Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to Richland Community College should

  1. Have graduated from high school, or
  2. Have received a High School Equivalency Certificate based on the GED test, or
  3. Have been home-schooled and meet the "ability to benefit" as determined through a test recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or
  4. Intend to enroll in a GED course, or
  5. Be a high school junior or senior and have principal approval to enroll, or
  6. Be a gifted student below the age of 16 and have principal approval to enroll.

Admission of High School Students and "Gifted" High School Students

High school students may also attend classes at Richland for credit toward either a high school diploma or a college degree. Eligibility for enrollment as a high school student is decided as follows:

  1. The student is a high school junior or senior.
  2. A signed "Principal's Approval" form must be submitted.
  3. A signed "Parent Guardian Approval" form must be submitted.
  4. A high school transcript is submitted to Richland. Final approval for enrollment is then determined by Richland.

College credit for classes taken by high school students will be held in "the bank" and awarded to the student upon completion of high school (as verified by an official high school transcript).

"Gifted students" (students with exceptionally high academic ability as determined by the student's school and the College) who are below sixteen years of age may also take courses at Richland with the approval of the student's principal and the College.

Gifted students should follow the application procedures previously listed for the admission of high school students.

Admission to a Program of Study

Each program of study (for example, Electronics, Horticulture, Associate in Arts or Science) has specific requirements for admission. These requirements are based on the student's previous education, work experience, and levels of achievement. See "Programs of Study" in the current catalog for a complete list of prerequisites for each program. Information that may be used in admission to a program includes:

  1. A transcript of the student's high school and college records. The student should request a transcript from the school(s) to be sent to the Admissions and Records Office at Richland. High school seniors applying for admission should also include a list of courses in progress. Transcripts of individuals who do not enroll at Richland will be kept on file for two years after receipt.
  2. Test scores. Richland generally uses the American College Testing (ACT). Other comparable test results may be submitted if approved by a Richland counselor.
  3. Application and personal interview, including related experiences since leaving high school or college.

Students may be provisionally admitted to a program even if they fail to meet some requirements. Students provisionally admitted may be required to enroll in developmental courses, take a reduced load, complete further testing, and/or receive career counseling. Similar procedures may also be applied to students enrolling in individual courses only.

Selective Admission to Health Professions Programs

 The following health professions programs require specialized admission:

Please see the Selective Admissions to Health Professions Programs page for further information.

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Richland Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs. The following person(s) has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:
Alex Berry, Title IX Coordinator at phone 217-875-7211 EX 6314
Leanne Brooks, 504 Coordinator, at phone 217-875-7211 EX 6362
For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.