with social security number requested.
  2. Official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended. Graduates who complete secondary school in a home school setting must provide a graduation date and documentation of coursework.
  3. Additional information as stated by PDCCC for admission to specific programs or curricula.

For all non-curricular students, a completed official application for admission is required with social security number requested. Non-curricular students must satisfy all required course pre-requisites or placement testing requirements before enrolling in specific college-level courses.

It is the policy of PDCCC to maintain and promote equal employment and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, or age (except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification), religion, handicap, national origin, or other non-merit factors.

Admission of High School and Home School Students

Although high school and home school students are not normally qualified for general admission, PDCCC offers admission to those students who meet additional criteria. Commonly referred to as Dual Enrollment, such enrollment is restricted to high school juniors and seniors and home school students studying at the high school junior or senior levels. Home school students must also provide a copy of a home school agreement approved by the school district or a letter from the local school board or a copy of the letter filed by the parent or legal guardian declaring home school. Documentation of parental permission is required for all dual enrollment students.

Because admitting freshman and sophomores is considered exceptional, the college-ready status of each prospective freshman and sophomore student will be treated on a case-by-case basis. Formal approval by the college president is required for admitting freshman or sophomores.

All students admitted under this section must demonstrate readiness for college by meeting the criteria below.

Students enrolling in a dual enrollment course must meet all course pre-requisites. PDCCC does not enroll public or private high school students or homeschooled student in developmental courses.

Admission Criteria for Transfer Courses

  Virginia Placement Test (VPT) Compass Asset PSAT SAT ACT SOL
English/ Writing ENG 111 76 43 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Reading ENG 111 81 42 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Writing/Reading ENG 111 N/A N/A 390 480 N/A N/A
Mathematics MTE 1 25 33 500 530 22 Algebra I – Pass

Criteria for CTE Courses Admission

  Virginia Placement Test (VPT) Compass Asset PSAT SAT ACT SOL
English/ Writing ENF 1 32 35 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Reading ENF 1 62 35 N/A N/A 18 N/A
Writing/Reading ENF 1 N/A N/A 390 480 N/A N/A
Mathematics MTE 1 25 33 500 530 22 Algebra I – Pass

Dual Enrollment with Paul D. Camp Community College gives high school students the opportunity to take college courses in their own high school, at a PDCCC campus or center, or with PDCCC online. While students work toward high school graduation, they also earn college credits. Through agreements established with each local public school system, students can complete a general education certificate, general studies degree, or other credential at the same time they graduate from high school.

Independent dual enrollment allows individual high school students to enroll in courses at the community college. A qualified high school junior or senior may be admitted to any college-level credit-bearing course, with permission of the high school principal or designee and the parent. Participation in independent dual enrollment does not require a contractual agreement between the college and school division. However, the high school student must meet dual enrollment admissions standards. Courses taken as independent dual enrollment are transcripted on the student’s college transcript.

Dual enrollment has many benefits, both academic and financial. Through Dual Enrollment…

  • Students get early exposure to the academic rigors of college-level coursework.
  • Students can lessen the time and money needed to earn a college degree or certificate.
  • Families may receive significant college tuition savings on college courses taken at the high school.
  • Students earn college credits applicable to programs of study at PDCCC.
  • Students can earn transferable college credits applicable toward transfer and guaranteed admissions to four-year colleges and universities.
  • Dual-enrollment credits are awarded and recorded on the transcript at the time of successful completion of the designated course(s) thus providing high school students with official college transcripts.
  • Dual-enrollment credits are portable to all community colleges within Virginia and to many colleges and universities as identified in state and local guaranteed admissions and articulation agreements.

Specific course, program, and GPA requirements for transfer vary by academic institution. Students should carefully research the transfer requirements for the four-year colleges and universities to which they wish to apply. Transferability of courses is established by each institution and students completing associate degrees concurrent with high school graduation should check the guaranteed admission agreements on the Virginia Wizard www.vawizard.org. Utilize the “transfer” tab on the VA Wizard web site to see transfer agreements, Guaranteed Admission agreements, Transfer Planner and Transfer Grant information.

Admission to Transfer Courses
Transfer courses, sometimes referred to as general education courses — those such as English, math, history, science, and social science – are designed to transfer to four-year colleges and universities as part of the General Education Certificate or Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree programs. In order to take any Dual Enrollment transfer course, a student must meet the Admission Criteria for Transfer Courses in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. (Placement in specific math courses is determined by results on the VPT-Math.)

Admission to Career and Technical Education (CTE) Courses

Career and Technical Education courses – those such as welding, robotics, industrial maintenance – and industrial maintenance – are designed to prepare students for employment as part of Associate of Applied Science Degrees, Certificates, and Career Studies Certificates. In order to take any Dual Enrollment CTE courses, a student must meet the Admission Criteria for CTE Courses in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Required scores for CTE courses are lower than cutoff scores for Transfer courses.

Testing Requirements for Dual Enrolled Students

The Virginia Placement Test is offered by PDCCC free of charge to prospective Dual Enrollment students. If students wish to use PSAT, SAT or other scores for dual enrollment placement, official documentation of test results must be provided to the college.

After completing an application for admission, students can demonstrate college readiness by scoring at or above specified levels on the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) used by VCCS colleges, the PSAT, SAT, ACT, Compass and Asset assessments, and SOL (for math only).

Validated Credits

An alternative method to dual-enrollment for conferring community college credits for high school Career and Technical Education coursework are articulation agreements which include use of validated credits. Validated credits are awarded based on student performance on business and industry certification assessments or college approved final examinations at the discretion of the community college.

Validated credits for secondary CTE students require one of the following criteria to be in place:

  • Any awarded credits must be based on student performance on an external certification or licensure examination that has been college approved or
  • A common final exam for the identified course must be administered by both high school and college faculty. This common exam may be developed by college faculty and used by high school teachers or may be collaboratively developed by college and high school faculty. Before the exam is implemented for the purpose of awarding college credits, it must be reviewed and approved by the academic administration at the college.

Admission of International Students

Paul D. Camp Community College is not certified at this time to accept International students.

Admission of Transfer Students

Normally, transfer students who are eligible for re-entrance at the last college of attendance are also eligible for admission to PDCCC. Transfer students who are ineligible to return to a particular curriculum in a previous college generally may not be allowed to enroll in the same curriculum at PDCCC until one semester elapses or until an approved preparatory program at the college is completed. Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis, and the College can impose special conditions for the admittance of such students. Students transferring from another college should consult the Admissions Office for an assessment of credits to determine their standing before registering for classes. Generally, no credit is given for courses with grades lower than “C”. Transfer students may be advised to repeat courses if it would clearly be advantageous to their curriculum advancement. Any VCCS course in which a student received a grade of “C” or better (excluding general usage courses) will transfer as the same course at PDCCC.

Admission to Specific Curricula

In addition to the general admission requirements listed above, specific requirements are usually prescribed for each curriculum of the College. Among the items generally considered in determining the eligibility of a student for admission to a curriculum in the College are educational and occupational experiences, and other reasonable standards to ensure that the student possesses the potential to meet program requirements. The specific requirements for each curriculum are listed in the curricular offerings section of the College Catalog. Persons who do not meet the requirements for a specific curriculum or course may be eligible to enter the curriculum or course after they have completed appropriate courses in developmental studies. Persons applying for admission to an associate degree (Associate in Arts and Sciences or Associate in Applied Science) program shall be a high school graduate or the equivalent or have completed a prescribed Developmental Studies Program.

When enrollments must be limited for any curriculum, priority shall be given to all qualified applicants who are residents of the political subdivisions supporting the College and to Virginia residents not having access to a given program at their local community college, provided such students apply for admission to the program prior to registration or by a deadline established by the college. In addition, residents of localities with which the college has clinical-site or other agreements may receive equal consideration for admission.

Admission of Convicted Sexual Offenders

Section 23-2.2:1 of the Code of Virginia requires the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and all other institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth, to forward enrollment information to the Virginia State Police. This information is obtained electronically and compared against the Virginia Criminal Information Network and National Crime Information Center Convicted Sexual Offender Registry File. Language contained on the community college web application informs applicants that their personal information is being transmitted to the Virginia State Police. In the event that an applicant to Paul D. Camp Community College is determined to be on the Sex Offender Registry, the following procedures apply:

  1. An individual can be a new student or current student. Current students who are identified after enrollment for the semester will be permitted to attend classes unless they are identified as a threat to the college community by the College’s Threat Assessment Team.
  2. An applicant prior to enrollment will be sent a letter to the student’s mailing address on file that states, “Due to your status as a sex offender listed on the National Crime Information Center Convicted Sexual Offender Registry your admission to Paul D. Camp Community College must be reviewed by the committee members of the College’s Threat Assessment Team. You may be required to meet with the Threat Assessment Team.”
  3. The applicant must submit a written response to the request within seven (7) working days of the date of the letter to the committee. If the applicant does not respond within the 7 day request, he/she will be denied continuing admissions status and administratively withdrawn from courses if necessary.
  4. The applicant will be requested to provide the following information to the committee:
    1. Disclosure of the nature of the offense for which he/she has been convicted.
    2. Justification for admission or continuing admission
    3. Any other information the applicant believes would be helpful to the Threat Assessment Team (hereinafter, committee).
  5. The information sought will be the same that will allow an offender to be removed from the registry. Those include nature and number of offense(s), date of last offense, length of time from the last offense, treatment and/or counseling sought, and restitution completed, if applicable. The committee will determine whether the applicant or student poses a threat, is a potential danger, is significantly disruptive to the college community, or whether such refusal or revocation is considered to be in the best interest of a college.
  6. The committee will make a decision to approve or continue admission by a majority vote within (5) working days of receiving the letter.
  7. The Dean of Student Services will inform the applicant or student by letter of the decision of the committee. If admission to the College be denied or discontinued because the applicant or student poses a threat to the health and safety to others, a service indicator will be placed on the student’s record by the Dean of Student Services or designee. A service indicator may result in a denial of admission to any other community college or institution of higher education.
  8. The applicant may appeal the decision of the committee by letter to the College President within five (5) working days of the date of the committee decision letter.
  9. The College President will review all documents provided by the committee and the applicant and make a decision within five (5) working days from the date of the appeal letter. The decision of the College President will be final.
  10. Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a student has the right to inspect and review their education records and may request that the college amend his or her student record if the student believes that information contained in the record is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy rights of the student.

Federal Campus Prevention Act

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act was enacted on October 28, 2000. The Law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. In the Commonwealth of Virginia convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry maintained by the Virginia Department of State Police. Information concerning offenders registered may be disclosed to any person requesting information on specific individuals in accordance with the law.

The Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Link

The Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry is managed by the Virginia State Police. See link below for additional information: